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Burner Wallet TL;DR
The Burner wallet works in your mobile web browser like Safari so no app download and no seed phrase. It runs on the xDai network so transactions always completed within five seconds, you can do hundreds of them for a penny, and it’s pegged to the dollar so there is low cognitive overhead. The best part is onboarding is as easy as opening your camera.
It was incredibly stressful to get it right; it took months of building, weeks of user testing, and days of pacing food trucks. The Burner Wallet at ETHDenver was straight up 🔥 AF.
There were 11 food trucks that sold a total of 4405 meals over the course of the weekend. Here is an example of a meal being purchased. Notice the transaction cost of $0.000046 USD? That means for all of the transactions for all of the meals the cost of running the wallet on xDai was $0.20!!! That’s pretty good for a total of $38,432.56 being paid in DAI to the trucks:
That isn’t even the best part! The key here is that it was so easy to use that the user adoption rate was through the roof…
Let’s start from the perspective of a developer or participant in ETHDenver. They arrived at the Denver Sports Castle early Friday morning with excitement to #buidl the next big thing in Ethereum. At the front desk they received a swag bag with goodies and a SolidCoin:
This SolidCoin had an Ethereum private key in the form of a QR code on the back. An attendee could pull out their phone’s camera and point it at the QR to seed a wallet:
— alexfisher.eth (@AlexanderFisher) February 16, 2019
One quick scan and they had a wallet with money in it. No app download, no seed phrases, instant onboarding into crypto.
From there the participant could approach a food truck, order their meal, and scan a QR code to purchase it:
— Mark Pereira (@markpereir) February 17, 2019
Five seconds later, the purchase is displayed on the food truck’s iPad and they hand you your food:
— Matt Lockyer (@mattdlockyer) February 15, 2019
Participants, sponsors, and vendors could also move funds between themselves to purchase items other than food:
Just purchased my KeepKey for #buffidai with 50% discount (39.5 buffidai) using #burnerwallet on #xdai @willyogo @shapeshift_io @keepkey
I exchange Dai to xDai, xDai to BuffDai and it worked smooth and fast. Cheers @austingriffith and @EthereumDenver team pic.twitter.com/Ldj3RfUbPT
— Igor POA (@barinov) February 16, 2019
We were super busy so we weren’t able to execute on collectibles as well as I wanted, but they are in the wallet and you should look for them at the next Burner event:
Just deployed an update to the 🔥wallet. Lots of little things, but the coolest part is probably the new badges/collectibles system! Want to hand out custom collectibles at your next speakeasy? HMU! 🛠️🚢🚀 pic.twitter.com/JBc0MTQiTG
— 🛠️ Austin Griffith 🔥 (@austingriffith) February 11, 2019
Food Truck Flow
Okay, now from the perspective of a food truck. We asked all eleven food trucks to sign up for a Wyre account before arriving Friday morning. When they showed up we used their iPad to scan a special vendor private key. Then we printed a QR code for them to display at their truck:
This QR code pointed to a page within the wallet that prompts the participant to pay for the meal:
It was really fascinating to watch the operators of the trucks train some of the crypto-initiated on how to use their Burner wallet.
— Amberdata.io (@Amberdataio) February 17, 2019
There was a special clause in the smart contracts to only allow vendors to off-ramp. At the end of the night each vendor pressed a “Cash Out” button to initiate a Wyre transfer of the revenue they earned that day to their bank account.
Throughout the event there were a few rumors of hacks. These turned out to be misunderstandings or frontend wizardry. The contracts held up and the wallet worked great. You can read about these events in depth here: Demystifying Burner Wallet Hacks.
Other neat projects at ETHDenver:
I’m really excited to see how the Moloch progresses. They were able to deploy the contracts after an audit and the frontend is shaping up quickly. This thin layer of governance will power so many projects in the very near future:
Just finished deploying the 👹 Moloch 👹 contracts to #Ethereum mainnet. Thanks @cassshih @evabeylin @allenyhsu for joining and @NomicLabs for your excellent audit! https://t.co/P4G5Oj6AlF pic.twitter.com/r73ogtb0H8
— Ameen Soleimani 👹 (@ameensol) February 14, 2019
CLR Matching from Gitcoin
Gitcoin announced the winners of their CLR matching experiment and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Alex Van de Sande posted a really good graphic to Twitter that explains how to calculate the donation matching. Be sure to check out the full article and keep an ear open from more. However, my favorite part was the swag and giant plinko board. Kevin Owocki, the sultan of shill:
This valentines days, teach a robot to love! pic.twitter.com/HWcwiPruxG
— Ξwoki, GITer of Coins (@owocki) February 14, 2019
Decentralized Meta Transaction Relays
There were so many great talks at ETHDenver that I can’t list them all here, but of course I am going shill my talk with Yoav Weiss. We demoed the live production functionality of his Gas Station Network powering link claiming in the Burner Wallet:
Burner Wallet mania continues! @austingriffith is on a quest to make #blockchain onboarding easier. In his session at @EthereumDenver, he explained the infrastructure and transaction flow behind the system that's feeding all the attendees this weekend. #BuffiDai #xDai pic.twitter.com/RzFyYfuhOa
— Joseph Lubin (@ethereumJoseph) February 16, 2019
A lot of cool projects built on top of the Burner wallet including one of the main winners zDai and I will write a full blog post about that soon, but my favorite project at ETHDenver was EthDevTools by billy rennekamp’s team.
It’s a chrome extension that allows web3 developers to easily view so many different things while building a dapp: logs, txs, abi explorer, graphql, etc.
— billy rennekamp (@billyrennekamp) February 18, 2019
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Apprent.io Student Competition
I had the honor of judging the Apprent.io student competition with Rhys Lindmark and the project submissions were really insightful for our little ecosystem. One was a platform for exchanging social network accounts in crypto and another was a fruit mixing ERC-721 system. Very cool stuff!
Much appreciation to Christine Perry from @skalelabs, @RhysLindmark and @austingriffith for judging the @apprent_io student competition @EthereumDenver! #ETHDenver #ETHDenver2019 pic.twitter.com/Lb6Q9wFnh0
— L'Teisha Ryan (@LTeishaRyan) February 17, 2019
Another fun thing I participated in was the Griff Riff! It’s a chance for we three Griffs to Riff about the space. In this episode we talked about hacking, the vibe of ETHDenver, zDai, charities, Gitcoin CLR matching, Billy’s web3 tool, my Joe Lubin shout out for chugging a beer, token bonding curves, the Ethereum family, Simona’s birthday and water jugs of beer, Maker dappy hour, Burner collectibles, QR codes, and MORE!
#GriffRiff Edition #2 is LIVE!
A low-Q stream but high-Q content on Social Impact, DevX & UX! @thegrifft @austingriffith & @gichiba riffing about @EthereumDenver, the magic of the🔥burnerwallet w/ #BuffiDAI & #zDAI, hacking #TokenBondingCurves & more!https://t.co/G476tWgUfS
— Giveth (@Givethio) February 21, 2019
The event was absolutely fantastic and if you want to host something similar please connect with me on Twitter or Telegram: @austingriffith
We have a huge list of things to do and a few different directions to go. I’m excited for the next chapter of the 🔥Burner Wallet. Thanks for reading along!
If you are interested in how all this got started checkout this article: Ethereum in Emerging Economies.
Also, here is the all-encompassing tweet for the Burner Wallet at ETHDenver:
This year at @EthereumDenver, @MakerDAO and a team of crypto all-stars are launching something special for the event: a live, pre-loaded crypto wallet for all attendees. #bufficorns + @austingriffith's wallet + $buffiDai = 🌭+🍺.https://t.co/T97IJs2zD9
— rich@makerdao (@richatmakerdao) January 30, 2019
It would take me forever to thank everyone who came together to make this work. First are my two main homies Brian Ethier and Rich@Maker. These two guys have been hustling on this project for the last couple months. If Brian didn’t clean up my work everything would have fallen apart. Don’t forget the Burner intern Eduardo!
Thanks to everyone who made it out to a Cypherpunk Speakeasy to help us user test.