The Lightning Network enables new and exciting ways to build on bitcoin, but the endless possibilities can be overwhelming. That’s why we are launching Lightning Bulb to help inspire the community and kick-start new Lightning projects. This is where we'll host open research questions, experimental ideas, and other forms of inspiration for the Lightning developer community.
We will track developer progress and showcase projects here and on our social channels. These questions will be updated with input from the team and community. If you have ideas of your own you would like to propose, send us an email at [email protected] or submit a PR directly to the Github repository.
We are here to help. If you have questions or need to bounce ideas around, feel free to jump in our dev Slack or join our developer office hours on Discord to chat with our team and the rest of the community. Let’s get building!
A native interface to Lightning on the web
Streaming payments on social platforms
Build an easy way for creators on Twitch, YouTube, and other popular platforms to accept streaming payments from their audience.
Suggestion: use webhooks to build ways for Lightning payments to interact with existing platform creator tools and enable audience engagement.
Distributed storage and retrieval using Lightning
Use LSATs, a means of authentication solely using a Lightning payment, for arbitrary file storage with a periodic challenge and response which results in streaming content in real-time.
Suggestion: small overlay layer to let people find other nodes, anything from a simple hosted bulletin board to full-blown decentralized order book.
Distributed compute with Lightning
Suggestion: think serverless microVMs like Firecracker VM as a starting point, will likely need a small overlay layer to let people find other nodes.
Lightning-based metered VPN
More granular and privacy preserving payments for access to a VPN as compared to credit cards, ideally integrated with WireGuard.
Lightning Paywall Plugin
For thought: could potentially serve as a captcha replacement, where popular sites present de minimis paywalls at first, ramping up only with actual abuse.
Pay-per-use Lightning API calls
Create APIs where all requests and responses are made with Lightning push payments with Keysend, instead of requiring an invoice
Suggestions: a Keysend Services Directory, ability to sell Mission Control data to a peer in need of updated routing data, etc.