Welcome to the summary of the Reddit AMA for July 2021 - it was an incredibly participated AMA, and for the first time we also had follow-up questions, which led to interesting conversations and exchanges of ideas. The questions revolved around 4 main topics: community growth, team organization, and last but not least, technical questions and suggestions!

Ecosystem and community growth

Let’s start with Community building - as you know, we are working towards growing the ecosystem of apps developed on Golem. Since December, an ecosystem of independent developers has been growing around the Golem platform and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

In order to further grow the ecosystem, within the GLM Rewards Program, we launched the Application Creation and Maintenance category, to replace the old Content Creator Category. Moreover, two apps first developed during the first Golem Online Hackathon, Golem SLATE and ChessOnGolem, grew to the point they have further, more intricate, compensation for development (here’s the SLATE bounty on Gitcoin) than normal CIP incentives.

We are also testing in-house a few new use-cases that will facilitate the adoption of Golem from requesters and providers alike. Similarly, we’re exploring other venues that will hopefully bring more interesting use-cases to Golem, stay tuned to know more!

If you are interested in getting started with Golem, we have two live-coding workshops ready: the H3LLO Decentralization workshop and the more recent 0xHack workshop. They both focus on the code and go into slightly different examples to explain what's going on to get an idea on how to go further as a developer. But that’s not all, as we just published another coding workshop video focusing on the latest major release and services.

Technology

You asked some very interesting questions regarding the status of the technology, and this is the main indicator of a healthy and prospering community!

In regard to Internet Access, as you pointed out, setting  full network access by default seems unnecessarily risky, while routing traffic from containers launched on the provider’s side through the requestor's network, and enabling communication between containers running at different providers as part of VPN, seems a safer path. Another approach would be to filter traffic from the provider, on the basis of a contract negotiated within the Golem protocol, and to let providers define what Internet traffic they want to allow.

Team and people

We currently have four Dev teams: one focusing on the core of yagna, one taking care of resources for developers like yapapi and  the handbook, two teams building POCs, a Release team. Moreover, we have a Communications team and an Ops team, and of course, the Board.

We’re currently looking for a Marketing lead, an HR manager (this is the only position that requires to be based either in Poland or Switzerland, as the person should be able to deal with vendors, employment laws and other matters in both countries where we have offices and the majority of our people are), and are always looking for great software developers!

Conclusion

That’s all for now, we would like to thank our community for asking many challenging questions, and firing interesting discussions about the future ahead of us.

Here are some resources for you to learn more and keep up with the Golem Project.

Website: http://golem.network/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/golemproject

Discord Chat: http://chat.golem.network/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/golemproject/

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl3fxgrSML2sL3UYZrynbMg

Github: https://github.com/golemfactory

Handbook: https://handbook.golem.network/