Pigeon Courier, initiated by Watson Lewis, is a project designed to disrupt the traditional centralized model of courier services by introducing a decentralized, blockchain-powered solution.
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June 2022 -July 2023Full Stack • Web3
Full Stack Web Developer
Ayden Springer, Watson Lewis, Noah Maskens, Francisco Diaz
Frontend: Next.js, Tailwind
Backend: Next.js, tRPC, Prisma
The existing models of courier services are inherently centralized, requiring users to trust third-party intermediaries with their personal and sensitive data. This traditional system lacks transparency, can be expensive due to intermediaries, and is potentially prone to data breaches.
The solution is to create an on-chain, decentralized courier service that enables end-to-end, peer-to-peer transactions. This allows for greater user privacy, cost-effective transactions, and increased transparency.
The development journey was broken down into several key stages:
- Research & Planning: Identifying the key issues in centralized courier systems and drafting initial Solidity smart contracts to address these issues.
- Frontend Development: Building a dynamic, user-friendly UI using Next.js and Tailwind CSS.
- Backend Development: Serverless API development with tRPC for efficient, type-safe data fetching.
- Blockchain Integration: Deploying test Solidity smart contracts on a testnet for initial validation.
- Landing Page: Developed using Next.js to not only serve informational content but also to attract potential investors.
Results and Impact
- Landing Page: Successfully developed a landing page that received a notable increase in investor attention.
- MVP Launch: A Minimum Viable Product was launched featuring decentralized courier services through Solidity smart contracts. Web2 implementations were added for sensitive user data, with plans to move this to encrypted on-chain storage.
The Big Picture
Pigeon DAO is aiming to build a comprehensive backend for decentralized transportation, enabling any developer, driver, business, or government to engage freely. Technically, we're positioning ourselves as the "Ethereum for Transportation." Our decentralized architecture allows for infinite scalability, enabling businesses to have complete control over their supply chains, user interfaces, and IoT systems.
Conclusion and Future Outlook
Pigeon Courier is pioneering the way for decentralized logistics and courier services. Its blockchain-based infrastructure presents a scalable, secure, and transparent solution for the challenges plaguing the traditional courier services industry. The team has laid a solid foundation, and the next steps involve fine-tuning the system for greater efficiency and exploring opportunities for on-chain encryption of user data. It has been currently rebranded as Zirio DAO.
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