# Functionland: Using IPFS to Enable Free-to-Use Cloud Applications
Truly free-to-use applications are a rarity in the Web 2.0 world because users are always paying with money, data, or attention. Functionland (opens new window)’s Fula Network is a Web3 alternative to this model. It’s a privacy-focused, user-powered platform that enables free-to-use applications and services by rewarding users for sharing storage and computer resources. At the same time, it compensates open-source developers for providing applications and services. Functionland chose IPFS to implement a decentralized take on the client-server model. Learn more (opens new window) about how it uses dedicated hardware to achieve this.
# Brand New on IPFS ✨
- Libp2p (opens new window) can punch holes now! Learn more about this new capability to overcome firewalls in a recent blog post (opens new window) detailing how and why we can do this.
- Filebase (opens new window), the first S3-compatible object storage platform for Web3, has added support for the IPFS network (opens new window).
- This year the IPFS and Filecoin communities are going big at SXSW. Join the community in Austin as we host three major events: NFT House on March 11 (opens new window) and March 12 (opens new window), Blockchain Summit on March 13 (opens new window), and Web3 Hacker House on March 14 (opens new window)and 15 (opens new window). Register now!
- Hedera’s Hashaxis (opens new window) NFT marketplace is relying on IPFS and Filecoin for the decentralized storage of its NFT content and metadata. The service is able to offer users highly efficient NFT minting, issuance, and transfers.
# Around the Ecosystem 🌎
Watch the February All Hands recap (opens new window) for the IPFS, Filecoin, and Libp2p ecosystems. Stay tuned for the next one happening March 24 by joining Slack (opens new window) or Discord (opens new window).
Join the IPFS ecosystem at ETHGlobal’s BuildQuest (opens new window) Summit on March 11. The event is part of a 12-day hackathon for builders working on play-to-earn and metaverse projects. Some topics to be discussed include Building the Metaverse with IPFS and Good Randomness in Web3 and Gaming. You can already watch Discordian’s Intro to IPFS and Blockchain (opens new window) and Pan Chasinga’s IPFS Build 3D Voxel Characters in MagicaVoxel (opens new window) workshop recorded at the BuildQuest Workshop Day from March 5th.
Learn more (opens new window) about Geo Web (opens new window), a project using IPFS and Filecoin to anchor content to geographic locations and create shared augmented reality experiences. Stay tuned for its mainnet launch this year!
Protocol Labs recently introduced the Decentralized Grants Marketplace - a new platform for large-scale grants within the Protocol Labs Network and beyond. If you are interested in getting started with meaningful work in web3, this is a great way to get involved. Learn more and apply (opens new window).
Watch (opens new window) Ally Haire share a brief history of IPFS and Filecoin at Developer DAO’s Web2Con 2022. She also talked about all the technology and devtools that are available as well as the interesting projects building on the protocols.
Concept Art House (opens new window) is the latest addition to the long list of platforms and gaming studios that are relying on NFT.Storage (opens new window) for the preservation of its designs. Read Blockchain Gamer’s recent coverage (opens new window) of the integration.
START Hack (opens new window) fosters deep entrepreneurial understanding and supercharges careers. This year, the hackathon features an exciting prize pool of CHF 30,000, engaging workshops by Konstantin Tkachuk on IPFS and Filecoin and how they shape the future of Web3, and much more! Up for the challenge? Apply now (opens new window) to join 300 like-minded students on March 23-25 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Protocol Labs is launching a public goods challenge for teams building on the IPFS or Filecoin stack to upgrade their documentation (developer docs, blogposts, tutorials, etc.) and gather strong user feedback. Over $80k in potential rewards are available for teams in the 3-month challenge - view the full details (opens new window) and apply (opens new window) for your team to participate.
# Want to help build the new internet? 💼
Senior Social Media Manager (opens new window): Protocol Labs is seeking a Senior Social Media Manager to both build best-practice growth strategies, own social tactics, and posting across all of our various channels. Your goal is to assist, educate, and excite every member of our community. You will be responsible for communication with our community primarily on Twitter, Reddit, and Slack but also occasionally over email, Telegram, Discord and other channels. This audience includes everyone from industry leaders, Protocol Labs partners, and investors to miners, developers, and users. Protocol Labs, Remote.
Community Manager (opens new window): Valist is hiring a community manager to help expand outreach, community, and brand awareness. In this role, you will have a strong influence on our growth strategies, forge and develop great relationships with our community members and key partners, and create high quality content. You will be working closely with technical co-founders and engineers. Valist, Remote.
Blockchain Engineering Lead (opens new window): As 3Box Labs’ first Blockchain Engineer you will lead engineering, implementation and optimization of the Ceramic Blockchain and contribute to the overall cryptoeconomic design of the network. You'll tackle some of the most novel challenges in decentralized tech, work closely with our rapidly growing open source community and many of the best technologists in the world, and help reinvent how data is managed online. 3Box Labs, Remote.
Developer Relations (opens new window): Textile is seeking someone to run large-scale community projects. These include amplifying our grants program to fund community projects, curating governance groups where we bring community stakeholders into our technology planning, engaging with external teams like Gitcoin and EthDenver to support large-scale developer events, and giving technical presentations at events. This position also includes day-to-day engagement with our Slack group, helping to triage GitHub issues, hacking on demos, writing blog posts and technical guides, and more. We are looking for a self-directed leader who wants to build a developer community while staying hands on with technology. Textile, Remote.
Fullstack Engineer (opens new window): Textile's web products and services are written primarily in Golang and TypeScript, and communicate with Textile's core gRPC services. You will own the end user experience and have full ownership over the product stack, from research and development to implementation and production monitoring. Textile, Remote.