In this section we break down what are Open Apps, why you may want to use The OAN, as well as identifying a path for you to build Open Apps. We’ll go through the two paths to building Open Apps that leverage The Open Application Network.
What is an Open App
Open Apps give more control back to your users, and allow the users to have control over their data, over how the application functions and behaves. An Open App doesn’t lock down, the users’ details and controls, behind a closed system.
In the simplest terms, the data or the assets that the users generate, are tied to the users’ private keys. Which means only the users themselves, holding their private keys, can decide when or how these assets or data is used.
Why build an Open App with The OAN?
Open Applications all share a common source of truth for assets. This means that when you build an Open Application that leverages The OAN, your application is interroperable with other Open Apps.
For example, if you build an app that rewards students for good grades, those rewards can be used elsewhere in an open market for trade.
Open Apps are a way forward to aleviate the platform problems and give control back to the users. As a developer, your app wins trusts of your users if they have more control over the data or assets that they produce.
Open Kits are APIs that make getting started much easier. We’ve done a lot of heavy lifting to build, test, and abstract a lot of your build. These Open Kits are available as a plug and play tool for you to quickly build Open Apps on top of them.
As of now, you can preview one of the kits - Open Economy - to see what it promises to offer.
If your use case is beyond the scope of the available Open Kits, or if you want to build completely customized Open Apps, choose this route. This is a path for experienced developers who are familiar with blockchains, smart contracts and web3 development.