bitspossessed

We are Bitspossessed, a software developers collective. We support people, organizations, and communities to realize technologically-driven ideas.

Bitspossessed provides a healthy, supportive space for our members to build software cooperatively. We strive to contribute to a more just and equitable tech industry, a sustainable digital commons, and an ecologically-regenerative future that prioritizes care and social responsibility.

Bitspossessed currently consists of Elena San Miguel (@llunaCreixent), Sarah Friend (@isthisa), Andreas Dzialocha (@adz) and Louise Linné (@louilinn).

We are currently looking for more developers for one of our projects!

The Circles Project

We are the maintainers of Circles UBI, a protocol and open source project running a basic income on the Ethereum blockchain.

Since we launched the project last year, Circles has become a wider network of collectives and initiatives building alternative economic systems for their local neighborhoods.

The initial work has mostly been carried by the Bitspossessed developer collective and the Circles Cooperative in Berlin. With Circles growing beyond its MVP status we are looking now for more developers to bring the stack to the next level.

If you are interested in more information about Circles and its philosophy, you can read our official FAQ and the whitepaper.

Vacant positions

The Bitspossessed collective is looking for freelancers or independent contractors to take on any of the following roles for Circles:

If any of these positions interests you, please email your CV and cover letter to hello@bitspossessed.org

These roles are groups of tasks that we have identified, please still apply even if there isn't any role that fits you perfectly! We are first and foremost looking for developers who are passionate about Circles.

What you'll be doing as Frontend Developer:

The Circles is a relatively experimental stack aiming at a low-barrier entrance level for users who are not familiar with typical Dapp patterns. This requirement has led us to a more "Burner style" wallet to avoid users having to interact with solutions like MetaMask.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Wants to work on a new form of wallet which gives people low-barrier access to Ethereum
  • Builds new features into the wallet while improving its current code and UX
  • Has experience in developing Single Page Applications in JavaScript, maybe even with Material UI, React and Redux
  • Works closely with our UX designer
  • Leads technical decisions and app architecture
  • Is interested in cross-team collaboration with other Circles projects who follow similar ideas

What you'll be doing as Backend Developer:

Circles uses a meta-transaction relayer service, which pays the gas fees for the users. This and the ever-growing trust network for transitive transfers - which is unique for Circles - create interesting and challenging design problems for the backend infrastructure.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Wants to design and develop solutions to scale, decentralize and stabilize Circles
  • Loves thinking and learning about transitive transfers, meta transactions, distributed off-chain data storage, privacy, social recovery and new Circles concepts like group currencies
  • Has experience in developing complex systems in JavaScript/TypeScript, NodeJS and Web3
  • Leads technical decisions and system architecture
  • Is interested in cross-team collaboration with other Circles projects who follow similar ideas

What you'll be doing as DevOps Specialist:

Circles has been growing very fast and while we migrated to Kubernetes on Digital Ocean and solved most bottlenecks and scaling issues inside the code bases, we still lack knowledge and confidence in running our servers and infrastructure reliably.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Loves working with Terraform, Helm, Docker, Docker Compose and Kubernetes
  • Improves our building and deployment times and processes
  • Maintains the infrastructure
  • Implements monitoring and debugging solutions
  • Makes sure we can scale our infrastructure in the future

Good to know

  • We work primarily remote-first somewhere in the CET timezone
  • We are open to different sorts of time-commitments, somewhere between half-time and fulltime
  • We have a balanced gender ratio in the team
  • A healthy and inclusive working environment is highly prioritized within Bitspossessed