We are developing Lightning : an open protocol layer that leverages the power of blockchains and smart contracts to make cheap, fast, private transactions available to anyone around the world. User growth and application innovation in the blockchain ecosystem are driving the need for new protocol layers that build on the security and ubiquity of blockchains. Lightning is one of the first and most essential of these protocols, providing blockchains with the scalability to support magnitudes more users as well as the flexibility to support a new wave of financial applications.
The most advanced and most developer-friendly implementation of the Lightning Network protocol. provides superior reliability, interoperability and security for the next generation of global-scale financial applications.
An open platform developed by Lightning Labs that enables users with mobile devices to conduct blockchain and Lightning Network transactions quickly and easily.
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provides “light clients” with security and privacy that weren’t available with previous light client concepts.
The Lightning protocol is developed in the open, all specifications and related code are open source. Contributors are welcome!
Lightning is an overlay network built on top of an existing blockchain protocol. Similar to how the Internet is built in layers, Lightning creates an entirely new layer, offering instant, high-volume payments that are denominated in the blockchain’s native currency. Our implementation, lnd, has been primarily developed for Bitcoin, and we have also integrated Litecoin support.
The Lightning Network maintains and contributes to Bitcoin's core decentralization property, with the network being composed of a diffuse network of many small nodes routing payments amongst each other. This topology is designed to disincentivize centralized points of failure.
In order to use Lightning, you'll need a Lightning-enabled Bitcoin or Litecoin wallet. A Lightning wallet has all the same functionality as a regular wallet, but also allows one to instantly send/receive payments via Lightning. You can join our Slack or mailing list for additional details on testing lnd and Lightning wallets.
Lightning doesn't use its own token or currency, it only uses Bitcoin when on the Bitcoin blockchain. Lightning sends payments using the transaction format of the underlying blockchain. When running on Bitcoin, Lightning is actually exchanging native Bitcoin transactions—without the need to broadcast every transaction to the chain. This combined with a series of pre-signed contracts enables users on Lightning to send instant, low-fee payments, without having to trust central intermediaries.
Making History on Navy Pier is the best place to purchase historic souvenirs related to Chicago’s great history. This original Navy Pier shop features themes and products about Navy Pier’s rich historic role on Chicago’s grand skyline. Making History staff are always pleased to welcome school groups, tours and anyone interested in all things Chicago!
Strike a pose at our photo booth by Innovative FOTO! Tear and share your memories of your day at Navy Pier!
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Create memories to last a lifetime! Don’t leave Navy Pier before striking a pose in the photo booth. Lots of graphics themes to choose from to commemorate your visit. Select black and white, color or sepia photos and take home two copies to tear and share. The Navy Pier Photo Booth is located just east of Haagen Dazs, after Making History Chicago.
Pick up a souvenir for yourself and your furry friend!
Pick up a Chicago T-shirt in a variety of styles and colors or check out one of the other fabulous souvenirs from a memorable city. Then you can celebrate the dog days of summer by picking up a souvenir for man’s best friend. You can find everything from treats, apparel, leashes, collars, carriers and bowls.
Visit our kiosks located at Navy Pier for a special pressed penny souvenir of your visit to the Pier!
The elongated penny dates back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago when tokens were pressed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America. The tradition continues today. The Penny Men is the industry leader for all of your penny machine, medallion machine and collectible accessories. Visit our kiosks located at Navy Pier for a special pressed penny souvenir of your visit to the Pier!
Sweet Home Chicago offers souvenirs and artisan crafts that showcase the unique landscape of Chicago.
Sweet Home Chicago offers souvenirs and artisan crafts that showcase the unique landscape of Chicago. From handcrafted chocolate, candles and jewelry to screen printed glass and retro apparel, there’s something available for all to enjoy! Sweet Home Chicago is located in the food experience between Big City Chicken and Lalos!
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