Michael Oneppo

Haunts is an app that provides opportunities for private, ephemeral conversations with those around you through a collaborative drawing canvas over a mesh network.


The modern internet has a hierarchy, with online services acting as brokers for all of our digital interactions. While this enables many new experiences not possible without digital tools, this system results in a perpetual memory of all activities we perform, complicating our privacy and personal safety. Haunts is a different approach to our digital interactions. By using a mesh network, Haunts provides an off-grid collaborative canvas, owned by no one. Since there is no “server” to the Haunts architecture, collaborations disappear forever when everyone disperses. Data is only stored when there is consensus to remember, and Haunts can be used anywhere – the subway, the forest, the park – without any need for a connection to the internet.