MESG-Z is an app connecting Zapier to MESG with a two-way communication channel.

While it may seem simple, its implications are pretty big. On one hand, it expands the flexibility of Zapier like added blockchain connect-ability, but on the other, it allows the 1000+ useful connectors in Zapier’s ecosystem to be used in MESG apps and orchestrations. Built by Joel Barna for MESG’s first online hackathon, the app tied for first place.

Why does MESG-Z stand out?

Zapier is a popular centralized workflow builder, and is made for anyone to connect and automate processes between more than 1000 technologies and services. It allows entrepreneurs to automate many parts of business between incompatible ecosystems.

These days, having the ability to automate tasks between differing, incompatible technologies is worth gold. MESG-Z expands the possibilities of what can be built on Zapier thanks to the almost-infinite flexibility of MESG.

MESG is an application building framework built for developers, focused on the buying, selling and reuse of interoperable services. Once the Network launches in Q2 of 2020, apps will be able to run and execute entirely within a public decentralized network. To run and validate the dApps, users will be able to get paid for powering and securing services and executions within the network.

By connecting Zapier to MESG, the number of connectable technologies available on MESG increases by a figure of 1000+. Users now can build a workflow with Zapier, and continue with MESG to automate custom software stacks, blockchains, decentralized networks, IoT devices, machine learning and more.

Building MESG-Z

To create this app, Joel built an entirely-new service that communicates with Zapier, then reused an existing Slack service which was already available on the MESG Marketplace.

To make the communication channel two-way, and be able to hand off tasks from Zapier to MESG, Joel used Zapier’s Developer Platform to build an app on Zapier’s end, which took up the majority of his development time.

With the two connected via the MESG Engine, he started with a webhook on MESG, then sent data to, and received data from Zapier, returning to MESG with a result. Upon getting the result, his MESG app sent a notification to Slack.

You can watch Joel’s rundown on the app and his building process below:

Now it’s your turn

If you’d like to give Joel’s app a try, head over to his Github, and follow the installation instructions to get started.

Or, use your imagination to build a new app by reusing existing services already available on the Marketplace. Get started.