One of the "smart contract" projects taking place is DLUX. This is a decentralized protocol that is now being tested by a number of nodes. The idea is to have a system in place that can tie into Hive as well as what 3Speak is creating.
In this video I discuss some of the features laid out in their road map along with the proposal they submitted to the Hive DAO.
Here are the links to the most applicable posts.
If you are technical and have a way to fire up a node, here is the post detailing that: