Gitcoin Web3 Social Ecosystem Grant Round Review

Gitcoin, the open-source software and community donation platform, has launched its 14th round of donations. The round runs from June 8–23 and allows users to fund great open-source software teams. Only less than 48 hours left before the end of the round, it’s time to do a final push.

Mask Network is really excited to host the first-ever Web3 Social Ecosystem Grant Round with $50,000 in matching funds. Mask Network is also absolutely delighted to see 60 submissions in the round after several rounds of reviews. About half of the projects come from our recommendations, the rest is organic traffic, which shows the booming scene of the web3 social space.

Gitcoin uses a quadratic voting model to crowdfund projects to allocate funds, solving the inefficiency problem of financing public goods in the Ethereum ecosystem and encouraging minority voting. In each round of Gitcoin donations, in addition to the donations received by each project, Gitcoin also uses this as a reference to coordinate the allocation of funds from the Ether Foundation in order to increase the chances of quality projects receiving investment.

Gitcoin has funded thousands of open source projects with $62.6 million in its first 13 grant rounds. It has also introduced various ecosystems and cause rounds to further the public good growth. Not only does it help builders and creators in the Web3 ecosystem, but also uses secondary funding mechanisms to support things like climate, Ukraine, and crypto advocacy.

Below is our review of the Web3 Social ecosystem round (50 projects) that has been broken down into 7 categories:

  • Communication
  • Social Network
  • Social Profile & DID
  • Reputation
  • Creator Economy
  • DAO
  • Metaverse/Gaming Identity

1. Communication

1.1 SwapChat

Link:

Brief:

SwapChat is a web3 native cross-platform chat application incubated by S3 Labs. Users can message addresses across platforms such as OpenSea, Twitter and so on. Integration with Next.ID allows Swapchat to connect user addresses with social profiles. SwapChat has also integrated trading tools and protocols such as SudoSwap natively, making it much safer to trade on SwapChat, compared to current messaging tools such as Discord and Telegram.

All the users on SwapChat are verified by their Twitter accounts and are wallet-oriented. Thus, users can talk to their contacts on any supported platform using SwapChat. Moreover, SwapChat makes it possible for users to chat even when the platform does not have a chat function, for example, when users see their favorite NFTs on Opensea, they just need to create a SwapChat and talk to the real owner of the NFT, make their offers and make the deal. Users’ information will be transferred in a decentralized and encrypted way.

Reasons to Recommend:

With security, SwapChat fills the gap in the lack of communication tools between buyers and sellers on Opensea. It also provides SDKs to be utilized by extensions, wallets and apps, and has the potential to grow into the default cross-platform communication solution. Web3MQ, the protocol that powers this effort, also has the potential to grow into the next generation of SMTP/POP3

1.2 Metamail

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6087/metamail

Brief:

MetaMail is a mailbox that takes advantage of Web3 to solve the problems of traditional email security as well as spam.MetaMail sends and receives emails by using Web3 domains or addresses that are compatible with traditional mailboxes, while achieving zero gas fee, allowing user key signatures on emails and end-to-end encryption for the ultimate in security and a significant reduction in spam

Reasons to Recommend:

Email is the most classic communication app. Metamail’s no-gas and secure solution is a good candidate for future emails.

1.3 Dmail Network

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6545/dmail-network

Brief:

Dmail Network, is the next-generation Web 3.0-based collaborative platform which integrates the functions of message communication, asset management, data storage, workspace etc. Users can send & receive messages and assets via email and by setting NFT as an Avatar

In the end, Dmail will be a basic infrastructure tool, flow portal and DID for users to come into the Web 3.0 era and a bridge that links Web 2.0 users to easily blockchain services.

Reasons to Recommend:

Dmail has the potential to become the all-in-one communication infrastructure on Dfinity.

1.4 Star

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6223/star

Brief:

Star is a protocol for encrypted and decentralized Chat Applications. Although Star is a desktop application, the protocol is easily integrated into any other project including private IPFS networks. Star is an IRC-as-a-Service.

Star has built inheritable decentralized chat protocols on which developers can easily build applications. Unlike with many centralized chats — the more people use it, the more stable Star will become.

Reasons to Recommend:

Star allows chat history to be ported over to all its supported apps.

1.5 Daopanel

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6203/daopanel-tools-for-delegates-to-govern-well

Brief:

Daopanel.chat is an open-source crypto-decentralized wallet-to-wallet (or ENS) chat application that uses XMTP.

With a team history going back to MakerDAO in 2017, daopanel is the place for delegates and DAOs to discuss, share, debate, and succeed. Currently available daopanel.chat is a foundational piece of daopanel’s public goods governance infrastructure. There is a requirement for uncensorable and private web3 communication for the DAO decision-makers. Internal subjects such as token sales, DAO to DAO mergers, and delegate polling should be encrypted and be done with the user’s ENS or wallet identity, with complete privacy.

Reasons to Recommend:

Daopanel has a strong accumulation in the application of DAO governance direction.

1.6 Beoble

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6437/beoble

Brief:

Beoble is a social module with API and SDK for Web 3.0. With beoble, Web 3.0 services can easily integrate social functionalities of the social profile, messaging, and posting & feed into their services in 5 minutes.

Currently, many Web 3.0 services including DEX, P2E games and NFT projects are looking into adding social features, but it is costly to build and not compatible with other services. Meanwhile, existing Web 2.0 social services lack support for blockchain and Web 3.0. beoble aims to address those problems by providing social modules.

Reasons to Recommend:

Beoble’s social API module can be easily adopted by third-party apps so that they can have 1 click solution for chat and other social features.

2. Social Network

2.1 Lenster

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/5007/lenster

Brief:

Lenster is a decentralized, and permissionless social media app powered by the Lens protocol. Lenster lives in the Polygon network so users can interact with dApp seamlessly with zero gas fees, no one can take down any content from the app, even the admins.

Users don’t need to provide any personal information except their usernames (it’s their choices) and wallet address, and Lenster doesn’t collect any sensitive information. Lenster or the Lens team doesn’t have access to moderate user posts. In Lenster, users need to sign for everything.

Reasons to Recommend:

No 1 Lens ecosystem app, in the form of a web3 Twitter. Not only built-in the daily use of social networking functions such as posting and comments, but it also has web3 native features like establishing communities, crowdfunding, and DAOs.

Currently, they have a very smooth UX of the beta version, and with the foundation of the social graph from Lens, it shows more competitive than other alike products.

2.2 Crypto Twitter Clone

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6477/crypto-twitter-clone

Brief:

A Twitter clone lives in ICP with built-in crypto primitives, including AMM base Markets Prediction, Order Book, NFTs, DAOs etc. Currently, an MVP has been developed, and Bitcoin and Ethereum network connections are in the future plan.

Reasons to Recommend:

The web3 version of Twitter has always been the focus of discussion. Based on the integration of web3 features such as market forecasts, order books, NFTs, and DAOs, there is a lot of room for exploration.

2.3 Fuse Pass

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6270/fuse-pass

Brief:

Fuse Pass is a Web3-native professional identity network optimized for hiring. Leveraging NFT badges, and on-chain and off-chain credentials, Fuse Pass provides high degrees of composability for users to customize their professional identity and strike a balance between social legitimacy and proof of ability. Fuse Pass’s discovery engine helps recruiters match with the “right” talent by tapping into its professional social graph.

Reasons to Recommend:

A nice angle to tackle the web3 LinkedIn topic.

2.4 Metajam

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6002/metajam-link-your-pals-to-buidl-your-web3

Brief:

MetaJam is building a web3 BUIDL network where people discover cool web3 products/dapps and build disruptive web3 projects with Proof of BUIDL Protocol, a decentralized reputation protocol for web3 BUIDL.

As an individual, you can build your web3 resume via the verified quests, verify skills and build a track record, apply for your web3 jobs among the network, and contribute to web3 projects to earn reputation credits & token incentives. As a team, you can showcase your project among the community, hire talents via web3 resume & scouts, and raise funds for your project

Reasons to Recommend:

Metajam is a bit like Web3 Product Hunt. Its project profile feature can help the project build its own reputation.

2.5 CryptoIn

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6169/cryptoin-socialfi-in-a-professional-way

Brief:

CryptoIn aims to create a “LinkedIn” in Crypto, using decentralized technology to create a social platform for blockchain practitioners. Users can introduce their expertise, and find suitable job opportunities and startup partners; project owners can seek collaboration, raise funds and find Web3 expertise. All data and chat content are stored decentrally, allowing users to connect freely in the world of Crypto.

Reasons to Recommend:

Decentralized storage-based web3 LinkedIn.

2.6 Crosssync

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6465/crosssync

Brief:

CrossSync is a socially-oriented web3 Dapp that runs on the Crossbell. CrossSync aims to allow a user-owned flow of social information.

Crossbell allows users the ability to take back their data ownership; CrossSync makes owning your data fun and engaging social experience.

Reasons to Recommend:

RSS3-related projects can synchronize all the tweets on Twitter to the Crossbell chain, this means users can web3-lize the web2 assets, which is a very interesting concept. Before June 23, users can also claim a handle for free.

2.7 Blocktracker

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6448/blocktracker

Brief:

Blocktracker, built by ex-Tiktok engineers, utilizes AI to extract data from blockchain and match wallet addresses with Twitter accounts. Users can see Web3 information from people they follow, such as the latest NFT transactions, lifetime yield rate, and more.

Reasons to Recommend:

A very practical Twitter plug-in, users can intuitively see the on-chain data like the latest NFT transaction and the overall profitability of other users on Twitter. It is a powerful tool for Whale catching and identifying KOLs.

2.8 Shorum

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6222/shorum-a-tool-for-curators-creators-and-investors

Brief:

Shorum is a platform where you can back a Web3 User and also share your profit with your backers, or we can call it an abstracted native Web3 Social payment channel. We utilize Knn3 to discover your on-chain relations to invite your potential backers.

Reasons to Recommend:

An important direction worth exploring, profit distribution in social media is one of the important core issues that Web3 needs to solve; at the same time, the discovery system based on KNN3 can better help creators recruit early supporters.

2.9 PartyBoard

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/3329/partyboard-a-multi-chain-web3-socialfi-protocol-d

Brief:

PartyBoard is defined as a Scene/Topic-based Web3 Audio Social App with inbuilt Game-Fi and Social-Fi elements.

PartyBoard has established a main body model for the most core social module in the operation of Metaverse, governance model, consensus model, economic model, communication model, and oracle model. At the same time, it uses smart contracts to give upper-level applications the ability to access the Metaverse social network. The Multi-chain Web3 Socialfi Protocol and Metaverse Social Network with Gamefi.

Reasons to Recommend:

Audio plays an essential role in linking communities and social behaviours; what role can audio play in Web3 communities?

3. Social Profile & DID

3.1 Jolocom

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/5862/jolocom-tech-stack-20-own-your-digital-self

Brief:

Jolocom has been supporting and driving the mission of Self-sovereign Identity since 2014. Jolocom is a founding member of DWeb, INATBA, and Bundesblock, and he is also a long-time supporter and active member of DIF, the IIW and W3C.

Jolocom is committed to upholding the principles of SSI and has developed a fully open-source tech stack to that end, consisting of a library, an SDK and Smart Wallet for end users. Jolocom is also the selected technology provider in the German government’s 3/4 Secure Digital Identity showcase project. In the future, Jolocom expects to do a set of open-source, non-profit SSI (autonomous identity) standards that include web2 and web3 interactions.

Reasons to Recommend:

Self-sovereign identity is always an important concept, especially in the future, it is the key when it comes to the integration/merging of the web3 world and the traditional centralised society. To achieve that, it really requires a technical team that can settle down to working on the product in a relatively long period, while they could be recognized by centralized institutions, especially by the governments. So far, Jolocom has shown a very convincing capability in this area.

3.2 Def Network

Link:https://gitcoin.co/grants/6556/def-collaborative-address-labeling-tool-for-web3

Brief:

Def Network is a Web3 user tagging system that makes it easier for developers and analysts to create on-chain user profiles by collecting on-chain address behaviours, such as contract interactions and token transactions. Users can find people with specific tag combinations based on Def, which can be used to generate whitelists, build SocialFi, develop trading tools, profiles, data analysis, and more.

Reasons to Recommend:

In addition to on-chain reputation, Web3 users should have more dimensions of interest in user portraits; Def provides a standardized and customized tag combination system for the project, which has strong practical value.

3.3 Dragd

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6473/dragd-no-code-dapp-builder-for-your-ens-domain

Brief:

Dragd is a simple no-code website builder that allows users to create the profile page and connect it to their web3 domain names. Users can build everything with Dragd, from NFT collections to complex smart contract front ends for DApps. Dragd’s component library includes a variety of reusable components that can be used to build users’ own dApps. Builder applications are similar to Figma and do not require any programming experience, but also support custom code for third-party integration and more sophisticated functionality for the users’ dApp.

Reasons to Recommend:

Web3 WordPress can help users choose between standardized/personalized website building, lowering the threshold for building a Web3 personalized profile.

3.4 Soulcard

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6559/soulcard-namecard-for-buidlers

Brief:

A web3 name card solution called soul card, to show the information and social relationship of an address or a guy, and try to build the did solution focus on builders!

Compared with the traditional personal information display homepages such as LinkedIn, SoulCard has a higher information density because it can be embedded into a variety of social scenarios. Moreover, the reliability of SoulCard is guaranteed when it is used because it needs to be verified by the DAO owner when it is cast as NFT. The other features of SoulCard include: Skills and other related information recorded on SoulCard can be proved by Challenges record, Github PR record, etc; After the SoulCard Owner joins the DAO, SoulCard will attach the information of the DAO it participates in to mark the Owner’s group efficiently and clearly; SoulCard contains its SoulCard Web3 footprint.

Reasons to Recommend:

ETHshanghai finalist, an elegant solution for Web3 business cards.

3.5 Proof of Soul

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6231/proof-of-soul-soulbound-token-issuanceattestation

Brief:

Inspired by Glen Weyl, Puja, and Vitalik’s latest paper on Decentralized Society and Soulbound Token, Proof of Soul is a permissionless soulbound token issuance/attestation protocol that enables people to bring relationships on-chain.

Proof of Soul will further launch on mainnet and L2 in late July with a better design and complete implementation, including revoking SBT; searching, issuing, and attesting with ENS integration; and linking to various DID services like Proof of Humanity and brightID.

Reasons to Recommend:

a top contestant for the SBT (soul bound token) Race.

3.6 0xScope Protocol

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6256/0xscope-protocol

Brief:

0xScope is a protocol created to standardize Web2 & Web3 data by building a Knowledge Graph. 0xScope Protocol is able to integrate data from various sources and incorporates various modern machine learning algorithms such as GPL in order to provide real-time analysis, signals, and reports for the users.

0xScope Protocol’s product can empower a new generation of social media platforms, and engine recommendation algorithms, and help government agencies in workflows by incorporating its Knowledge Graph.

Reasons to Recommend:

By searching one address you can get all the related addresses instantly. Currently, the social network at Web3 is no longer a one-to-one network, products like 0xScope are necessary in identifying, categorizing and analyzing the relationships between addresses inside the network, and for empowering the next generation of recommendation algorithms.

3.7 Interface

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6257/interface

Brief:

Interface is a social app that aggregates wallet activity across various sources (chains, protocols, contracts, platforms) and turns them into a human-friendly social feed. Users can scroll their feed and see what their friends have aped into, whether that’s a mint of a new NFT collection, swapping on one of the DEXes, or provision of liquidity to a bridge protocol.

Reasons to Recommend:

Input one of your account (whether it is web2 or web3), and you can see the complete you. A good front-end demo of Next.id.

3.8 Keychain

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6716/keychain-soulbound-web3-social-platfform

Brief:

KeyChain is a Web3 development platform which uses the ENS protocol, SoulBound tokens and on-chain attestations to pair Web3 identities with their Web3 reputation, as a way to tackle scams and fraudulent behaviour in the Web3 space. As well as become a Sybil-resistant solution to identity theft and duplication.

Reasons to Recommend:

Another contestant for the SBT race where it allows other devs to work on top of its web3 identity and reputation infra.

3.9 Kola

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6582/kola-inspire-creativity-for-web3-music

Brief:

We offer no-code tools and AI-based infrastructure to create massive web3 music assets with highly-engaged communities.

In our community, people can harness creative resources across backgrounds and borders. Each contributing part of the creative process can receive fair and lasting royalty shares enforced by smart contracts rather than fixed income.

Reasons to Recommend:

A very interesting and easy-to-use no-code tool to make your ENS domain become audio. Multimedia domain names are a relatively new concept, as decentralized domain names present more like an identification, projects like Yat and kola are trying to rich this identity by various methods, and it is conceivable that the future identity domain will become very diverse and fun.

3.10 A3S

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/5997/a3s-protocol-first-transferable-address-for-web30

Brief:

A3S Protocol is a multi-chain protocol to build the next generation of address standards, enabling addresses to be securely traded, leased and escrowed. It equips addresses with liquidity and integrability, thereby allowing them to be priced as the basic on-chain service.

For users, it is the first time that the interaction records carried by the addresses can be sustainable. Users no longer have to give up their addresses and abandon their valuable records because of private key leakage or sharing.

Reasons to Recommend:

Although there is very little information, the concept of transferable addresses is very attractive and fun. If what is said can be achieved, it will be the top public enemy of SBT, NFT communities (WL system), and the anti-Sybil system. It would be very funny to see LOL.

3.11 Wordblock

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/2445/the-word-block

Brief:

Word block aims to explore a new experience between content and individuals by trying to build up a ‘Web3 literature system’.The creator can proof the text they generated by using wallet signature, and store text content whenever/wherever they see into word blocks for future reference use, where the reader could be directed to the original context by simply clicking on the referred word block.

The word block link will be bi-directional, which means it can bridge web2 context with web 3 id-ized content. When the web2 pages(URLs) content is abstracted from that context, it could have a parallel “identity(ID)“ enabled by web3 infrastructure. Later, we could do things like block mapping and text computation on IPFS(probably not on IPFS, but some middle layer for semantic computing), while the context is addressable on web 2.

EN: https://mirror.xyz/conaw.eth/hBj9GSkYzLpQM524VBVhjO8C5-KQFw9UmfrYkerlvZE

Reasons to Recommend:

WordBlock proposes an interesting attempt to value contents, by using methods similar to bookmarks, highlights and clips to make fragmented/paragraph content can be uploaded to the chain, and stored as a ‘word block’ structure for future reference and citation.

On the one hand, it allows The content can be divided into smaller units for value proof, and on the other hand, it also builds a bridge for the migration of web2 content to web3, essentially they are building a “literature library” on top of web3.

What’s more interesting is that by using the traces on-chain, it could also become part of the decentralize identity, which allows the DID have a richer present and more potential imagination.

4. Reputation

4.1 DAOU

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6113/daou-maximize-your-social-capital-in-daos-with-so

Brief:

DAOU uses Soulbound Token and Social Oracle to convert your activity data in DAOs ( Discord activity and participation, Forum Q&A, Github contributions, roles, and connections) into on-chain verifiable data.

DAOU will give each member a score based on these verifiable data. This score can be considered as a kind of reputation in DAO, which can also be called by third parties. The data verified by Social Oracle will be released to Soulbound Token by DAO, which can then be used externally. For example credit loans, airdrops, whitelist, preventing DDoS, etc.

Reasons to Recommend:

The collection of community credit can realize a credit scoring system, which can be expanded to more scenarios in the future, such as whitelisting, credit loans, etc.

4.2 Ethrank

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/5189/ethrank-the-ethereum-leaderboard

Brief:

ETHRank is an open-source, merit-based achievement ranking system for every Ethereum address. During Season 2, ETHRank will add support for Polygon! This means extra points for owning Unstoppable Domains, an increased transaction count, and more points for owning various NFT projects on Polygon.

In ETHRank, scores are calculated using a point system, where points are awarded for completing steps, goals, and achievements. As steps are completed, points are added to the user’s Score. If all steps of a goal are completed, then the points for that goal will be awarded. Similarly, if all goals for achievement are completed, then additional bonus points may be added to the user’s Score.

Reasons to Recommend:

The ranking itself is pretty explanatory.

4.3 Ormi.fi

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6085/web3-reputation-oracle-by-ormi-finance

Brief:

Ormi Finance is creating a reputation oracle that aggregates and computes a web3 identifier’s reputation score by collecting information about the wallet address through various sources (eg: on-chain transaction history, NFT and POAP ownership, ERC 20 tokens etc) and exposing them both as REST API service and as well as via Chainlink External Adapter for consumption by DApps.

So far the prototype version has been created, including both a UI and the smart contract: reputation-oracle-interface.herokuapp.com

Reasons to Recommend:

An encapsulation possibility for an on-chain reputation system.

4.4 Poapin

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6045/poapin-treat-your-poaps-like-treasure

Brief:

POAPin is a series of tools built on the POAP ecosystem. Currently, POAPin has apps for Android, iOS, macOS, and a web-based POAP explorer. The basic function is to finely organize and share POAP. The web version also has the function of creating custom topics and grouping POAPs together. There is also pin.poap.in to create code to embed POAPs in web pages.

In the future, pin.poap.in. will provide more templates, add features such as filtering and modifying the order, direct image downloading for pin.poap.in, etc.

Reasons to Recommend:

Extremely convenient to help dapp access POAP.

4.5 Quest3

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/5995/quest3

Brief:

Quest3 is a Web3 quest and event platform. Users can earn tokens and NFT badges by participating in quests and events. Quest3 is committed to providing a variety of permissionless on-chain and off-chain quests for GameFi, DAOs, communities and projects, benefiting users continuously, and flourishing the propagation ecosystem.

Quest3’s user base is divided into two parts, B-end and C-end.

For B-end advertisers, Quest3 is committed to providing a variety of permissionless on-chain and off-chain quests as landing pages. The community will obtain loyal users through the situation of task release, and reward them in the form of NFTs.

For C-end users, they can obtain achievement rewards by participating in quests and events, and through the continuous accumulation of data on Quest3, they can enhance community reputation and unlock higher-level quests and rich rewards, benefitting from their own data.

Reasons to Recommend:

Quest3 can help project easily create a marketing campaign, while letting users obtain achievements and rewards.

4.6 DeQuest

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6653/dequest-journey-into-the-metaverse

Brief:

DeQuest is a Learn-to-Play-to-Earn (L2P2E) certified platform, with the goal of building a reputation layer for the entire Metaverse. It is the first platform of its kind for Metaverse users who want to understand game economics, gameplay mechanics, tokenomics, and read in-depth research analyses of Play-to-Earn games. It serves as a bridge to easily track players’ knowledge and skill levels across Metaverse ecosystems, as well as their ability to carry out jobs in the Web3 world.

Our platform is built from the ground up with multi-chain and cross-metaverse capabilities. It verifies the achievements, activities, skills and behaviours of Metaverse citizens across games and networks to create maximum value for the Metaverse as a whole.

Reasons to Recommend:

Building a game-like identity/reputation by using SBT. Users can prove their knowledge and skill level of certain gameFi/topics by completing different tasks (mostly reading/learning related materials and passing the test) and gaining experience and SBT.

With the development of the gameFi ecosystem and Metaverse, this type of identification may become a threshold requirement for many future Guilds and players recruiting in games’ beta tests.

4.7 AKI Network

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6645/aki-network-a-data-powered-web3-consumer-network

Brief:

AKI Network is a data-powered consumer network for web3 scaling, focusing on web3-native influencer marketing. The network is dedicated to incubating the voices of web3.

Aki native data criteria to measure things like web3 impact, marketing performance, credibility, speciality, capability, etc., which can be actionable and offers informative data insights.

Reasons to Recommend:

Aki evaluates KOL’s marketing capabilities based on big data analysis, helping projects and KOLs to better cooperate.

4.8 GENKI

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6631/genki

Brief:

Genki is a Web 3.0 community on-ramp platform where blockchain projects, channels, users and validators can build new connections in a trustless way.

Genki helps content creators, influencers and KOL to navigate their audience toward valuable experiences, in a decentralized way. Through performing simple social tasks and offering on-chain quests where the users can earn in the process, Genki is able to benefit projects, content creators, influencers and their audiences.

Reasons to Recommend:

Genki helps projects easily create a marketing campaign, match capable KOLs, and reduce customer acquisition costs.

5. Creator Economy

5.1 Web3Shop

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6172/web3shop-next-generation-of-social-e-commerce

Brief:

Web3Shop is a Web3 Social E-Commerce platform that connects designers with NFT holders and enthusiasts inside communities, designers can publish NFT smart contracts, and have their own web3 store to upload their designs, and manufacturers can buy the rights to manufacture these designs directly on Web3Shop.

Reasons to Recommend:

Web3Shop is a good exploration of NFT copyright commercial derivatives, which can help designers build bridges with community NFT holders and enthusiasts in addition to NFTs.

5.2 Sonorous

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6224/sonorus

Brief:

Sonorus is a Web3 protocol to revolutionize how music and all sorts of other content forms are published, distributed, and monetized. Musicians and listeners can earn money through uploading, listening to, and promoting music. In the future, Sonorus is planning to launch music streaming developer SDKs and Sonorus database to further benefit developers and broader users.

Reasons to Recommend:

A web3 ecological transformation for traditional music streaming media platforms.

5.3 MuseX

Link:https://gitcoin.co/grants/6206/musex-protocol

Brief:

MuseX is an open, composable protocol for creator economy in Web3. It provides users with protocol-level technical infrastructure for application layers in text, audio, video, and images based on web3 concepts. Thus helping them to build products more efficiently.

MuseX has already implemented text creation, NFT role and simple DAO models. In the future, it will also provide support arweave, audio creation and publishing (music, podcast, etc.), monetization modules, and so on.

Reasons to Recommend:

MuseX supports rich text, rich media and Web3 native digital assets.

5.4 Popula

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6610/popula-a-web3-platform-for-the-community-economy

Brief:

Popula is the infrastructure devoted to the Web3 Community Economy, leading a new paradigm for the Creator Economy powered by open-source protocols.Popula provides a community-friendly playground for creators to share content, and for users to explore, interact and participate in different communities.

Behind the Popula interface is a Point System, a reputation protocol that issues non-transferrable tokens (Points) to record value-added behaviour within a community and signal the reputation, contribution, and commitment of participants. By leveraging the Points System, Popula’s Community Economy Protocol Set helps creators monetise and incentivise member co-creation.

Reasons to Recommend:

Popula helps creators monetize with novel reputation protocol​​ and incentivizes DAO members to co-create.

5.5 Art by City

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6572/art-by-city

Brief:

The Art By City Protocol is a cross-blockchain Web3 art and creative content protocol built primarily on Arweave. By publishing art and creative content to the Arweave blockchain through the Art By City Protocol, it is ensured that this content is stored permanently, immutably, and decentrally distributed. Art and creative content published through the Art By City protocol are inseparable from the artist’s on-chain identity, regardless of their blockchain or platform of choice.

Licensing and royalty intentions are published alongside art and creative content, ensuring that artists, creators, and their work are protected legally and that they receive proper royalties as their content is monetized.

Reasons to Recommend:

Cross-blockchain Web3 art and creative content protocol built primarily on Arweave

5.6 Share

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6336/share-web3-social-writing-platform-powered-by-len

Brief:

Share is a decentralized Web3 social writing platform where authors can publish books as NFT and readers can interact with their favourite authors.

Share does not collect any personal information, a signature on the wallet is enough to connect the user. Share will not do targeted advertising.

Share offers authors a new way to make a living from their writing: convert and sell the book/article as NFT (Ebook/PDF) and sell via our future NFT Marketplace for authors and readers, set price for collect posts via Lens protocol.

Reasons to Recommend:

Solve the problem that Web2 creators are hard to cash in and must go through the platform.

5.7 DESU

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6349/desu-decentralized-subscription-payments

Brief:

DESU is a social platform where creators can monetize their content and build a community with cryptocurrency, social tokens, and NFTs.

DESU also provides a recurring subscription payment protocol that allows everyone to receive recurring payments in a decentralized manner via immutable smart contracts. DESU is a non-custodial platform. Subscribers and Creators on DESU make payments directly to each other all powered by DESU’s recurring subscription payment protocol.

Reasons to Recommend:

The creator economy platform, which focuses on subscription payment, is slightly different from most creator platforms allowing instant and single payment. It would be a perfect suit for content creators with periodic output, such as magazines workshop, independent drawers, research institutes, etc.

5.8 Cobogo

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6537/cobogo-the-future-of-content-creator-monetization

Brief:

Cobogo is a platform made especially for Content Creators, that has the goal of giving them power over their own monetization and their communities, using Web3 to achieve that.

In the Cobogo platform, Creators can advertise their Media Kit, showing the work they want to high-quality clients, and be sustainably funded through their own communities by using our unique Staking Mechanism.

Reasons to Recommend:

A new method for creators to earn revenue through the community.

5.9 Maven

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6616/maven-foundation

Brief:

Maven is building a decentralized Video Streaming Platform DeStreamLabs.

DeStreamLabs is a Decentralised Video streaming Platform on Polygon for creators, gamers, music artists, and worldwide video content creators built with Lens Protocol. Streamers can do Streaming to multiple platforms for Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook.

Maven offers a solution to the problem with existing Video Streaming Platforms that the value of content should be decided by the audience & not by the platform. Thus, DeStreamLabs will be the incentivized platform for all users with multiple inbuilt streaming features.

Reasons to Recommend:

Simply understood as web3 Youtube, based on the social graph foundation of Lens, and can synchronize the streaming to centralized video platforms, allowing video creators to own their own content.

5.10 Grantr

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6672/grantrapp

Brief:

Grantr.app is a grants aggregator, which links capital and talent together. We aim to index all the grants in crypto/web 3 and our tagging system allows talent to connect to relevant funding.

The resources will also be used to build out an automation process that will allow applicants to apply to all relevant grants with one single application.

Reasons to Recommend:

A very interesting and useful aggregator for developers, present something like developer’s ‘Web3 bounty task board’. Smooth UX and aggregated most of the chain and ecosystem’s Grant activities on the market.

6. DAO

6.1 TogethDAO

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6310/togethdao-smart-contract-based-crowdfunding

Brief:

TogethDAO is a DAO infrastructure, which aims to help people lower their interaction cost with Ethereum, users can get to the target tokens or NFTs by creating their only DAO or joining other’s DAO.

It can be regarded as the DAO of DAOs. For each individual DAO, TogethDAO provides a crowdfunding function. Everyone can pool his/her token together to purchase a specific target, when the amount reaches the target, all funds will be collected together and go through a bridge to get to Ethereum to purchase the assets, and thus, share the cost of doing so.

Reasons to Recommend:

Help DAO purchases NFT or other assets through crowdfunding.

6.2 X-Mob

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6489/x-mob

Brief:

X-Mob allows everyone to obtain blue-chip NFT shares at low cost through the group purchase design and getting rid of the inefficiency of investment DAO’s investing in NFT in terms of selling through the design of front-loaded voting.

By automatic delivery through smart contracts to solve the problem of NFT shares (fragments) easily decoupled from the market, and the design of group purchase + automatic delivery enables the smallest size of NFT index issuance so that any user can issue an NFT index through X-Mob

Reasons to Recommend:

Lower the barrier for users to buy the bluechip NFT through group purchase.

6.3 NeighborhoodDAO

Link: https://gitcoin.notion.site/https-gitcoin-co-grants-6115-neighborhood-dao-ada279f80f274c1a8d9a2d4512ecb63b

Brief:

Neighborhood is a platform that helps people launch their own membership pass into DAOs. With Neighborhood, everyone can easily create DAOs. Once configuring the DAO, users can begin fundraising. Then, anyone can bid on the membership passes to get multiple passes with different tiers after the fundraising stage.

After completing the fundraising stage, DAO supporters are able to buy/sell tickets on NFT marketplaces. Grow the DAO community by leveraging the NFT feature that enables all DAO members to earn royalties fees based on their share (Reputation Points) of the DAO. The DAO creator is only able to unlock the funds from the treasury if voting works.

Reasons to Recommend:

A fusion tool of JuiceBox+Snapshot. It is a management tool expands around DAO’s funds. The overall UI/UX is quite good and could be a useful tool for early DAOs’ fundraising.

7. Metaverse/Gaming Identity

7.1 Non Fungible Friend

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6237/non-fungible-friend-connect-build-and-engage-with

Brief:

Non-Fungible Friend makes it easier for users to engage with their web3 network, by providing fun widgets and interactive contexts based on plugins. Users can use the NFF space as a web3 “homepage”, while customizing the layout of widgets and DApps, as well as showcasing their web3 identity with various assets.

Non Fungible Friend is currently working on its full version DApp that can realize an open social dynamic for users to interact with other space owners. Non Fungible Friend hopes to build a set of tools to support daily web3 chores and social activities to be completed in one simple DApp.

Reasons to Recommend:

Users can create an interactive pet on Twitter based on the NFT they hold and present their web3 identity.

7.2 The rift

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6591/the-rift-mana-crystals

Brief:

The Rift launched at the beginning of the year to provide Experience(XP) infrastructure for Loot. It highlights the paradox Loot users face when using their bags to interact throughout the Lootverse extracts value from the bags rather than adds value to the bags.

As bags interact across projects, they earn soulbound XP (bound to the bag) and level up. A bag’s level could be used throughout the Lootverse in a variety of ways. For example: level requirement for allowlists, the requirement for a Dungeon, special look or visuals etc.

Reasons to Recommend:

The rift is the Experience system for Lootverse, and is an essential part of the lootverse identity system.

7.3 Phi

Link: https://gitcoin.co/grants/6667/phi-build-your-web3-world

Brief:

Phi (philand.xyz) is a metaverse created from ENS domains and wallet activity, enabling the easy visualization of “on-chain identities”. It incentives users to interact with various web3 protocols, which provides positive feedback to all protocols and accelerates the overall network effect of Web3.

Users can generate personal space from their ENS domains and can claim objects(NFTs) based on their wallet activity. Using the objects, users can build their own web3 world. Interact protocols, Collect objects, Build their own world, and Explore a whole new crypto world.

Reasons to Recommend:

Users can easily create an on-chain visualized profile by Phi.

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