Mask Network Web3 Social Ecosystem Grant Round 3 Review

Mask Network
18 min readMar 13, 2024

Mask Network Web3 Social Ecosystem Grant has come to its 3rd round, in this round we selected 33 Grantees from a pool of numerous applications. These Grantees are categorized into 3 tracks: Web3 Social, Autonomous World, and Public Good tracks. 10 Projects were selected for Web3 Social track, 12 Projects were selected for Autonomous World track, and 10 Projects were selected for Public Goods track.

These Projects came from diverse countries including China, the U.S., Germany, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Russia, India, Singapore.

As we see, the autonomous world is flourishing, with 10 fully on-chain game projects emerging, many of which are built on Starknet. Additionally, 2 projects are contributing to community building and content creation for fully on-chain games.

As Mask Network continues to build the Web3 social ecosystem, we’ve seen a variety of Web3 social projects emerge during this round. Projects like and enable users to visit or create their Web3/Web2 profile pages based on ENS service. Others, such as and Pulse, allow users to maintain their privacy through the use of Zero-knowledge proof technology, ensuring that their social content can be distributed securely to those who need it. Additionally, projects like Solid Credential Clients and DAuth assist users in verifying credentials. Most of these projects are contributing to the prosperity of the Web3 social ecosystem, which we truly admire.

Regarding the public good grantees during this round, we also observe a variety of projects providing different values as a public good. ZKP2P offers a trustless peer-to-peer (P2P) fiat-to-crypto onramp and offramp powered by ZK (Zero-Knowledge Proof) technology.

OpenBuild and Glacier Network are both empowering developers and enhancing the infrastructure of decentralized applications. Discoco lab and Concrete are constructing the infrastructure for Layer 2, one for Bitcoin Layer 2 and one for app-specific rollups with built-in digital physics for an Autonomous World.

Tokenary’s focus on delivering a superior Web3 experience tailored for Apple Safari users underscores the importance of accessibility and inclusivity in driving adoption.

Web3 Social Category



Website: is a free and public ENS gateway that enables users to access Ethereum-native dApps and content.There is a substantial need for accessibility for projects and users seeking to utilize ENS dWebsites. Research has indicated that ENS dWebsite traffic is growing at a rapid pace. On average, the gateway handles 3–6M+ requests per day. At present, the primary source of raw traffic for is derived from DAOs, DeFi apps and their related products/services, SEO crawlers, and novel projects within the community. On the long tail, serves a diverse range of independent dWebsites, spanning from personal resumes and portfolios, to custom NFT art projects.The ENS protocol and community would greatly benefit from increased adoption of easily-resolvable ENS domains. The service is unique in the sense that no special configuration is required to use the service. As long as an ENS domain is properly configured, the gateway will automatically resolve its content. The service is unique in the sense that no special configuration is required to use the service. As long as an ENS domain is properly configured, the gateway will automatically resolve its content. (LIMO) is a privacy-preserving ENS gateway, enabling users to access Ethereum-native dApps and content. LIMO represents a shift in dWeb adoption by providing an alternative means of accessing ENS resolvable domains.

It takes public gateway services a step further by enforcing strong privacy guarantees, for instance, never logging IP addresses or engaging in TCP fingerprinting (a process where a remote site or service gathers little bits of information about a user’s machine and creates a unique profile of the user). It also actively blocks FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) — a Google developed algorithm that tracks and correlates users based on their browsing history.

LIMO supports every ENS compatible storage layer, allowing users to utilise IPFS, Arweave and Swarm ContentHashes. Further, it also supports CCIP-Read for L2 and off-chain lookups, emoji and unicode domains, fallback record checking and on-demand ENS subdomain certificates.

Moving forward, LIMO will be bolstering accessibility and facilitating developer experience with a suite of modern deployment tools. For instance, hotcaching (dynamically update ENS mapping cache in real-time as records are updated on-chain), reverse lookups (search for ENS names based on the IPFS CID or contenthash) and decentralising the LIMO infrastructure through a community run Content Delivery Network (CDN).



Demo: is a user data assets trading protocol that aims to empower users to own the value created by their data and form a composable user portrait layer.

While users can control their own data and generate passive income from it, data users can access user data by using API. New applications no longer need to start from scratch in collecting user data — they can access a wealth of comprehensive user data as soon as they connect to the data layer.

User‘s import metadata (eg., wallet accounts, Twitter accounts, GitHub accounts, etc) from data collectors into their account vault, tags will be found from metadata, and later, users can generate zero-knowledge proof from their tags, and link them to their ZK portrait. Data users can use API to search for ZK identities using specific tags, and pay for the search, ZK identity owners get rewarded by providing their data.

3. Solid Credentials Client



Today, credentials are handled in a centralized manner. Services often depend on centralized due diligence software service (like LexisNexis or Onfido) to guarantee that a person is who they say they are. With verifiable credentials, there’s no need for an intermediary. It only requires a trusted issuer to sign the credential, a wallet to hold the credential, and a verifier interested in reading the credential.

Solid Credentials Client’s goal is to make it easy for anyone to be an issuer, holder, and verifier, so that identity verification intermediaries are no longer required.

4. DAuth Network



DAuth is a novel approach that adapts Web2-style authentication mechanisms for the Web3 ecosystem, all while ensuring decentralisation and preserving user privacy.

DAuth allows users to Sign in their Web2 authentication with Privacy Focused, permissionless and verifiable.

1, When users using DAuth, they can directly use Web2 Social Account, but their data can be preserving Confidentiality.

2, How to obtain permissionless? DAuth integrates ZK-proofs, allows to verify users without holding keys.

3, Regarding Verifiable, DAuth’s proof can be verified both on-chain and off-chain, to ensure flexibility and security.

DAuth can lower the barrier for new users, people holds Web2 Social account can directly Sign in with their data confidentiality. This can help the mass adoption of Web3 ecosystem and introduce more users.

5. Ensō Collective



Ensō Collective uses blockchain transactions and web3 reputation to provide a social commerce experience that values curation over quantity, making it easy for users to discover and purchase the products that truly align with their tastes.

Built on top of Lens Protocol, the platform links brands and designers with their tastemakers, allowing them to earn from on-chain attribution.

Key features include:

  • Save posts: save Publications in a public or private board;
  • Split collect: multiple parties part of the creation of a publication receive revenue upon its collection;
  • Affiliate split: original creator with reach and audience is rewarded with a % split of the Collect fee;
  • Multi-collect shopping: save user’s Collects in a shopping cart;
  • Address collect: certain publications, upon collection, will lead to a physical product being shipped by a brand;
  • Public goods: share rewards on profile and feed.



FAST is building a cross-chain cross-messaging platform native AI bot to allows users do the following in the fastest way possible:

  1. Onboard onto crypto and create a safe, secure wallet.
  2. Interact with the various crypto DeFi protocols using just text.

The project will help the crypto ecosystem by bringing the next billion users onto crypto via the messaging platforms that they already love and use. This will also boost the adoption of various crypto protocols since users can easily interact with them via a natural text interface.

7. TonUP



TonUp is a distinguished Launchpad platform operating on the TON Blockchain, dedicated to identifying and fostering high-potential assets, and showcasing new opportunities to the entire community.

There were 2 Projects launched on TonUp, more than 2,000 Participants and raised more than $260,000. With a thriving community of over 200,000 members, TonUp is committed to amplifying its impact on the TON Blockchain and continues to explore avenues for even greater contributions.

8. Dhive



Dhive is an all-in-one hub where governance meets vibrant community dialogues. Monitor proposals, engage in a decentralized forum, and get personalized notifications.Core Features:

🌐 Real-time Governance Proposals:Get a front-row seat to the latest governance proposals from a myriad of Web3 communities.

📢 Decentralized Discussion Forums:Engage in decentralized conversations that mirror platforms like Reddit.

🔔 Instant Notifications:Receive timely notifications for new proposals, posts, and discussions tailored to your interests.

🛡️ Trusted Interactions:Boost your profile’s trust quotient. Flaunt your Web3 identities and interact with added credibility.

🎯 Tailored Community Recommendations:Get recommend communities to follow based on your token holdings.

By gathering governance proposals and encouraging open discussions, it makes decentralized decision-making easier and more transparent. This supports Mask Network’s goal of a smooth transition to Web3 and helps to grow and improve decentralized networks. In essence, Dhive is all about promoting community involvement and collective choices.



Website: is a Web3 social networking platform that leverages Ethereum Name Service (ENS) to create dynamic, decentralized profiles based on users’ ENS records. gamifies user engagement through leaderboards and integrates social networking functionalities, such as decentralized messaging and community building, using blockchain technology.

Every ENS domain represents a unique and personalized profile.When someone navigates to a profile created by talke as an example) , they will be greeted with a rich tapestry of social interactions and content. The page dynamically showcases the user’s Twitter feed, a curated list of GitHub repositories and activities, and an engaging Instagram feed, all seamlessly integrated. Additionally, visitors can preview the content of the user’s IPFS website, linked via the content hash added to their ENS. Furthermore, is continually expanding the integration capabilities to ensure that each ENS profile page becomes a comprehensive hub, offering visitors a holistic view of the user’s digital presence across various platforms. has gained significant popularity within the ENS Community. This feature-rich application serves as a catalyst for increased engagement in Web3 Social, providing users with the tools to seamlessly connect and showcase their presence.

10. Pulse

Twitter: @ Frankc_eth , @orbuloeth , @limone_eth


Pulse is a mobile-first social app built on top of Lens and Farcaster. By developing a dynamic recommendation engine that shows you content based on your onchain social graph (what you posted and liked on Lens/Farcaster, the POAPS you collected, etc…), and in-app interactions. Content can be consumed in a Tinder-like experience: swipe-left (skip), swipe-right (like), swipe-up (superlike — and mint onchain). The author is hidden on purpose until the user likes the content, to avoid bias and give new creators a chance to get noticed. Finally, authors whose content gets superliked more than 10 times receive an attestation building on top of their onchain reputation.

On Chain Game

1. This Cursed Machine



This Cursed Machine is an open ended on-chain world. You are a new assembly contractor, your limbs have been removed, pipes protrude from your body. You are living in the pod, you are eating the bugs. Use your employee terminal to construct, connect and operate the machines at your disposal to achieve your targets. Unfortunately for you, other players make this goal very competitive. As the game progresses, share the pod with other players, scale up the production, collaborate with or betray the others, leave the pod!

This Cursed Machine is a culmination of the experiments and projects Moving Castles has done the last year. They have developed several primitives for this game which come together in a novel way and will be open sourced and documented for others to use. This includes:

  • Multiplayer on-chain resource- and control circuit editor
  • Initial terminal based interface and hidden information to incentivise community front-end development
  • Pods are ECS Entities, holding users, connections and machines in their inventories and can be used as composable multi-user agents in future games
  • Pods can be used as material production factories for other contexts and games as part of a world-weaving vision.

2. Stratagems



Stratagems is an infinite board game, a persistent and permission-less game where players use a specific set of colors to compete for the control of the board. Alliances and betrayal are part of the arsenal as colors mix and shift on the board.

And so “stratagems” is first and foremost a social game. Its main inspiration is conquest.eth who successfully created a deeply social game out of simple mechanics. Stratagems explore it further by having even simpler rules. It also reduces the gas cost to minimum by spreading the actions over a week period. It works because most of the game plays out in the conversations and strategies happening among the players. While maximally on-chain, stratagems scale its gameplay by offering a compelling off-chain gameplay with the social complexity associated with it.

Stratagems is a unique experiment in social coordination. It also show that new type of game are possible, even on highly priced network like Ethereum mainnet. Furthermore, as a game, if successfully, it will obviously captivate the mind of many.

3. Jimu


Jimu, a modular development toolkit, is built on Starknet and toolchain for building onchain games and autonomous worlds using Cairo. Recognizing that many Web2 developers may not be acquainted with Starknet and Cairo, Jimu strives to bridge the gap and encourage traditional Web2 developers to venture into Web3 on-chain game development.

In pursuit of this goal, Jimu has developed a set of modular development tools, easing the transition for developers unfamiliar with the Web3 landscape.

4. PixeLAW



PixeLAW is an attempt to build a very primitive autonomous world that allows players to govern, play and interact at the pixel layer. Each pixel is programmable which makes the world interoperable and permissionless. Creators are enabled to alter the state of the world and introduce new logic by changing the pixel components via open systems.To showcase this, PixeLAW team is building three games (i.e. Snake, Paint & Rock Paper Scissors) inside PixeLAW that are able to impact each others state.To ensure a decentralised world the PixelDAO governs over the base rules of the pixels.

5. Minters World



Minters World is a gaming studio building Rhascau: fully on-chain, pod racing game. With Rhascau, they have developed a new way people can compete for assets on chain.

Rhascau provides a new type of social & gaming, multiplayer entertainment for a wider crypto space. Friends can join together, and compete for on-chain assets. Whoever is the fastest, wins! They are also developing economically sustainable ways of running fully on-chain games on top of generalized rollups, while building the right incentives for players.

6. FunBlocks



FunBlocks is a Chinese media and game community that focuses on on-chain games. FunBlocks believes that the core of Web3 spirit is openness and composability, and only on-chain games have the opportunity to achieve this goal. Meanwhile, the core of games is to bring joy to players, which is also the origin of the name FunBlocks.

The entire on-chain gaming industry is still in its early stages of development, FunBlocks insists on reporting the latest developments and progress of on-chain games for free. FunBlocks will keep producing more excellent content and better promote the concept of on-chain games for the Chinese community.

7. Mississippi



A PVP rogue-like fully on-chain game, where players battle with each other over limited resources in rogue-like caves.

FOCG/AW will bring about new labor relations between developers and asset-formation modes, which in turn will trigger a new wave. Mississippi is pioneering this wave.

8. Loot underworld



Loot underworld is Built on Starknet, extending and complementing the systems of the Realms.World ecosystem.

Loot underworld aims to build an autonomous under(world), a living world of drama, story, and danger, waiting to be explored and shaped by its inhabitants, and occupying the liminal space between and underneath.

The goals of Loot underworld’s are:

  1. Foundation building work such as porting chamber generation to Starknet, as detailed in their FH genesis grant proposal, largely completed and ahead of schedule (refer to
  2. Building out and publishing a beta client for interacting with the underworld (in progress)
  3. Preliminary integrations with the Realms ecosystem, including exploring mechanisms to map underworlds to each realm, entrances to the underworld, introduction of a new resource type & simple resource loops between the over and underworld (They are collaborating with Realms on these mechanisms)
  4. Skateboard experiences
    4a. Incrementally layering in and experimenting with other systems such as self-sovereign generative AI art/asset engine & narrative AI systems, spacial interfaces; introduction of systems like portals, probabilistic risk generation, etc.
    4b. Production of 1+ simple game experiences on top of subsystems, such as an eye of the beholder style dungeon crawling game experience.

9. dmstfctn — Godmode Chronicles



Godmode Chronicles is a fully on-chain emergent narrative game under development with MUD 2.0 by artist duo dmstfctn and Paul Seidler.In Godmode Chronicles, a trove of a thousand ancient chronicles has been recovered, each listing the actions of humans relentlessly training a computer vision system — failing, succeeding and cheating at it. Players get one chronicle from the trove and collaborate to tell a compelling story with that dry information. The information is sourced from a separate AI training game ( developed by dmstfctn and played by 2000 players since July 2023, and that information is provided (verified) to the blockchain.

The game draws inspiration from Hayden White’s historiography and storytelling games such as Epitaph (

The core idea driving the game development is that players do not have to participate in history in order to write history, and that stories told about human actions and interactions can be more captivating than the events themselves.

10. AW Research



AW Research is an institution dedicated to Autonomous Worlds research, powered by CheDAO.

Current operations are primarily divided into three main areas:

  1. Timely Updates on On-Chain Games — providing real-time updates on events within the Autonomous Worlds ecosystem.
  2. On-Chain Games Tutorials, Strategy Sharing, and Exclusive Interviews — offering game tutorials, leaderboard strategies, and exclusive interviews with key figures in the Autonomous Worlds community, aiming to provide firsthand insights into these individuals and projects.
  3. Global Autonomous Worlds Gatherings and Hackor Houses — organizing global gatherings for the Autonomous Worlds community and host Hackor Houses, fostering innovation and collaboration in this exciting field.

11. WASD



WASD is an on-chain media organisation producing content about on-chain games and autonomous worlds. WASD published articles on various on-chain games, infrastructure, and trends three times a week on Mirror and host spaces on X.

They also actively participate in the worlds, like an on-chain gaming clan and host tournaments and esports leagues.

WASD has helped the web3 ecosystem by providing educational content and research about on-chain games and autonomous worlds on Mirror. In the four and a half months since launch, WASD covered over dozens of on-chain games and related infrastructure projects.

They also hosted numerous community activities to help onboard players directly into games.This includes on-chain gaming clan (WASD Guild) forming an alliance in Primodium, as well as organising the first ever esports league for Sky Strife (World Sky League).

12. grug’s lair



Grug’s Lair, as an innovative on-chain gaming studio, addresses a critical gap in the current gaming ecosystem by focusing on making fully on-chain games built on various Autonomous Worlds. Grug’s Lair empowers players with actual ownership of their in-game assets, such as characters, items, and much more which they can trade, sell, or keep across the games. This approach not only enhances the gaming experience by adding a layer of tangible value and rarity to the assets but also pioneers a new model of gaming economy that is more transparent, secure, and player-centric.

Other public goods

1. ZKP2P



ZKP2P is the first trustless peer-to-peer (P2P) fiat to crypto onramp and offramp powered by ZK.

Initially, ZKP2P integrated permissionlessly with Venmo, a popular payment platform in the US to onramp USD to USDC. This can be extended to any payment platform in any country and any cryptoasset.

As crypto evolves (DeFi, NFTs, social, on-chain gaming), the necessity for seamless and trustless interoperability between fiat and cryptoassets becomes much more important. Existing solutions for onramping are not sufficient to address this need: Not globally inclusive (Coinbase is not available everywhere). High fees for direct onramps (charge up to 5%). Complex KYC processes. Need multiple transactions / slow. Not composable with smart contracts (e.g. can’t use USD to buy a Friendtech key directly)

2. Cloudline



🌤️🏯 Cloudline is a Fully On Chain Massive Multiplayer Game (FOCMMO) sustainably rewarding ongoing player collaboration. Designed to be appealing from crypto aficionados to casual gamers, Cloudline is an easy-entry experience reminiscent of Farmville, yet with creative, engaging, social gameplay. It simplifies web3 adoption using AA and gas subsidies, and frictionlessly guides the player throughout their gameplay experience — greatly reducing the complexity of web3.In Cloudline, players create and nurture communities, morphing into beautiful digital cloud tourist destinations. These cloudlines, on top of in-game interaction and through an autonomous world approach, can serve purposes like promoting local businesses in-game, selling advertisement spaces or channeling charity > blending exciting gameplay with real-world impact.

Cloudline is an idyllic, chill and romantic multiplayer city builder. A novel and unexplored genre, ideally suited for intermittent gameplay sessions. Our ambition is to appeal to creative, cooperative and even casual players the experience of Minecraft, Factorio, Dwarf Fortress with the possibilities hitherto unexplored in web3 gaming.

3. OpenBuild



OpenBuild is an open-source Web3 developer community. OpenBuild aims to assist Web2 developers in making a smoother transition into Web3, and offer comprehensive Web3 development courses and guide them to contribute to open-source projects. In addition, provides Bounty opportunities, which not only help developers to improve their practical skills but also afford them the chance to earn financial rewards.

Openbuild team is composed of core members from well-known Web2 open-source and language communities (such as Rust, Python), as well as renowned contributors who have been deeply involved in the Web3 developer community for over 5 years. Currently, Openbuild has begun to deploy developers into multiple ecosystems, such as Celestia, Starknet, Solana, etc., and all the contributions are carried out in an open-source manner.

4. Glacier Network



Glacier is building a modular, dynamic and scalable NoSQL database for large-scale decentralized applications. Glacier empowers decentralized apps (DApp) to build on decentralized databases (DDB). It provides programmable data composability solutions powered by ZK-rollup to seamlessly and effortlessly handle data with GlacierDB.Technical Details- Modularization & Decentralization Secured by ZK-rollup- Each row in a collection is a dynamic NFT- Fully support MongoDB-like NoSQL and CRUD- Data curation & incentives in Stablecoin & Tokens- Each database can be governed by a DAO- Apply ZK proofs to verify queries in the cache- Integrate encryption protocols for access control of columns- Monetize datasets based on X2E economic models- Develop web3 dapps like web2 seamlessly with ultra low cost

Most Web3 Dapps are temporarily storing user and product data on centralized cloud services due to the lack of developer-friendly decentralized storage tools, which brings issues including pseudo-decentralization & data insecurity, lack of scalability & capacity and uninteroperability of smart contracts.The underlying storage protocol is too slow and the act of calculating state just too burdensome / not viable, so decentralized database is a big missing piece of the web3 stack.

5. SheFi



SheFi empowers female entrepreneurs and executives to succeed in frontier industries. Since launching in 2020, 2,200+ female members have taken the SheFi course, and Maggie has taught at Oxford Business School, Google, Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology, Opera Browser, United Talent Agency and Avara Labs. SheFi has also launched an event series SheFi Summit, which brings together the top female leaders and builders in frontier technologies for a day of learning, connecting and hands-on workshops. Through Paris and Istanbul Summits, SheFi gathered a total of 500+ people together with 90% of the audience being female.

About SheFi Video:

To date, SheFi has onboarded 2,200 people plus multiple corporates to the Web3 space.

👋 The SheFi Program is 13 weeks of focused, collaborative learning complete with curated instructional courses, demos and engagement activities to ensure participants walk away with a deep understanding of the Web3 and crypto ecosystem.

Links to Demos, How To Guides and quizzes are for SheFi members only.

SheFi FAQ:

SheFi Curriculum:




Moss is the first support DApp, through modular implementation, wallets and accounts are separated, define a new asset protocol and dapp store EIP & SNIP.

Moss can provide composability of web3 applications and simpler operations

7. Discoco lab


Website: N/A

Discoco lab is Constructing the next generation of tokens and infrastructure by combining zk (zero-knowledge proofs) and traditional Bitcoin layer-2 technologies.

Discoco lab believes these initiatives will kickstart Bitcoin’s DeFi summer.

8. Concrete



Concrete is an open-source development framework for building application-specific rollups on the OP Stack, the rollup development stack that powers Optimism.Concrete abstract developers away from the low-level complexity of building an app-chain secured by L1 while enabling them to build novel decentralised applications.One type of such novel applications is high-performance Autonomous Worlds.

Concrete developing an app-specific rollup with built-in digital physics for an Autonomous World. This setup embeds the world’s rules directly into the protocol, as opposed to running them on the EVM, in order to obtain a huge performance gain and unlock a new degree of liveness for Autonomous Worlds.

There are two things Concrete team going to see a lot more of in the near future:

  1. Application-specific chains and
  2. Non-financial onchain applications.

Concrete team is building Concrete as an open source tool to support both of these developments.

9. tokenary



Tokenary is an open-source Safari wallet designed for macOS and iOS, offering a superior Web3 experience tailored specifically for Apple Safari users. With Chrome dominating 64% of the browser market share and Safari holding 19%, Tokenary recognizes its mission to cater to the needs of Safari users. By focusing on this demographic, Tokenary not only enhances the browsing experience for existing users but also aims to introduce more individuals to the world of Web3 applications.

10. Laputa



Build spectacular floating cities together in an on-chain massive multiplayer game. Featuring a unique in-game economy.

The Laputa team is highly engaged within the on-chain community, driven by a shared mission to encourage greater participation in on-chain gaming. They are committed to making meaningful contributions that inspire more individuals to join the on-chain gaming ecosystem.