S4 Intent: Spread Awareness of the Optimistic Vision (Intent 3)
Proposed Mission: A curated web platform to help seasoned web3 users and newcomers alike discover useful web3 apps, resources and tools.
Proposal Tier: Ember
Please verify that you meet the qualifications for submitting at the above Tier: We are both new community members and have not worked with or for the Optimism Collective in the past.
Baseline grant amount: 18k OP
% of total available Intent Budget: 1.8%
Please check here if access to upfront capital is a barrier to completing your Mission and you would like to be considered for a small upfront cash grant: No
Alliance name: Web3xplorer
Alliance Lead: Maxime Servais
L2 recipient address: 0x376229C26a903647B0bd0411530cbD5787AcF50d
Please list the members of your Alliance and link to any previous work:
- Maxime Servais: Ex-PwC technology consultant, now working part-time at The Smurfs’ Society and building https://web3xplorer.com.
- Antoine Sparenberg - Previously a management consultant in telecoms, PMO at Anheuser-Busch InBev and Bizz Dev at The Smurfs’ Society. Now serves as Ecosystem Lead at Argent wallet and sourcing and vetting content for https://web3xplorer.com.
Please explain how this Mission will help accomplish the above Intent:
Having used Optimism ourselves for some time and delved into its community, we’re genuinely excited about its potential and rooting for its success. We are committed to promoting the Optimistic Vision, as we have faith that the flourishing of the Optimism ecosystem is dependent on more users and creators endorsing this vision.
Our game plan? Guide folks through the Ethereum landscape and introduce them to scalable and cost-effective layer 2 solutions like Optimism.
How? We’re making it as simple as possible for all web3 users, whether they’re old hands or total newbies, to explore web3 with our web application, Web3xplorer.
Web3xplorer is your go-to platform for all things web3. It’s got a growing list of web3 apps, resources and tools – 32 at the moment, but we’re aiming to list over 1000 in the coming months.
Web3xplorer has all the features you need to quickly and easily find the right tool or app. It’s got a built-in search engine, advanced filters and sorting, and it’s mobile-friendly. It even syncs with your system’s dark or light mode. You can check it out at https://web3xplorer.com.
Maxime has been hard at work on it since October 2022 (part-time), making sure it’s a speedy, SEO-friendly web app (built with NextJS, Strapi, and PostgreSQL).
We’re confident that Web3xplorer can help bring new people, DAOs, builders, and partners into the Optimism ecosystem. It’s all about making it easy for everyone to find out what apps, guides, learning resources, and tools are available on Optimism, and to get what Optimism is all about.
What makes your Alliance well-suited to execute this Mission?
We make a dynamic duo with our contrasting, yet complementary, skillsets.
Maxime, with his leap from PwC tech consultant to software developer, brings a strong foundation in software development to the table. He has hands-on experience with technologies like React/NextJS, NodeJS application development, and system administration. His current part-time gig at The Smurfs’ Society has also given him a comprehensive understanding of web3.
On the other hand, Antoine, an ex-management consultant and former PMO at ABInbev, blends his strategic thinking and organizational skills with a rich knowledge of web3, garnered from roles such as Ecosystem Lead at Argent and his previous work at The Smurfs’ Society.
We both got hooked on web3 and digital assets back in 2017, and it’s been a wild ride since. Watching friends, ex-colleagues, and even family navigate the web3 maze led to an idea - a curated and hand-picked web app to top-notch web3 apps, resources and tools.
Maxime holds the responsibility for the technical development of Web3xplorer, including incorporating new features and enhancing the user interface and experience based on users’ feedback. In addition, he plays a significant role in boosting our SEO and marketing game. Maxime will also assist in curating content and populating our database with pertinent web3 applications, resources, and tools. On the other hand, Antoine’s responsibility is to find and curate web3 applications, resources, and tools, and write articles (such as this one).
Please list a critical milestone. The critical milestone should be a measure of whether you’ve made best efforts to execute what is outlined in this proposal or not. If you fail to achieve your critical milestone, your grant may be clawed back.
Web3’s main hurdle right now is its complexity, making it tricky for beginners to wrap their heads around it. For a lot of people, it feels like wrestling with both the convoluted world of the internet and the complexities of finance simultaneously. Our aim is to make web3 navigation smoother and to tackle the issue of discovering the right apps, tools, and resources. We’ve outlined the following milestones to help us do just that:
Milestone 1: By July’s end, we aim to expand our listings by featuring a minimum of 500 new applications/tools/resources, with at least 150 of these actively available on Optimism. Each application listing should include a basic description, a Q&A segment to guide users, a snapshot of the website, and their Twitter and website links. Some apps might also feature links to external useful resources (e.g. video to set up a specific wallet).
Milestone 2: By mid-August, we expect to significantly enrich the Optimism page with comprehensive information and external resource links that explain Optimism, demonstrate how to bridge, provide links to governance forums, and more. This page should also include a detailed FAQ section to assist newcomers.
Milestone 3: By early September, we plan to establish and launch the blogging section of our website, which will serve as a crucial tool for disseminating information and resources about Optimism.
Milestone 4: By mid-September, marking the end of the season, we should have composed and published approximately 10 detailed articles focusing on Optimism. These articles will cover topics like what a layer 2 like Optimism is, what users can anticipate from it, guides to bridging and using apps, and more.
How should Token House delegates measure progress towards this Mission: These should focus on progress towards completion. Including expected completion dates for each is recommended.
- By July 31st, we’re aiming to list over 500 new apps, including 150 active on Optimism. That’s our goal to help grow the ecosystem.
- By August 17th, we’ll jazz up the Optimism page (Optimism | Web3xplorer) with much more info.
- By September 4th, we’ll have our blogging section live and kicking.
- By September 18th, you should see around 10 articles about Optimism up on our site, linked right from Optimism’s dedicated page on Web3xplorer.
How should badgeholders measure impact upon completion of this Mission? These should be focused on performance and may be used by badgeholders to assess your Misson’s impact in the next round of RetroPGF.
To see how much impact this mission’s had, badgeholders can look at two main things:
- How many unique folks visited Web3xplorer during Season 4. More visitors means more people are catching on to what we’re doing.
- The total page views for apps that are up and running on Optimism and the Optimism page itself. This shows how much people are interacting with Optimism-related content on our site.
We’ll supply the relevant stats and info from our web analytics tool to measure these two factors effectively.
Breakdown of Mission budget request:
Assuming a standard workweek of 40 hours with an hourly rate of 50 OP:
- Development of the blogging functionality: We’ll be using NextJS and exposing blog content over an API (Strapi) while storing the data in a PostgreSQL database in markdown format. This would take about 3 weeks, or 6000 OP.
- Expanding our database: We’re planning to load up our database with a heap of new apps and tools. This would require about 4 weeks of work, which equates to 8000 OP. We estimate that each app listing will take us between 15 to 20 minutes.
- Writing blog articles: We have a target to create 10 blog pieces, which we expect will take us about 2 weeks or 4000 OP, at a rate of one article per day.
Please note: Some of the funds might be used to reward contributors who step up to help us find and verify content, as well as contribute towards creating awesome articles.
I confirm that my grant will be subject to clawback for failure to execute on critical milestones: Yes
I confirm that I have read and understand the grant policies: Yes
I understand that I will be required to provide additional KYC information to the Optimism Foundation to receive this grant: Yes
I understand that I will be expected to following the public grant reporting requirements outlined here: Yes