Grant Proposal: ETHRome

Grant ID: 86857jp55


Italy has never seen a Web3 hackathon so far. We believe it deserves it. ETHRome is being organized with a community and bottom-up approach, as it’s powered by urbe.eth.

Urbe is a community gathering web3 builders in Rome, with monthly meetups, coworking days and trips together around web3 conferences and hackathons (we won 5 of them so far!). As community builders, we’d love to expose local builders to the international ecosystem and get contamination from all around the world. That’s why the idea of ETHRome.

ETHRome is an hackathon-only event, happening on 6-8th October 2023. It’s an event by builders for builders. All our experiences with urbe has been useful for us to get the most out of all the hackathons we’ve been to. We’ve decided to focus on important topics such as Governance & Privacy. We want people to build meaningful projects in the space. We believe that we need better coordination systems as well as privacy-preserving technologies and we hope that our hackathons brings innovation in these areas. The Governance track, named DAOs and Dragons will allow hackers to showcase their skills in implementing decentralized governance infrastructures and better decision-making mechanisms. The Privacy track, named Encryption Games will challenge hackers to explore the full potential of all those technologies and applications that prioritize privacy and security.

Along the weekend, sponsors and mentors will host technical workshops to help hackers learning new technologies and building their projects.

Around the 40hours hackathon happening in the weekend, we are also expecting many side events for developers and builders of all kinds and levels. We are aiming to setup a 5 days bootcamp; Web3PrivacyNow already scheduled an all day long event on Oct 5th; urbe is hosting its community meetup on Oct 4th.

Important details

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Describe what your project does or is aiming to do in 50 characters or less:
ETHRome is the 1st IRL Web3 hackathon in Italy, focused on Governance & Privacy topics.

If available, please enter a link to your project below:

How far along are you?:
We’re almost there, ETHRome is happening 6-8th October. We’ve been working on it for 8 months now, 2 months more and we will be there!

Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you’re making?:
The idea of organizing a hackathon in Rome came after several hackathons attended by some of the organizers. We realized that there had never been a Web3 hackathon in Rome, and we wanted to bring our experience as a community of builders and winners of hackathons to Italy. By traveling together as a community to numerous hackathons and conferences, we have had the privilege of connecting with a lot of talented people. These interactions not only validated the idea of having a Web3 hackathon in Italy but also fueled our determination to make it happen. We received great feedback from our network who expressed their eagerness to attend the event, bringing hackers from their own communities as well. This validation from the community convinced us that ETHRome would be a much-needed and highly valuable addition to the Web3 space in Italy.

What’s new about what you’re making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn’t exist yet (or they don’t know about it)?:
What’s new about ETHRome is that it’s the first-ever Web3 hackathon in Italy and Rome.

Being builders ourselves, we decided to adopt a coding-oriented approach, for example adopting a NO SLIDES policy and asking for live demos instead.

What’s your vision for how your project will impact The Graph and/or web3?:
ETHRome expects to see solid projects that bring value to both The Graph and the broader Web3 ecosystem. Through technical workshops during the hackathon, new builders will get exposed to The Graph and potentially start developing with it.

How will you measure success?:
ETHRome aims to foster the creation of new projects that bring value to the space. The success of the hackathon will be measured based on the number of meaningful projects submitted and the community’s continued building efforts.

What milestones will you achieve in the coming weeks/months, with or without the grant?:
In the coming weeks/months, ETHRome plans to onboard three new sponsors and more partners, target more potential hackers, and organize a bootcamp for developers ahead of the hackathon.

Please select who you think will benefit from your project?:
Other, Subgraph Developers

How much funding are you looking for? (USD):

Provide a breakdown of your requested funding:

  • Brand Visibility (Presence on banners, screens, merch…)
  • Media Coverage (Articles, posts, twitter spaces, interviews…)
  • Booth
  • 30 minutes Workshop in the location of the Hackathon


  • Bounties

Have you applied for (or already received) funding from somewhere else?:

If yes, please describe where you’ve received funding from and how much you have, or will, receive:
Among our sponsor we already have Gnosis, Sismo, Ethereum Support Program, ENS, Secret Network and Base.

Can you share any information about current/past web3 experience?:
As a community, we organize monthly events, known as Urbe Talks, where talented individuals make engaging 15-minute talks in the style of TED Talks, focusing on various aspects of Web3. To date, we have successfully organized more than 10 Urbe Talks, where insightful discussions have taken place, fostering knowledge-sharing within our community.

Additionally, we’ve taken our passion for Web3 beyond local borders by organizing “delegations”: curated trips to numerous hackathons and conferences. These delegations were some of the best experiences we built as a community and some of the best achievements came out of these experiences, with our community securing victories in five hackathons.

Beyond our collective experience as a community, each member actively contributes as builders in the Web3 industry. Many of us have more than five years of individual expertise in the space, reflecting our dedication and commitment to advancing the Web3 ecosystem. This combination of community-driven initiatives and the vast experience of our individual members lays a solid foundation for the success and impact of ETHRome.



Why are you interested in contributing to The Graph and/or web3?:
The organizers have been working in the Web3 sector for years and understand the importance of organizing such an event in Italy. We are familiar with The Graph (one of the contributors is a The Graph Advocate) and we use The Graph for some of the projects we built ourselves (a team from urbe.eth won the first price for Best Use of and existing Subgraph at ETHPrague2023). We know that these event will be a great contribution to both web3 and The Graph, bringing new talented developers in the industry and to become subgraph developers themselves.

Are you applying as a team or individual?:

What type of grant are you pursuing?:
Project (one-off)

Please select the category your project best fits into:

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Greetings! The proposal is quite interesting, but I would like to clarify a few things.

I would like to hear about the team, since you indicated that you are applying as a team. The experience of the members and what they plan to do.

And can you show what is presented for conference sponsors in general besides what you have indicated, and in general see what you suggest. I’m talking about the Sponsor Zone on your website.

Thanks! And that’s it for now.

Hi there! thanks for the reply, I’ll answer your questions separately:

  • We applied as a team, but more appropriate would be saying that we apply as a Community. As said in the application above, behind the ETHRome hackathon, there is urbe.eth: a non-profit web3 community. Between 20 and 25 people from the community are actively working (all volunteers) on organizing this event. Depending on the personal skills of the members, we craeted teams of people that work vertically on each part of the event (e.g. logistics, communication, legal, etc.). Between the people organizing and volunteers we have developers with years of experience on the space and multiple hackathons attended, lawyers, professional videomakers and events organizers. We have more than 1 year of experience together and already organized many activities together, with great success everytime. We are a well-oiled machine, ready to achieve this new milestone together as a community with the first web3 hackathon ever organized in Italy.
  • The Sponsor Tier we are offering is the middle tier, AKA Patricians. With this package, other than presence on banners, posts, website, etc. The Graph will also be invited to Twitter Spaces and will be featured in a special Urbe Unplugged: an interview to a The Graph member that will be present at the hackathon made by a professional production that will be posted on our official youtube channel (playlist to the urbe unplugged made so far: ). Other than that you will have a booth where hackers will be able to go and talk to you guys, know the protocol and why not, take a cool tshirt home. The last important feature of this package is the possibility to make a 30 minute workshop inside the location of the hackathon. This last point is particulary important, because hackers who will want to apply for the bounty, will be able to learn more about the technology and make questions to the mentors. We saw The Graph making this talk in ETHGlobal and ETHCC and it worked great in those occasions. As you can see from the screenshot below, this tier was priced 15k euros (16,5k USD). We decided to offer this tier to you to 10k because we really value The Graph and we would like to have you on board on this one.

Let us know if you have any further question or curiosity!


Due to the complexities associated with large-scale sponsorships for conferences and hackathons, members of the Graph AdvocatesDAO have established a new team - The Events Team.

I will be closing this grant proposal as the newly formed team will assume responsibility for the review process of this proposal.

@Jondar Thank you for your proposal, a member of the events team will reach out to you soon.

Best regards,
Graph AdvocatesDAO

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That’s great, thanks!!