Grant ID: 8685tbbrp
As a web3 community builder, at Artemisia we envision democratized access to global finance, particularly for marginalised and underserved communities by leveraging the power of blockchain technology. Our primary objective, when we founded is to accelerate adoption of Web3 technologies (and its offshoots) in emerging and frontier markets. Our actionable strategy is to develop engaged communities through in-real-life & online community building and management.
Describe what your project does or is aiming to do in 50 characters or less:
Accelerate adoption of web3 in underserved markets.
How far along are you?:
The project has been live for six months now.
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?:
I strongly believe that the community is an instrumental cog in the wheel of web3 mass adoption. Web3 needs Africa, and vice versa. Being in the web3 industry for four years, it was evident that what was lacking most in the African web3 ecosystem is engaged and vibrant communities.
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 your vision for how your project will impact The Graph and/or web3?:
Unique Value Proposition: Our initiative stands out in several key ways:
1.) Localized Expertise: Kenya boasts a vibrant and growing tech ecosystem, making it an ideal hub for nurturing a local Graph developers’ community. Our team has deep-rooted connections within the Kenyan tech scene, ensuring that we can tap into this talent pool effectively.
2.) Inclusive and Educational: We are committed to inclusivity and education. We will provide resources, workshops, and mentorship programs tailored to both novice and experienced developers. This approach will foster a diverse, knowledgeable, and empowered community.
3.) Ecosystem Synergy: Our project will create synergies with existing web3 projects and communities in Kenya. By collaborating with other blockchain projects and developer communities, we aim to strengthen the overall web3 ecosystem in the region.
4.) Sustainability: We have a long-term vision, aiming not just to kick-start the community but also to ensure its sustainability. We plan to develop partnerships with local institutions, universities, and businesses to ensure ongoing support and engagement.
5.) Vision: Our vision is multifaceted and centered on the positive impact on The Graph and web3 as a whole:
6.) Increased Adoption of The Graph: By establishing a strong Graph developers’ community in Kenya, we will promote the adoption of The Graph’s technology in real-world applications. This will diversify The Graph’s user base and increase demand for its services.
7.) Innovation and Solutions: With a local talent pool actively engaged in developing on The Graph, we anticipate the creation of innovative solutions that address unique challenges in Kenya and other emerging markets. This will broaden the use cases for The Graph’s services.
8.) Educational Hub: Kenya has a growing interest in blockchain and web3 technologies. Our project will serve as a knowledge hub, nurturing a new generation of web3 developers and contributing to the overall growth of the web3 space.
9.) Global Network Expansion: As part of The Graph Foundation’s global network, we will facilitate connections between the Kenyan community and the broader web3 ecosystem. This cross-pollination of ideas and talent will benefit all parties involved.
In conclusion, our project’s unique value proposition, rooted in local expertise, inclusivity, and sustainability, aligns closely with The Graph Foundation’s mission to foster a strong and diverse global community. We envision this project as a catalyst for growth, innovation, and collaboration within the web3 space, ultimately benefiting The Graph, the Kenyan tech community, and the broader web3 ecosystem.
How will you measure success?:
- Community Growth:
Membership Size: Track the number of community members over time. A growing community indicates increased interest and engagement.
- Engagement Metrics:
Active Participation: Measure the level of active participation within the community through metrics like forum or social media interactions, attendance at events, and contributions to open-source projects.
- Education and Skill Development:
Workshop Attendance: Monitor the attendance and feedback from educational workshops and courses. High participation and positive feedback suggest successful knowledge dissemination.
- Project Contributions:
Number of Projects: Count the number of projects developed by community members using The Graph’s technology. More projects indicate a thriving ecosystem.
- Diversity and Inclusivity:
Diversity Metrics: Keep track of the diversity within the community, including gender, age, and backgrounds, to ensure an inclusive environment.
- Partnerships and Collaborations:
Partnership Agreements: Measure the number of partnerships established with local institutions, businesses, or other web3 projects. Successful partnerships can lead to resources and support for the community.
- Feedback and Surveys:
Community Surveys: Conduct periodic surveys to gather feedback on community satisfaction, needs, and areas for improvement.
- Local Impact:
Local Projects: Assess the impact of community projects on the local ecosystem, such as the development of solutions to address specific challenges in Kenya.
- Global Connections:
Connections to Global Web3 Ecosystem: Track the number of connections and collaborations between the Kenyan community and the broader global web3 ecosystem.
Longevity: Monitor the community’s sustainability over time, ensuring that it continues to thrive beyond the initial project phase.
- Documentation and Knowledge Sharing:
Creation of Learning Resources: Measure the production of educational content, tutorials, and documentation created by the community.
- Events and Meetups:
Event Participation: Evaluate the success of events and meetups in terms of attendance and participant engagement.
- Economic Impact:
Economic Contribution: Assess the economic impact of the community, such as job creation, entrepreneurial ventures, and increased economic activity related to web3 technologies.
- Adoption of The Graph:
Usage Metrics: Track the adoption of The Graph’s technology in local and global projects resulting from the community’s efforts.
- Community Governance:
Establishment of Governance: If applicable, measure the successful establishment of community governance structures and decision-making processes.
- Community Testimonials: Collect testimonials and success stories from community members to showcase the project’s impact on individuals and organizations.
What milestones will you achieve in the coming weeks/months, with or without the grant?:
1.) In 2 week’s time: Organizing, promoting and executing a developers’workshop for developers in Nairobi looking to build solutions on the Arweave protocol.
2.) In 6-week’s time: Organizing, marketing and executing a general community meetup for ardent Arweave users, developers and enthusiasts in the coastal city of Mombasa.
3.) IIn 6-month’s time: Organizing and executing a 2-day web3 fair for web3 enthusiasts, companies and developers in Kenya.
Please select who you think will benefit from your project?:
Subgraph Developers, Indexers
How much funding are you looking for? (USD):
Provide a breakdown of your requested funding:
We are requesting for funding on a continuos basis (over 12 months.) We plan to organize, promote and execute monthly developer workshops for developers looking to utilize The Graph’s technology.
The monthly grant amount requested is: $450.
This amount will go towards renting the venues for the workshops, preparing merchandise and materials to gift attending developers, and provide light refreshments and snacks to the developers in attendance.
Have you applied for (or already received) funding from somewhere else?:
Can you share any information about current/past web3 experience?:
Leveraging my expertise and passion for Web3, I’ve made significant contributions to two major Web3 protocols: Arweave and the Helium Network. I also serve as the unofficial Helium Foundation local representative in Kenya.
Prior Experience & Key Achievements:
- Helium Network & Community Building:
• Building Web 3, Internet of Things (particularly, LoRaWAN), and Blockchain solutions for a globally decentralized peer-to-peer Internet of things.
• Helped to build the Helium Network infrastructure in Kenya in preparation for permissionless use by various IoT devices as a substitute to the expensive and highly restrictive traditional telecommunication industries’ cellular networks.
• As the Helium Foundation’s local representative, I actively participated in building a vibrant community in Kenya, going from no presence in Kenya to now a thriving community of hundreds of IoT and Web 3 enthusiasts. Growing this community was only possible through a combination of organizing and managing online and in-person meet-up events for the Helium community in Kenya.
As the unofficial Helium Foundation local representative in Kenya, I’ve been instrumental in establishing and nurturing a thriving Helium community in the region.
Successfully transformed a virtually non-existent Helium community into a dynamic and engaged ecosystem of miners, developers, and enthusiasts.
Organized and hosted community meetup events, educational workshops, and networking sessions to foster relationships and knowledge-sharing within the Helium Network community.
2. Arweave Protocol Community Development:
Played a pivotal role in expanding the Arweave community in Kenya by cultivating a strong developer ecosystem.
Organized and facilitated developer workshops and hackathons, inspiring local developers to build decentralized applications (dApps) on the Arweave platform.
Collaborated closely with the Arweave core team to align community initiatives with project goals.
Established Arweave as a recognized and respected technology within the Kenyan tech community.
3. Founder of the Artemisia Projekt:
My passion for web3 led me to creating an outfit for, primarily, accelerating the adoption of Web 3 in underserved markets through community building and management.
Led a multidisciplinary team in devising innovative strategies to bridge the accessibility gap and raise awareness about the potential of Web3 in emerging economies.
Collaborated with local and international partners to drive impactful projects aimed at empowering individuals and communities through decentralized technology.
At Artemisia Projekt, our key focus is on working with projects that align with our core principle of democratizing access to global and borderless finance to unbanked and under-banked communities. By leveraging the power of Blockchain technology, we aim to leapfrog emerging and frontier markets into a future of borderless finance.
Skills and Expertise:
Community Development: Proficient in building and managing engaged Web3 communities.
Event Organization: Experienced in organizing community meetups, workshops, and hackathons.
Blockchain and Web3 Development: Deep understanding of blockchain technology, decentralized networks, and emerging Web3 trends.
Advocacy: Strong advocate for Web3 mass adoption in underserved markets.
Leadership: Proven ability to lead initiatives and collaborate effectively with diverse teams.
Mission: I am on a mission to democratize access to Web3 technologies and empower individuals in underserved markets to harness the benefits of decentralization. By building strong and inclusive communities and fostering collaboration, I aim to accelerate the adoption of Web3 solutions worldwide.
Why are you interested in contributing to The Graph and/or web3?:
My motivations for contributing to The Graph and web3 are many. Below are some of the main reasons why I am deeply interested in contributing:
1.) Innovation and Technological Advancement: Web3 technologies, including The Graph’s decentralized indexing and querying capabilities, represent the forefront of innovation. I am drawn to the opportunity to work on cutting-edge solutions that have the potential to revolutionize industries and reshape the digital landscape.
2.) Decentralization and Trust: The Graph embodies the principles of decentralization and trustlessness, which I believe are fundamental to creating a fairer and more secure digital world. By contributing to web3, I aim to be part of the movement towards reducing reliance on centralized intermediaries and fostering a more transparent and secure digital infrastructure.
3.) Empowering Individuals: Web3 technologies empower individuals by giving them greater control over their data, assets, and digital interactions. I am motivated by the idea of contributing to tools and platforms that promote individual sovereignty and privacy, which aligns with my philosophical inclinations.
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