Grant Application - Webchain: Decentralized application for web3 email and live message

Radicle Grant Application

  • Project Name: Webchain
  • Team Name: Webchain
  • Payment Address: 0xab8A95f711f9B85898BDd1D405F2ffF9ce8CeC64
  • Category: Radicle Adoption
  • Level: Seed

Project Overview :page_facing_up:

Webchain is the communication layer for web3. It makes it possible for people to communicate in a crypto-native way. The platform consists of two parts:

  • An open-source, multi-chain protocol for sending encrypted messages between blockchain wallet addresses.

  • A simple, unified inbox application that makes it easy for users to view and send messages using the protocol and to keep track of their on-chain activity. It’s just like using email.

People often need to communicate in the context of their wallet or blockchain identity. Communication may be related to their transaction history, web3 activity, or some type of important notification.

Use cases include trade receipts, transaction confirmations, peer-to-peer social messages, community updates, and other on-chain events.

Team :busts_in_silhouette:

Team members

  • Decent Okeh
  • Jordi Piñana
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Contact

Legal Structure

  • Registered Address: Not a registered legal entity
  • Registered Legal Entity: Not a registered legal entity

Team’s experience

Please describe the team’s relevant experience.

Decent Okeh: I have spent the last six years developing my skills as a web3 developer, where I have won several performance awards and been promoted twice. I love managing teams and solving customer problems. I’ve contributed to and managed numerous projects, and used my experience to make some.
I’ve been working in blockchain since 2017 and started exploring messaging & communications in blockchain ecosystems in 2018. In 2022, I was more interested and eager to apply my skills and contribute to the decentralization of web3, and in doing so I wanted to see how Web3 could offer a safe, private & trusted way to communicate.

Jordi Piñana: Software developer with 4y of experience in Blockchain programming. He is also teaching at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia blockchain master’s degree program.

Jordi Moraleda: Senior full-stack engineer. He is heavily involved in the architecture, research, and integration of the components that make things possible. Integrated and validated zk-SNARKs on mobile devices to generate proofs within a matter of seconds. He is also in charge of the UI and smart contract components of the platform.

Team Code Repos

Team LinkedIn Profiles (if available)

Project Description :page_facing_up:

Web3 provides no standard way to handle communication. Some applications work around the problem by asking users to link another method of contact (e.g. email address, phone number, etc.) to an application. This compromises privacy by asking users to link or reveal an identity. Keeping track of valuable, relevant information, such as NFT mints, DeFi positions, and DAO votes across these channels can become overwhelming, confusing, and pose a privacy risk. Radicle also uses a web2 means to handle communication.

Webchain acts as your web3 inbox, receiving messages in the context of your identities. Digital art-related messages get sent to your digital collector identity, gaming-related notifications get sent to your gaming identity, and DeFi notifications get sent to your DeFi identity. Webchain gives you the power to communicate and maintain privacy at the same time.

Deliverables :nut_and_bolt:

Please list the deliverables of the project in as much detail as possible. Please also estimate the amount of work required and try to divide the project into meaningful milestones.

  • Total Estimated Duration: 4 months
  • Full-time equivalent (FTE): 66 days
  • Total Costs: $50,000

:exclamation:The more you can organize your milestones into manageable chunks that are conducive to iteration, the better!

Milestone 1 - Prototype

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  • Estimated Duration: 2 months
  • FTE: 40 days
  • Costs: $30,000
Number Deliverable Specification
1. Initial back end we will experiment with various decentralized back end architectures for storing user data
2. initial front end Creating the user interface to interact properly with Webchain
3. Expanded UX include NFT profile integration, counters, uploading, swipe, and search style
4. Expaded back end support user profile i.e blockchain address, ENS, media uploading, media metadata, NFTs, swiping, searching, likes, 1:1 email, group messages, etc
5. Web and extension interaction optimizing our website, extension, and SDK to increase its visibility and effectiveness, also making use of web analytics software
6. Initial MVP deployment Deployment of the prototype (BETA)

Milestone 2

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  • Estimated Duration: 2 months
  • FTE: 26 days
  • Costs: $20,000
Number Deliverable Specification
1. Implement super-like functionality This involves the implementation of group pages, reputation system, answer and voting, dev page, leaderboard, and more interactive features after the feedback from the beta version
2. Reputation system these involve contributors, influencers, and DAOs, all would be recognized
3. Rewardsblockchain transactions Webchain users will be able to give rewards, and inform of NFTs and crypto to everyone
4. Groups ability to create micro-communities and then when you post it can either be shared publicly, all the communities you’re in, or specific selected ones
5. Increase engagement and awareness We will create a running blog where I’ll post helpful content related to projects like this one - web3 product development and testing -. social media marketing
6. Windows and macOS client Develop and launch Webchain clients for windows and macOS
7. V1 deployment to main net Deploy to main net

Future Plans

Please include the following:

  1. How do you intend to use, enhance, promote and support your project in the short term
  2. The team’s long-term plans and intentions about it. In other words, how will it be made sustainable?
  • The aim is to launch this project in partnership with 5 top web3 DAOs as partners. Radicle will be one of them.
  • We also aim to raise further funding from the other DAOs we choose to partner with.
  • Documentation and SDK to allow other interfaces to leverage and contribute to the data in the Webchain network
  • There are a lot of ideas flying around on how we can improve the learning experience within these micro-communities and across them.

Web3 is the future and Webchain is part of that future, one way to achieve sustainability is by continuously working with contributors to this open-source project. and lastly, fees for high-volume senders will also be used to add to the sustainability of this project.

Additional Information :heavy_plus_sign:

How did you hear about the Grants Program? Medium

Here you can also add any additional information that you think is relevant to this application but isn’t part of it already.

  • Webchain is a great experiment in the Web3 space, bringing peer-to-peer communication to life. This project is being built by a community of developers that met online to build open-source software, funded by grants, and contributors rewarded by a collectively coordinated treasury. This should enable the Radicle ecosystem to examine the specifics of what functions well and poorly during the project life cycle of these new organizations.

  • My initial priorities are user experience, security, and supporting user-owned identity and data. Webchain will then decentralize its protocol functions with an incentivization structure that encourages members of the community to participate in running infrastructure. (DECENTRALIZATION)

  • Webchain’s economic model is designed to be sustainable. It provides a “public good” quota of free messages for human users ensuring anyone can have access to secure, private communication at no cost. (ZERO GAS FEE) But the model also supports the protocol and its infrastructure providers through message fees for high-volume senders. Fees are targeted to be below $0.005.

  • Web2 users (such as Twitter/Facebook) can download the extension or access the SDK, and start communicating on the Webchain embedded application on the Web2 platform.

  • This project is going to be 100% open-source

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Thanks for this grant application.

The application says that it is a “Radicle Adoption” grant.

I don’t see how you’ll be adopting any of the Radicle protocol for this grant.

Can you please provide details on that?

Thanks!

We would like to Launch this project in partnership with Radicle.

The partnership cannot simply be financial. Ideally it would include some improvement to Radicle’s ecosystem.

The partnerships we’re most interested in are technical partnerships that either extend Radicle’s product features (e.g. adding to the code base or integrations).

For now, it is a “no” as there is too much risk in funding projects that won’t necessarily add back to our ecosystem.

We might be interested in retroactively funding this once it’s completed.

I might suggest looking for funding from another project that is more closely related to your core product idea, such as ENS or Push. ENS is all about creating an alias for blockchain addresses, which seems tangentially related to your project. And Push works on push notifications related to blockchain data, which seems more directly related to your work.