Proposal: The Ape Inn - EthGlobal Project
App : https://www.apeinn.xyz/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/ApeInn_
Showcase : https://ethglobal.com/showcase/the-ape-inn-1ntf4
Pitch Deck: The_Ape_Inn_Grant_Proposal_v1.pdf (16.4 MB)
Ecosystem Fund Allocation
The Ape Inn began at the EthGlobal Scaling Ethereum Hackathon in March 2023.
After a fun and successful event, I was very grateful to receive 2 separate Apecoin awards from our wonderful Apecoin judges, Maaria and Lost.
The Ape Inn Grant Proposal serves to bring the concept to life and grow within the Apecoin DAO and community.
Craig Moss - 0xWebMoss
I am a Software Engineer who is passionate about web3 and thrives on creating pixel-perfect software applications. I have a keen eye for detail and enjoy working in a frontend role, building and refining user interfaces and solving UI & UX problems with my development team at IO Digital.
My experience extends past the frontend to full-stack development and have worked on my fair share of financial applications in the past. I have experience in managing small and large teams, worked in business and data analytics, have built a few e-commerce stores from scratch, and handled all the SEO. I’ve even dabbled in a bit of design and have a well rounded set of skills for the task at hand.
Currently, I work in a web2 world doing web2 work, I code daily with a team of fellow seniors, building a range of different applications for IO Digital, please visit www.io.co.za for more info.
Currently I am submitting my proposal alone as I created the project at EthGlobal han solo. The grant proposal amount allows for 2 Senior Developers, with a smaller budget for a junior web3 developer.
Craig Moss - Frontend/UI/UX/Web3
LinkedIn - https://za.linkedin.com/in/craig-moss-21822628
Gideon van der Merwe - Fullstack Developer
LinkedIn - https://za.linkedin.com/in/gideonvdm
I hope to keep a spot open for a junior web3 developer so no info yet.
In addition I can reach out to fellow web3 developers, whom I’ve had the pleasure of hacking with, see their profiles below. I worked with them on Mint Tea, another EthGlobal Project that won a 1st place prize from deBridge at EthOnline 2022. See more info here https://mint-tea.netlify.app/
Nobuhito Kurose - Smart Contract Developer
Mourad Bouabdallah - Smart Contract / IOT / Video Production Wiz
Should I achieve the full funding goal, then I will also get support from the company I currently work for, this would include a full agile team of 6 in total, with various skillsets in the IT industry, and a vast amount of experience. This would be the final tech and development goal for The Ape Inn project as I aim to build a safe and secure web3 application.
I believe The Ape Inn can add value to the Apecoin ecosystem with a well crafted, web3 solution that caters specifically to the Yuga Labs family of NFT’s. The Ape Inn will build a platform that unites various Yuga and Apecoin utilities with it’s community members, all under one roof… built by Ape, for all Ape.
The core objective will be to add value, not only to the Apecoin DAO, but to all of the great Ape community. We will focus on establishing a reliable, trust worthy and easy to use web3 application that will service all Ape community members.
The Ape Inn web3 application is built using vue.js, pinia and css. The responsive app is built as a PWA so I have the option to create a mobile app on IOS or Android in future. Testing using Cypress and Sentry. Currently github, but will move to gitlab.
To begin I will run the web application on a simple web server and once the project has gained some traction, I will port the application to a managed and dedicated server which will cost approx $250 per month and give us a 25x speed and performance increase.
The Ape Inn will focus on 4 primary goals in the first year, these will be vital in establishing a reliable and sustainable income to continue future developments.
Each goal or focus area will provide its own unique challenges and hurdles, so we will follow an agile approach to the development of the application. It often happens that startups need to pivot and steer a new course, or rebuild a stronger foundation in order to grow sustainably.
GOAL 1 : Apecoin Staking
The Apecoin staking dashboard utilises the Horizon Labs Apecoin staking contract. This feature was mocked for our EthGlobal showcase and requires further refinement and testing before we do a full release. We aim to include an auto-compounding and stake matching feature in the future.
GOAL 2 : NFT Marketplace
Our NFT marketplace will feature the Yuga Labs stable, including current and exciting future releases from Yuga. The marketplace will integrate with the Opensea API to allow the free trade of all NFT’s, providing an income of 0.1% to 0.2% on all sales made through our platform over and above Opensea fees. As we are focusing on a premium product this is still very sustainable.
GOAL 3 : ApeSwap
We have big plans for ApeSwap and hope to create a better experience than competitors like PancakeSwap and BakerySwap. We want fresh sushi please!
The ApeSwap will focus on creating new liquidity pairs for the Apecoin $APE token.
GOAL 4 : Ape Shop
To start we will build an e-commerce store where the community can create individual storefronts to list, manage and sell their amazing Ape wares.
I have outlined a projected timeline, with an estimate per goal that I would like to achieve in a 12 month timeframe. During discovery phases, code may need to be re-worked or refactored, tested and refined to improve the overall safety, speed and performance of the system.
In addition to the 4 primary goals, I would like to build additional features into The Ape Inn including an analytics dashboard using Covalents new API, DAO tooling, news feeds and so much more in the future as we grow together.
The total Grant Proposal ask is for $135 000.00 which will cover the project development costs for a 12 month period, and expenses for a 24 month period.
Costs based on a small development team of 2 Senior devs per month and a junior. Kindly note we have included the Ape Angel program in an effort to raise additional funds, this is an open offer to the Apecoin community who would like to become involved and help scale and complete the project sooner with a larger development team.
Thank you kindly for taking the time to read my proposal for The Ape Inn.