AIP-245 - Metaverse Working Group Steward - Interest List

While the Ape Assembly works on the process for electing the three Metaverse Working Group Stewards I wanted to give anyone interested the chance to express their desire to participate and the opportunity to get to know each other better. We need as many great candidates as possible!

Start by checking out the Metaverse Working Group AIP:

Then let me know if you have any questions.

If you’re interested in running for one of the three Steward positions available please leave a comment that includes a little bit about yourself and why you’d be good for the role.

As a co-author of AIP-245 the goal of this post is to promote the opportunity and gauge interest from the community. The official election process and requirements are up to the Ape Assembly. Thank you!



Thank you for putting this up @badteeth , love seeing this move forward!
I’ll be a Guinea pig here with the first nomination for this position lol

I’m Evil, an award winning artist, mentor and curator from India. I’m an early evangelist of NFTs since 2020. I am one of the co-founder of Meebits DAO and active community member of Pizza DAO and Apecoin DAO ( Dah-uh ) I’m also a curator and ambassador for Makersplace.

3 Years in NFT and my extensive knowledge of technologies, NFT trends, early virtual worlds in web3 like CryptoVoxels, Decentraland, Somnium space and working on them as a freelance architect followed by my connections going deep into platforms and OGs, I will able to contribute to the development and innovation of Otherside. I believe in the power of storytelling and meaningful experience for the community and builders that will jump into Otherside .

I know the importance of fostering a healthy and supportive environment within the DAO, personally onboarding artist and people with other expertise, hosting small giveaways so that people can immediately start exploring the DAO and beyond.
And this is exactly what I aim to do by being a Steward for the Metaverse Working Group. I will actively engage with developers, reaching out to CCs and studios and community members to gather feedback, consulting them and helping them adopt $ape and the culture.
I will also work towards creating opportunities for collaboration, encouraging the development of accessible and inclusive tools for developers hoping to jump into the rabbit hole.

I, Evil will help shape the culture of Otherside and Apecoin into a thriving, vibrant and immersive space that will enrich the community as a whole not just for the DAO but beyond this.

P.S. I am a 3D artist with skills ranging from story boarding, concept art and copy writing. Few skills that will be necessary when reaching out to interested studios that are crypto naive and will need step by step guidance when onboarding the DAO and Otherside.


Thanks for leading the charge Evil!




I stand before you today, humbled and excited, as I present myself as a candidate for an elected position within this esteemed Metaverse Working Group.

My name is Aaron Haber, and I bring with me a deep-rooted passion for innovating Metaverse experiences, along with a wealth of experience in producing live and live-streaming events (both in real life and in the Metaverse).

Here’s a rundown of some of my experiences:

  • One of the first comedians to perform in the Metaverse in Second Life.
  • Founder of “World Comedy Studios,” the world’s first online comedy club that brought comedians and audiences together from around the world.
  • Jumped into Web3 at the end of 2020 and have never left.
  • Original Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Minter/Hodler.
  • Founder of The Below Bored Comedy Club in the Metaverse.

Below Bored, co-founded alongside my trusted companion, Bored Ape (2960) Mike Raphone, allows me to continue innovating in the Web3/Metaverse space, combining comedy and entertainment with immersive Metaverse experiences, seamlessly bridging the gap between the physical and virtual realms.

Our Metaverse Club has been fully functional since August '22, and we are proud to build the first Comedian Run/Ape Owned Comedy Club in Otherside (you know, when they let us).

If you’d like to experience the Below Bored Comedy Club for yourself, feel free to visit by clicking here.

Or if you’re a paranoid Degen like me, HMU for a personal tour (no link clicking required).

My dedication to innovation and my ability to synthesize divergent ideas have been the cornerstones of my success, both in the real world and within the Metaverse. I have consistently pushed boundaries, seeking to redefine what is possible in the realm of entertainment and experiences. It is this spirit of exploration and creativity that I aim to bring to this esteemed working group.

As an elected representative, I will advocate for the advancement of Metaverse spaces, recognizing their potential to revolutionize the way we connect, learn, and create. I will champion initiatives that foster inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility, ensuring that everyone can partake in the wonders of this digital landscape.

Together, let us embark on a journey of collaboration and discovery, where the Metaverse becomes a catalyst for positive change and Web3 mass adoption.

I invite you to join me in forging a path towards a future where imagination knows no bounds, where the Metaverse becomes a haven for limitless possibilities.

Thank you for your consideration!

Aaron Haber
Chairman of the Bored
Below Bored


Thank you @badteeth !

I’m very excited that this Working Group is forming and would be honored to have the opportunity to contribute to it in any capacity even if that means a role outside of the ones currently listed. :fire:

I’m Directive Creator, as the name might suggest I do a lot of creative things!

My creative journey spans diverse, high-profile projects such as festivals, concerts, nightlife events, corporate brand activations and notably, serving as the Creative Director for American Idol.

Each of these projects honed my ability to conceive, design, and execute experiences – a skill set that I believe is crucial for the Metaverse’s evolution.

The Metaverse, to me, is not a separate entity; instead, it’s a borderless network of experiences capable of bridging communities and countries.

I view my potential role in the Working Group through the lens of unity and interoperability.

Interoperability is the capacity to create enthralling concepts viable in multiple Metaverses, and the freedom for people to build upon existing work with the same ease as creating a website.

This challenge, alongside my creative experience, fuels the ambition to join this working group.

If elected, my first initiative will be to help expand the Metaverse Markup Language (MML).

By funding code development, examples, educational platforms and introducing a merit-based system to reward innovative Metaverse work we can foster a whole community of creators who contribute to a more unified and accessible Metaverse.

I am already deeply committed to this journey of exploration, collaboration, and creativity so very excited about the potential of this Working Group.

Let me know where I can help!

Stay shiny, DC


gm fam!

I found myself drawn to the ApeCoin DAO right around the time that the MWG AIP was passed. Seeing some priority and focus put towards a Metaverse initiative definitely got my attention and I’m excited to continue to grow and help in any way I can!

s/o @badteeth for being a welcoming voice and someone I could turn to when I had questions while I was starting to get familiar with how everything works around here.

Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet, I’d love to officially introduce myself to the community & throw my name in the hat for MWG Steward.

My name is Krafter and I’m obsessed with the Metaverse :laughing:


My journey into web3 began when I was introduced to what NFTs were back in January of 2021. As soon as I learned about this emerging tech I instantly knew this was going to revolutionize the gaming industry and aid in the creation of the Metaverse that I dreamt about on the regular.

Fast forward to present day…I’ve been exploring the Metaverse & blockchain gaming like it’s my job (one day soon I hope to make it my full-time focus). I have dabbled in many different platforms, but spent a majority of my time in The Sandbox ecosystem during this time. Recently I have began to shift my focus to what The Otherside (and improbable) are doing to push the space forward!

While exploring the Metaverse I have met tons of talented and inspiring individuals who are just as passionate about what is happening here as I am. This lead me to start a podcast (Behind the Avatar) where I sit down with web3 pioneers and get to know them and what they’ve been building. This show has allowed me to learn from some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, all because of the Metaverse!

Thanks to many of the connections I have made along my journey, I have created a wearables & avatar studio (metaSKINZ) that is focused on interoperability in the Metaverse, joined the core team of a Metaverse Studio (Tuschay Studios) where we help onboard brands into web3/Metaverse, and now I have the opportunity to help contribute & collaborate here with all of you!

I look forward to continuing to explore and connect with everyone as we enter the Metaverse together.

Let me know how I can help!

<3 Krafter


Rooting for you mate



Having read and understood the details about the Metaverse Working Group, I believe I would be an excellent fit for the Stewards role because of my blend of expertise and passion in IT, the digital world, and the ApeCoin DAO.

I view the metaverse as a new frontier of digital interaction, and I am truly excited by the opportunity to foster community, collaboration, and cultural progress within this space. My proficiency in emerging technologies such as AR/VR, blockchain, AI, and software development, as well as my firm understanding of the concept of the metaverse, align closely with the Metaverse Working Group’s mandate.

Moreover, I have been actively involved in the ApeCoin ecosystem and share the same vision of DAO; this experience would enable me to help facilitate $APE adoption and support creators and builders within the Metaverse in line with the group’s responsibilities.

Beyond these credentials, I possess strong leadership and project management skills which are essential for the oversight of the group’s operations, budget, and initiatives. I am committed to ensuring transparency and the best interest of the community in every decision I make.

Finally, I am highly community-driven and would make the most of this role to continuously engage our community, support their initiatives, and provide regular updates on the group’s affairs. I love the idea of championing art, media, and culture within the space, and I’m excited to explore how we can promote data ownership and identity within the metaverse.

I believe this role presents an exciting opportunity to build an inclusive, meaningful and creative metaverse, and I would be honored to take on the responsibilities of the Metaverse Working Group Steward in steering our collective efforts towards this vision. I am heavily involved throughout the Yuga ecosystem, hold a variety of metaverse properties even outside Yuga, and bring a unique set of skills to the position. I would like to thank @Vulkan and @Halina.eth for steering me to the forum <3

  • Member of Mutant Cartel DAO
  • Member of ApeCoin DAO Discord
  • Original Member of MAYC (minted)
  • Host and Creator of Several Successful Metaverse Collecitbles Auctions
  • Founder of a Project Involved in Metaverse Development
  • Metaverse/AI Integrator
  • In my former life, I am a pretty well know gamer, it is actually where me tag/handle comes from. Most of my Twitter following outside Web3 community is gamers.
  • High Level IT Experience (several certifications in the IT field)

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Hello everyone! Great to be here among you all.

I am Derek Smart. Take a moment. Yes - it’s really me.

For the benefit of you who don’t know who I am, let me give a very short intro. Google will help you with the rest.

I have been an avid gamer and game dev for a lot longer than I care to remember. I started out in sales, then transitioned to IT (which, as a White Hat, I still do from time to time exclusively for various corps), and finally into software dev. As the world progressed, I was around during the days of Usenet, weathered the storms that were the advent of Compuserve, AOL, Bix, Cix etc. In short, I have been part of communities since the advent of the Internet as we know it. I have seen tech and communities comes and go - and I have been a part of it all at some point or another.

I started working on my first game in the mid-eighties. That game, Battlecruiser 3000AD (aka BC3K) was released in 1996 by Take Two (TTWO); and when they went public in 1998, it represented 14% of their revenue as per their SEC filing. So, you could say that I helped build what is today an industry powerhouse.

After that first game, I went on to build an indie studio through which I have designed, developed, and published over a dozen games in various IP. As an indie dev, I remained true to the games that I wanted to make, never following the pack. And so, I kept making the games that a group of people - my community - continued to buy and play year after year after year. I have been doing this for almost 40 (!) yrs.

I have worked with various publishers, developers and distributors all over the world; including Microsoft, Amazon, Valve, Take Two, Google and many others that have since gone away; for example Interplay, Dreamcatcher, Akklaim, GameTap etc. I have also done exclusive product deals with most of the industry leading companies, including retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy and others. Outside of gaming, I have also done exclusive partnership deals with companies such as Amazon, DC Comics (I did a series of comics for two of my games - one over here) etc.

As a legacy, old school, game industry vet, I know practically anyone worth knowing; regardless of their position. In short, I am literally six degrees connected from everyone. Over the years, I have built relationships which connect people together in all aspects of the industry.

As an avid gamer, my passion for gaming and my continued support for any/all gaming related activities and advocacy is unquestionable and beyond reproach. For example, I was one of the very vocal voices during the Star Citizen debacle eight years ago, the GamerGate fiasco, and others. I love my industry and games. And amid the occasional chaos, derision, and controversy, I have always remained true to my gaming friends, partners, and the communities that I am a part of. I am notorious for being that one guy who will run straight into battle - with a spoon - if that’s all I had. No fear. I am absolutely committed to anything that I set out to do.


I have been involved in crypto since Bitcoin was first released. I am actually a hodler from the early days - long before it became the phenomenon that it is today. I started looking deeper into the Web3 intitiative in 2019 - during the pandemic. During that time, I wrote up design docs, white papers, sketches (I am an avid 2D/3D artist/modeler btw) etc. about what I wanted to do in Web3 GameFi because I believed - at the time - that it was the next industry wave. And that was before AI (which I have also been involved in for decades) became a mainstream thing.

Then I decided to publish a game for Web3 to test the waters.

As time went on, I saw the cycle of derision that had started up around Web3 gaming; spawned by the advent of crappy cash-grab social experiments (and rug pulls) masquerading as “games”. Naturally, as these things go, it has now spiraled out of control. To the extent that Web3 gamers - our own friends, families and peers - have been siloed into their own [fledgling] communities and regarded as gaming outcasts. And so, these past few months, I have written various articles about Web3 gaming. And unsurprising to me, now that the crypto bear market is in full swing, most of the things that I wrote and warned about, have come to pass. For example: You’re never - ever - going to win over Web2 gamers with crappy cash grab games. Take the time to make a good game. That’s it. All of it.

Having been in a LOT of communities over the years, I have always found that the key to engagement is trust. Nothing else matters. It’s easy to spend millions of Dollars in a marketing blitz; but when it comes down to it, only the people who buy and play your game are all that matter. It takes a community. And if they trust you, it’s literally a license to print money. Trust me on this. I would know.

With that, I decided to start looking around for a Web3 community that I felt had the same values that I grew (btw I am 60 yrs old) up with, and which I could position as the tip of the Web3 spear that I was aiming to build. Without naming names of the others that I spent many months looking into and doing research on, I recently settled on the ApeCoin community for various reasons. One of which is very simple: the ApeCoin collective appears to be focused more on promoting the community than on making money via various cash grab initiatives. This was very important to me because it serves a specific purpose in my plan.

With that in mind, I felt that I would join the community, keep a low profile - as I tend to do when first joining any community - and see how things go. As a well-known public figure, I don’t have the luxury of anonymity that so many tend to enjoy. I stake my name and my rep on everything. It is the way.

My original goal was to see if this is the Web3 community that I wanted to make an exclusive part of my Web3 gaming initiative. The reason is simple. Though there is some overlap between Web2 and Web3 gamers, the undeniable derision that Web3 is facing from Web2 gamers, makes it an uphill battle and challenge. To that end, I felt that adopting the $APE coin as the Web3 token for my game, would be the first step toward bridging and building up a Web3 community that finally creates the credible Web2<---->Web3 community bridge.

As is normal, some of you may be skeptical about my motivations. And that’s OK. It’s par for the course; and that sort of thing doesn’t faze me. But bear this in mind: I could do this with any community, with any of the many tokens, anywhere that I choose etc. But I chose Apecoin. I already gave my reasons.

While I was pondering all of the above, what sparked this - my very first post - was when one of your leaders (I am old school, so I won’t name names unless they do so themselves) with whom I have been communicating through other channels about a collab with ApeCoin, suggested that perhaps I should apply to be a steward in the newly created Metaverse Working Group.

Having read about it, attended many Spaces etc. I was already familiar with the plans for the group; but I never thought that it was something that I should be a part of. As a public figure, though I am and have been involved in many gaming and game dev groups and orgs (e.g. I was leader of the FL chapter of the IGDA), I tend to be very selective in the ones that I join or engage in as a leader.

And so, I did some reading on the group and its mandated plans.

And this is where I have to be perfectly honest. For a time, I was of the opinion (which I voiced to some people that I know in ApeCoin) that the DAO wasn’t doing enough to build and promote the community beyond the confines of its bubble. It’s OK to be in a village, but don’t you ever wonder what would happen if you branched out beyond your village to build new things, meet new people and engage in fun things that would benefit and GROW your village? For the most part, I have yet to see any evidence that ApeCoin group is focused on making money. That’s a Very Big Deal - especially in Web3. So, if your focus is on growing the village, why not build on that and extend beyond the realms of this bubble? I have seen several AIPs targeted toward this, crash and burn for various reasons. That alone made me skeptical that anything was going to change in this regard. To me, the community felt stagnant.

These are the two mandates that were the catalyst for my throwing my hat in this MWG ring:

Drive culture forward into the metaverse by actively supporting metaverse-related efforts within the ApeCoin DAO.

I believe that with my decades-long, vast game industry experience in creating and building teams, products and communities, I would be a perfect steward for the Metaverse Working Group. I can help build the Web2<–>Web3 [gaming] bridge that I wrote about above, spread the word to my industry counterparts, peers, and friends, while helping the community branch out beyond this village - and to grow.

Best of all, whether or not I am appointed as a steward, we can still build a game - together. And I don’t mean that I build (I already did that) a game, then make you guys community testers. No. I meant “together” in every sense of the word. I have seen many builders (artists, coders, designers etc) here in the ApeCoin community - and I have a plan. At a later date, I will create a topic with more info about this. For now, this post is about being in the Metaverse Working Group.

So, that’s it. Put me in the Metaverse Working Group and we will build all the things.


Hey there! I’m Doc, and I bring 10 years of leadership experience from a global AAA video game and entertainment studio. In my tenure, I spearheaded teams across video games, esports, and entertainment. You can say I’ve been building in this space before it was widely called the “Metaverse” (unless you read Snow Crash). With a passion for technology, I’ve been immersed in the crypto space since 2018 and NFTs since mid-2021.

My Active Communities:

  • Mutant Cartel
  • Surreal Guild
  • Boring Security
  • 10KTF

Firstly, it’s fantastic to see such talented candidates offering their expertise to this space. I share a deep passion for this work and feel privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with the impressive individuals I’ve come across. I’m genuinely excited about the future and how the ApeCoin DAO can empower creators and community-led initiatives aligned with the original charter. So, let’s dive into how I can contribute value to the Metaverse Working Group.

Throughout my career, I’ve achieved success in leading and advising on digital-forward experiences on a global scale. I’ve spearheaded initiatives that drove innovation and cultural impact within digital ecosystems.

Here are the applicable skills I bring to the table:

  • Facilitation: Collaborating with cross-functional teams to develop strategies for large-scale endeavors.
  • Partnerships: Cultivating relationships with potential partners to propel digital experiences forward.
  • Stakeholder management: Ensuring effective communication and managing stakeholder expectations.
  • Vision and Strategy Development: Inspiring excitement and collaboration among core and external team members to execute against a shared vision.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in AR/MR/VR (Unreal, Unity) at scale.

I’m eager to contribute my expertise and be part of the team shaping the future of the Metaverse. Let’s connect and discuss how we can “drive culture forward into the metaverse by actively supporting metaverse-related efforts within the ApeCoin DAO.”

  • Doc

Doc is the real deal and would bring a ton of value and experience into the DAO through this role.


Hey Doc!!! I am also a member of Surreal, forgot to mention that, and many others ofc!! LOL :joy::joy::joy:


Exciting to see you leading the metaverse with ApeCoin DAO. As you did with KD/A, thought iconic and made the all difference.

Good Luck

-Mr. Hype :fire:


Appreciate the kind words Matt. Means a lot coming from you.


Hi Doc! Since you’re anon here, I can’t tell. What studio was that? Great to meet another game industry person around here.


Great to meet you @SmartAPE

I’m not entirely anon as there are people here that I’ve met in person, and I’m pretty open on smaller community channels.

To answer your question : Riot Games


Ah I see. I was just wondering why anyone with the sort of experience that you posted, would choose to remain anon instead of saying who they are, what they accomplished in order to be considered for a leadership position.

To be fair to this community, don’t you think they deserve to know who you are before endorsing you for a leadership position? e.g. they know who Alex, Yat and others - including me - are and what we bring to the table. Why should that info be exclusive to ‘smaller’ communities, but not here?

I have past and present friends at Riot, and I would like to know who you are, if you don’t mind.


Hi @SmartAPE,

Just wanted to jump in with regard to the below.

Public doxxing isn’t required for roles in the DAO. All Stewards will have to KYC with a third-party to verify background and experience claims as they’ll be responsible for a multi-sig, but beyond that it’s up to them if they want to publicly dox. Thank you,



I wasn’t suggesting a public doxing; though I fail to see how someone identifying themselves amounts to doxing. That’s not the same thing.

But ofc for internal purposes as you described, as long as there’s KYC verification in place, that should suffice for those purposes.