[Rejected by House of Merit] Empowering the NEAR Ecosystem with Decentralized Public Good Infrastructure - new DAO formation

Section 1 - DAO/Project Information

The purpose of this proposal is to once again bring more developers into the Near ecosystem, open up for contributions, and develop great public good apps. Key widgets in scope include Kudos, EasyPoll, NEAR Docs, Community Voice, NEAR Tasks, and Community SBTs.

Detailed charter here: Tech WG for public good widgets - Google Docs

  • Organization Name: Tech Workgroup for NDC’s Public Good Infrastructure
  • Proposal Title: Empowering the NEAR Ecosystem with Decentralized Public Good Infrastructure
  • Establishment Date: Not yet established. To be established immediately following funding decision.
  • DAO’s Category: Community Led, Technical Infrastructure
  • Project’s Category: Technical Infrastructure

Section 2. Previous Funding

  • Have you received funding for this project from any source? No

Section 3. DAO URLs

  • DAO / Project Website: Not yet established.
  • Social Media Distribution Channels: Will leverage NDC Tech WG telegram channel (Telegram) as well as DevDao (DevHub by devhub.near | Near Social)
  • Is Your DAO/Project Targeting a Specific Country? No, the target is Global.
  • Which region will your DAO/ Project support? International

Section 4. Applicant Information

Section 5. Team Members

  • Kazanderdad: Founder, main contact
  • Blaze: Sponsor
  • Other Team Members: Devs to be recruited from the community

Section 6. Experience

Most of the apps in the scope of this proposal were originally envisioned by Blaze, and were built under his immediate supervision. As a member of the GWG team during most of 2023, Kaz was responsible for identifying and selecting developers, orchestrating the work into gigs, writing requirements, evaluating milestones and paying the developers.

Given the detailed charter and the mission of the DAO, it’s clear that the team behind the Tech Workgroup for NDC’s Public Good Infrastructure brings a solid understanding of the NEAR ecosystem and a commitment to fostering public goods through technology. Specific experiences and qualifications, as well as past projects, are substantial given the initiative’s scope.

The specific experience of the developer team is not provided, on account of them not having been selected yet. Contrary to most other proposals which identify a core team and then build a walled garden around themselves, this proposal is both open sourced and open to all developers in the community. We strive to build public goods in the open. This can take several forms. Developers can pitch in voluntarily on these projects and submit pull requests as they wish. Good efforts will be awarded retroactively. In other cases there may be a need for a more consorted team effort, in which case roles will be opened up and the most suitable applicants will be selected. All this to say that we can’t submit qualifications of developers ahead of time.

Section 7. DAO/Project Charter/White or Litepaper and Goals

  • Project Overview:
    • Mission: To decentralize the ownership and development of public good widgets within the NEAR ecosystem, promoting sustainable and inclusive growth.
    • Vision: Becoming a cornerstone of innovation and sustainability in the NEAR ecosystem.
    • Core Programs: Development and maintenance of key widgets like Kudos, EasyPoll, NEAR Docs, Community Voice, NEAR Tasks, and Community SBTs.
    • Alignment with NDC: The DAO’s focus on public goods and technical infrastructure directly supports the NEAR Digital Collective’s goals of fostering an innovative, decentralized ecosystem.
    • Team: Core team of developers to be recruited from the community. Sponsored and led by Blaze. Initial organization and operational setup by Kaz, who’s job it will be to find PMs and support staff as needed (or simply leverage Gig & Pay DAO if approved).
    • Requested Budget: $27,000 for the next three months.
  • What Problem Are You Aiming to Solve?: Addressing the need for ongoing maintenance and development of essential public good widgets within the NEAR ecosystem to ensure they remain relevant, efficient, and accessible to the community. The current Ops Team is focused on building voting contract and the widgets mentioned in this proposal are not receiving enough attention. Furthermore, NF has requested that NDC take over more and more (e.g. Near Tasks and this GovForum), which we are proposing to handle with this DAO.
  • DAO Charter: Read more details in this Charter document

Section 8. Budget

  • Projected Budget for the next three months: $9,000 per month initially ($27k for three months). This number may be adjusted down or up as we go.
  • Length of Commitment to Delivering Your Project: The initial funding request covers 3 months, with the team dedicated to establishing a foundation for long-term operation and sustainability.
  • Will your team be fully renumerated from this budget? Yes, the budget includes part-time remuneration for the council and for part-time developers.

Section 9. Project/DAO Longevity

  • Does your project/DAO require one-time or continuous funding? The initial request is for continuous funding.
  • Will your DAO/Project devise a way of sustaining itself after this round of funding? It is not in our plans to develop self-sustaining revenue streams, as it is our belief that high quality public good infrastructure should be provided for free within the Near ecosystem. Potential partnerships beyond the House of Merit will be explored.
  • What are the possible roadblocks to the success of your project/DAO? Initial challenges may include the recruitment of a skilled development team from the community, establishing efficient governance structures, and securing ongoing funding for new and existing widget development.

Hi, can you please send detailed budget breakdown?

  1. What kind of development is planned? What exactly do you want to improve?
  2. Also, what are NEAR Tasks?

Easypoll, Community Voice, Near Docs are already maintain by the community

I don’t understand why you want to take the lead of this.