Now that I have your attention, let me share a bit about myself. I’m Kemal, residing in Berlin. My journey into crypto began in 2017, evolving into a full-fledged crypto enthusiast in 2020—a decision I consider the best I’ve made!
For nearly a year, I quietly participated in the NEAR Community. In 2021, I noticed NF’s application for a community manager, and I promptly applied. Fortunately, I was among the 19 selected for the “Concierge Team,” which had various Ops teams. Initially, I co-managed international NEAR Protocol communities on Discord, Reddit, Telegram, and later the Forum. A few weeks later, the Project Ops team emerged, and I joined. We aided BUIDLers in accessing NEAR’s resources, connected them with VCs in the NEAR ecosystem, and facilitated onboarding. This experience was a tremendous learning opportunity, and I had the privilege of meeting remarkable individuals like @FritzWorm, @HaiVu, @LarryLang, @KriptoRaptor, @rahulgoel007, @Benz_Near, @Jloc, @ramgor, and @guille, with whom I even co-founded Mintickt an NFT ticketing platform on NEAR, and many more. I’m immensely grateful for the chance to be part of this initiative.
Today, I don’t just consider myself an enthusiast or fanatic; I’m a BUIDLer, particularly in the realm of community. I believe that Web3 can’t exist without a community. This is where I see NEAR lagging behind other blockchain networks.
You see, I live in Berlin, where the Ethereum Görli Testnet, named after Görlitzer Park, was partially developed and launched. Berlin is a hub for many Web3 companies and, most importantly, developers. What strikes me is that when I attend local events, hardly anyone is familiar with NEAR Protocol. And if they are, they rarely use the protocol or know of any dApps built on it. How can one of the best blockchains on the market go unnoticed in the Web3 capital of Europe?
This situation contrasts with other blockchains that have established German communities in Berlin and regularly host community events. The reason I mention this is because it’s not an isolated case. I’ve observed this in numerous local communities where NF’s attention seems lacking. As I mentioned earlier, communities are the cornerstone of Web3. Communities use, promote, and defend your product—in this case, the protocol. I hope my point is clear.
So, do I believe NEAR will fail? Likely not. Do I believe there’s room for improvement? Absolutely! How would I tackle these concerns?
To simplify matters, by addressing these 5 areas:
1. Community Empowerment: I believe a strong community is the foundation of any thriving ecosystem. I will foster engagement through regular town halls, workshops, and hackathons, nurturing an environment where diverse voices are heard and contributions are valued.
2. Strategic Partnerships: Collaboration is essential. I’ll work to establish partnerships that expand NEAR’s reach, attracting innovative projects and stakeholders. By identifying synergies across industries, we can drive growth and enrich the ecosystem.
3. Education and Accessibility: A key aspect of my strategy is education. I’ll develop resources that simplify blockchain concepts, making them accessible to newcomers. By offering tutorials and workshops, we’ll empower individuals to confidently engage with NEAR’s platform.
4. Technological Innovation: Innovation fuels growth. I’ll support developers with resources and incentives, encouraging them to push the boundaries of what’s possible on NEAR. Integration of emerging technologies and incentivizing novel projects will drive continuous innovation.
5. Sustainability and Inclusivity: Long-term success requires sustainability. I’ll advocate for mechanisms that reward contributors and ensure economic growth within the ecosystem. Additionally, I’ll promote inclusivity, ensuring that NEAR’s benefits reach a global audience.
Feel free to review my complete proposal for my nomination here.
NEAR Community, together, we can shape a brighter future by casting your vote for kemo.near. Now it is in your hands.
I greatly appreciate your support in this vote.