Your pumped and dumped jpg pfps are cute but interoperable 3D avatars will manifest identity across the Metaverse. I started to advocate for tokenized VRM avatars in 2020 and posted threads over the years. I've lead by example when it comes down to digital identity and will continue to experiment with interoperability as I believe this will be crucial for self-expression across the next interation of the internet.
This video was recorded inside a browser-based MOCA ROOMs experience but it is important to understand that not only the avatar but also the museum is interoperable and can be spawned across different worlds and engines. Vtubing, social meetups and webcam-based videocalls in such environments will be more common. It will be more common to join social experiences everywhere while reflecting your digital identity.
Now imagine you can prompt content using your digital identity inside AI software like Stable Diffusion. I recently wrote a guide about this particular topic. The bleeding edge of Web3 x Metaverse x AI is the intersection at which I'm spending lots of time these days. Explore my psychedelic art project fueled by an onprem ETV8 SD stack.
The CryptoArt Community is one of the most fundamental web3 tribes. I've been around the early artists, founders and collectors for many years. The mindset goes beyond bored NFT narratives that surface into mainstream media. Since 2021 I've spend lots of energy is spent on the Museum of Crypto Art and in 2023 we launched the cultural distribution platform zeroone. It became one of my missions to support the creator economy.
Both MOCA and zerrone were created with the goal to provide accessible applications for the web3 community that lifts up artists. The artworks above are embedded with the free multiplayer dapp MOCA Show and you can also explore them in 3D via my MOCA ROOMs fueled Hyperfy world in your browser.
The Museum of Crypto Art is a decentralized art museum. It is the first museum consisting of modular architecture which are interoperable by design and can be permissionlessly owned and curated to be spawned across the Metaverse. More importantly, any community member can distribute their voting power towards their favorite ROOMs to increase the curator’s visibility. This blog post explains this ecosystem a bit more.
For me it is very important to build inclusive web3 tools that can be used by anyone interested. The multi-chain product ecosystem, deployed across Polygon and Ethereum, enables users to express themselves via their digital collectibles and onchain activity. Anyone can curate multi-player exhibitions with friends to showcase their favorite tokenized assets IRL and across the Internet for free.
But MOCA is more than products. Our mission is to preserve the truth. A common truth is found when many voices are heard. The non-profit foundation lifts up artists around the globe and enables decentralized curation via web3 native tooling. It aggregates the subjective realities of the many into objective history records that are immutably stored onchain - and redundantly stored across providers like IPFS and Filecoin.
Zeroone is a next gen cultural discovery and distribution engine. It helps creators to move away from likes to ownership. It is ultra accessible, inclusive and involves zero cost to create/collect. Zeroone is built on Avalanche and is fueled by the Biconomy AA Stack enabling an ultra accessible web3 experience. Users login via email, phone or web3 wallets. Contract calls are relayed, abstracting any gas fees from the UX.
At ETHDenver 2019 we shipped the first version of POAP to Ethereum Mainnet. My friend Patricio asked Daniel, Gonzalo and me to join and we didn't disappoint him. Since then Proof of Attendance Protocol allows event organizers to issue tokenized badges for real and virtual attendance in sybil resistant manner. It was a pleasure to build and bound with this crew. They'll always have my support.
In 2022 I finally became M3org member and started writing on my blog with the goal to aggregate knowledge and experience around avatars and other building blocks into the organisation via more structured content. M3 aka Metaverse Makers is a virtual hackerspace that focuses on building, teaching and learning everything that accelerates the creation of an open and interoperable Metaverse.
Another research project that I started back in 2020 is the tokenized identity Nature which originally sparked my research around avatars and web3 identity. Besides all sorts of tinkering and experiments, the project explores community-driven IP and cross-platform storytelling. Recent developments around open source LLMs fuel these ideas and might result in Nature becoming an interoperable NPC.
Since 2018 our germany-based team at qwellcode is creating web3 dapps. The company was founded in 2013 and has been responsible for the tech side of many different projects. A lot of the stuff you saw on this website wouldn't have been possible without this team - thanks for sticking around for so long, its a big family.
Qwellcode build all sorts of web3 projects. However there are a few projects with deeper involvements via long term partnerships. For these projects we're committed to help with priotized resources, strategic decisions and my personal network. Make sure to follow them.
Additionally I've been helping friends from amazing projects with advisory. I can share years of experience in the web3 space, a reputable network and crucial insights into applied research around bleeding edge technology.