HEAT Grant Proposal

Heat Marketplace
A motion data marketplace being built on L1 (currently) that allows for dancers to sell their movement data as an NFT.

Manifesto:
Our mission is to bring movement data on-chain, and enable dancers to create, capture, mint, and sell their movement data through the use of NFTs.

MOVE. MINT. MONETIZE.

The Problem
Dancers currently face the same problems artists faced before NFTs became mainstream. The threshold for success is ultimately placed in the hands of a select few gatekeepers. Even if a dancer has made it through the audition process, they rarely receive an income that makes ends meet. This is because the economic realities of running a concert dance troupe are not sustainable; expenses are high, funding and revenue are low.

Solution
No auditions necessary.
The HEAT marketplace is designed to enable dancers, athletes, martial artists, or anyone that wants to move their body to monetize their work. We’re creating a new path for revenue for an industry whose model is outdated, unfair, and exploitative.

We’re also working to ensure that our NFTs are interoperable with the blockchain-based virtual worlds, effectively allowing us to create usable, customizable in-world emotes.

Current Progress/ Resources

Validation
Currently, users are limited to a specific platform’s default emotes. We believe that movement is an essential layer of self-expression that is missing, but doesn’t have to be. Today, some of the most culturally relevant and viral videos are dance moves (see TikTok). We are seeking to prove that there is a market for emotes, but also for movement-based art that can stand on its own as art.

Differentiation
To our knowledge, the heat marketplace is the first of its kind. An open-source marketplace that focuses on motion data NFTs (.glb, .glTF, .fbx, stored with IPFS or Arweave). However, it is important to note that this is just phase one of what our team is trying to accomplish on our roadmap.

PHASE 1

  • Obtain motion capture suits
  • Ship Heat Marketplace smart contract
  • Finish Building Front-end/ Back-end with PropSupply
  • Raise capital
  • Heat X Inaugural Drop with artist
  • By launch, integration with at least one virtual world

PHASE 2

  • Continue integration with existing and up-and-coming virtual worlds
  • Onboard creators
  • Multi-chain deployment (Polygon, possibly Immutable X)
  • IRL events in Los Angeles
  • IRL minting events at conferences (MCON, NFT NYC, etc.)

PHASE 3

  • Progressive decentralization
  • Launch the $HEAT governance token
  • Tooling for collaboration between dancers, musicians, and visual artists (possible integration with other dapps)

Grant Request
10,000 USDC

Funds

  • Out of pocket/ friend and family donations ($25k)
  • Mirror Raise (20eth)
  • Filecoin micro-grant ($5k)

Help
We are currently looking to bring more developers, dancers, and like-minded individuals into our community. We are a centralized service, but over time we will decentralize, giving power to the creators minting on our marketplace. We welcome all to collaborate with us on this journey. Remember, no auditions are necessary.

Team (we all wear many hats)
Panther Modern: Co-Founder, Lead Creative, Mo-Cap God
Stav: Co-Founder, Operations, Assistant Creative
Prof: Co-Founder, Operations, Community Lead
Myssynglynx: Developer, Smart Contracts
Jin: Advisor (Metaverse/Interop)
Ruben: Advisor (Operations)
Angeline: Web GL
Janine: Web GL

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I love all your promotional videos, they are $$$

  • Could you outline for me what is the unique value proposition that HEAT brings to artists through this marketplace that maybe other platforms don’t have ?

  • How do you plan to on-board artists onto the platform, onto Ethereum ?

  • You said this is currently on L1, could you explain the stratagem here for utility and usability considering gas fees are in the $100’s for minting anything ?

  • If you choose a side-chain, which one are you looking at and why ?

Thanks @STAV :man_dancing:t3:

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Thanks @Yalor! To answer your questions:

Could you outline for me what is the unique value proposition that HEAT brings to artists through this marketplace that maybe other platforms don’t have ?

  • First marketplace for user-generated emotes, and interop between virtual worlds for these emotes
  • First marketplace focused on dance and movement NFTs
  • “Try before you buy” feature - you can test out moves in our Test World, via a variety of avatars, before committing to a purchase.

How do you plan to on-board artists onto the platform, onto Ethereum?

  • Holding dance-offs that bring fun to the metaverse
  • Education arm - we want to standardize an effective, simple methodology for onboarding not only to our platform, but to web3 (emphasis on wallets & wallet security)
  • Physical location w/ IRL events

You said this is currently on L1, could you explain the stratagem here for utility and usability considering gas fees are in the $100’s for minting anything?

  • Using Azuki’s ERC721A contract to mint & The Graph to index
  • Always looking at other projects to see what developments arise in gas optimization

If you choose a side-chain, which one are you looking at and why?

  • Polygon because all of the current blockchain-based worlds have already integrated
  • IMX / Starknet because this seems to be where a lot of up-and-coming virtual worlds/games will be based

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