Grant Application for Widelens

  • Project Name: Widelens
  • Payment Address: 0xf8DC054d3c112913f4a14e83279228988d9DA053 ETH
    **- [Level]:seedling:-Seed

Project Overview :page_facing_up:


Please provide the following:

Widelens is a space where the community can educate, explore, and connect with each other. Striving to be the facebook of Web3.

A decentralized application where users can monitor NFT transactions of ETH Addresses they follow (Contracts and Wallets) which will simulate twitter feed type timeline of all the addresses they are following. Users will be able to explore upcoming/past NFT collections and educate themselves about them based on their transaction’s stats and collection profile. In addition, widelens offers a portfolio manager for users with accounts.

An indication of why your team is interested in creating this project.

We believe widelens is the bridge that connects people who aren’t Web3 savvy to Web3 world by introducing a UI/UX experience simliar to the applications that they use daily.

Project Details



  • Svelte/Sveltekit/Typescript
  • TailwindCSS


  • NodeJS/Typescript

  • Express

  • MongoDB

  • EtherScan API

  • Alchemy API

  • What your project is not or will not provide or implement
    Widelens is not a marketplace and will not provide a place to sell or buy NFTs but allow users to sell via Openseas/Looksrares API

Team :busts_in_silhouette:

Team members

  • Joseph Rios = Co Founder/ Engineer
  • Nico Herrera = Co Founder/ Engineer


Legal Structure


Team Code Repos

Private Repo

Team LinkedIn Profiles (if available)

Development Status :open_book:

Currently in development

Development Roadmap :nut_and_bolt:


  • Total Estimated Duration: 3 Months
  • Full-Time Equivalent (FTE): 2
  • Total Costs: 17 ETH

Milestone 1 — Basic UI Skeleton

  • Estimated duration: 2 Weeks
  • FTE: 2
  • Costs: 1 ETH
Number Deliverable Specification
0a. License Apache 2.0
1. Frontend Svelte Repo Start skeleton of the UI
2. Backend Repo Create the structure on how the backend routes will be structured
3. Production Build Be able to see a production version of widelens

Milestone 2 — Business logic

  • Estimated duration: 2 Month
  • FTE: 2
  • Costs: 14 ETH
Number Deliverable Specification
1. Creating all frontend routes develop the UI for the homepage, explore page, profiles, etc.
2. Create all consumable APIs Use APIs such as etherscan and alchemy API to get access to on-chain transactions to get data of each address, create a DB for users using metamask as the login, create helper functions to help frontend take the load off the client
3. Production Registering domain, setting up frontend server (vercel) and backend server (digitalocean)

Milestone 3 — Polishing

  • Estimated duration: 2 weeks
  • FTE: 2
  • Costs: 2 ETH
Number Deliverable Specification
1. QA Bug sweeps from the UI to API issues
2. UI Polishing Polish UI/UX to ensure excellent user experience

Future Plans

  • More customizable portfolio manager
  • More Social media aspects (commenting, PMs, etc)

Additional Information :heavy_plus_sign:

We have finished Milestone 1 and are in 50% through milestone 2.

Hi @josephriosIO, interesting and ambitions project, love the idea. A couple of questions / notes:

  1. It seems the links to your linkedin profiles may be broken
  2. re: “We have finished Milestone 1 and are in 50% through milestone 2.” , would this be an application for retroactive funding?
  3. Can you give a little more detail or insight into the functionality and details of the “homepage, explore page, profiles” pages?
  4. Is there a basic feature list that you are hoping to launch with?

Thank you!

Hi @dabit3, thank you for the quick response!

  1. Here are the correct links
  1. Yes sir

3.a Homepage

The main functionality for the homepage is to see the most recent NFT transactions on ETH blockchain, a table of the top 10 highest traded NFTs per volume on Opensea for the day, and the most trending NFT Collection of the day.

3.b Explore

The main functionality of the explore page will have a more detailed version of the most trending NFT collection of the day, users will be able to follow NFT Collections, and be able to find NFT collections.

3.c Activity

The activity page will contain a feed like timeline of NFT Transactions from the ETH addresses and NFT Collections you follow.

3.d Profile

The main functionality of the profile page will be to see your own NFT transactions, see your own NFTs that you have collected, and to showcase certain NFTs in your collection.

  1. The MVP for Widelens will be
  • Follow System where you can follow ETH Addresses and NFT Collections
  • See ETH addresses and NFT collection’s NFT transactions in multiple places throughout the application.
  • Editable profile page
  • User will be able to showcase certain NFTs from their collection on their profile page.
  • Find upcoming/released NFT Collections

For post MVP we do have a lot features we would like to add such as

  • Rarity tool
  • Portfolio manager
  • Instant Messaging
  • Post directly to Activity feed
  • Like system for individual NFTs
  • And More


This seems pretty similar to the grant below, which we did not approve:

Basically creating an NFT aggregator / market place. We have seen several applications and inquiries about grants for this type of work, and in all case we have rejected them. So I think it’s safe to say we’re building an organic policy around rejecting such grants.

Can you please explain how this grant work would add to any of the following?

  1. Open Source
  2. Radicle Ecosystem


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Hello @bordumb

Thanks for the response, and I can see how at first glance our application can seem like an NFT aggregator/marketplace, given some features it has.

However, Widelens purpose is to be a social application where people can follow other addresses and stay up to date with what they do, as well as monitor their own address. The other features are just convenience.

It’s open source in the way that anyone who has heard about NFT’s can use the site to follow their friends or other people (famous perhaps) to see what they are doing on the blockchain. It’s a low entry app so newbies and veterans can share a space together. Our goal is to build a space where Web3 enthusiasts/learners can spend most of their time rather than in multiple applications. A new decentralized home.


I was wondering the status of this grant?


It’s a “No” from me.

My general feedback is:

  • I don’t see how this is bringing value to open source workflows
  • It doesn’t include any sort of value-add - either through integrating with or enhancing - Radicle’s tooling
  • Most of the grant work is for Widelens’ product. This begs a few questions: Why should this be entirely funded by Radicle? How will this work be sustainable after grant funding runs out? Radicle’s Drip product (link here) might actually help you find a sustainable way to fund this work. The key is: you’ll need to build a Community that finds value in it.

If either of these 3 points could be addressed, we might be interested in funding some of this grant. But we would not want to fund 100% of it as is.

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