From Zero to One


Hackathons are a breeding ground for ideas.  ETHPortland showcases emerging web3 projects.  My team left the event with 2nd Place for most interesting idea and recognition for deploying a site on Skale Protocol.

During team formation I put “Instagram filters for NFTs” on a 11 x 17 card.  People were curious.  Blaire came to the event to learn about ‘socials and web3’.  She was the first person onboard even though she didn’t bring her coding laptop.  Dex came to the event to work on a security project.  He audits smart contracts for a living.  He was the second person onboard.

I showed Blarie and Dex my research into Github repositories for NFT projects.  Developer Ally’s NFT Hack 2022 presentation has a basic site to mint NFTs.  Alchemy Protocol’s tutorials provide code that displays NFTs based on wallet addresses.  Blaire believed she could fork these repositories for a new project.

We started with Developer Ally’s repository. We quickly realized using existing NFTs would accelerate our project.  We pivoted to Alchemy’s code for our project.  Blaire added a feature that showcases the ETHPortland logo with a 'Mint Filter NFT’ button.

Fellow hackathon participants helped us bring Open Zeppelin’s boilerplate ERC721 functionality to the ‘Mint Filter’ button.  We finished the hackathon with a product that mints an empty smart contract.

During the final hackathon presentation, we focused on the business case for adding filters to PFPs.  Many celebrity backed NFT projects soft rug and dilute the reputation of the brands involved.  Filters bond fans and brands to foster engagement.

What’s Next:

We’re adding features to our ERC721 smart contract.  Image and logo are first.  Pricing and royalty structure will follow if the product gains traction.