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Web3 Engagement Tools on Hedera! Dimitri Nikolaros of Bountyblok / King Solomon (Part 2)

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King Solomon interviews bountyblok as part of the Hedera Corner in the LightHouse by Genfinity! Brought to you by LightHouse Report sponsor Hedera Hashgraph and in collaboration with our partner and Hedera wallet provider HashPack.

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Genfinity – King Solomon – Founder & CEO
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I love that, and you know, I'll say for me again, like, because you know, just trying to go on and claim some of the Collectibles through a web 2 platform sometimes becomes, because we're so ingrained into web3 and how things kind of work, or you know, if you've been in this space for a while, it's almost like it's like more difficult to go back to the web two. We're out to some regards, which thing which sounds absolutely crazy, but I love the, I love the initiative that you guys, because from what I've seen, like, you guys are sticking to who you've already worked with and have committed to from the to regard, but you're also opening up the door from the web 3 aspect with the integration with HashPack for claiming and things like that, so kudos to you guys, for the decisions that you guys have made, in that regard. I want to ask both, you know, maybe I'll start with Bountyblok, especially since, you know, 2022 was a pretty rough time frame for most people in this space, but you know, we all know that projects and Builders are still building within bear markets, you know, I would, I think it was Sadaf from Genfinity that said it's not really a bear Market, it's a build Market. So what are, what are the some of the biggest milestones and achievements that the Bountyblok team achieved in 2022, and what are some of the, um, forward-looking achievements that you guys are looking forward to in 2023 from Bountyblok standpoint?

Bountyblok – Dimitri Nikolaros - Founder
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Yeah, absolutely, you know, actually it's a, it's a very short answer, you know, like, we built the contest giveaway too last year, uh, and we launched it, on wax, because we were there at the time, and it was a very nice way to test the use case to see if, you know, does anyone even care, and we got a lot of feedback, a lot of suggestions, the tool was free, so we got maximum number of projects to use it, we got close with a lot of, the communities in the projects there, and it allowed us to allowed us to polish the tool. And since then, you know, when now that we're on Hedera, you know, we know like we have a nice list of things we want to we want to build on this year. And to give you an idea, you know, we have we work on this integration with, open AI, and the DaVinci machine learning algorithm. And basically what we're doing is, you know, like on traditional green when you when you when you create a giveaway and you say something like, hey, you know, everyone that participates tweet, you know, some hashtag and whatever some predefined template right. That the project set up so everyone is tweeting the same message. What we want to, we want to make it so that the participant that clicks that tweet button will generate a new tweet, but you're actually saying the same thing. So using opening AI, since now we can integrate with our API when it's available, we want to be able to on demand generate these kind of like unique tweets, so that when you go viral, you include the hashtags and everything that's important, but it, but it's actually a different tweet, whereas in right now the traditional ways everyone's spamming the same thing so, we want to improve that. That's just one example, right? So, we want to leverage whatever technology we have available to us and, you know, bring this whole gamification engagement in the web 3 to the next level. So, that's kind of our focus this year.

Genfinity – King Solomon – Founder & CEO
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Yeah, I know that's the same question of Michael from Liithos as well. You know, given where the market was at last year, I know that you guys have still been building. I know that you guys are continuing to build. So, what are some of the biggest achievements that you guys had in 2022 from the lethal standpoint? And what are you guys looking forward to in 2023?

Liithos – Michael Mumbauer – Founder & CEO
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I mean, ultimately, for us, the obviously the biggest thing was, you know, we've been building this, you know, the IP. The Narrative of the world of Ashfall. And honestly, I would say, you know, it's very atypical for a company to approach anything the way we've approached it. Um, I don't think you could deliver something like a comic or the Tik Tok series this early on in an IP's life. So, I think that speaks generally just to the experience of the team and how great John is as a, you know, just creative visionary with the story and world and character, how fast it's coming to him. And honestly, if it wasn't ready, we would not have done the things that we've done. But fortunately, we just have a really good handle on this world and, uh, so that was that. We were really world-building IP building in 2022 and also, you know, building these other activations. The Tik Tok thing was all in production. The comic was all in production. Now, we're able in 2023 to very early get those out, which is like, you know, really feels good that we kind of left the end of last year. It was a very tough time for crypto, NFTs, and digital collectibles, and then, you know, to be able to kind of come right out the gate in January with something that is seemingly well received and, you know, people are enjoying the experience so far. The Tik Tok series is just about at 10 million views from, you know, episodes one, two, four, with the last episode coming out and closing out the series this coming week. And then that's what's great is that will kick off the comic book series, which is a six-issue, ultimately when it's complete that's a graphic novel. It'll be over 140 pages across the next several months that that's released. And so, what I feel good about is a very new company having released two, you know, very big activations, not including all the collectible cards and, you know, the things along the way, while we're also still building the game. So, we've got a lot of, you know, things in play and we'll be sharing more of the game progress throughout this year. So, a lot, a lot, a lot of, you know, things accelerating from 2023 we'll kind of put the pedal down. We're not going to let it Let It Go.

Genfinity – King Solomon – Founder & CEO
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Yep, and that's fantastic. I mean, I think you know, the last question that I probably have is, and I would love to open it up for Hello Future or Valor up here or HashPack or anybody else that wants to ask a question, but um, you know, as Bountyblok and, you know, I know Liithos has been here for a while in the Hedera ecosystem, as time goes on, you know, are there suggestions that you guys might get from community members or understanding of the Network Services, whether that be Hedera Token Service or the Consensus Service or the File Service, you know, things that you guys are looking at, over time and just experience being in the network where ideas pop up into your guys' heads where it's like, you know what, we might be able to utilize something like this within a gamification aspect, or we might be able to utilize something like this within another aspect of what we're trying to build out from Community Onboarding, and you know, maybe what that experience has been like for you guys. Liithos, I'll start with you guys.

Liithos – Michael Mumbauer – Founder & CEO
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Oh, sorry, I was on mute. Yeah, I mean, it's still a little, it's early. We intend, obviously, you know, technologically to integrate with as many of the services that will help us you know deliver the best game possible. Obviously, we don't, you know, we'll announce those as we go, but don't really have anything to talk about on that right now.

Genfinity – King Solomon – Founder & CEO
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Totally fine. And same thing with you guys, Bountyblok. No, being that you guys are kind of in beta right now within the Hedera ecosystem, you know, have you guys looked at all the services that could be possible, yet or you know, what does that look like for you guys moving forward like as you guys learn more about the network x, y, and z?

Bountyblok – Dimitri Nikolaros - Founder
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Yeah, great, yeah, good question. So, you know, not sure since we're a bunch of tech guys, you know, we're already kind of, we already got connected with like Swirlds Labs, right, where like, we're in a Slack with Ash and those guys, so we've been, you know, we had obviously in the beginning we had questions to help us speed up, you know, where do we get access to data, but after a while when we, you know, we got familiar with how things work, we have ideas, we have suggestions, you know, you know, obviously there's one proposal that I'm looking forward to is the, it's that, you know, a token association which has a bit of a friction on the UX, and I know then what's coming out, right, so we're kind of, you know, we're kind of aware of like the new stuff that's coming on the network on the tech side of things. In addition to that though, you know, we did meet with May and Tyler, the CTO CEO of HashPack I think two weeks ago and we're also on in a Slack with them and even added us to their Discord under the developer section, so we're trying to be more involved on the tech side of the of the protocol on Hedera how things are evolving, and we haven't really had any real, you know, recommendation or anything right now. But, you know, we're aware of what's going on and we're in good contacts with those teams, if that makes sense.

Genfinity – King Solomon – Founder & CEO
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Thank you guys both for the answer. So, we have a panel up here. I don't know if Elizabeth from Hello Future, if you have any questions, maybe Valor, maybe HashPack.

Genfinity – Valor – Founder & CCO
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I do have a question, actually. I just wanted to ask Bountyblok. I went to your website. I was looking through your tools. I just think it'd be really cool to hear from you, just like kind of to break down each tool set that you have. I know there's a lot of community members in here that could probably really utilize what you guys are doing over there, and if you could just break down kind of what your tool sets currently are, whether they're in beta. Obviously, you were saying that they're in beta for Hedera, and just figured it would be kind of cool to hear each tool set as they sit and what you kind of see for the future for them.

Bountyblok – Dimitri Nikolaros - Founder
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Yeah, okay, cool. So, I'll keep it super short because I can go on forever, but we have four things. We have four tools. We have our contest giveaway tool, which is that gleam type tool with a Web3 twist to it that we were talking about. We have a distribution tool. It's a way for projects to easily, you know, mint and airdrop NFTs and any token really to wallets in a few clicks, right? So, let's say you want to reward accounts with, like, some token for holding a certain NFTs, right? So, we have that. Obviously, it's not super fantastic with the whole token association problem. There are projects that are using it within their community who already especially, they're broken. It will become more popular because we've seen it work on other chains, right? And we know projects want that tool. So, we have, you know, on a high level, a token airdrop distribution tool. In a few clicks, you can distribute any of these. We have a gifting tool. If you want a gift, let's say I want to give my wife an NFT, you know, by email address, right? I don't know, like, or a friend, right? And I'm not sure if they have a wallet or not. So, it's a, you send a personalized email, and, you know, they got an email, a nice email, 'Hey, Merry Christmas,' and they click on the link to claim their NFT, and then it brings them to the platform, and they can claim it. They can use whichever wallet. My wife would probably use Facebook to log in, so we, you know, we integrated with Venley for the social buttons, or, you know, if someone has HashPack. So, it's a nice way to gift NFTs via emails. You know, it's a nice way to onboard, you know, people from the outside world into the space. And the final, the last one is just, it's a, we have, we have these trusted API tools, this basically all that does is because we have a lot of experience and, you know, we're working a lot with a lot of projects in the web 2 world, and the biggest problem is they don't have smart contract developers or um, uh, you know, web3 tech guys, right? And there's a learning curve, but they still want to leverage blockchain tech. So, through us, through a trusted API that they can use, we can handle and we can abstract anything blockchain related like minting NFTs or, you know, retrieving certain NFT data, all that stuff. So we just give them a bunch of endpoints and they can just worry about building their app and not having to worry about how does the Hedera blockchain work, if that makes sense. So we have this trusted API thing. This is my, the shortest way I can, I can give it as an answer.

Genfinity – Valor – Founder & CCO
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Yeah, I think that, uh, that HIP proposal, that's, you know, the Hedera Improvement Proposal, the 655 might be able to solve some of those association issues. That, that gets passed that'd be really cool. Yeah, thank you for the answer. I really appreciate it.

Genfinity – King Solomon – Founder & CEO
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All right, Hello Future or HashPack or Marc, anybody up here? Again, I'm gonna give a precursory apology because of the way that my voice sounds today. But Elizabeth from Hello Future or Marc, do you guys have anything? All right. Well, thank you guys both, Michael from Liithos and from Bountyblok for coming up. Obviously, we do these Hedera Corner spaces every month, Monday at 3 o'clock P.M Eastern Time. The first one that we did was last Friday or last Monday, which we had Batty Hattie, as well as Upside Co-op in the Pie-Fi group. This week we had Liithos as well as Bountyblok. It's always amazing, and I want to give a huge shout out and a thank you to Michael from Liithos for coming onto this space as well. Um, I know that there haven't been tons of spaces you guys facilitated. I know I've been trying to ignore you guys in the DMS pretty consistently. It's honestly a pleasure to get you guys up here and just thankful that you guys came up and talked about the project and the ecosystem, the community building, and, uh, thank you guys so much. Really appreciate it. Hopefully, we do another one in the next couple of months. So, thank you guys. Thank you. Thanks, guys. All right, guys. We will do this again next Monday. We will see you then. Thank you, guys.

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