Should the following Tier 5: up to $120,000 USD, 6 months vesting (1 month cliff) grant in the Platform Contributor category be approved?
Sandstorm connects the top brands with Metaverse builders. Independent artists create profiles and build portfolios on the Sandstorm platform. As brands enter the Metaverse and look to hire creators, they can browse profiles to find the best fit; 28 creators have already been offered full time positions.
We provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work, regardless of the Metaverse they specialize in. SandStorm currently has 1500 verified builders minting assets, creating profiles, and competing in themed builder competitions.
As we expand from the Sandbox into Decentraland, we will be holding builder competitions to engage DCL creators and are looking to secure a grant to distribute to the winners of these competitions. 100% of grant money will go to builder competition contestants.
SandStorm Current Ecosystem:
As a Sandbox Partner and one of the only playable public experiences in the Sandbox, our community is largely made up of voxel builders. We have employed the DCL Studio, Polygonal Mind, to construct our Social Hub in Decentraland. 100 DCL, 3D, and Blender artists have been onboarded to the platform already in preparation for our entry into Decentraland. The Sandstorm team has already received inquiries about independent 3D artists for hire.
We host a live show 5x times a week inside the Sandbox that are focused around builder tutorials, creator highlights, and live interviews with NFT projects and Legacy Brands that are creating experiences in the Metaverse. We will begin hosting live shows inside our Decentraland Social Hub once construction is complete in 3-6 months. POAPS are created and minted for each event.
We hold themed builder competitions once every two weeks with prizes of up to 5,000 SAND going to the winners (prize money funded by the Sandbox). The submissions and voting process are all broadcast live from our Twitch steam.
28 builders on our platform have been offered contract- and full-time roles to create experiences and assets that can be used on Metaverse LAND.
The Sandstorm team has employed another 10 independent artists to help us fulfill projects for our partners. Sandstorm currently has 10 partners that include: Slipknot, CyberKongz, Sappy Seals, Pudgy Penguins, and Alpacadrabraz.
Hosted the first live event inside the Sandbox and featured assets from 60+ creators on our platform.
How it benefits the DCL Creator Community:
Sandstorm provides a place for DCL creators to build their portfolio and get seen by brands that are looking for Metaverse creators.
Grant money will go entirely back to Decentraland creators as prizes for winning submissions in builder competitions.
As Sandstorm continues building experiences for its partners, we will be employing some of the most talented individual creators on our platform.
Sandstorm has onboarded 11 brands into the Sandbox with the intention of bringing them into the Decentraland ecosystem
Live shows will be hosted inside of our Decentraland Social Hub and provide additional opportunities for educational and entertaining content in and around the DCL environment.
Website w/ Builder Profiles: https://nft.sandstorm.co/
Example Builder Asset: SandStorm NFT Marketplace
Builder Competition Winner Example: SandStorm NFT Marketplace
Steve McGarry - Founder and CEO
Game Dizzy - Lead Architect
Evan Shepard - Accounts Director
Sharp - Show Host
Buffessor - Show Host
All grant money will be used to pay out winners of builder competitions, to attract, incentivize, and reward the very best virtual creators.
Sandbox currently allots SandStorm 10,000 SAND per month as prize money for two builder competitions.
With the same funding from the Decentraland DAO, each themed competition will payout as follows:
1st Place - 4000 MANA
2nd Place - 900 MANA
3rd Place - 100 MANA