Hi all, Julian here.
I wanted to start the discussion about the potential of a Polkadot mobile (Super)app, used to onboard no-coiners and non crypto natives into the Polkadot ecosystem.
I joined the web3 foundation a year ago to work on some exciting projects that are currently being developed but am new to the Polkadot forum and relatively new to the blockchain space. My background includes 8 years at Audi and Lamborghini designing cars, most recently 10 years industrial and UI design at Apple.
After some time investigating and exploring the Polkadot ecosystem and beyond, I saw that there is an opportunity for an app that is focused on beginners, an onboarding tool with features that are relevant to a larger audience.
Simple to use.
Between Andrey, Birdo, Slava and myself, (members of Parity & W3F) we have formed a small group to work on an initial concept in our spare time, imagining what this could look like, mostly focusing on the overall idea and the user flows.
Andrey has a very strong UX background, Birdo brings a lot of wallet experience from Talisman, and Slava is a design machine. We have shared an initial figma design prototype with some parachain teams in Copenhagen and got positive feedback and some suggestions for features we added already.
Now we would like to take the opportunity and share the concept with the Polkadot wider community to get additional feedback. Please keep in mind that this is only a design prototype (no code has been written) and more importantly that this app is meant for people new to crypto (probably not for you, even though you might find some functions useful too).
The Polkadot App MVP could have following 4 Functions:
Wallet & Payments
We envisage it like a super app that can grow with new features over time. We included some ideas at the end of the post. After we receive your feedback we’ll complete another concept/ design round and look into next steps. If we agree together that this is something useful for the ecosystem, we have to think about the best way to make it happen. It’s likely we would run this as a separate company from Parity/W3F to give creative freedom and decision making. However we are not developers and as such have been discussing this idea with teams such as Novasama (the creators of Nova Wallet) who could help us bring these ideas to life with their development teams.
Link to the deck:
Link to the clickable Prototype:
(you need to install Figma on your phone)
Polkadot can be confusing, complex and difficult to learn. Crypto and Polkadot have a large barrier to entry which we believe we can solve with this product, the ‘Polkadot App’.
An all in one initiative to onboard ‘no-coiners’ and individuals that are new to crypto, people who have used central exchanges in the past or individuals that are interested in Web 3.
The Polkadot App is a product centred around onboarding users to Web3 and Polkadot in the shortest possible time, with many of the complexities of Web3 extracted away. The Polkadot app will let users create their own digital identity, buy and stake DOT, browse and engage with Web3 news specific to Polkadot, hold DOT and stable coins in a self custodial way.
We acknowledge that there are many other wallets in the Polkadot space, and this product is not intended to be a wallet first, as the user will only be able to hold several assets (tbd but likely DOT, KSM, UDST/USDC and BTC only) but instead a gateway to the Polkadot ecosystem.
In fact during Polkadot Decoded in 2023, we had the opportunity to show many individuals the demo of the Polkadot App, including core team members from Talisman, Nova wallet and many founders of parachain teams, who were all supportive of this endeavour.
There is a lot more we can do with this product, and we have many ideas about future features and possibilities with the app, including the ability to gift funds and nfts, buy event tickets, language support, a learn to earn system, deeper payments integration and much more.
The first version of the Polkadot App will be an excellent way that we can onboard the masses, teach them about Polkadot and arm the Polkadot ambassadors with an easy way to teach their local communities about Polkadot.
By simplifying the Web3 and Polkadot experience, coupled with beautiful and clean design, we will be able to speak to a wider audience range.
The Polkadot App concept has been created to appeal to a user segment that Polkadot has previously had trouble attracting based on complex network design or overwhelming jargon.
With the correct marketing we will be able to, more easily than ever before, convert non-crypto users to holding DOT and beginning a journey to discover web3.
There are thousands of users that hold DOT on central exchanges that we will also target to move to a self custodial solution where they can better leverage and stake their assets.
Even for existing technical DOT holders using products like the Polkadot Vault product, the Polkadot App will allow them to have an easy to use product to register for events, create an identity and transfer small amounts of funds for goods / services.
The Polkadot app gives the network an opportunity to better talk to the community, pushing events, interesting news articles and promotion of the parachains and products building in the ecosystem.
The Polkadot app would feature:
- A basic digital identity to setup and own your own persona in the Polkadot space.
- A web3 browser which showcases curated news, events, dapps and interesting stories out of the Polkadot ecosystem.
- The ability to simply stake DOT in one tap
- Asset storage and easy payment options
The Polkadot App described above creates a true foundation for future development and growth of the product. We envisage that there are many other features and functionalities that we would like to bring to the Polkadot App such as:
- Further social features,
- Better integration of events including ticket purchasing
- Ways to earn DOT
- Ability to send and receive DOT and NFTs as gifts
- Widgets in the browser to perform certain dapp actions directly in the app
We imagine the product to be feature rich, but never compromising on ease of use.
The App could be featured on polkadot.network in a section for end users.
thank you for your time & please comment