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Team

Leon Kipkoech - Project manager, Lead Developer (FNU)

Cecilia Gervasoni - Pitch Lead, Developer (FIU)

Moises Rendiles - UI/UX and Graphics Designer (MDC)

Erbol Nishanov - Market and blockchain researcher (FIU)

Inspiration

This June, Blockchain headquarters moved from New York to Miami due to the welcoming regulatory environment—the city has been dubbed “a hotbed for crypto innovation.” With the introduction of the Miami Coin and the extraordinary rise of NFTs, we were inspired to find a way to take advantage of the current crypto and NFT trends and accelerate Miami's transition into a tech hub. Miami also has a well-deserved reputation as a world-class destination for arts and culture. In the Wynwood Arts District, for example, a kaleidoscope of works can be seen throughout the neighborhood. The “Mi Art” platform is a culmination of our desire to help local Miami artists through our passion for tech with the use of blockchain.

What it does

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The platform creates a marketplace for artists and creators to tokenize both 2D and 3D art (murals, graffiti, installations, sculptures, and other forms of art). To tokenize 3D art, the artists would use augmented reality technology that would be on the app. Physical art will be tokenized by the use of QR codes or chip installments. The platform will be linked to a wallet that will allow collectors to buy the digitalized art with Miami Coins.

How we built it

Why MiamiCoin?

MiamiCoin is part of the citycoin ecosystem, and it is on the Stacks blockchain. Most NFTs use Etherium blockchain which has high gas fees. Art hosted on the platform will be traded with MiamiCoin which has close to no gas fees. Also, this system will pay miners in Miami 70% of mining fees and 30% goes to Miami-Dade County to help make the future of MiamiCoin brighter.

How will we implement MiamiCoin in our platform?

MiamiCoin is built on the Stacks blockchain. Some NFT marketplaces have already implemented it. Moreover, blockchain.com with its headquarters in Miami is planning to launch its own NFT marketplace based on the Bitcoin blockchain. This makes the implementation of this coin in our platform very feasible.

How will artists have multiple NFT's with one piece of art?

How Do artists have multiple NFT's with one piece of art

Each piece of art will have a QR code which will be linked to its corresponding collection of 2D and/or 3D NFTs. We will generate the QR codes using Python. We will use the Cloud to store the 3D NFTs in the collection. This way the user can render the NFTs.

How to render large files?

How to render large files

We will use Cloud AR by google. Cloud AR tech uses a combination of edge computing and AR technology to offload the computing power needed to display large 3D files. More than 1 billion devices support AR, so this is an untapped resource especially considering we are getting closer and closer to the Metaverse.

The Metaverse?

Yes! It's very possible. With a project like ours, the Metaverse is within our reach.

Challenges we faced

The biggest challenge was probably knowing too little about the whole blockchain and NFTs space. However, by attending presentations and asking questions to blockchain experts throughout the Miami Hack Week, we learned more about the feasibility of our project. By the end of the hackathon week, we were able to prove that our project can become a reality if more time is invested on it.

Future of Mi ARt

We will continue working on the project and the integration of another local coin to the platform. We are also interested in adding a feature that uses neural net to 'rip' 3D objects from art. That way, it would be even easier for artists to create NFTs and trade them. There are a lot more things to keep working on and discussing on Mi Art project, but the main thing is deciding whether this platform will be open source or just our own little startup.

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