MIT hackathon - We wanted to create a virtual gallery to showcase of all winning hack projects so that current, past and future participants have access to a virtual archive of all winning hack projects and link these with NFTs.

What it does

SolSpace Gallery is a virtual world that offers NFT collectables and showcases the winning hack projects each year via VR and WebVR, it also hosts an online meeting space for remote participants to watch the awards ceremony.

The gallery has rooms for each category and corresponding tracks and the winning teams will each receive limited edition NFTs linked to their category if they sign up for a Solana wallet to collect. Each team's projects will be showcased via video screens, using the video presentations made for their entries.

How we built it

We built it by using Unity game engine and integrated SOLANA Blockchain for the wallet

Challenges we ran into

Integrating Solana wallet into the VR space was a challenge and integrating the multiplayer. We only worked out that the Solana integration wouldn't work in VR at the last hours, we have a 2D version working with wallet connection, but future development is required for VR NFT collecting.

Also access to support at the hackathon during overnight hours for our team members who were located all around the world - for example Github access, proved challenging.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud we had the opportunity to collaborate & connect with participants from different countries with one goal of hacking the hack. We were able to build a functioning APK for the VR gallery part, and a working 2D wallet integration for the Blockchain part of our project.

What we learned

We learned about team collaborations and teamwork. We delegated tasks irrespective of our time differences.

What's next for SolSpace Gallery

One of our goals is to make the gallery accessible. In the future, we will like to integrate the following so it is inclusive and accessible:

  • Sound integration
  • Genderless avatar

We would also like to get the Solana Wallet integration working in VR and publish the WebVR option.

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