Indian Ocean program | Indian Ocean Outreach - Merger with The Phoenix Guild | Round 17

Project Name

Indian Ocean program

Project Category


Proposal Earmark

2nd/3rd Grant

Proposal Description

Going forward The Phoenix Guild(TPG) and Build on Ocean projects will be merged into the Indian Ocean Program as part of our Learning and Development(L&D) Initiative. Coming off a highly successful Indian Ocean campaign since Round10 of Ocean DAO, we intend to continue the outreach initiative and engage with the active Indian community of builders and community leaders that we have engaged through our first epoch of activities since R-10.

Proposal Description:

Having started out outreach activities back in October, we started off with an ambitious set of goals to kick-start the Official Outreach within the Indian community with an intend to onboard more beginners into the AI*Web3 space, along with the Active Crypto-Indian Community. We were able to successfully pull off strategies that are atypical of an outreach program and our results display the same. We managed to steer through pivoting in view of COVID restrictions in place for physical events and we intend to continue our outreach efforts with a meaningful funneling towards the Ocean DAO ecosystem.

What’s new in R17 ?

TPG Merger

The Phoenix Guild are group of women who want to help other women in tech and non-tech roles empower and educate themselves in order to utilize the opportunities in WEB3! The Phoenix Guild has planned to organize a solidity boot camp for women who are interested in learning the language and also motivating them by incentivizing their learning process. Our aim is to have at least 20 women from this cohort who are able to attempt projects, bounties and work on hackathons independently. Our long term goal is to be able to help these women apply for grants and lead their projects.

A Solidity Bootcamp for women in Web3 Starting from the 18th April - 30th May and 2 weeks Prep + Support for Jobs/Grants

Cohort-size : Minimum: 20 , Maximum: 100

Cohort-type: Virtual and Asynchronous

  • Except for 1-2 sessions, all the other study material will be given to you in your inbox/Discord and you can work with those in an asynchronous manner. You would be responsible for your own time and work submissions.
  • There would be office hours by mentors and masterclasses, which are recommended but not compulsory to attend.
  • The Bootcamp, specifically designed to cater to women, allows them to study during their own time and convenience.

We opened the registration for the boot camp on the 18th of March and with an overwhelming response of 89 registrations have closed it 8 days prior to the closing date. We have also onboarded 9 Solidity mentors and have finalized on 5+ Masterclasses.

The curriculum link is here:


Core Team:

Gnanalakshmi T C - Content Creator

A Technology Geek, Innovator, Keynote speaker, Community builder.

She is also a Fellow Alumni at WomenWhoCode and started the WomenWhoCode Blockchain community She is currently involved in a few NFT projects as a Solidity developer and is the Blockchain Architect at a Decentralised Fantasy game org known as CoinFantasy. She is an ambassador at various layer-1 chains like Aeternity, Algorand, NEAR Protocol as well as Covalent. She is passionate about education and technology.

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Srilakshmi - User onboarding and communication

Leading the user onboarding vertical of the Phoenix Guild to empower women in Web3 and part of the Ocean Protocol Ambassador program. Also the co-founder of an NFT Marketplace called Naksh.

Responsible for Business strategies, Brand Development, Financials, Onboarding Emerging Talent in the Indian Art Industry focusing on Digital and Urban art.

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Nivedita - Community manager

Leading the community management of the Phoenix Guild, part of the Ocean Protocol Ambassador program.Also the co-founder of an NFT Marketplace called Naksh. Responsible for Marketing Strategies, Planning of Drops/ Artist Collections, Onboarding Traditional Artists and Research on Traditional Indian Art Forms that can be added to the Marketplace.

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Almas - Marketing manager

Digital Marketing Generalist & a product enthusiast based in India. Enjoys engaging and having meaningful conversations through social media.Taking initiatives from 0 to 1 is where I truly thrive.

Helps early-stage startups and solopreneurs ideate, validate, test, build, launch products and marketing campaigns. Currently learning Web3 marketing with Hype Academy/Third Academy.


IO Media Program:

Current Problems :

  • Lack of visibility/exposure for the proposals submitted for OceanDAO grants. Due to which many voters end up not having enough information at the right time about the participants, leading to a sub-optimal voting activity.

  • Lack of awareness to builders on when and how to raise capital for their projects.

How to fix this?

  • Use various forms of media such as Podcasts, Teasers, Product Demos, Tweets(Potential integration into ocean pearl?)

  • We’ll help with production and content management in collaboration with respective teams/participants in increasing the engagement within the community before/during the voting period.

Podcast Format :

  1. Intro/Teaser : 30sec snappy teaser about the whole project

  2. Conversation with Creators/Team members

  3. Team introduction

  4. Roadmap

  5. Business Model

  6. Deliverables Status

  7. Product Demos/Progress

  8. Achievements

  9. QnA from community

Grant Deliverables

R-16 Deliverables Status(Despite no funding recieved):

[1] Establish the Indian Outreach as a DAO ecosystem to continue growth & engagement with the Indian ecosystem of developers, web3 beginners & curious data-scientists - Social media outreach of over a 1000+ followers and Indian Ocean Builder Community in Discord & Telegram: Total of 164 members

[2] Ocean India & The Phoenix Guild Collaboration with Coinbase for a web3 meetup at Bangalore.

  • Gnana, The Phoenix Guild Project Lead,Content and Protocol Research at Questbook.
  • Shan Aggarwal, VP Coinbase Ventures
  • Manish Gupta , EVP Engineering Coinbase

[3]Secured a Sponsor slot during the VIT hackathon with Ocean Protocol being the official Web3 partners for DevSpace 2022 , which allowed thousands of students, data scientists and web3 enthusiasts to learn about OP

[4] Mentor at least one successful grant proposal to win and guide them to complete deliverables - WebSockets, led by trishul got funded in R16

[5] Organize an ecosystem fund to continue bounties, grants & outreach activities - used QB Grant Orchestration Tool to manage grant applications and disbursement

[6] Support the existing sub-DAOs, working groups and the stakeholders in the Ocean ecosystem - TPG, MemeDAO, WebSockets have received mentorship, advisory and support from IOP

[7] Exclusive TPG Highlights:

  1. Total members: 371 TGs
  2. $14900 in bounties/projects/grants
  3. ETHAmsterdam hackathon web3Auth 2k$ winnings
  4. Ongoing Solidity bootcamp for 100 women

Project Description

Coming off a highly successful Indian Ocean campaign since Round10 of Ocean DAO, we intend to continue the outreach initiative and engage with the active Indian community of builders and community leaders that we have engaged through our first epoch of activities since R-10.

Final Product

not set

Value Add Criteria

Value Add Criteria

As outlined in our last proposal in Round16, we intend to continue the good work in bringing more value add to the Ocean outreach in terms of 

  1. To push to have more digital presence in all the major social media networks and starting podcasts with ocean devs under the IO Media Program.
  2. Active Participation of TPG members in grants and DAO proposals
  3. DAO Outreach with collaborations and sponsored events.
  4. Ecosystem funds to improve developer outreach
  5. Project Guiding
  6. Service DAO to help community get more opportunities & achieving the missions
  7. Bringing support to the working groups and other stakeholders in the Indian ecosystem

Despite having a net overhead loss of 1200$, we had proceeded to make several strides in the past few months. We believed in holding our reserves in $Ocean for the longest time to have our voting presence and participation in Ocean DAO voting rounds even though it had impacted financially. We have summarized our usage of Ocean in the below document

Our past, present & future usage of $Ocean (Including Overall Deliverables Report):

Funding Requested

Minimum Funding Requested

Wallet Address


Thank you for submitting your proposal for R-17!

I am a Project-Guiding Member and have assigned myself to help you.

I have reviewed your proposal and would like to thank you for your participation inside of the Ocean Ecosystem!

Your project looks promising and I believe it’s aligned with our evaluation criteria of generating positive value towards the Ocean Ecosystem and the W3SL.

The project criteria are:

Usage of Ocean — The project should drive usage of Ocean by increasing awareness
Viability — Your core team is experienced and submitted strong deliverables
Community active-ness — Your team has engaged in conversation several times within the discord

Based on the reasons above, I am in support of your project and proposal. I look forward to continuing providing support and feedback to your project, and you can expect to receive a positive vote from me during the upcoming voting period.

All the best!

Timothy C | OCEAN PGWG