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Awesome Polka

Project Overview 📄​


Awesome Polka - the ultimate social platform for discovering and exploring the most exciting projects in the Polkadot ecosystem! Whether you're a developer, investor, or simply a curious enthusiast, Awesome Polka provides a one-stop-shop for accessing comprehensive and detailed applications about the projects. With this cutting-edge platform, you can discover the latest updates and developments, connect with project owners, and stay up-to-date with the most innovative projects in the Polkadot community.

Project Details​

Project showcase platforms face several challenges that hinder their effectiveness in promoting and highlighting various projects. The most significant challenges include sustainability and limited ecosystem partner (admins - authorized ones like someone from a DAO) authorities on the platform. These challenges significantly affect user experience and discourage project owners and ecosystem partners from utilizing the platforms fully. To address these issues, there is a need to develop innovative and user-centric strategies that enhance the functionality and sustainability of showcase platforms.

General overview of Awesome Polka:



Let's take a closer look at some of the issues of project showcase platforms that I have encountered:

Sustainability: The long-term sustainability of a platform depends on its ability to consistently deliver value to its users. Manual updates to listed projects through forms and limited content control can result in outdated or inaccurate information, reducing user trust and engagement.

UI & UX: The user experience (UX) of a website or platform can significantly impact user engagement and satisfaction. Poorly designed UIs, slow loading times, confusing navigation, and other factors can all contribute to a low UX, hence reducing user engagement.

Poor Search Algorithms: A platform showcasing tens of projects will require an effective search algorithm to help users easily find the specific project they are looking for. Weak search algorithms can result in irrelevant search results, leading to frustration and decreased user engagement.

Static Project Pages: A project page should provide detailed information about the project, such as its objectives, methodology, team members, progress, and impact. A page that only includes a brief description can leave users with unanswered questions and reduce their interest in the project.

Educational Materials & Articles: For users interested in a particular project, educational materials and related articles can provide valuable context and additional information. Making these resources easy to find and linking them directly to the relevant project pages can enhance user engagement and interest.

Ecosystem Partner Rights: Partnerships with DAOs or other ecosystem partners can bring significant benefits to a platform, such as increased visibility, funding, and community support. However, without proper rights and access, these partners may not be able to fully leverage their resources and expertise to help the platform grow and succeed.


Awesome Polka is a social platform that aims to benefit the broader Polkadot developer ecosystem in several ways. Firstly, as Polkadot is one of the fastest-growing protocols, having a platform like Awesome Polka that aggregates all the projects in the ecosystem can help to further increase its size and diversity.

Additionally, Awesome Polka provides a fluent user experience that enables more people to stay informed about what's happening on Polkadot. By making it easy to access detailed information about projects and events, Awesome Polka helps to promote collaboration and engagement among developers and enthusiasts alike.

Finally, the platform will be continually supported through Twitter sharing and events, ensuring that it remains a vibrant hub of activity within the Polkadot ecosystem.

Awesome Polka provides solutions to the problems mentioned in the previous statements in the following ways:

Solution to Sustainability

Awesome Polka has 2 personas for managing the platform: Project owners that want to publish their project on Awesome Polka, and ecosystem partners that is authorized ones like someone from a DAO, or from Polkadot team.

Project owners can send a request to publish their project. After review and approval, they will receive login information to publish and edit their project's page via their web3 wallets on a special dashboard. This enables project pages to be updated by project owners all the time and have unique dynamic pages.

On the other side, ecosystem partners can have admin access to Awesome Polka. They can approve or reject projects and request to remove any harmful content with an explanation. This allows ecosystem partners to help manage Awesome Polka and ensure that all projects are aligned with sustainability goals.

In summary, Awesome Polka provides a platform where project owners and ecosystem partners can work together to create long-term sustainable platform. By empowering project owners to create and manage their own projects and providing ecosystem partners with the tools to manage and monitor the platform, Awesome Polka helps to create a sustainable future for all.

Improvement on UI & UX

Awesome Polka has a simple and effective user interface that makes it easy to navigate the website and find the information you are looking for. With just a few clicks, users can access general information and project details on the platform. The user interface has been designed to be fresh and cross-platform compatible, which ensures a seamless and enjoyable user experience regardless of the device or browser used.

The platform is continually undergoing UI developments to enhance the user experience further. At the final stage of development, the user interface will be fully responsible and optimized for all screen sizes, ensuring that users have a consistent and enjoyable experience across all devices. Overall, Awesome Polka prioritizes usability and user experience to create a platform that is both informative and easy to use.

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Solution to Poor Search Algorithms

Awesome Polka has a powerful search infrastructure that uses Algolia to deliver detailed and lightning-fast search results.

On Awesome Polka, category list exist to organize projects in detail. Ecosystem partners can add categories to this category list according to ecosystem needs, while project owners can select their category and subcategory while adding their project to the platform. Awesome Polka automatically integrates new categories into relevant pages to increase search efficiency.

Moreover, Awesome Polka's search infrastructure uses a detailed searching matrix. Unlike most showcase platforms that only use titles to search for anything, Awesome Polka's range of parameters is much wider, ranging from titles to project descriptions. This ensures that users can find what they are looking for more easily and with greater precision.

In summary, Awesome Polka's search infrastructure is designed to provide a seamless and efficient user experience. Additionally, ecosystem partners work to ensure that the platform's categories are up-to-date and relevant to the needs of the community, further enhancing the search experience.

Search ElementSearch Focused

Solution on Static Project Pages

On Awesome Polka, project owners can manage their project pages, which include several modules such as:

  • Project Description
  • Token Stats
  • GitHub Stats
  • Team Info
  • Latest Articles
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Job Postings

The number of these modules will be increased and further developed.

Project owners can update their project page using these modules. In the future, additional modules can be added based on the needs of the ecosystem.

In summary, project pages on Awesome Polka are highly customizable, allowing project owners to showcase their projects using a variety of modules. By providing these modules, Awesome Polka enables project owners to provide up-to-date information about their projects and engage with the ecosystem more effectively.

Improvement on Educational Materials & Articles

Awesome Polka offers a platform for project owners to publish educational materials and articles to inform and engage with the ecosystem. With the built-in editor, project owners can create compelling content that keeps their audience up-to-date on the latest developments in their projects. By providing these tools, Awesome Polka helps to create a more informed and engaged community.

Improvement on Ecosystem Partner Rights

Ecosystem partners play a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability of the Awesome Polka platform. By giving them admin rights, they can help manage the platform and ensure that it meets the needs of the community. The committee responsible for this role will be selected based on their ability to review and manage projects effectively.

Technology Stack​

  • AWS App Sync (GraphQL)
  • AWS Amplify
  • Next.js
  • Additional Tools & Frameworks
    • Redux
    • Tailwind CSS
    • Magic (Web3 Auth & Wallet)
    • Algolia (Search Infrastructure)


Once all project milestones have been accomplished, we will create and publish comprehensive technical documentation that provides all the necessary information for end users to fully understand the system and its capabilities.

PoC/MVP or other relevant prior work or research on the topic​

Awesome Polka MVP Link:

Ecosystem Fit​

  • Where and how does your project fit into the ecosystem?

    Polkadot's User Interface section is the ideal place to start for the Awesome Polka project, offering the best opportunity for success.

  • Who is your target audience (parachain/dapp/wallet/UI developers, designers, your own user base, some dapp's userbase, yourself)?

    Awesome Polka targets a diverse range of audiences, including individuals who are interested in learning about Polkadot projects and their latest updates. This includes investors, enthusiasts, and other stakeholders who want to stay up-to-date with the developments in the Polkadot ecosystem.

    In addition to individuals, Awesome Polka also targets both early-stage and live projects on the Polkadot ecosystem. By providing a comprehensive platform that supports projects of all sizes, Awesome Polka aims to support the growth and development of the entire Polkadot ecosystem.

    Furthermore, Awesome Polka also targets ecosystem partners such as DAOs who can help to make the platform more sustainable and aligned with their vision. By engaging with the community and involving ecosystem partners in the management of the platform, Awesome Polka aims to create a more collaborative and impactful platform that benefits everyone involved in the Polkadot ecosystem.

  • What need(s) does your project meet?

    Awesome Polka meets the needs I mentioned in the solution section above, but if I have to write it as a summary, it covers the following:

    • Sustainable project management: The project ensures sustainable project management by providing a comprehensive and structured approach to project management. This approach includes planning, execution, monitoring, and control of project activities, which helps to achieve project goals while minimizing risks and resource wastage.

    • Strong SEO optimization: The project meets the need for strong SEO optimization by implementing best practices for on-page and off-page SEO. This includes optimizing content for keywords, ensuring site speed and mobile responsiveness, and building high-quality backlinks to improve search engine rankings and visibility.

    • Fresh and easy-to-use UI: The project meets the need for a fresh and easy-to-use UI by providing a user-friendly interface that is intuitive and easy to navigate. This helps to enhance the user experience and encourages users to engage with the project more frequently.

    • Efficient and lightning-fast search infrastructure: The project meets the need for efficient and lightning-fast search infrastructure by implementing a robust search system that enables users to find the information they need quickly and easily. This ensures that users can access the project's content and resources without delays, which improves overall usability and satisfaction.

    • Detailed project modules: The project meets the need for detailed project modules by providing comprehensive information on various project aspects such as token stats, GitHub activity, job postings, and so on. This helps users to stay informed about project updates and developments, which enhances transparency and trust in the project.

  • Are there any other projects similar to yours in the Substrate / Polkadot / Kusama ecosystem?

    • If so, how is your project different?
      • Yes, I found a similar project called Polka Project, there may be other projects, but let me tell you about the differentiating aspects of Awesome Polka.
        • Detailed filtering and search options for easier and efficient project discovery
        • Ability for projects to use modules for article sharing and job postings and so on
        • Display of GitHub repository information and statistics
        • Display of token information, including market capitalization, total volume, and price
        • A learning section with resources for the Polkadot ecosystem
        • Sharing of project team information.
        • Dashboard for Projects Owners and Admins to manage platform sustainable.

Team 👥​

Team members​

  • Tolga Yaycı


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Team's experience​

As a full-stack developer with 2 years of experience, I have honed my skills in software development, with a focus on dApp development in the past year. I have a deep interest in the Web3 and NFT space and have put my skills to the test by creating a number of relevant applications. In addition to my experience, I have developed detailed React and Next.js projects, further enhancing my ability to build robust and scalable web applications.

In addition to my technical skills, I have also been actively involved in the wider tech community. I have served as a Chainlink Community Advocate, Aave Turkey Community Manager, and Founding Chair of Gazi University ACM Student Chapter. My previous role as a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador has also given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with others. I have set of experiences and skills and particularly in the areas of full stack software development and community management.

Team Code Repos​

Team LinkedIn Profiles​

Development Status 📖​

The user interface and search infrastructure of this project are largely complete and ready for discovery. To get a glimpse of the minimum viable product (MVP), you can either take a look at the repository or visit the website.

Development Roadmap 🔩​

This project is planned as 1 milestone, it will be completed in one months.

  • Total Estimated Duration: ~1 month
  • Full-Time Equivalent (FTE): 1
  • Total Costs: 10,000 USD

Milestone 1​

  • Estimated duration: 1 month
  • FTE: 1
  • Costs: 10,000 USD
0b.DocumentationI will provide both inline documentation of the code and a basic tutorial that explains how a user can (for example) spin up one of our Substrate nodes and send test transactions, which will show how the new functionality works.
0c.Testing and Testing GuideCore functions will be fully covered by comprehensive unit tests to ensure functionality and robustness. In the guide, we will describe how to run these tests.
0d.DockerI will provide a Dockerfile(s) that can be used to test all the functionality delivered with this milestone.
0e.ArticleI will publish an article/workshop that explains what was done/achieved as part of the grant.
1.UI & UX DevelopmentHome Page: Visually appealing and user-friendly homepage which includes latest articles, popular categories and many more
Projects Page: Showcase page with detailed filtering and search infrastructure
Project Detail Page: Project details page to display detailed information about project with several modules like explained in the solution
Articles Page: Articles page to showcase informative articles related to the subject
Article Detail Page: Detail page for individual articles to display their full content
Ranking Page: Ranking page based on votes and token stats which is supported by CoinGecko api to showcase popular projects and articles
Learn Page: Useful resources to learn about polkadot ecosystem </br/> UX Improvements & Testing: I will work to improve the user experience by ensuring that the user interface is fully compatible with mobile and tablet devices.
2.Project Owner DashboardAs part of this milestone, I will be implementing both the frontend and backend components of the Project Owner Dashboard. This involves designing and developing the user interface (UI) for the dashboard, as well as building the necessary backend infrastructure to support its functionality. To ensure the quality of my work, I will conduct thorough testing to ensure that the dashboard is user-friendly and performs as expected. My ultimate goal is to provide project owners with a seamless and efficient experience when updating their pages and publishing articles on our platform.

Future Plans​

I will manage the @awesomepolka Twitter account and keep the followers of the Awesome Polka community updated on the latest projects added to the platform. Additionally, I will create monthly threads to share developments with the community.

Besides, to ensure the best possible user experience, I will actively monitor the Awesome Polka platform for any bugs or technical issues that may arise. I am committed to maintaining the platform's quality, and any problems that are identified will be addressed promptly.

I will conduct ongoing maintenance and support for a year to ensure the smooth functioning of the platform. If users encounter any issues while using Awesome Polka, they can report them by creating a GitHub issue or by filling out a form that is available on the website.

My goal is to provide a reliable and user-friendly platform for the web3 community, and I am dedicated to addressing any issues that arise in a timely and efficient manner.

Referral Program (optional) 💰​

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Additional Information ➕​

How did you hear about the Grants Program? Web3 Foundation Website