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The Sports Metaverse

The Sports Metaverse, the world’s first virtual world specifically focused on sports, today announced a signed partnership with UFC icon, Amanda Nunes, to offer personal training in her metaverse gym. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a US-based, mixed martial arts (MMA) company, of which, Nunes is a two division UFC champion and considered to be the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. This partnership inaugurates the launch of The Sports Metavserse landsale, where users can trade NFTs, buy land, interact with iconic sportspeople, and visit stadiums. The pre-sale is currently ongoing and will be opened to the public in June.

The Sports Metaverse is a digital world devoted solely to sports. The most prominent sports stars, brands, and clubs are united together in one place. The Sports Metaverse is being built by SportsIcon and industry veterans from Sony, Doom, Playstation Home, and Nvidia. 

Nunes is building her personal gym in the Sports Metaverse. She’ll appear in 3D and coach users on how to fight:

“It always was a dream to have a gym. You want to be in control of your stuff, you want to train the way you want. You want to be able to share with the fans. I’m building my own gym in the real world and now I have one in the metaverse. It’s very exciting! I can’t wait to put all my posters in my own gym! I’ve made a lot of history in MMA and I can’t wait to have all my pictures and memories of these moments in my gym, so every time I walk in I have a good vibe and be able to train to do even more good things in the sport. I can’t wait for the next step in my life!” Nunes commented. 

The Sports Metaverse is offering land for sale in the metaverse in Lion Lands and the Sports City, the prime real estate of the Sports Metaverse and one of seven islands. Users can visit a sports casino and a stadium, watch live sports, socialize, Play2Earn, acquire NFTs with sports stars, get a luxury fan cave to display them, and can interact with Amanda Nunes. Five companies have already pre-bought land. They include Phat Fish Fantasy, Own the Moment, ThriveFantasy, Beyond The Game Network, and Press Sports.

SportsIcon CEO and Co-Founder Chris Worsey commented:
‘We are delighted to welcome Amanda Nunes and the five sports brands to the Sports Metaverse. Amanda’s gym and the training she will offer are unique. We are the only metaverse volumetrically capturing icons like this, enabling consumers to interact with top athletes in a completely new way. This is groundbreaking stuff and we can’t wait for the public land sale in June.’

Besides Amanda Nunes and Romelu Lukaku, a series of sports stars and brands are lined up for The Sports Metaverse, with agreements underway with leading athletes from soccer, tennis, MMA, basketball, and baseball. A public land sale for the Sports Metaverse will take place in June. Brands can currently apply for the private land pre-sale and users for the white list via the Sports Metaverse website. 

For more information visit Sports Metaverse

Cryptocurrency illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Why is it not recommended to buy bitcoin with PayPal?

With time, people find a platform through which they can spend money. Many new bitcoin investing platforms are coming on the network, and it is becoming complicated for the novice to choose the right platform for investing in bitcoin. PayPal is also like an exchange such as Yuan Pay Group that provides only a payment transfer and receiving system, but now it has added some cryptocurrencies feature to buy from the same platform.

What is PayPal?

It is a payment exchange platform where you can send cash from your account to another PayPal account and receive money from your home country and foreign countries. PayPal was only the payment gateway, but the new feature of buying and selling cryptocurrencies in one platform increased the hope of this platform. So, in short, PayPal is a system of transferring national and international payments and provides the facility of selling and purchasing bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Buying bitcoin through PayPal

It is straightforward to purchase or sell crypto coins with this payment gateway because the process is steady and precise. There is the following procedure for buying bitcoin in a simple way given below:-

  1. Go on the PayPal website or download the PayPal application to continue buying bitcoins.
  2. You must upload your identity documents to know about PayPal and stop the fraudulent activities.
  3. Now choose your currency according to your country, such as USD, INR, PKR, EURO etc.
  4. Enter your bank account number and verify it through a one-time password, and you can also add your bank debit or credit card for instant depositing and withdrawing from PayPal.
  5. When funds start appearing in your PayPal account, click on the UI search bar and search for Bitcoin. Then place your order by filling in the number of bitcoins, and after some time, your bitcoins will start appearing in your PayPal account.

Why should you not purchase bitcoin with this platform?

  1. Privacy Issues like Exchanges: When you go with a bitcoin exchange, they will ask for your identity since the government regulates bitcoin exchange. They have to give the data to the government according to the rules and regulations. Since PayPal is also a centralized system thus, this platform also collects users’ information, which means your privacy is not secure. But if you will go with a separate wallet (decentralized wallet), there is no privacy issue because the government does not regulate it.
  2. Exchanges Provide Better Interface: You know that thousands of bitcoin exchanges are made only for bitcoin and other cryptocurrency services. So they work only on one work such as buying and selling, trading and improving the user experience interface for smooth functioning. But PayPal becomes more complicated in one application because it provides a payment gateway in fiat currency and cryptocurrency. But people want simplification in purchasing, selling, sending, receiving or trading bitcoin.
  3. No holding of Cryptocurrencies: In actuality, the PayPal system does not have any proof of holding cryptocurrencies in users’ accounts, which means when PayPal users buy bitcoin, they are not buying bitcoin in their ownership. In simple words, PayPal bitcoin buyers buy bitcoin indirectly, but holding bitcoins is in PayPal owners’ accounts. Thus, you cannot send bitcoin to another exchange wallet or decentralized software wallet.
  4. No Private Keys: If there is no secret key to the bitcoin wallet, the owner or holder of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies is the owner or founder of PayPal. Private keys recognize the absolute ownership of bitcoin crypto coins, but in this case, you do not have control over your cash.
  5. High Fees: PayPal charges higher maintenance or management cost for bitcoin holding, buying or selling than bitcoin exchanges. Bitcoin exchanges get made to serve cryptocurrency users to minimize their fees because they provide the same service in bulk to many bitcoin users.
  6. Less Selection: PayPal does not have enough cryptocurrencies to buy, which means it deals in limited cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin etc., even though there are over thousands of cryptocurrencies available on the network. On the other hand, cryptocurrency exchanges especially come into existence to provide the trading features in the market in one application or platform.
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What is a Bitcoin ATM, and why is it not recommended? 

There are now multiple bitcoin ATMs worldwide, and new bitcoins are establishing rapidly because the number of cryptocurrency users is rising. Many people want to purchase bitcoins without digital fiat currency, but with physical cash, so they have to visit the bitcoin ATMs. In addition, some people like to sell cryptocurrency because they need immediate cash. When you sell bitcoins through the bitcoin ATM, you will get the cash amount as we withdraw in traditional ATMs by using our Debit or Credit card. That is why bitcoin ATMs exist worldwide to solve these types of bitcoin user problems.

What is a bitcoin ATM?

Bitcoin ATMs get invented to solve the problem of buying or selling bitcoin with domestic currency. Since web bitcoin exchanges like bitcoin-profit.com cannot provide these features, there is only one option: finding a bitcoin purchaser or seller in your local area who is willing to buy or sell for the physical domestic currency. So in simple words, Bitcoin Automated Teller Machine is a concept of Depositing domestic money and purchasing bitcoin with it and withdrawing cash by selling cryptocurrency. Thus there is no need for any bitcoin ATM card because it happens through your virtual bitcoin wallet.

Key Features of Bitcoin ATMs:

There are following key features of bitcoin wallets are given below:

  1. You do not need a physical bitcoin debit or credit card to buy or sell bitcoins because there is only a need for a virtual bitcoin wallet that you will use for the selling or buying.
  2. Bitcoin ATMs are available in urban states and cities because many people are aware of bitcoin technology and willing to buy through these platforms.
  3. You can use your domestic currency to place bitcoin orders and get fiat cash after selling through the bitcoin ATM.
  4. It provides a straightforward method for placing orders and selling, but the transactional charges are very high.

Why should you not purchase or sell bitcoin with this platform?

There are the following reasons that you should not use bitcoin ATMs for any transaction given below:

  1. Higher transactional fees: The charges for bitcoin transactions through the bitcoin ATMs are very high because they provide the feature of selling or placing orders with your home currency that no other software wallet offers. Half of the transactions go to the company that sets up the bitcoin ATMs in the city—the average bitcoin transaction charges between five to nine percent, which is very high. Hence, you can go with an exchange to buy bitcoin; otherwise, you will get charged higher fees that you cannot bear.
  2. Not available in all the locations: Many people from different areas do not know about bitcoin technology, and they do not show interest in buying or selling this cryptocurrency. The companies who set up the bitcoin ATMs first analyze the areas and bitcoin users, and after getting the report, they set up their system. If no people are interested, they do not install bitcoin ATMs. In urban cities and states, bitcoin ATMs are available in supermarket stores. A couple of people are newly introduced to bitcoin technology and want to spend it through bitcoin. Still, they do not get ATMs because there are only a couple of people, and the ATM installation company will not spend money for these couple of bitcoin users.
  3. Different features: There are multiple bitcoin ATMs in other supermarket stores with varying processing systems for purchasing and selling bitcoins. Some people who use one bitcoin ATM when going to another bitcoin ATM get confused because of the features. Some bitcoin ATMs do not provide a selling option, but others offer one.
  4. Technical Issues: Since the bitcoin ATM is also a machine, there are technical issues over the period, and sometimes transactions get cancelled. Since no third parties are working behind this network, and if you lose your bitcoin, it becomes impossible to get it back in your wallet, and you cannot contact the government to get back your bitcoins because they do not support bitcoin.
  5. No privacy: Because the bitcoin ATMs get installed by third parties, they keep track of your transactions, which means they can see how much you withdraw cash by selling and how much money you spend by buying bitcoin. Furthermore, they are obliged to give your record to the government when required, which means your transactions are not entirely private.
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AXE × DOGECOIN

The first-ever AXE product available to purchase exclusively with Dogecoin was announced today (4/20 – DogeDay 2022) and drops April 27.

Your favorite crypto-inspired scent is back with a twist: AXE Dogecan. The Stick is available exclusively for Dogecoin.

It all started with a now famous tweet: “if it gets to $1, we’ll make it happen.” AXE first teased the idea of the limited-edition Dogecan on DogeDay 2021, promising to release the original musk if Dogecoin hit $1. The buzz was huge across social media with fans clamoring for the brand to release the product.

Even though Dogecoin didn’t go to the moon last year, AXE released Dogecan to meet the demand from the Doge community. AXE released one thousand limited-edition cans, which were given away for free and snatched up in under 10 minutes.

If you missed out on last year’s Dogecan, this is your moment to grab one of your own limited-edition crypto-scents – only available on April 27 for purchase exclusively with Dogecoin**.

Follow AXE on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook for all the details on how to purchase on April 27 and smell irresistible.  

So, what will the brand do after the limited edition sells out this year? Wait and see – it’ll certainly be out of this world. To the moon!

**Smartmedia Labs is powering the activation by leveraging SmartMedia Tech’s enterprise NFT/web3 platform. T&C apply

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Is Miami the Center of Crypto?

Much thanks to Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami has become a hub for the crypto community according to Brock Pierce who credits it to Florida’s good weather and low taxes.

It’s no surprise that the city hosted the world’s largest bitcoin conference that attracted 30,000 to 50,000 visitors at the Miami Beach Convention Center this past week.

With almost 50k visitors, there was a lot of engagement at the convention on South Beach, so 360 spoke with the Head of Developer Relations at MobileCoin, Collin Lowenberg to get the inside scoop on what we missed.

Q: Collin, what was the most exciting thing to happen at the conference?

A: Peter Thiel said Bitcoin will go up 100x, the government will never be in control and banks are swiftly going bankrupt. Thiel even tossed a bunch of $100 bills into the crowd. Don’t forget he was a White House advisor and is the largest shareholder in Palantir.

Q: Do you agree with him? 

A: No, I think his anti-bank anti-traditional banking anarchist thing is off balance. Chill out bro.

Q: What else happened at the conference?

A: Everything that happened around the conference was more interesting than inside the conference. I didn’t really need a badge or ticket to attend the event, it just wasn’t worth it. All the major players had their own events. Ledger, SFOX, Monero, Crypto week was bigger than just Bitcoin Miami. There were several side conferences including Shitcoin conference, kadena conference.

Speaking of the other conferences, we spoke with Mack Rivkin, Co-Founder and CBDO of Flake DAO about Miami NFT and how he got into the space.

Q: How did you get into NFTs?

A: I got into NFTs for the first time this year when I was asked to collaborate with my comrade Mike Brooks with his business, Flake DAO, we have been working on that since the beginning of the year. Since then, I have been collecting a lot. And I’ve been running a company that is helping artists. Prior to that I’ve been in the web3 space as an investor since 2016.

Q: Prior to Web3, what is your background?

A: My day job is in the marketing field, more specifically growth and performance marketing working for pikeman and Cheesecake Factory, tech startups, freelance and consultation. My background, though, is in theater. I have been running a lot of underground events, like warehouse parties, popups, fundraisers and festivals. A lot the work transpired through my burning man crew, especially with the web3 space. I got into web3 events through [my friend] Shannon O’Donnell who needed help with her event at ETH Denver and we’ve pulled off some pretty cool activations since.

Q: You said you spoke on a panel at NFT Miami?

A: The panel was called Just DAO it. It was a panel of people of varying levels of perspectives and experience regarding DAOs. My partner Mike Brooks and I were on this panel with 3 others, not including the moderator. We were interviewed by a woman from Tron Network. We talked about who we are and our relationship to DAOs.

Q: Where are DAO’s heading?

A: I don’t know. DAO’s heading, in my opinion, are highly idealistic. It’s a system of governance, idealistic like true decentralization. It’s arguable as to whether or not if we’ll ever have a process that is truly decentralized, as long as humans are involved, because humans by nature are imperfect. We are not robots. But what we can do is leverage a lot of new technologies like Discord for bringing people together from all around the world. Organizing the space into rooms where people can have varied discussions by people or bots.

Speaking of bots, there are so many ways that bots can be used to automate these communities. Bots can be used to automate the DAOs and voting. When DAOs are first being formed it recovers a lot of oversight. Its highly centralized. The goal down the road is to build something highly decentralized. Movement DAO is one of the strongest corporations that I’ve seen in terms of how they run. They’ve got a lot of amazing systems in place, and they figured out a way to prioritize decentralization. But honestly, 99% of DAOs is so far off from the ideal and that includes ours. One think that is important to keep in mind is nothing is going to be perfect right away.

Q: Were you able to attend any exhibits?

A: I hit up every vendor booth I could. The conference hall wasn’t that large. In terms of panelists I saw Eric Lapoglia, he’s the one who put everything together, and Mark Cuban.

Q: Did Mark Cuban speak on anything specific?

A: I left midway through his talk because I was not impressed. He was one of the headliners. Web3 is a revolution. That’s my belief and why I’m so excited to be in the space. I believe so strongly in decentralization because our systems, our financial system specifically, is not working for us, I mean the majority of us. The wealth gap is widening every year and it’s sickening we are losing power everyday.

Regarding Mark Cuban, I didn’t know a ton about him outside of shark tank. I have a lot of respect for the guy, and I appreciate when public figures vouch so heavily for web3, it brings a lot of necessary momentum for web3. But, I think the reason he is involved is to make himself wealtheir. I got that impression because the topic he was giving wasn’t about providing value to the people, it was about promoting his new app. So, putting more money in his pocket. And there’s a reason he got to where he is. He’s a salesman. No judgment, but not my vibe. It’s not why I’m in the space.

It’s not just a criticism with him, but a lot of folks in the space. A lot of people are in crypto and in NFTs because they want to get rich. There’s nothing wrong with that, but a lot of times people don’t understand the importance of what’s happening here. We have the tools to revolutionize how we operate in terms of how we operate, like global trade, and politics and put more power in the hands of people like you and me. It’s not a get rich scheme. Outsiders feel like it’s a pyramid scheme. It’s because of the people who shout the loudest are doing that. But for me it is about community and redefining our place in the world.

Q: Are you hopeful that these tools will be used to revolutionize the system?

A: I have a very strong point of view. I have two options, I have a strong point of view and either A) I can try as hard as I can to be a part of the movement and educate people on my point of view and why I think this is so important to get involved in and find the people I am aligned with and gather that momentum and I could be part of that or B) I could sit idly by and let things ride its course. Right now, I am taking path A. I do have hope and see that things are moving in a positive direction.

Just in the past 5 years headlines regarding crypto and NFTs are gaining a lot of attention. The government is now talking about things like this, talking about bitcoins and Ethereum. We have a country, El Salvador, is building a city built entirely on bitcoin. We are heading in a direction. The world is not black or white. It’s not a bad direction, but it’s a direction. I have my beliefs, but they are my beliefs. I am a cis white American man and that impacts my experience in the space. Bridging gaps is always something I have been very passionate about. I’m trying to create systems that are accessible and equitable for everyone. My focus right now is artists. I’ve been focused on creating opportunities for artists for a long time.

After talking with both Collin and Mack, it seems as though there is a stark difference between the conference and those throwing their own surrounding events. Those who want to uphold the status quo and those who want to dismantle it with a crypto revolution. Which side are you on?

Article by: Bee Davies

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NFT Animal Series

360 MAGAZINE just launched Animal series on OpenSea. These are non-tangible one-of-a-kind pieces. Each animal is an adorable creature with a cute face and a different load in between. They’re available in GIF format. Be sure to cop one before it’s too late!

This second NFT drop was created alongside graphic artist Mel Quagrainie and culture curator Vaughn Lowery. 360 is a progressive thinking organization, adjusting to new world order. It will be your first opportunity to directly attain NFTs from the multimedia platform.

Their inaugural project, Merging Versus, can be found HERE.

The collection will launch April 1, 2022.

'Homme 277' NFT illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

New BR1 NFT

Building on the marked success of BR1‘s first mint earlier this year, the world’s first risk-based shooter game built on the Solana Blockchain will release a mint of NFTs this month on Fractal. Since its first mint in February, the BR1 Metaverse Game has only grown in notoriety, garnering attention from the likes of Twitch Co-Founder Justin Kan, who has become an advisor and investor for BR1. The April mint will feature 5,000 new Droid NFTs available for purchase and use as 1 of 1 unique playable characters within BR1’s hugely successful third-person play-to-earn (P2E) Metaverse. 

Their flagship game, BR1: Infinite Royale (currently in Open Alpha), is available for download directly in their Discord HERE BR1 will do a whitelist giveaway, granting gamers early and guaranteed access to the April 16 mint. This giveaway will be announced on Twitter with a promotional video created by New York City-based creative design agency Keithcity Group. Additional videos produced by the agency will be released leading up to the mint.

BR1, founded by both Ryan Ever and Jon Cohen, recently announced that it has been elected as an early listing for Solana projects on OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace. Solana is the fastest blockchain in the world and the fastest-growing ecosystem in crypto, with over 400 projects spanning DeFi, NFTs, Web3 and more. OpenSea added support for NFTs minted on the Solana Blockchain beginning just the month of April 2022. The integration announcement on Twitter achieved high praise from gamers across platforms including Twitter, Discord and more.BR1 is known for its unique monetary model, which allows gamers to pay $1 in SOL to spawn and earn the greater of 10% or $1 in SOL for every player killed.

Players must own a BR1 NFT to be able to spawn into the BR1 Metaverse game (although the Open Alpha is available to everyone right now). BR1’s first mint of 2,500 Genesis Ape NFTs on Feb 03, 2022 were released at the price of 2 SOL. The floor price for these NFTs increased by roughly 390% to 7.80 SOL as of today. BR1 Metaverse game Characters are traded on Fractal.is, OpenSea and Magic Eden. Currently, BR1 is the leading third-person tactical gaming Metaverse built on the Solana Blockchain.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

VAUGHN

Vaughn Lowery’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. His career has taken him from humble beginnings in Detroit to a graduate of Cornell University. From there, he became active in modeling, acting and producing screenplays. Now, Vaughn is the founder and president of one of the leading pop culture and design publications of today, 360 MAGAZINE.

Vaughn won over television audiences when he appeared in Kmart’s smash hit Joe Boxer commercial, dancing his self-titled “Boxer Boogie” wearing nothing but his Joe Boxer underwear. With this “brief” appearance, Vaughn Lowery, a.k.a “Joe Boxer,” soon became a household name. He appeared with Leeza Gibbons on Extra, Katie Couric on Today Show and Jay Leno on Tonight Show boogieing down with them and performing his signature dance. According to the Detroit Free Press, Vaughn’s “Boxer Boogie” has paid off, helping Kmart sell roughly $20 million in Joe Boxer apparel a week.” In just the first year he was responsible for Kmart selling over $1.5 billion of duds, besting Martha Stewart’s launch year with over $500 million in sales.

The Detroit native embarked on an acting and modeling career during a trip to New York City when renowned make-up artist Sam Fine set him up with a fashion photographer, Fadil Berisha. Before his appearance as Joe Boxer, Vaughn worked as a successful print model for such companies as Gap, Target, Skechers, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works Fragrance, Nordstrom, and Marc Ecko. He also worked as a runway model for Tommy Hilfiger, Phat Farm, and Karl Kani. He has graced the pages of FHM (SA), URB Magazine, and Glamour.

Vaughn continues to be busy in the media. A few years back, ABC News Primetime aired a segment chronicling his life, along with the tragic John Ritter story. Vaughn has also filmed a Super Bowl commercial, completed a high-profile Dasani Water billboard ad campaign, appeared on America’s Next Top Model, where he stirred up some controversy, guest-starred on the comedy, “Scrubs,” and screened his controversial 35mm festival film, The Young & Evil, at Sundance 2009, which was nominated for Cardiff’s Iris Prize within the same year. He was also named Seventeen Magazine’s “17 Hot Guys.” The last film Vaughn acted in is called The Company We Keep (directed by Roy Campanella), where he plays a fast-talking manager within the record industry, Barry. Currently, Vaughn is in the midst of producing a short film Chasen Life, which won a writing competition. He is also adapting audiobook Say Uncle into a feature-length film and pitching his third reality series. Moreover, he’s in the process of establishing 360 Fest, a film festival that will introduce and screen some of the most provocative short and features in the world.

Outside of Vaughn Lowery’s entertainment endeavors, Vaughn has always determined to give back and continues to keep his personal promise to be a contributing citizen to those in need. He has lent his name and support to: Women At RiskHuman Rights CommissionMarch of DimesHeart of Los Angeles Youth, and schools across the nation where he encourages kids to be their best. Furthermore, Vaughn serves as the Brand Ambassador for both Falling Whistles, which supports war-affected kids in the Congo, and Pink United for breast cancer awareness. He sits on the board of Awakening Young Minds, a nonprofit organization that conducts emotional education workshops for troubled youth.

Vaughn Lowery’s talents are only overshadowed by his winning personality, infectious smile, and his ability to capture hearts as one of the most engaging and approachable individuals in the entertainment industry.

Signed copies of Vaughn’s memoir,  Move Like Water × Be Fluid, are available on 360’s e-Commerce shop and Audible.

As of late, Lowery has developed their inaugural 360 MAG podcast series on Apple and Spotify as well as a new NFT Animal Series on OpenSea.

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NFT | LA Roundup

At the crux of the crypto community are gatherings. During a four-day inaugural conference from March 28-31, the brilliant minds behind the Edge of NFT podcast–Joshua Kriger, Jeff Kelley, Eathan Janney and Zack Sekar brought the LA blockchain clique together.

L.A. LIVE, the entertainment complex perfectly set in DTLA and adjacent to the Arts District is where tons off-site events were held. Since parking is difficult to navigate, public transit is one’s ideal option. In fact, some arrived via e-bikes with helmet in tow.

Attendance included financial experts alongside web developers, to those eager to learn about digital market spaces, DeFi, Web 3 and minting NFTs. Thanks to the growing tech within the City of Angels, largely in part to lower startup costs in comparison to Silicon Valley, the event drew an international crowd. 

Notable speakers ranged from billionaire Mark Cuban, NBA legend and founder of Black Santa Baron Davis, famed DJ Steve Aoki and world-renowned CEOs Robby Yung and David Wachsman. Other highlights which grabbed our attention were the art installations, innovative activations and musical performances.

The venue’s outdoor courtyard provided us with a much needed recess in between talks. In fact, we caught performances by rappers Nelly and Rich the Kid, played Trivia at the Freckle and snacked on lite bites from a plethora of parked food trucks. 

Wednesday night included an exclusive party held by Magic Eden, the leading NFT market place on Solana. The beginning of the night included a panel discussion from the Magic Eden team members Jack Tanlu, Zhuoxun Yin, Sidney Zhang and Zhuojie Zhou. After the discourse, the night was led by sets from Flosstradamus, Waka Flocka Flame and Migos‘ very own Quavo.

However, like many industries in America, the tech arena is white male-dominated, threatening new generational wealth of both women and minorities. 

That said, there were few discussions which concentrated on marginalized people within the realm, including the web3 panel which featured Dapper Labs, Stephanie Smellie, Ridhima Khan, Jayne Peressini, Nicole Rochette with moderator Ros Gold-Onwude

Perhaps next season, the organizers will consider grants for POC, LGBTQ and artists alike, encouraging inclusivity.

In celebration of this metaverse, 360 MAGAZINE, a brand which was established within this emerging smart city, launched its NFT capsule.

Recap of NFT.NYC

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Article: Bee Davies, Yash Thadani, Vaughn Lowery

'Homme 277' NFT illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

NFT.NYC

Each year, NFT.NYC brings together the global NFT community of brands, developers, entrepreneurs, gamers, artists, investors, collectors, and enthusiasts. The 2022 event will be hosted across 7 venues in Times Square, including the iconic Radio City Music Hall. Other NFT.NYC venues include: 

1. New York Marriott Marquis 

2. Palladium Times Square 

3. The Edison Ballroom 

4. The Edison Rooftop 

5. The Town Hall 

6. Margaritaville Resort Times Square 

Jodee Rich, NFT.NYC co-founder, spoke about the growth of the event: “This is our fourth year hosting the event. The addition of Radio City Music Hall to the lineup of great venues will provide an ideal platform for some of the most exciting speakers within the NFT community.” NFT.NYC’s programming at Radio City will be hosted by Coinbase, with exclusive stage sponsor Ripple

“NFT.NYC brings together the diverse, global NFT community of creators, developers, companies, projects, and educators for an inspirational exchange of ideas. We are thrilled to present NFT.NYC,”  Coinbase said. 

“After a positive experience participating at NFT.NYC 2021, Ripple is excited to continue our partnership in 2022 as a Platinum Stage Sponsor,” said David Schwartz, CTO at Ripple. “We look forward to further showcasing the long-term utility and benefits possible for NFTs with the XRP Ledger.” 

NFT.NYC is attracting the ecosystem’s top projects, presenting new ideas, technologies and launching initiatives to thousands of its attendees. Over 1,000 NFT community members will speak at NFT.NYC 2022. 99 days out from the event, 3,500 attendees (from over 60 countries) have already registered. At the same point in the lead-up to the 2021 event, only 10% of total tickets had been sold. NFT.NYC expects the 2022 event to sell out early. The 2021 event sold out with 5,600 participants and over 3,000 on the waitlist. NFT.NYC 2022 tickets can be purchased via credit card or cryptocurrency. Ticket prices will increase on May 8th: NFT.NYC/Register NFT.NYC attendees are offered an exclusive rate for accommodation at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Title sponsors for NFT.NYC 2022 include eco-friendly blockchain network Polygon and NFT checkout platform MoonPay.