What’s the Buzz at NFT NYC? A Guide to Must-Attend Programs and Events

With a stacked lineup of speakers and programs, NFT NYC will keep attendees’ schedule packed from 20-23 June.
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Quick take:

  • Celebrities, co-founders and influencers will be speaking on hundreds of different topics at the event.
  • Attendees can also mingle, network and have fun at community events happening in different NYC locations.
  • Some noteworthy speakers include World of Women co-founder Yam Karkai and MoonPay CEO Ivan Soto-Wright.

Since its conception in 2019 as a small annual conference, NFT NYC has grown over the years to become one of the most talked-about NFT events of the year. From 20-23 June, NFT NYC will be the haunt of blockchain and NFT enthusiasts.

To help attendees navigate the seemingly neverending list of programs, events and activation, here’s a guide to the most exciting ones that shouldn’t be missed.

Must-see speakers

This year, the industry event has tripled in size to accommodate over 1500 speakers and more than 400 fireside talks, events and panels in four separate venues. Topics range from art, music, film, gaming, sports, fashion and security in the NFT space.

Jun 21

Women Led NFT Projects with Rachel Wolchin, Cassandra Sagehorn, Lisa Mayer, Ashley Smith, Danielle Davis, Vicki Jeavons. 
Women have been making waves in the NFT space this year and this panel discussion features co-founders of women-led NFT projects, such as Rachel Wolchin of Ethereals Fun Park, Lisa Mayer of Boss Beauties, Danielle Davis and Ashley Smith of Fame Lady Squad.
Time & location: 3.10pm, Radio City Music Hall.

Onboarding The World to NFTs with Ivan Soto-Wright
MoonPay CEO Ivan Soto-Wright is on a mission to onboard the world to NFTs, and he’ll be speaking on how he plans on doing so. 
Time & location: 10.25am, Radio City Music Hall

Polygon’s Vision for the Future of NFTs in Gaming with Ryan Wyatt
Polygon Studio’s CEO Ryan Wyatt will be bringing insights into Polygon’s role in blockchain games.
Time & location: 10.25am, Radio City Music Hall

NFT Ticketing with Brendan Lynch and Jodee Rich
Jodee Rich, NFT NYC co-founder and CEO of NFT platform Kred, and NFT enthusiast Brendan Lynch will be speaking on use cases of NFT in ticketing.
Time & location: 11.10am, Radio City Music Hall

The Future of Social Metaverse: Where People get Paid to Socialize with Others with Sumit Ghosh
This talk features Chingari’s CEO and co-founder Sumit Ghosh.
Time & location: 4pm, Radio City Music Hall

How Gaming can Successfully Incorporate NFTs with Sarojini Mckenna, Shea Newkirk, Cagy Jan, Jung Woong (James) Park, Sebastien Borget, Amy Wu 
Listen to blockchain and metaverse gaming industry leaders from The Sandbox, Revolve Games, and Alien Worlds discuss NFTs in gaming.
Time & location: 5pm, Radio City Music Hall

NFTs with Gucci and SuperRare with Zack Yanger, Nicolas Oudino
The SVP of Superare and the EVP of New Businesses at Gucci come together to chat about NFTs in fashion. 
Time & location: 2.50pm, Edison Ballroom Main

Securing the NFT Ecosystem with Vijay Pravin Maharajan
bitsCrunch co-founder and CEO, Vijay Pravin Maharajan, will be speaking on how his company is providing security to the NFT ecosystem.
Time & location: 1.45pm, Edison Ballroom South

Mass Market Blockchain Gaming with Jesse Reich
Hear the CEO of Splinterlands talk about blockchain gaming for the masses.
Time & location: 11.55am, Palladium Theater

Jun 22

Designing NFTs for Quality Games with Omar Siddiqui
This talk features Omar Siddiqui, founder and CEO of Web3 game creator platform, Joyride, which recently secured $14 million in seed funding.
Time & location: 3.55pm, Palladium Theater

Jun 23

Neopets, Nostalgia, and the NFT Movement with Carlin West
Branding expert Carlin West talks about the nostalgia of Neopets – the massively popular Web2 game of the early 2000s for millennials – and its revival as it pivots to NFTs and the metaverse in the Web3 era.
Time & location: 3.45pm, Marriott 5th Floor – Westside

How Artists Can Protect Their Copyrights with Ashli Weiss, Liat Karpel Gurwicz
Tech and creative industry attorney, Ashli Weiss, and DeviantArt CMO Liat Karpel Gurwicz talk about the major concern of copyright in the NFT space.
Time & location: 9.40pm, Marriott 6th Floor – Broadway

Community and satellite events

Featuring art, music and parties happening across different locations in New York City, 

Enter The Runiverse at NFT.NYC (Invite only)

On Jun 20, 17,000+ square feet of street-level in the middle of Manhattan space turns into a playground for attendees to experience MMORPG, Forgotten Runiverse, in real life. The evening will feature bites, drinks, activations, and a performance by Oliver Tree.

Location: Iron 23, 29 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Ape Fest (Invite only)

Running from 20-23 Jun, this highly anticipated event exclusively for BAYC and MAYC holders will be filled with music, merch, art, open bar, free food from Bored Ape-themed food and beverage establishments including Bored & Hungry, Champ Medici’s Bored Taco, and Dr. Bombay’s Sweet Exploration. New performers will take the stage each night.

Location: Pier 17, New York City

Superpower x KuCoin Ventures x Windvane Cocktail Party @NFT.NYC (Invite only)

This is afternoon cocktail party centered around Web 3.0, NFTs & GameFi with Justin Chou, KuCoin Ventures’ Chief Investment Officer, Superpower; the team behind MOBLAND – the first-ever Mafia Metaverse, and Windvane, a decentralised NFT marketplace powered by KuCoin.

Date and time: Tue, Jun 21, 15:30 – 17:30 EDT
Location: Electric Room at Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

The Polygon Studios Hub (show NFT NYC ticket for entry)

This event will feature VR, Projection Mapping and panel discussions about empowering BIPOC & LGBTQIA+, expression in the Metaverse and more.

Date and time: Tue, Jun 21, 2022, 11:00 AM – Thu, Jun 23, 2022, 4:00 PM EDT
Location: 718 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

NFT NYC Closing Yacht Party x Panel Discussion

On Thursday and Friday June 23-24, attendees can dance to DJ sets from DON DIABLO and BLOND:ISH. There will also be multiple panel discussions giving attendees the opportunity to gain unique insights into the NFT and crypto space.

Date and time: Thu, 8.30pm – 2am, Fri, 8.30pm – 1am 
Location: Pier 40 at Hudson River Park, 353 West Street, New York, NY 10014

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