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Miami Tech Month kicks off with Miami NFT Week, featuring speakers like Timbaland, and attracting thousands of enthusiasts – Refresh Miami

by Kristen Brenla

This is no April Fools joke – Miami Tech Month has officially begun, and what better way to celebrate than with Miami NFT Week, a 3-day conference and celebration in the heart of Wynwood?

Thousands of NFT enthusiasts flocked to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center from March 31 to April 2 to learn from 250+ speakers on the future of music, fashion, gaming, real estate, sports, travel, technology, government, and more. In addition, attendees enjoyed a full-fledged NFT exhibit area, giveaways, networking with content creators and entrepreneurs IRL, and after-parties during 305.

Speakers included leaders and executives from startups and technology companies in the Miami tech ecosystem, as well as artists and producers such as Timbaland.

Miami NFT Week’s full lineup of founders, artists and creators embodies the mission of its founders Gianni D’Alertà, Ted Lucas and Eric LaPaglia: community, diversity and the future of Web3.

From the worlds of fashion, music, entertainment and social impact, all the speakers on stage emphasized that Web3, and the future of Web3, lies in its creators – and that is us.

“Digital fashion allows us to unlock things that real-world fashion design doesn’t.”

Megan Kasper, a technology investor, co-founder, and managing director of FirstLight, stressed that being able to design digital fashion pieces really allows designers to create pieces that are “the world of real fashion design.” I am not possible.

She highlighted this by showcasing her main cover on Haute Magazine, which featured her wearing an iconic V-neck Hunter Green dress – a dress that was created entirely using artificial intelligence.

“When I tell people I wore SKIMS in that photoshoot, they don’t believe me,” Kasper said. “With digital fashion, we can have on-the-fly colors, textures, and shapes that just aren’t possible in the real world,” she continued.

Although the future of the fashion industry looks bright in Web 3 and the metaverse, Kasper sees the biggest challenge being customization.

“Most people do not have crypto wallets, and it is very difficult to get people to join wallets now,” Kasper continued. “But when we look back at the beginnings of email, social media and the Internet, most people didn’t understand it — now, it’s our world.”

Kasper discussed the future of branding, marketing and artificial intelligence, and emphasized that there is an opportunity for companies and fashion designers to use digital fashion to gather post-purchase data that can fully transform their brands. can change from

“I think artificial intelligence is going to be hugely important when it comes to creating new, amazing designs,” Kasper said. “Attitudes will change over the next decade, and I think the online platforms we know today will integrate with digital fashion online in real time.”

Web3 and its impact on society: “It is important for us to understand the power of inclusivity in Web3”

Another important point throughout Miami NFT week was Web3 and its impact on society – particularly Web3’s impact on minority communities.

Dubbed the “Olivia Pope of Silicon Valley,” Jotaka Eaddy, founder and CEO of Full Circle Strategies, LLC, emphasized that although technology has the potential to be “a great unifier to propel us forward,” He said it is “imperative” that each one of us should think about how we are using technology to advance society.

“We have to be very intentional about the impact of technology on society; It must be intertwined in every decision we make, and how we are shaping our companies and the policies that govern those companies,” Eddy said. “We now have the opportunity to ensure that that we have everyone at the table, and that we all get together, leaving no one behind.”

He continued to emphasize that, although there are dangers in technology, such as the spread of misinformation or misinformation online, the global power of Web3 allows us to break down barriers and harness the power of community to change our current world for the better. giving permission.

“If we use technology to propel us forward and increase margins – that is the true power of technology and NFTs,” concluded Eddy. “When we set intentions for the future and make it clear that we do so with a purpose to advance society, we can create powerful change in the world.”

Timbaland on Music & Entertainment in Web3: “New Wave for the Future”

Timbaland’s presence filled Mana Wynwood’s room — literally. The Grammy-winning producer, who was most recently ranked No. 3 on Billboard’s list of the 50 Greatest Producers of the 21st Century, top-selling artists such as Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Nelly, Missy Elliott, and Claims a hit. Other.

Their success IRL inspired them to dive into the world of Web3 with BEATCLUB, a blockchain-enabled, all-in-one solution for music makers to grow and achieve their goals through mentorship, creator tools, opportunities, and community. to complete.

He joined Miami NFT Week to discuss his work in the space, and what Web3 means for the future of the entertainment industry and the young talents looking to make it.

Timbaland said, “Web3’s technology really allows you to be as free as possible, letting you determine your own path of how you want to see your career move forward.” “That’s why I love this space, because it really allows you to build in your own way without anyone ruling it—it’s the new wave for the future.”

Timbaland discussed how this new technology and Web3 community is ‘the biggest wave to come’ for talent and creators in the entertainment industry. For Timbaland, Web3 is allowing creators to be who they are, while interacting with a community of people who support them.

“The thing about Web3 is that you can determine your own success – it’s up to you,” Timbaland continued. “You’re not competing with anyone, it’s just you, and the only thing you have to prove is that you love what you do. That’s what success is.”

Miami NFT Week concludes on Sunday with talks from The New Web3 Art World, Epping Into LATAM, keynote speaker Dan Fleishman and more.

Scenes from Miami NFT Week

Photos by Kristen Brenla

Kristen Brenla is the Media Relations Specialist for Jackson Health System, where she manages media relations for the health system’s Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation and Miami Transplant Institute service lines. Prior to her role at Jackson, Kristen worked at Florida International University as the Account Manager for the FIU Office of Engagement. In 2022, Kristen receives a master’s degree in Global Strategic Communication from FIU.

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