Kenetic, a blockchain investment and technology firm, and Decentraland, a virtual reality platform powered by blockchain, today announced the launch of NIFTY, a three-day conference and hackathon that will bring together international developers, investors, and entrepreneurs to discuss the future of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), collectibles, and blockchain gaming. The conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong, July 24-25, 2018, while the hackathon will run July 25-26, 2018, in Cyberport, a global leading innovation and digital technology hub in Hong Kong.

Commenting on the launch of the event, Jehan Chu, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Kenetic said, “NFT’s (non-fungible tokens/ERC-721’s) unique assets and collectibles are the next generation of Blockchain value. From Cryptokitties to Codex, they represent an entirely new asset class and a quantum leap in how we quantify and interact with the world around us in a decentralized way. Developers, investors and professionals should be actively engaging this exciting new space.”

Boasting an impressive program of speakers and panelists, NIFTY’s conference lineup includes Phil Chen, Decentralized Chief Officer and Exodus phone lead at HTC; Tom Bollich, CTO, of MadHive and Co-founder of Zynga’s Studio; Yat Siu, Founder of Animoca; Pete Kim, Head of Engineering, Toshi, at Coinbase; Jacob Evans, Core Developer at 0x Project; Sabrina Tachdjian, Blockchain & Crypto Investments Lead, LINE; Esteban Ordano, Founder and CTO of Decentraland; Ying Yin, Co-founder of Hyper Dragons; Martin Amor, CEO and Founder of Hoard; Ron Bernstein, CEO of Paradex; Jason Jeon, Chief Evangelist, NHN Entertainment; and many others.

Also commenting on NIFTY, Ari Meilich, CEO of Decentraland said, “As blockchain continues to revolutionize the gaming industry, we are eager to welcome hundreds of enthusiasts to discuss, debate, and celebrate what’s next for this flourishing sector. Hosting the first-ever Blockchain Games and NFTs Hackathon is something we are truly excited about, and we look forward to meeting all the talent that this event will attract.”

Topics for discussion at the conference will include: The opportunity for NFTs; crypto games: past, present and future; token standards; the platform problem: web, mobile, and more; NFT economies; ERC721 metadata workshop; IP on the Blockchain; building secure dapps; and funding your NFT project.

In addition to the conference, the NIFTY hackathon will bring more than 200 developers to Cyberport. Workshops focused on building blockchain-based games will be held on the afternoon of July 25th, with prizes worth more than US $15,000.

For more information on NIFTY, please visit: https://nifty.gg/, and to apply for the hackathon please visit: https://niftyhacks.typeform.com/to/uGlUCq.


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