We are now a week past NFT NYC, the biggest NFT event of 2022. Fortunately, the banner event for the NFT community was a resounding success, with attendees, speakers and event hosts all giving glowing feedback on the conference.
So what were some of the biggest highlights of NFT NYC? We take a look at what NFTs’ biggest names were up to in New York City between June 20th and June 23rd.
PFP parties steal the show at NFT NYC
Now in its fourth year, NFT NYC has grown so large that some have gone as far as to dub it “The Super Bowl of NFTs”. The more than 15,000 attendees had a chance to hear from over 1,500 speakers in historic venues across New York City.
Even so, the main attraction of the event turned out to be some of the epic parties and activations hosted by the biggest brands in NFTs. Indeed, there was a steady stream of FOMO-inducing footage flooding NFT Twitter throughout the four days of NFT NYC.
Here’s the rundown of the biggest parties of NFT NYC this year.
ApeFest @ NFT NYC: The Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Marquee Event
After the success of last year’s event, and the unbelievable growth of BAYC over the past year, ApeFest 2022 was easily the most talked about event of NFT NYC. As a result, the second edition of ApeFest was bigger and better than the first.
This year’s ApeFest took place over four days at Pier 17. Demand was so high for BAYC and MAYC holders that Yuga Labs had to use a reservation system. That way as many holders as possible would be able to attend at least one of the days.
The event saw performances from Amy Schumer, Questlove, LCD Soundsystem, and Lil Baby, to name a few. In fact, famous Bored Ape holders Eminem and Snoop Dogg also took to the stage. Not only that, but the pair even debuted a brand new song and music video featuring their Bored Apes.
The DeadFellaz party featured multiple Web3-native musicians
The DeadFellaz party at NFT NYC might have garnered the most buzz online after ApeFest. Attendees couldn’t have been more effusive in their praise of DFZ NYC.
The highlight of the event was the brilliant performances from web3 musicians Rhea Raj, Ed Balloon, Domino, and LATASHÁ. In addition, NYC-native rapper Princess Nokia headlined the party. Beyond great music and the “immaculate vibes” as described by one Twitter user, there were even Tarot readings and a flash tattoo studio set up.
World of Women x Madonna Party
As part of its Pride Month celebration, World of Women’s NFT NYC party featured none other than music legend, Madonna. WoW announced the news a few weeks before its June 23rd party, which was free for WoW and WoW Galaxy holders.
Notably Madonna – herself a WoW holder – shares representation with Wow as both parties are repped by Guy Oseary.
Some of the biggest installations at NFT NYC
Ledger Op3n @ NFT NYC
One of the biggest activations at NFT NYC came from web3 and crypto platform Ledger. Significantly, the company unveiled a ton of major news at its biannual Ledger Op3n conference. For example, Ledger announced that it will sunset its hugely popular Ledger Nano S line of hardware wallets.
However, the biggest piece of news from the Ledger camp was the brand new NFT marketplace that it is launching this summer. Given Ledger’s presence in the NFT space, the new platform is sure to make major waves on its arrival.
Doodles expands on the growth of its brand
The Doodles activation at NFT NYC centered around the growth of the brand. After securing its spot as one of the most successful NFT projects ever, Doodles now has its sights set on becoming a globally renowned media brand. Its biggest move in this regard was the announcement of Pharrell Williams as Doodle’s new Chief Brand Officer.
Besides that, Doodles also teased its upcoming NFT collection, Doodles 2. All in all, the new project represents the expansion of the Doodles brand. As it grows, it is looking to bring a wider mainstream audience into its ecosystem.
Cool Cats CooltopiaNYC
No stranger to big activations at major conferences, Cool Cats’ Cooltopia NYC event was a big hit for NFT NYC attendees. The super fun event featured a bunch of fun and interactive experiences, Cool Cats merch, and even a “History of Blue Cat” with Cool Cats co-founder and artist, Clon.
Regardless of some of the negative outcomes from NFT NYC, it is clear that the event lived up to its hype. Rather than sadness and commiseration around the current state of the NFT market, the event was a massive celebration. As much as the space is driven by online culture, NFT NYC is clear proof of the importance of live events and in-person connection in the NFT space.