The Diversity Continues: Featured Speakers, Tracks, and Experiences at NFT.NYC 2023

We are looking forward to bringing the NFT community together again at our 5th annual NFT.NYC — April 12–14 in Times Square & Hudson Yards, New York City.

Focused Experiences around NFT Themes

Starting today, we will be announcing the Speakers and experiences that you can look forward to.

Featured Speakers at NFT.NYC 2023

Maha Abouelenein — Brands Track
CEO & Founder of Digital & Savvy

Maha is the founder of Digital & Savvy, a strategic communication consulting firm with offices in the USA and Dubai. Maha has more than 30 years of global communications experience advising global corporate giants, high-growth tech startups, and high-net-worth individuals.

Today, Maha has stepped in to help brands and IP owners find their voice in Web3.0. Maha serves as the Executive Vice President for Strategy & Communications of Bedu, a pioneering metaverse and blockchain firm in Dubai. Additionally, Maha led communications for some of the world’s leading Web3 and NFT projects, including VeeFriends and VeeCon, helping to tell their stories. Maha combines her passion for storytelling with her dedication to educating and advising on everything related to communications in Web3.

Nikita Cikaluk — Brands Track
Rug Radio “OriGensXYZ” & “We” In Web3 Host

Nikita is a host of Rug Radio’s “OriGensXYZ” show and “We” In Web3 podcast with a focus on web3 education. As a social contract engineer and NFT brands consultant, Nikita also writes about NFTs, digital collectibles and fashion in Forbes and Cointelegraph. Since 2017 Nikita has been actively participating in global communities on and off stages for efficient traditional brands’ onboarding.

Larry Dvoskin — Future Track
VP of Strategic Projects for NFT Oasis

Mr. Dvoskin is the VP of Strategic Projects for NFT Oasis. As a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, his music credits include David Bowie, MGMT, Sean Lennon, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Sammy Hagar, Bono, Unicef, UN, RCA, EMI, Warner Brothers, MTV, CBS, ABC, and many others.

He has taught Songwriting at the NYU School of Professional Studies for 22 years, and as a creator and executive producer has sold television shows sold to NBC, MTV, Logo, and others. He is the Founder and President of Do What You Love Media, Miracle Music Inc, and Cool Guy Music Inc.

Nico Fara — Fashion Track
Founder & Leader of The Fashion DAO™ & Chief Metaverse Officer™

Nico Fara is a web3 strategist, tech futurist, executive consultant, engineer, and serial entrepreneur with deep expertise in the retail and tech industries.

She is the founder and one of the leaders of The Fashion DAO™, the consortium of Web3 fashion experts; looking to support responsible adoption of Web3 technologies in the industry and facilitate collaboration and co-creation among the community.

Nico Fara is the founder and CEO of Chief Metaverse Officer™, a Metaverse as a Service(MaaS) tech consultancy company working with the world’s top brands and retailers on strategizing, designing, and executing their web3 presence through metaverse, NFTs, gaming, virtual fashion, and other technology solutions in sustainable, accessible and inclusive ways.

Trevor Jones 🎨 - Art Track
OG Artist

Trevor Jones graduated with an MA in Fine Art in 2008 from Edinburgh College of Art and has worked at the intersection of art and technology for over a decade. His work connects the long tradition of painting with the world of tech innovation and in 2012/13 he was one of the first artists to incorporate QR codes and Augmented Reality with his paintings. His first NFT drop in 2019 was a collaboration with Alotta Money and they soon became the best of friends spending many a night chatting about art, crypto, and laughing about the most ridiculous things imaginable.

Lou Kerner — Community Track
Founder, CryptoOracle Collective

Lou Kerner is a Partner at Blockchain Coinvestors, a crypto fund-of-fund, invested in 40 crypto VCs. Lou’s also the CEO of Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded SPAC, and the Founder of CryptoOracle Collective, a decentralized crypto advisory firm.

Lou’s been a crypto thought leader since 2013, when the Wall Street Journal called Lou “Wall Street’s Bitcoin Expert’’. Lou’s ranked among the most influential crypto bloggers on Medium and regularly keynotes major crypto industry events. Lou alsoFounded of CryptoMondays, the largest crypto meetup group in the world, with chapters in 40+ cities.

Prior to crypto, Lou was an equity analyst following media companies for Goldman Sachs. Lou has a B.A. from U.C.L.A. and an MBA from Stanford.

John Kosner — Entertainment Track
President, Kosner Media

John Kosner is an internet pioneer and four-decade veteran of sports media. Today, he is an investor and advisor in sports tech startups and president of Kosner Media, a digital media and sports consultancy.

In 2018, John and the late NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern created Micromanagement Ventures, a portfolio of sports technology start-ups focused on media, betting and player health. John continues to serve as an advisor to and an investor in nine of the original Micromanagement Ventures portfolio companies which include WHOOP, WSC Sports, and Overtime.

In addition, John is an advisor to Apple News, the NCAA, the Big East, Opendorse, SponsorUnited, Videocites, Tixologi, among others. Previously, John ran Digital Media for ESPN for 15 years.

Sendit LDN — Community Track
NYLON Co-founder

Music Producer/DJ and entertainment manager having worked with Snoop Dogg, Ed Sheeran, Skepta, Stormzy, Nike, Apple, Adidas, Beats By Dre, EA Sports, Call of Duty, England, Arsenal.

Mike Mongo — Community Track
Commercial Crew Astronaut & NFT Creator

Commercial crew astronaut, artist, author Mike Mongo is creator of Mongo Mugs, co-creator of BAEVOLUTION NFT, co-creator of Muttniks NFT, as well as co-founder of 1st NFT of 2018 and 1st NFT for social good, CryptOtitties. He is author of bestseller The Astronaut Instruction Manual and co-founder of OBEY.

Crypto Novo — Community Track
Founder of NovoVerse

CryptoNovo became one of the biggest cheerleaders in the NFT space after claiming a bunch of CryptoPunks early in the Web3 days. Hosting online educational content he is often seen traveling into and out IRL and Metaverse events, even dubbing his own specific corner of that world the #NovoVerse. Added to the engagement is the anonymity hidden by his digital identity.

Sebastian Oddo — Brands Track
Director of NFTs, Blockchain and Web3 Marketing at Mastercard

Sebastian currently leads NFTs, Blockchain and Web3 Marketing for the Global Digital Marketing team at Mastercard. For the past 15+ years, Sebastian has been following emerging trends and helping brands launch award-winning multi-sensory experiences. Sebastian has a strong passion for technology and has had the opportunity to give a TEDx on how ‘Innovation Drives More Piggy-back Rides”.

Gareb Shamus — Entertainment Track
HeroMaker Studio, CEO & Co-Founder

Gareb Shamus is a visionary in the Superhero world, starting Comic Con and Wizard Magazine, reaching billions of people and defining geek/nerd culture. Gareb recently started HeroMaker Studios, a technology-first entertainment company utilizing NFTs and web3 storytelling, games, and interactive media to build massive global communities. Its first NFT project Kumite, an epic battle between Heroes and Villains sold out immediately and is now launching its webtoons and trading card games worldwide.

Sidney Swift — Entertainment Track
Founder & CEO of Defient

Sidney is the founder and CEO of Defi Entertainment.

Previously, Sidney was in the music industry for over 15 years as a 10x platinum-selling songwriter, producer, and executive. He has worked alongside artists like Drake, Beyonce, Future, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo, DJ Khaled, Panic at the Disco!, and more.

In 2019, Sidney started Defient to bridge the gap between music, pop culture, and next-gen technologies. In 2021 he was granted a US patent for inventing “secondary device synchronization”, a technology used in music and television to layer digital media experiences.

He leads Rolling Stone Magazines Web3 culture council and works with countless artists and brands to help understand and identify strategies that usher creators and businesses into web3.

See all #NFTNYC2023 Speakers as they are announced on NFT.NYC/Speakers

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Since 2019, NFT.NYC events have hosted thousands of attendees, hundreds of leading speakers and the best NFT projects.