What's VeeCon? How can you get involved with or without a ticket?
And a TikTok using science to determine how many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop
Although the crypto crash this week has made headlines, there is still a fervent community of advocates for Web3 technologies backed by blockchain, crypto, and NFTs. Don’t forget, we’re all still working out what Web3 is going to be all about.
Next week Minneapolis will be hosting Gary Vaynerchuk’s first-ever VeeCon event at U.S. Bank Stadium, which I believe will be remembered as a milestone event for the Web3 community — no matter the future of crypto markets.
The event is being called a “superconference” and is limited to owners of VeeFriends NFTs (now trading on the secondhand market for about $500), with about 10,000 attendees expected to hear from Snoop Dogg, Eva Longoria, Kevin Smith, Beeple, Deepak Chopra, Mila Kunis, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Logan Paul, and… Tom Emmer?
No matter how you feel about Vayner and his hustle-culture fan base and no matter how sucessful the event actually is, VeeCon is a compelling, real-world example of the value of an NFT token beyond admiring it in your digital wallet or speculating its value. Token holders will receive entrance to the event, a host of brand activations, and all kinds of perks both at this event and afterward. The event is a big bet on the part of Vayner and his friends – and even the fact he’s pulling it off is worth noting.
Beyond the big sponsors and speakers at the official event (you can see the agenda here!), there is a Launch Minnesota-sponsored “Massive Minnesota Meetup” and a handful of opportunities for non-token holders to get involved, too…
The team at REM5 has coordinated “a futuristic NFT afterparty” curating some of the best local Web3 innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs –– and you can attend whether you have a ticket to VeeCon or not. Check out Right Clique on 5/20 here for tickets. It will feature local Web3 innovators, including:
Keeper’s Heart (dropping their first whiskey at the event)
The team at Under Represented is putting together an Alpha House Launch Party at First Avenue on 5/19
Bonkalytics is hosting an NFT Weekend Party at The Exchange & Alibi Lounge.
And there’s also a local meetup happening this Saturday….
And here’s the big list of many Unofficial VeeCon Satellite Events put together by the community that can be found HERE.
Are you going to VeeCon or any of these related events? Hit me up. -Greg
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🔥 Quick Hits
TikTok rolls out new ‘Friends’ tab to more users, replacing the current ‘Discover’ tab
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NFTs on Instagram 101 (via Instagram, of course)
Google reveals AR glasses that can translate speech in real time
Snapchat Is Bringing AR To Live Nation Concerts
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Meta Is Disabling Certain Instagram Filters in Texas and Illinois Due to Facial Recognition Laws
Microsoft teams up with VW to make HoloLens work in cars
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Colleges Are Launching TikTok Classes for Influencers Making $5,000 a Post
The Palazzo Madama in Turin has swapped its human docents for robotic guides (article is in Italian but Google Translate does a pretty good job converting it to English)
Apple discontinues the iPod after 20 years
TikTok of the Week: How many licks does it take to the to the center of a Tootsie Pop, using science
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