NFT.NYC 2022: what is it and who should I watch?

You may be asking what is NFT.NYC 2022? The short answer, NFT.NYC 2022 is an in real life conference taking part in New York this week, proving there's still life in the NFT art trend. NFTs aren't just about the digital art you see people collecting online, they include access to in real life events, parties and conferences. The biggest of these in the world is NFT.NYC and it's happening right now and will end on 23 June.

It's been called the 'new Woodstock' and compared to CES. So what is NFT.NYC 2022? This is the fourth annual event that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians, filmmakers, investors and tech entrepreneurs. There are 1,500 speakers planned and an estimated 14,000 attendees spread across the week – ending in a live performance by NFT fan Madonna.

Everything is covered from how to make a successful NFT to how NFTs are developing African and Japanese art communities

If you're new to NFTs this can be a daunting event. You can prep by reading our guide What are NFTs? and even try it yourself with my tutorial, how to create an NFT for free.

NFT.NYC 2022 is a mix of panels, pop-up events and gallery showcases that bring together some of the super stars of NFTs. Everything is covered from how to make a successful NFT to how NFTs are developing African and Japanese art communities, as well as predicting NFT 2.0 and how non-fungible tokens can help save the planet (we know, this is contentious).

Below I'll highlight some of the best events and most interesting talks that will be happening all week. And don't worry, if you can't make it to New York many of these events are broadcast live on Twitch, Discord and YouTube.

What is NFT.NYC 2022?

A photo of a New York street covered in NFT art

Attendees can get an NFT from a rising star of the art world (Image credit: NFT.NYC 2022)

NFT.NYC 2022 (opens in new tab) is in its fourth year and was founded by Jodee Rich and Cameron Bale back in 2018. The idea was to bring together NFT creators and collectors in one place, whether using NFTs for art, music, games or web development everyone is welcome. There really is no other place where you'll perhaps see the future of Web 3 and entertainment in one place.

Showing how far NFTs have come in four years, NFT.NYC 2022 now covers over 16 areas of use for non-fungible tokens, including art, photography, music and film. Last year saw 5,600 attendees while NFT.NYC 2022's organisers expect 1,500 people to gather across the many events and talks.

NFT.NYC 2022: where is it being held?

People attend a party at NFT.NYC 2022

NFT.NYC 2022 aims to celebrate new artist by offering access to showcases and galleries (Image credit: NFT.NYC 2022)

The event is being hosted across seven venues in New York City, these are some of the city's most famous spaces. I've listed them below so you can see at a glance where you may want to head to if you're lucky enough to be attending.

Keep in mind NFT.NYC 2022 also hosts a number of satellite events around the city and some of these will be as hot and interesting as the main events, and include inclusive spaces like the Mint Block Party as well as invite-only parties like ApeFest. Take a look at the NFT.NYC 2022 events schedule (opens in new tab) for more details as they happen.

  • Radio City Music Hall
  • New York Marriott Marquis
  • Palladium Times Square
  • The Edison Ballroom
  • The Edison Rooftop
  • The Town Hall
  • Margaritaville Resort Times Square

NFT.NYC 2022: who's speaking?

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There are 1,500 speakers booked over the three day NFT.NYC 2022 event (Image credit: NFT.NYC 2022)

There are a lot of speakers and artists appearing at this year's conference, and someone for everyone. Below I've selected some of the talks that could be the most interesting for anyone new to NFTs or artists who want to seek out new ways to use NFTs. For more details and to see everyone who is speaking this week take a look at the NFT.NYC 2022 schedule (opens in new tab). Let's take a look.

Tactics to Make Your Fashion NFTs Crush It

This is a panel talk that grabs my attention, particularly as this is a huge area of non-fungible token use that's doing well and hard to get into. The speakers are impressive, and include: Nico Fara (opens in new tab) (The Fashion DAO), Nelly Mensah (opens in new tab) (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and Jessica Greenwalt (opens in new tab) (VaynerNFT).

How to Build an NFT Market and Community

This sounds like a talk everyone should pay attention to, and speaker John Knopf (opens in new tab) has the credentials to offer some excellent advice. The photographer has built a dedicated following and regularly sells his work for as much as 50ETH / $57k / £47k.

NFTs for Good and Profit

As NFTs have suffered during the NFT crash and artists and collector's alike question what it means to create one of these new artworks, speakers including Mec Zilla (opens in new tab), Adam Levine (opens in new tab) and Inna Modja (opens in new tab) aim to show how NFTs can be a force for good as well as your bank account

Bringing the Traditional Art World on Chain with NFTs

How to bring traditional artists and institutions into NFTs is topic that always comes up, and this talk aims to answer all of the questions you may have. Speakers include artist Chris Cummings (opens in new tab) who set up one of the first NFT marketplaces for museums and Christie's' Peter Klarnet (opens in new tab).

15 Ways to Create a Successful NFT Project

This talk is going to be rammed. Who doesn't want to find out how to create NFT art that everyone will love? Speakers Travis Wright (opens in new tab) (NFT.Agency / AncientWisdom.io) and Joel Comm (opens in new tab) (Bad Crypto Podcast) are the duo with the knowledge.

Women Led NFT Projects

A panel discussion that focuses on some of the biggest launches run by women that raise important issues as well as creating stunning digital art. The speaker list is a who's who of some of the best NFT art projects of the last two years, including Flower Girls' Vicki Jeavons (opens in new tab), Hello Sunshine's Cassandra Sagehorn (opens in new tab) and Boss Beauties' Lisa Mayer (opens in new tab).

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Ian Dean is Digital Arts & Design Editor at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his love to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.