Article: How Non-Fungible Tokens Will be Present at Events and How to Start Applying Them Now

Crypto, Digital Content

How Non-Fungible Tokens Will be Present at Events and How to Start Applying Them Now

As we look forward from where NFTs began, it is evident that NFTs will soon become entrenched in live, virtual, and hybrid events as these certificates of authenticity become a favorite among artists. Messari analyst Mason Nystrom predicts the NFT market will surpass $1.3 billion by the end of 2021.

No matter your knowledge of cryptocurrency, you can start applying NFTs at your events through downloads, discounts, redeeming customized swag, and gamification elements. Here are a few key elements to keep in mind when thinking about NFTs.

  • Ticketing
  • Downloads
  • Swag
  • Gamification

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Article: Why Open Source Matters More Than Ever In Education

Academia, Open Source, Software

Why Open Source Matters More Than Ever In Education

For education to be successful in transforming our global community, it must be accessible – and that is what open-source technologies bring to the world of learning. By definition, open-source software has freely available code that can be redistributed and modified without limitation. Unlike closed-source software, which does not share its code and must be licensed, open-source software alleviates one of the most pressing barriers to education across the globe: cost.

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Article: When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

Open Source

When it comes to open source, culture continues to eat strategy, policy for lunch

Castle said one common thing he heard about open source is as time, money and people remain in short supply, they see open source as a path to get new capabilities in place more quickly.

Castle said his research showed there is more awareness and understanding of open source and the benefits it brings. He said the requirement in the 2016 memo for agencies to publish at least 20% of their code expired in 2020, so he would like to see OMB update the policy and reinstate the requirement.

“I would really love to see open source by default. Why not put it out there because it is a public good, just like anything else, and it’s paid for by taxpayers, and you have to justify why you can’t publish this,” he said.

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Article: Alaska would be first state to use blockchain-based voting system under proposed bill

Blockchain, Governance

Alaska would be first state to use blockchain-based voting system under proposed bill

Alaska would become the first state to adopt blockchain technology statewide in its voting security system under a proposal by Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Shower.

Shower said he wants to increase voters’ confidence in the system.

“I’m merely trying to find a way to make it tighter and better as we move into the 21st century, primarily about how we secure our elections, so that people will have faith in the results, even if they don’t like them,” he said.

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Webiny announces $348K seed to build open-source serverless CMS

Cloud, Software

Webiny announces $348K seed to build open-source serverless CMS

Webiny, a London startup developing a serverless content management system, announced a $348,000 (£270,000) seed round today led by UK investment firm Episode 1.

Webiny founder Sven Al Hamad says that Webiny is the first full-feature content management built for a serverless environment. “That means that we built Webiny from the ground up, and architected it so it works only inside serverless functions,” he said. Continue reading “Webiny announces $348K seed to build open-source serverless CMS”