#TECH: Malaysia's first NFT conference

KUALA LUMPUR: NFT or Non-Fungible Tokens is the buzzword we've been hearing lately, but if you're still don't understand what it is or want to know how you can be involved in this new age opportunity, this August will be a good time to explore it as the first NFT conference and festival will be held here.

The week-long week-long event will take place from August 22 to August 28.

Dubbed the M1NTED Week, the organiser, The Livescape Group, said the event will bring together dozens of speakers around the world, featuring some of the biggest names in the NFT space locally and abroad, as well as a hive of bustling and artist-immersive activities on everything that is NFT.

It also combines six specially-designed experiences as part of the festival showcase – together, they aim to convene over 1,500 participants.

"We have extended the original duration of M1NTED to a whole week now, thanks to the very encouraging response that we received from many parties out there," said The Livescape Group's CEO Iqbal Ameer.

"We are taking inspiration from the likes of NFT New York City, NFTCON and Miami NFT Week, which makes us unique and different in leading this movement of NFT in Malaysia," he said.

"We are seeing an increasing number of people picking up the trend in embracing the world of web3, and there has been a rise of such interest at an exponential rate. By sparking such conversations and empowering people through a platform like M1NTED, we are committed to accelerating awareness and education to all uninitiated and initiated NFT buyers about taking control of their financial freedom, through decentralised tools of creative ownership," added Iqbal.

The first five days of the event will take place across different host venues in Kuala Lumpur, which are Lot 10 Rooftop, Kedai KL, Battle Arena, After Dark Social Club, and Tiffin at the Yard, while the final two days of the conference will take place at KLPAC and Tiffin at the Yard. Participants can expect a myriad of engaging and stimulating topics to be presented throughout the festival, which is segregated into the different categories played across the different host venues, namely Art on Day 1, Fashion on Day 2, Music on Day 3, Gaming on Day 4, and F&B on Day 5. Some topics that will be discussed include: 'A New Era of Local Artists – Pt. I'; 'The Future of Fashion: NFTs and the Metaverse'; and 'What are Non-Fungible Tokens: How They Can Revolutionise and Reshape the F&B Industry'.

Reputed expert speakers set to deliver the subject matters within a panel discussion or keynote speech setting include Henry Kim of On1 Force from the US, Canadian duo of Stephen Dowler of Monstercat and Vandal of DAORecords, as well as Akshey of Doodle Estate from India. M1NTED Week also features local NFT artists and heroes such as Ash Nair of Escape Kim, Nicole Yap of 8sian, Imran Haqeem of Tezos. The list also includes Roachpunks, who has recently released a 1/1 NFT edition for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as well as Tigerpunks, who has been aiding in protecting the malayan tiger and wildlifes in the country, and more.

According to, 23.9 per cent of Malaysian Internet users currently own NFTs. The study which polled over 28,000 people in an online survey across 20 countries to compare NFT ownership, revealed that Malaysia ranks third for NFT adoption.

Additionally, a further 10.5 per cent of respondents said they plan to acquire more NFTs. As a result, NFT adoption in Malaysia could soon hit 34.4 per cent, which only serves to highlight the growth potential of NFTs in the country.

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