Mad News #11: Making The Most Unique Content In Web3
The Roster content machine adds another member, Mad Lads Breakpoint event is confirmed, the Backpack team is taking over Tokyo and xNFT developers keep building.
Welcome to another issue of the Mad News! Turn up your volume as we have packed this issue with videos from The Roster, new xNFTs and a look at Solana hardware integrations.
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Table of Contents
August 21 - OPOS Hackathon ends (USA)
September 7 - Solana x Mad Lads Meetup (Korea)
September 12-14 - Tristan Yver at TOKEN2049 (Singapore)
September 14 - Mad Lads meetup at TOKEN 2049 (Singapore)
September 14 - Mad Merch claims expire
September 14-17 - Bengaluru Hacker House (India)
Nick Kapule is our newest Roster member
Nick Kapule is a foiler from Honalulu, Hawaii and is the Mad Lads newest Roster member. From filming his encounters with giant sharks to tackling waves that would pummel mere mortals, Nick has all the hallmark traits of a Mad Lad.
Foil surfing is a completely different sport than big wave surfing.
The board looks similar to a traditional surfboard with one big difference - it has a hydrofoil mounted underneath the board instead of fins.
Foiling makes Nick fly across the surface of the ocean and it also lets him get up close and personal with massive 20-foot long Tiger sharks!
What is The Roster?
Tristan Yver adds depth and context to The Roster strategy explaining exactly why we are focusing on creating content with Roster members.
A vehicle through which we start creating brand awareness beyond the world of the crypto demographic
Tyler Larronde gives us a glimpse at island life
Roster content is flowing with Tyler Larronde giving us an inside look at life in Hawaii as a professional fisherman.
Most of us purchase our fish at the grocery store - Tyler takes his from the ocean.
Jakey reminds us why he’s a Mad Lad
Jake Hillhouse (aka Jakey on crypto Twitter) was the inaugural member of the Roster and has dropped three full length MAD MOVIES since then.
Do you doubt the Madness after watching this video?
Mad Lads rideshare with Uber
sms shows us another way to represent the Mad Lads: by living your life.
Being a Mad Lad doesn’t mean that you have to surf big waves, get close to sharks or take fireworks to the face. Being a Mad Lad means being an active participant in life.
sms Tweeted this thoughtful and genuine post to Uber and it ended up becoming a moment in history for the Mad Lads brand.
Uber is one of the biggest brands in the world and they were paying attention to the Mad Lads that day.
MAD LAD OF THE WEEK: Aslanbek
Aslanbek has been creating Mad Lads content since the brand began. His posters don the walls of holders homes and his custom Mad Lads designs are revered in the community.
Rarely a day goes by without Aslanbek pumping out new and fresh content.
Solana Breakpoint is just a few months away
Mad Lads will have at least two meetups - a casual coffee shop day and a mad fockin’ night of partying. The Mad Lads Holders Party is being held on November 1st.
People come for the onsite programming, they stay for the offsite events.
There are dozens of additional events being hosted by builders like:
Mad Apparel redemptions are closing soon
Mad Merch t-shirt and hoodie claims end in just under one month on September 14th.
You can still purchase Mad Merch NFTs on secondary marketplaces and complete the buttery smooth claim process.
Open your Backpack and launch the Mad Merch xNFT
The vibes are immaculate in Japan
Backpack began it’s headquarters move from Chicago, USA to Tokyo, Japan a few months ago. Armani was the first on the scene followed by Tristan and now Gonzalo.
Brick by brick the Backpack squad is putting the band back together.
Armani plots his haircut on Stream #17
Sunday Streams are an inside look at not only Backpack and the Mad Lads but are also a behind the scene of Armani’s life.
Tune in to hear Armani’s take on the NPC TikTok trend, DeGods, Ethereum builders, the mobile Backpack app and more.
Lads on top in Asia
Tristan Yver is hitting the road and traveling to multiple events in Asia next month.
You can find him at the Solana x Mad Lads meetup at the Korean Blockchain Week on September 7th. RSVP here to attend.
Tristan will also be hosting a panel in Singapore at the TOKEN2049 conference. He is moderating a panel with leaders from Consensys, Bloq, Google Cloud and Ledger.
Solana x Rasberry Pi integration
The Saga is the first official piece of Solana hardware but it is not the last. Jonas dropped this integration with a piece of tech that we all know - Rasberry Pi.
Solana turns the faucets on for developers
Solana solved a pain point for developers by placing emphasis on how you can receive Devnet $SOL.
RPC Provider Faucets
Proof of work Faucet
See the full guide here.
Bonfida is an xNFT OG
Bonfida’s SNS Manager was featured in the very first issue of the Mad News. Since then they’ve released multiple improved versions.
This weeks updates include:
optimized functional layout
added profile management tools
streamlined buying process
Builderz Solana xNFT Scaffold helps onboard new builders
Builderz is one of the first software development companies to specialize in building xNFTs. They built a set of tooling called the xNFT Scaffold and have been updating it regularly.
They also built the Mad Wars trading competition xNFT in June and more recently the Hashlings xNFT mint experience.
You can download their first xNFT, Re:naissance, in the xNFT Library.
Honeypot Fields DeFi farming game
Blockiosaurus deployed Honeypot Fields during the Solana Speedrun Game Jam in the xNFT track.
The goal is to provide users a way to onboard their existing DeFi investments and hit the ground running with their Farm reflecting their current status.
MadGANG networking dApp
The MadGANG xNFT has eyes on making networking easy by connecting lads based on location and skills. Although not live, this idea is wonderful example of how you can utilize Backpack and connect users.
The first Mad News commentary video
The Mad Blogger filmed a commentary video for the Mad News that adds extra depth and context to the Mad News stories.