Mad News #12: Disrupt Web3 With Video Content
Roster content is challenging the web3 status quo, our newest honorary Mad Lad, Mad Merch gen2 teaser, Solana builders defy the bear market and Berlin gets hit with OPOS advertising storm.
In this week’s Mad News
Austin Federa is newest honorary Mad Lad
School is in session with The Roster
Mad Merch gen2 teasers
Solana Pay x Shopify integrations
The new xNFTs built during OPOS Hackathon
August 31 - Hacker House Berlin (Germany)
September 5 - Solana Crash Course (Online/Zoom)
September 7 - Solana x Mad Lads Meetup @ Korean Blockchain Week
September 12-14 - Tristan Yver Panel @ TOKEN2049 (Singapore)
September 14 - Mad Lads Meetup @ TOKEN2049 (Singapore)
September 14 - Mad Merch claims expire
Bookmark the new Solana Community Calendar to stay informed about all events in the Solana ecosystem.
Austin Federa is an honorary Mad Lad
Austin Federa is the latest recipient of an honorary Mad Lads NFT. He is a long time Solana Foundation fixture and has been integral in the expansion of the blockchain ecosystem.
Foil Surfing 101 w/ Professor Kapule
Class is in session and the Mad Lads are learning about foil surfing from our resident expert Nick Kapule.
Content flood: The Roster makes more videos than our Twitter can handle
There are more videos flowing from The Roster than we can post on Twitter.
Follow our other channels so you don’t miss out on the action!
MAD LAD OF THE WEEK: icedcaffeine
icedcaffeine is a community creator whose entire design skill set has been developed AFTER the Mad Lads regime began. They started by experimenting with AI tools and quickly moved to freehand design.
Each piece of art comes with a thoughtful observation about the person being honored and clever ways to tie in the design inspiration.
icedcaffeine has released DOZENS of these custom fan art pieces.
Make sure to follow them on Twitter and turn notifications in case you’re the next to be featured!
Fun socks make happy feet
First t-shirts, then hoodies and now.. socks? Armani teased potential gen2 Mad Merch with these dashing foot protectors.
Two weeks left until Mad Merch redemptions close
You have just a few more weeks to redeem your Mad Merch before it goes away forever.
Remember, you just pay shipping!
Pay for Mad Merch using the new Solana Pay x Shopify integration
Solana dropped a bombshell on Twitter by announcing the Solana Pay x Shopify integration.
Solana Pay gives Shopify businesses a new way to conduct business on the blockchain with instant transactions and low fees while giving customers the ability to pay with crypto for the first time.
Credit card processing fees usually cost a business between 1.5% and 3.5% per transaction, but using the Solana Pay option is practically “fee-free,” Fried said.
The average cost per transaction on Solana’s blockchain is $0.00025, or fractions of a penny.
New Solana tools are flooding the bear market
Maple brings US Treasury Bill backed yields for DAOs and web3 treasuries
Membrane Finance introduces MiCA-compliant “euro” stablecoin to Solana
Elusiv brings private token swaps for SOL users
Brave browser adds Solana NFT support
Solana doubles down with ‘Only Possible On Solana’ mantra
The saying “only possible on Solana” (and later OPOS) originated with Helius co-founder and all around legend 0xMert. Since then the community has rallied around the motto and it was picked up as an official slogan by the Solana marketing teams.
Innovation. Scalability. Community.
Discover what sets Solana apart.
Built on the foundation you created.
Berlin is covered with Solana posters
Solana absolutely papered Berlin with advertising leading up to Hacker House Berlin.
Superteam Germany is holding a Solana poster *scavenger hunt* where the community is crowdsourcing finding the locations of posters and placing them on an interactive map of Berlin.
Toly chats about hackathons and why they’re important
Anatoly Yakovenko, Solana co-founder, joined the Chewing Glass podcast and had something to say about hackathons.
The Chewing Glass podcast launched earlier this year and is hosted by Solana’s Head of Developer Ecosystem, Chase Barker.
Listen and watch full length episodes on YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Amazon.
11 new xNFTs emerged from OPOS Hackathon
Backpack sponsored an xNFT prize track and 11 teams submitted entries:
Solar Hunt - Hunt monsters. Craft items. Repeat. A game powered by Solana.
PITCHAR - Pitch baseballs, win tickets.
Avocad - GUAC - Collect ingredients to cook perfectly healthy Avocado dishes and get rewards.
ChaseToCheese - Collect as much cheese as possible!
Peerpay - Send, request, and swap cryptocurrencies & NFTs using your social media handles.
Pockets.GG - A game where players join competing factions for a chance to win prizes.
Mixhub! - web3 marketplace where people can enjoy their music in a whole new experience.
Khalil Gibrans: The Prophet - an xNFT to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
MadGang - MadGang will make all the Mad Lads follow each other.
Mad Send It - Content distribution channel owned by the creator.
Solis - An xNFT application that helps users leverage their assets while earning yields.
Maidens xNFT plan to reward users with XP for creativity
The Maidens xNFT project is building a platform that helps members build xNFTs, is connecting Solana builders with the Maiden Book and working on the problem of a smoother onboarding experience.
Are you new to developing on Solana?
Register for the free 6-week long Encode Bootcamp that teaches you about Solana, coding with Rust and everything else needed to build on the blockchain.
You can also join the Solana Crash Course offline event (hosted on Zoom) on September 5th.
How Solana Works
How you can interact with smart contracts
How to build your first smart contract
Armani’s interview with We Talk NFTs on YouTube
Armani joined Maurizio of the We Talk NFTs podcast to chat about the runup to Mad Lads mint, the Mad culture, the Skulls sub traits and much more.
Mad News interview with Amy Street
Solana event planning, how to talk to normies about crypto and uplifting women in the web3 space - we covered it all in the Amy Street interview.