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In this week’s Mad News
xNFTs just got a little safer
Mad Lads go to war with crypto
Building xNFTs is easier than ever
Solana IRL events are global
Komix Corner web3 comic strip (brand new!)
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Mad Lads & Backpack
Komix Corner Comic Strip Debut (BRAND NEW!)
Mad Shield Defends Honor of xNFTs
Our mission is to bring our security focused culture to Solana, the fastest-growing ecosystem in the blockchain space
Mad Shield, previously known as Sol Shield, is a Solana smart contract auditor and security service provider.
Headed up by Backpack maxi MadCrab David, Mad Shield is focused on helping xNFTs with their security needs. The team has deployed audits for several blue chip brands in web3 like Magic Eden, Raydium and Backpack.
We inspect the correctness of your logic, and offer hands-on live code review sessions and on-demand customization to meet your security requirements. With our deep-scoped fuzzy and penetration testing,
Book your audit here if you wish to be penetrated by Mad Shield.
Perp Traders Engulfed In Mad War
The time has finally arrived for Mad Lads subcommunities to battle each other for *perp*etual domination and eternal focking glory!
We sat down with the Zeta Markets team to talk about everything Mad Wars, including the prizes (Mad Lads NFTs, Breakpoint Tickets, Mad Merch and much more.)
Find everything you need to compete in our “Mad Lads At War!” blog.
Backpack xNFT Track at Superteam Germany Hackathon
A Mad Lads NFT (and other cash prizes) are up for grab this weekend at the Solana Weekend Hacks event in Berlin, Germany.
Anyone can attend from devs, designers, marketers, newbies, the crypto curious and anyone else in the ecosystem. You’ll find comfort and support at the w3.fund’s meeting spot.
• Free workstations, good WiFi, drinks, snacks and lunch
• On-site Solana builder support
There will also be a day full of developer workshops from some of Solana’s most notable builders.
solandy.sol on Getting started with Solana
Kulture on How to build with xNFTs
Yusuf on How to build with Underdog
Solana Takes Over Paris
The Solana Foundation is sponsoring a Solana Day at the Encode Hacker House. Sign up here for the July 19th event.
Delve into the advanced techniques of building with Solana. Our workshops, collaborative sessions and office hours, led by expert Solana engineers, promise a fun interactive learning experience!
Superteam Vietnam Recap
More than 25 Lads and Lassies attended the Superteam Vietnam meetup in Ho Chi Minh City.
These IRL meetups have been occurring across the world on a weekly basis - Mad Lads utility is community.
Flip $1 to a Mad Lads NFT
Confident is on a mission to start with $1 and trade all the way up to a Mad Lad.
“I started DMing 10 people a day when momentum was high, then pushed to 20, now pushing to 50 DMs in search for a trade.”
How is it going?
The hustler has racked up over 22 SOL in tokens and NFTs.
Confident here might be able to snag himself a come up with the #CreatorBash challenge by Bell studios.
#CreatorBash Competition w/ $3,000 In Prizes
Hustling for trades isn’t the only way to win big. The #CreatorBash competition by Jakey and Bell Studios is accepting entries for another week.
Need some inspiration? tflo has you covered.
Tweet and submit a video using the hashtag #CreatorBash to enter
1st Place Prize Value
1-2k USD Value
2nd Place Prize Value
1k USD Value
3rd Place Prize Value
$500-1k USD Value
Mad Skulls Swag Starts To Ship
Mad Skulls subcommunity members started receiving these custom Mad Lads t-shirts IRL last week.
Mad Lads x Solana Mobile
A Mad Lad is out walking around in the world with this Solana Mobile engraving.
You can still order a Saga cell phone (with a built in hardware wallet!) today however Mad Lads engravings are no longer available.
Backpack x Solana Mobile?
Armani Ferrante confirmed that a mobile Backpack app is the main development focus right now and will be coming soon. Will we see Backpack in the Solana Mobile dApp store first?
F1 Fantasy Racing In Backpack
Fantasy sports suck. We're making them fun again.
Sporting Labs was the first project to mint their NFTs inside of Backpack.
Sporting Lab’s first fantasy league is focused on Formula 1. They host races where players can customize their cars and compete at the most famous tracks in the world.
What are you playing for?
At the end of the season Top 10 performing racers will win $1,000 USDC each.
Exotic Snake Breeding w/ Solana Legend
xNFTs were a major focus during the Mad Lads Townhall #10.
Solana Legend dropped major alpha that there will be an exotic snake breeding xNFT coming to Backpack soon.
Twitter is making life difficult and restricting Spaces download access. You can listen to the full recording on the platform natively.
How To Become An xNFT Developer
If a crazed snake wrangler can build an xNFT, why haven’t you anon?
xNFT development is relatively easy in the scope of web3, Backpack engineer Matt Callens gives a complete overview of how to build xNFTs.
Tom Linton and John Rees put on a clinic at Breakpoint last year. Although many things have developed on the platform since then, this is an excellent resource.
Y-Axis Pod #3 w/ Dan Dinh (TSMDan)
I wanted to invest in relationships so I was just looking for founders that I really like, that fits with my, I think the young kids call it vibe
Tristan Yver, Backpack co-founder, has a long history of producing podcasts with high level guests in the web3 world. His last podcast had over 150 episodes!
The Y-Axis Podcast is his newest love child with new episodes dropping all the time. See the inaugural episode with Armani Ferrante here.
Validated Podcast w/ Armani Ferrante
Although not a host Armani Ferrante is no stranger to being a podcast guest. Austin Federa, Head of Strategy at Solana, hosts the Validated podcast.
On VALIDATED, we’ll be talking to the people who are rethinking the internet — and our world. No hype cycles. No financial advice. Just conversations on the biggest ideas shaping the future of the internet.
Mad Validator Crushes 570K In SOL
The Mad Validator launched at the end of March and has more than 570K SOL tokens under management. 30K SOL alone has been added in the last thirty days.
Solana Website Gets Makeover
Visit the Solana Ecosystem website for a high level view of all the notable projects and services available to Solana users.
Welcome to the first edition of the Komix Corner. We are going to expand this section to include artists from every corner of the web3 world.
Subscribe to the Mad News today for a chance to win an exclusive 1/1 NFT of the very first edition of Komix Corner (be a part of history!)