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K8IROS “crypto sneaker” NFT Linked to SUKU’s Distributed Ledger

With all sales going to the Dinwiddie Family Foundation to benefit at-risk minority youngsters, the K8IROS drop will be the first NFT verifiably attached to a tangible item using SUKU’s digital ledger-enabled NFT tagging mechanism…



NBA Spencer Dinwiddie, a Brooklyn Nets basketball player, and Calaxy Co-Founder, announced a collaboration with SUKU’s carbon-neutral INFINITE NFT Marketplace to launch the first non-fungible token attached to a physically redeemable item.

Dinwiddie has released his signature, game-worn K8IROS crypto sneakers with SUKU’s digital ledger-enabled tag. The SUKU ledger confirms and ensures the validity of this one-of-a-kind NFT drop, which will go up for auction on July 22nd, 2021.

The Dinwiddie Family Foundation, which supports poor and at-risk adolescents through fitness, literacy, and educational activities, will receive 100% of the proceeds from the drop.

Summary of the Drop

  • The NFT of the K8IROS “crypto sneaker” will be auctioned off as a 1:1 exchangeable for the actual item.
  • The signed production K8IROS sneaker NFTs will be auctioned as a raffle, with the winners receiving one of the signature sneakers.
  • The Dinwiddie Family Foundation will get 100% of the revenues from the drop.

“I’m incredibly pleased to see this NFT drop come to fruition because it’s been in the works for a long time. This has the potential to revolutionize the game for businesses, sportsmen, and influencers by allowing NFTs to be verified as real items. As mediated by SUKU and Hedera, this whole new approach of bringing physical treasures into the digital environment puts us up to revolutionize the creator economy as we know it. I believe that by donating all proceeds to my foundation, I can help level the playing field for children and allow them to achieve their full potential,” says Dinwiddie.


The introduction of SUKU INFINITE physical tags and NFTs is a step toward addressing the $450 billion counterfeit sneaker market by utilizing immutably logged IDs that can be traced on the Hedera Hashgraph distributed ledger.

SUKU protects suppliers and merchants from fraud and theft utilizing Hedera’s innovative technologies, while also providing provenance for entrepreneurs, artists, and other creators using NFTs to market their physical items.

“As an athlete and futurist, Spencer Dinwiddie is using his platform to raise awareness about the true potential of NFTs, and we’re ecstatic to be collaborating with him on his K8IROS crypto sneaker NFT launch. Spencer is showing the globe how companies and influencers can bring physical artifacts and items to the digital realm while saving the earth by leveraging SUKU’s carbon-negative INFINITE Marketplace.” – Yonathan Lapchik, CEO of SUKU

SUKU uses its Smartrac NFC tags in conjunction with Avery Dennison to enable convenient product tracking through the use of long-range, dual-frequency transponders for product identification and management.

Avery Dennison’s tags are long-lasting, unobtrusive, and tamper-proof. If a tag is attempted to be removed from a product, the tag’s circuitry will fail, ensuring that marked objects can always be authenticated using the connected digital NFT. Furthermore, all NFT mints on INFINITE are carbon-negative, supporting climate-certified programs that cut carbon emissions in the battle against climate change.

The Dinwiddie Family Foundation will receive 100% of the proceeds from the K8IROS sale, which will be used to create programming for disadvantaged youngsters. The Dinwiddie Scholars program, which grants educational scholarships in cooperation with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), America’s largest and most effective minority education organization, aspires to create the next generation of diverse leaders.


NHL Opens Hockey Collectibles NFT Marketplace

The NHL, along with its Alumni Association and Players’ Association, said on Thursday that it has joined with NFT platform Sweet to build a distinctive NFT marketplace and libraries of NFTs—individual blockchain tokens that denote ownership.



The NHL’s market will fall between a full-fledged NFT trading platform and a website that enables momentary NFT drops, according to David Lehanski, the league’s executive vice president of business development and innovation.

By creating an NFT marketplace with exclusive releases, the NHL hopes to give fans a little bit of both. In preparation for the commencement of the 2022–2023 season, the NHL’s Sweet marketplace is anticipated to launch in October.

The NHL aims to gamify NFTs with “questing and collecting” components so that fans will interact and can be rewarded with benefits like other NFTs, according to Lehanski, who spoke to Decrypt.

Depending on a player’s performance, some of the NFTs will also be dynamic and alter over time. According to a statement, NFTs will also include “cinematic game highlights from past and present NHL seasons” or surprise packs of NFTs that may be seen in “3D interactive trophy rooms.”

Lehanski claimed that the NHL wasn’t yet ready to reveal which blockchain it would be constructing on. Though it might be on Polygon or Tezos if Sweet’s offerings are any indicator.

Lehanski stated, “We’re looking at everything,” and that the NHL’s top priorities in its search for a blockchain include “cheap gas expenses” and “environmental sustainability.”

The NHL is one of the most recent major professional sports leagues to enter the NFT market, following the NBA’s Top Shot NFTs, the NFL’s “play and own” NFT game, and MLB’s impending NFT contest.

Lehanski commented on the NHL’s approach to NFTs, saying, “There was clearly a lot of temptation to potentially moving very rapidly […] but we thought that was a little shortsighted.” He added that, in his opinion, spending the time to investigate indicators like fan behavior was worthwhile. Especially in relation to digital collectibles and gaming, NFTs have a long-term future as relevant and meaningful items for enthusiasts.

But according to Sweet CEO Tom Mizzone, the NHL’s NFTs won’t simply be targeted at hockey fans who are unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies; seasoned NFT collectors will also be able to participate in a way that feels natural to them.

It will undoubtedly appeal to that degen culture, he continued, but not to the extent that it excludes fancier consumer bases.

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The CryptoPunk Sale raises $100,000 in Ethereum to support the war effort in Ukraine

Before the recent crash, the NFT was worth about three times that when it was donated in March.



The Ukrainian government stated today that their Aid for Ukraine crypto fundraising campaign sold a donated Cryptopunk NFT and raised over $100,000 to support the country’s anti-Russian war efforts.

In March, Cryptopunk #5364 was donated to a Ukrainian crypto fund. The fund sold the NFT to an unidentified buyer for 90 ETH yesterday. NFTs are digital or physical assets that are represented by blockchain-based tokens.

In a tweet today, Alex Bornyakov, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation—the office in charge of supervising the country’s crypto fundraising throughout the war—announced the sale.

In late February, just after Russian troops entered the country, Ukraine began receiving crypto and NFT donations. Since then, the country is said to have raised more than $135 million in cryptocurrencies through cryptocurrency donations and the selling of given NFTs.

A crypto organization collected $6.75 million for Ukraine’s military effort in early March by selling a single NFT of the Ukrainian flag. The Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra, this year’s Eurovision champions, auctioned off their trophy to generate nearly $1 million in ETH for the foundation a few weeks ago.

The cryptocurrency fund assists Ukraine’s military in purchasing non-lethal goods such as protective vests and medical kits. The Ukrainian government does not hold or spend the funds; it just approves and monitors the initiative. The fund’s treasury is run by the Ukrainian crypto exchange Kuna, which is used to assist support volunteer purchases.

Ukraine’s use of cryptocurrency throughout the crisis has acted as a case study for the potential benefits of crypto in geopolitical conflicts where fiat currency (such as US dollars) is difficult to move fast.

It’s also brought up some possible downsides. Although U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen claims the practice hasn’t been widely seen, the International Monetary Fund warned in April that Russia could circumvent economic sanctions by mining cryptocurrency.

Furthermore, the present crypto bear market has completely exposed crypto and NFT donations. The price of Ethereum has dropped about 70% in the previous ten weeks, severely limiting the fundraising possibilities of NFT collections based on Ethereum, such as Cryptopunks.

The Cryptopunk that was sold yesterday raised just over $100,000 for Ukraine’s war effort; the same amount of ETH would have been worth almost $267,000 on the day the NFT was given in March.

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Jay-Legendary Z’s Sneakers Are Worth More Than 1 BTC As an NFT, go to auction

Relevant Customs, a well-known shoe brand in celebrity circles, has launched an auction for a “artist-proven” pair of the iconic Brooklyn Zoo sneakers. On the ClubRare platform, the auction will take place on June 21.



Only ten pairs of Brooklyn Zoo sneakers were ever made, and thanks to Jay-Z, one pair went viral, selling for more than $24,000, which is now more than the value of a single Bitcoin. Now, the artist has shown the sneaker’s initial prototype, the same pattern that was used to make the other ten shoes. On June 21, the “Brooklyn Zoo” Jordans will be auctioned off as an NFT-supported, Metaverse-compatible item. This is the only pair of Brooklyn Zoo sneakers with web3 functionality.

Despite the fact that the cryptocurrency market is currently experiencing a major downturn, NFT assets are the first to be sold by investors, losing the greatest value. As the preceding news shows, NFT aficionados and entrepreneurs are unconcerned about the current state of affairs. On the contrary, based on their activities, they appear to want to give NFT collectibles greater weight and establish them as a whole entity. As a result, Paul Chung, the CEO of ClubRare, planned a Brooklyn Zoo Jordans auction conference on the future of e-commerce on blockchain.

This is an extremely crucial question. NFT assets are no longer associated with anything other than conjecture and pricey photos, thanks to their original high buzz. But it’s crucial to emphasize that, first and foremost, it’s a fantastic tool for registering ownership and e-commerce, and that every digital area of products and services turnover can benefit from these features.

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