Polygon Ecosystem Update, January 2023: Nat Geo, K-Pop and NFT Rewards

Polygon Labs
February 10, 2023
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Just one month in and 2023 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for the Polygon ecosystem. With so much going on, it’s easy to miss some of the exciting projects going live. So we wanted to highlight a few that are bringing new communities into Web3, developing valuable tools and exploring new applications of blockchain technology. Let’s jump in.

Say GM With NatGeo’s Inaugural NFT Collection 

National Geographic is paying tribute to the vast world of nature while celebrating 135 years by launching their inaugural NFT collection -- GM: Daybreak Around the World. It features works by 16 illustrious photographers from Kris Graves, Cath Simard, Ben Strauss, and more, capturing daybreak along with their personal greetings from all around the world. 

The Collection, which is a Snowcrash exclusive, signifies Nat Geo’s vision to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling, promote access and inclusivity and uplift creators and photography as they have for over a century. The mint has already completed, but you can still get your hands on some of the NFTs available on the secondary market.

K-Pop Meets Fashion NFTs 

Starting with Gangnam Style’s breakout YouTube hit and the global legion of BTS fans to Academy-winner Parasite and chart-topping Squid Game on Netflix, South Korea is a bona fide culture powerhouse. Now one of the country’s brightest music stars is making a Web3 debut. K-pop girl group aespa is teaming up with Paper Magazine and Web3 fashion marketplace The Dematerialised to launch a digital capsule collection exclusively on the Polygon network. 

The collection will debut across a series of beautiful covers for PAPERmag.com in the coming weeks, and items for the collection can be purchased on The Dematerialized’s website, like unique ae-pets and different must-have fashion accessories. Fans can register on The Dematerialised’s website ahead of time to ensure a seamless experience. It’s not too late to register to enjoy first access when the collection goes live. 

It’s an NFT, It’s a Reward, It’s an NFT Reward! 

So you like some utility with your NFTs. Bnfts heard you and they are launching its decentralized protocol on the Polygon network to make it easy to mint and use NFTs as rewards. With bnfts, event tickets, vouchers, memberships, collectibles, discounts, experiences, and much more can be easily converted into consumable benefits using free-to-mint NFTs.

There are a number of ways to deliver the rewards, including token-gated websites, QR codes and NFC tags. Bnfts will also work with your project on a custom solution. Intrigued? Join the waitlist today. 

StackerDAO Builds on Polygon 

There is a regulatory storm brewing and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) are smack in the middle of it. In the current environment, compliance is no longer a luxury but a survival strategy. But current compliance solutions are highly intermediated, expensive, not composable, and risk user privacy.

StackerDAO Labs makes it easy to create and operate a legally compliant Web3 organization with a set of tools that allow founders, operators, and DAO members to raise funds, govern protocols, take action, and manage assets effectively without legal hurdles. The team is building its first product on the Polygon network with plans to leverage Polygon ID  self-sovereign private identity solution.

Ditch the Seed Phrase With ZenGo Wallet

You know the saying: not your keys, not your crypto. Rolls off the tongue better than "not your 24-word recovery seed phrase," but they may as well be the same. With ZenGo, you are still the master of your wallet universe, but it is just simpler to onboard for all users, especially folks new to the space. ZenGo is a self-custodial wallet with no private key or seed phrase vulnerability.

ZenGo also employs best-in-class security features to prevent phishing scams and wallet-draining all while offering a guaranteed recovery model. Keeping your coins safe is Zengo’s top priority. A combination of threshold key signatures (TSS), 3-factor authentication, and facial recognition technology are deployed in the app to keep your crypto extra secure from hackers. Stay safe out there and give Zengo a try.

For more updates from our ecosystem, check the Polygon blog and tune in to our social channels. 

Together, we can build an equitable future for all through mass adoption of Web3! 

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