The Crypties Returns for 2023 to Celebrate Crypto’s Top Projects and Creators
Following its debut last year, The Crypties Awards is back for 2023 to celebrate the brightest projects and boldest innovators in the crypto industry.
Decrypt Studios, the Web3 production studio arm of Decrypt Media, will present The Crypties 2023 this December via an online streaming ceremony, where the brightest projects across blockchain and AI culture will be celebrated for their accomplishments.
The Crypties will honor creators and companies across eight categories, including NFT Project of the Year, Game of the Year, and the Social Impact Award. New categories for 2023, such as Achievement in AI and The Award in Fashion, reflect the evolving emerging tech space over the last year and how startups and brands are embracing the technology.
Nominees will be announced in October, with a token drop coming shortly after to enable public voting for the awards. Details on how and where to acquire a voting token will be released this fall.
Decrypt Studios has assembled a star-studded lineup of prominent advisors from across the crypto and blockchain industry, who will help select the finalists for each category. Here’s a look at the lineup of advisors for The Crypties Awards in 2023.
The Crypties 2023 Advisory Board
Akbar Hamid, 5th Column
Akbar Hamid is the founder and CEO of The 5th Column, a global strategic communications and marketing agency that has helped many brands enter the Web3 world and explore the possibilities of the metaverse. He is also co-founder of People of Crypto (POC) Lab, which helps foster diversity and inclusivity in metaverse spaces.
Amanda Cassatt, Serotonin
Amanda Cassatt is the founder and CEO of Serotonin, a Web3 marketing firm and product studio that works with numerous brands. The author of “Web3 Marketing: A Handbook for the Next Internet Revolution,” Cassatt previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at ConsenSys from 2016-2019 and helped launch and grow the Ethereum ecosystem.
Elise Swopes is a digital artist and creator who founded Sunrise Art Club, a Web3-centric creative impact agency that has developed NFT projects like Night on the Yard and Lunar Blossoms. Swopes has been recognized by Rolling Stone and other publications and also serves as a creative evangelist for Adobe.
Erick Calderon, Art Blocks
The recipient of the The Crypties’ inaugural Industry Achievement award in 2022, Erick Calderon is the founder and CEO of Art Blocks, the prominent Ethereum NFT generative art platform. Calderon created the very first Art Blocks project, Chromie Squiggle, an algorithmic collection of 10,000 unique rainbow-hued squiggles.
Jalak Jobanputra, FuturePerfect Ventures
Jalak Jobanputra is the founder and Managing Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on decentralized technologies including crypto assets and blockchain infrastructure. FuturePerfect’s portfolio includes companies such as Abra, Blockstream, and Polkadot, among others.
Keith Grossman, MoonPay
Keith Grossman is the President of MoonPay’s Enterprise business, helping brands and firms utilize Web3 technology and onboard users via the payments company’s infrastructure. Previously, he was President at Time, leading the magazine brand’s embrace of NFTs and crypto following stints with Bloomberg and Wired.
Marta Belcher, Filecoin Foundation
Marta Belcher is the President and Chair of the Filecoin Foundation, as well as the General Counsel and Head of Policy at Protocol Labs. She serves as Special Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well, and is on the boards of the Zcash Foundation and Blockchain Foundation. She is also a member of Paradigm’s Crypto Policy Council.
Rachel Weiss, L’Oreal
Rachel Weiss is a Vice President at L’Oreal and currently sources investments for BOLD, the beauty giant’s strategic venture capital arm. She has spent 15 years with the company across multiple leadership roles, and previously worked at Citigroup and Sony Online Entertainment.
Rebecca Barkin, LAMINA1
Rebecca Barkin is the CEO of LAMINA1, a blockchain network designed for the open metaverse. She previously served as Vice President of Brand Platform & Design at augmented reality startup Magic Leap, as well as VP of Content Strategy & Partner Solutions for the Madison Square Garden Sphere, and held roles at Dell and Nod Labs.
Sergio Silva, Fireblocks
Sergio Silva is the Senior Director for Web3 Business Development at Fireblocks, a crypto infrastructure firm providing custody and settlement services. He also created the Meebit-themed Seize the Meebs project, and previously worked for Goldman Sachs and Barclays before entering crypto.
Decrypt Studios is separate from Decrypt.co editorial, which had no involvement in the assembling of the nominating board. Stay tuned for more updates on nominees, how to vote, and when and where to follow along with the awards ceremony.