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UNICEF to Launch NFTs On Ethereum to Fund Internet Access for Children Globally

UNICEF commemorated the launch of their NFTs in hopes to raise awareness for internet connectivity in schools across the globe.


The UNICEF has launched an NFT collection on Ethereum in honor of the 75th anniversary of the UN Agency.

During their announcement, they stated that any and all profits from the launch, which is set for a January 2022 release, shall go into supporting their various projects, including but not limited to the Giga Initiative. The Giga Initiative’s objective is to fund worldwide internet access for children.

The NFT launch is set to be a digital art exhibition headed up by Nadieh Bremer, an artist and data scientist, and is titled “Patchwork Kingdoms“.

The Giga Initiative, which saw its launch in 2019 is a global-based project being worked on by both the UNICEF and the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, with the purpose of connecting every school to the internet in order to benefit children’s education via web-based information and opportunities.

Regarding the Patchwork Kingdom collection, it was created in partnership with the NFT marketplace Snowcrash Labs, the Ethereum Foundation, Metagood, and others. It contains 1,000 NFTs. Each of these is painted using data that’s been collected by the initiative over 282,000 schools spanning across 21 countries. This was done to convey the significance of the initiative according to UNICEF.

Bremer’s art, inspired by “It’s a Small World” creator Mary Blair, shared her thoughts on her approach and inspiration for the exhibition. Her idea began with the creation of simple geometric shapes, squares, circles and triangles in order to build sets and cities.

“In the final visuals, each school has become a tiny square, interlocking with other schools to form Kingdoms, split between those connected and disconnected to the internet,” she said.

UNICEF has been involved in blockchain technology way before the launch of the CryptoFund in 2019, which enables the organization to receive, hold and distribute cryptocurrency.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund has been investing in Blockchain even longer than that, going so far as to fund early0stage, open-source Web3 projects that held the position to impact children all over the world.


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