Poetry on the blockchain through non-fungible tokens created at NIFTY Hackathon

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The world’s first blockchain poetry auction has today been successfully created at NIFTY, the conference, and hackathon dedicated to the future of blockchain gaming and non-fungible tokens.

This marks the first time poetry has been represented as an auctionable non-fungible token (NFT) or asset.

The blockchain poetry auction is a collaboration between CoinFund, a crypto-asset focused investment firm based in Brooklyn, NY, and uniqx.io, a London-based software development company building UNIQX, a decentralized marketplace for the ownership and trading of digital assets.

“Poetry, unlike music, does not benefit from the repeated attention of readers and therefore cannot generate the same volume of business opportunities as record labels generate through licensing. With the recently introduced ability of blockchain networks to facilitate the buying, selling, and trading of digital visual art, this innovation can be applied to poetry as well and create a collectibles market that rewards authors directly.”

Mihai Cimpoesu, Founder of uniqx.io

The first iteration of this proof-of-concept project allows buyers to purchase a limited edition, cryptographically signed copy of the poem, and the non-fungible token will contain a reference hash to the poem which is then stored off-chain. Collectors will be able to buy and sell unique poems signed by their authors and display their collections on the web and social media.

“The NFT space is still very much in its nascent stages and we are just now beginning to understand its potential. We are exceptionally proud to be supporting uniqx.io a bespoke marketplace for NFTs. The Blockchain Poetry Auction is a demonstration of the power of this technology to disrupt hundred-year-old markets and communities. UNIQX’s user-friendly infrastructure facilitates the transfer of content ownership, in the hope of reestablishing poetry as a viable way to feed your family for the first time, perhaps, since Lord Byron.”

Aleksandr Bulkin, Co-founder of CoinFund.

“The value poetry creates needs to be justly compensated. The small, exclusive, expensive, fragmented, and often vanity-driven world of paper publishing does not meet these needs. Informational goods escape ownership rights on the internet — blockchain technology resolves this issue by connecting content curators with poets and readers, therefore establishing an automatic and reliable means of trading and compensation. Poetry is uniquely suited to the immediacy and performativity of electronic means of dissemination, and blockchain technology, in particular, can close the value exchange loop that would help incentivize the medium.”

Frederick Turner, author of science fiction epic poem The Apocalypse

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