UCLAxOpen Free Course: Web3: How NFTs and Smart Contracts Are Changing The Digital Landscape

Join us Thursday, August 25th from 12–1:30pm PT for Web3: How NFTs and Smart Contracts Are Changing The Digital Landscape, a free short-course taught by Design Communication Arts instructor Michael Newman.

Like what you see? Enroll in Michael’s full 11-week course on these topics in fall quarter!

This talk will introduce Web3, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), and Smart Contracts by sharing real-world use cases and examples such as NFT drops, Web3 websites, and the role of NFTs in the Metaverse. We’ll explore a variety of practical implementations, successful experiences, and even a few failures. The talk will include a high-level technical overview making it easy to understand the technologies and some fun, hands-on demos available to all on a free public testnet (test network).  

Michael Newman

Michael Newman is a Creative Director and Interactive Developer specializing in new media, content development and creative solutions. Michael has worked as an Executive Producer and Creative Director for companies including AT&T, VoxPop and Network Live. He has held Director of Interactive positions with companies as diverse as the irreverent Heavy.com and Independent Film Channel and worked at Viacom Interactive and the ad agency D’Arcy.

Michael has an eclectic background – With early access to the Apple ][ computer he spent much of his youth programming video games and tinkering with technology. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts where he focused on oil painting. He taught digital filmmaking at Pratt Manhattan, and currently teaches a variety of design and development courses for UCLA Extension.

An active participant in the maker movement, Michael has exhibited projects at TEDx, Maker Faires and museums, including an an SMS controlled Nerf machine gun, a hands-free skeeball game and an analog, hand drawn video game. He currently lives on an island by the beach with his wife Katharine and sons Jack Tesla and Luke Edison.

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