Love them, hate them or still just a bit ‘meh’ about them; you certainly can’t ignore them. In this session, the experienced panel will look at why cultural organisations need to know about the use of NFTs. We will discuss the opportunities and advantages they present, address concerns and challenges and share ideas about the potential uses and value to the museum and cultural sectors.


    Dr Frances Liddell

    Dr Frances Liddell is a researcher, writer, and advisor working at the intersection of cultural institutions, arts and Web3. Working in partnership with the National Museums Liverpool and the University of Manchester, her PhD research explored the application of blockchain (specifically Non-Fungible Tokens, (NFTs)) in museum audience engagement practices and considered how this technology supports and/or disrupts concepts such as digital ownership, guardianship, authority, authenticity, and value. She utilises her knowledge from this work to provide support and guidance to cultural organisations exploring NFTs and Web3 through taking a values-led approach. Her current interests focus on exploring the themes of Web3 to critically unpack questions around decolonisation, reciprocation, and intellectual property. She has previously written for peer-review publications such as Museum & Society, and media such as Flash Art, Art Quarterly, Artnome, and Cultural Practices.

    Dr Sirisilp Kongsilp
    University Lecturer in Software Engineering and Founder & CEO of Perception

    Dr Sirisilp Kongsilp is a university lecturer in Software Engineering and the founder & CEO of Perception. He is an Eiffel scholarship recipient where he started his research career at Telecom SudParis in France. He is specialised in Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual and Augmented Reality, where he published many research articles in this area. He is also a software engineer who specialised in software project management and software architectural design. He has been involved as a lead software engineer for many software projects over the past 10 years. Dr Sirisilp is the founder and CEO of Perception and The Morpheus Project. Perception is an immersive technology company. The Morpheus Project is the first-ever Holo-NFT art community, allows artists and galleries to display their holographic collectables to sell them to supporters. Perception is set to reshape the arts and culture sector through partnerships with museums, galleries and artists which aim to preserve human history.

    Chris Cummings
    Founder & CEO Pass It Down

    Chris is the Founder and CEO of Pass It Down, which creates digital solutions for cultural institutions and brands. Pass It Down is an award-winning company that has been recognized globally as a leader in the field of digital storytelling. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the museum industry, Pass It Down launched Iconic Moments - the first NFT marketplace for the world’s museums and cultural institutions. Iconic Moments utilizes NFTs to help museums engage new visitors and develop revenue streams outside of foot traffic. Prior to starting Pass It Down and Iconic Moments, Chris was the CEO of the VC firm Swiftwing Ventures; and before that, he was the CEO of Woople - an e-learning platform that provided training to Fortune 500 companies world-wide. Chris earned a double BA in Political Science and International Relations from LSU and received his JD from the Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center.

    Laurence O’Bryan

    Laurence O’Bryan has been in marketing for over thirty years and writing for more than twenty. He founded the first NFT ebook "special edition" marketplace on BooksGoSocial in 2021.

    Laurence had three novels published by HarperCollins. His books have been translated into 11 languages. One has been optioned, twice, for the screen. He also self-published another two novels in the puzzle series and a series set in the late Roman Empire, A Dangerous Emperor. He is currently working on a series set in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Hastings.

    Laurence started to help other authors get discovered.

    Kirsty Buchanan
    Business Engagement Executive, Interface.

    In 2018 Kirsty joined Interface, which is a central hub connecting organisations from a wide variety of national and international industries to all of Scotland's universities, research institutes and colleges.

    Kirsty has over 10 years’ experience leading on, and developing liaisons between industry Founders and CEOs, and Scotland’s Higher and Further Education Sectors to drive and support innovation in the Highlands and Islands region.

    More recently, Kirsty has started the University of Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme, which will help to add value to companies looking to learn, adopt and innovate in this space.


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