Pitch Dojo #NOV2023 Recap: Wrapping Up the Year with Innovation

As we bid farewell to the year, we fondly recall the thrilling journey in Web3. Pitch Dojo #NOV2023 was our year-end highlight, filled with groundbreaking ideas and passionate innovators.
Zoe Zhao

As we bid farewell to the year, we can't help but reminisce about the exciting journey we've had in the world of Web3. Pitch Dojo #NOV2023 marked our final event of the year, and it was a memorable one, filled with groundbreaking ideas and passionate innovators. Held in the vibrant city of San Francisco on November 16th, this event was made possible through the support of our co-hosts, OKX Web3, OKX Wallet and Lumo Media Lab.

Recognizing the Champion

Our spotlight this month shone brightly on the outstanding performance of GoingUP, represented by Steph Silva

Brief Introduction: GoingUP is a trust-building protocol using blockchains as registrars of professional contributions, achievements, and recommendations.

Congratulations to GoingUP for their well-deserved victory!

In addition to our champion, we are delighted to announce that Squadefi, led by Igor Sheremet, secured the Audience's Favorite Award. 

Expressing Our Gratitude

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our prospective co-host and partner, OKX Web3. OKX Web3 is not just a financial platform; it's an innovation hub and a catalyst for the cryptocurrency world, revolutionizing the landscape of digital assets and blockchain technology. OKX Wallet is a multi-chain wallet that supports integration with 80 chains, including heterogeneous chains. This makes it one of the most comprehensive and versatile wallets available, covering a wide range of trending blockchain ecosystems.

OKX's support promises to infuse our endeavors with a new dimension, aligning perfectly with the vision and goals of our organization. As we embark on this exciting journey together, we look forward to forging a successful partnership that will undoubtedly shape the future of our initiatives and propel us to new heights. Thank you, OKX, for your invaluable support and shared vision for a promising year ahead.

We also warmly welcome our newest co-host, Lumo Media Lab. Lumo Media Lab is not just a co-host; it's a Futures Laboratory and Futures Design Studio shaping the future of the media and entertainment industry. Their mission: to experiment, prototype, and visualize the future. Lumo's contributions have added a dynamic dimension to our event, aligning seamlessly with the spirit of Pitch Dojo. 

Additionally, we want to express our sincere gratitude to our collaborators, such as OffChain, Foresight News, TechFlow and Cointime. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in ensuring the success of all our events throughout the year.

Acknowledging Our Esteemed Judges

Our panel of esteemed judges brought valuable insights to the event, offering their expertise to our participants:

Felipe Zapata is a Futures Enthusiast who specializes in corporate innovation, investment ventures, and business strategy consulting. He currently leads LUMO RADAR at LUMO Media Lab, driving strategic opportunities for CaracolTV in the Colombian media landscape. Felipe's career is dedicated to shaping the future of the business world.

  • Julian Love: Blockchain VC | Franklin Templeton Venture Capital

Julian Love, an early-stage venture investor at Franklin Templeton's blockchain fund, brings a diverse background with experience in GE's finance program, digital transformation at EY, and a CFO role in a social impact organization. He holds a bachelor's degree from NC A&T and an MBA from Yale University.

Yifeng Wang is a product designer, entrepreneur, and Web3, SaaS, and FinTech expert, driving innovation from concept to scale for enhanced Web3 adoption.

Lucy Mirzoian is the Head of Marketing at OnePiece Labs, where she leads innovative marketing strategies and builds a strong community through monthly events and active engagement across social media and other channels.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the event and am eager to attend again. Several projects particularly caught my attention. The TV project stands out due to its innovative approach to decentralized streaming—a necessity in today's digital landscape. The impressive user base 165,000 is a testament to its success and potential. Additionally, the children's game project resonates with me, recognizing the prevalent use of iPads among kids for gaming. Lastly, the match-3 game is noteworthy for its strategic integration of NFTs, adding a unique dimension to the gaming experience."     ——Julian

“The event was a vibrant showcase of innovation and diversity in the blockchain domain. Founders from varied backgrounds presented their deep engagement with blockchain technology. It was awe-inspiring to see some projects already attracting a significant user base. Their personal stories effectively connected with the audience, illustrating the challenges their solutions address. Each founder's passion and unique perspectives made the event not just a technological showcase but a celebration of personal and professional journeys in Web3.”   ——Yifeng

Exploring Innovative Teams

Pitch Dojo #NOV2023 featured an array of pioneering teams in the Web3 space, each making significant strides in their respective domains:

​​1. Igor Sheremet from Squadefi
The first investing app for financial influencers and their followers.

​​2. Jason Gilbert from TVFeeder
Your all-in-one mobile smart TV for apps, websites, streaming, and gaming on multiple devices.

​​3. Kenny Johns from AMPLE
Decentralizing a $2T global media & entertainment industry with tokenized IP and NFTs for content across multiple platforms.

4. Akeem Ojuko from Script Network
Revolutionizing video delivery, live TV, and storage. Script TV offers watch-to-earn live TV, and cuts 80% costs for companies.

​​5. Toly Sherbakov from Magic Kids
Magic Kids is a game-based learning platform for 4-8 y.o. kids.

6. Jason Kaehler from Cosmic Foundry
An awesome new mobile match3-RPG game set in HP Lovecraft's cosmic horror universe.

Continuing the Innovation Journey

As we set our sights on the year ahead, our commitment to fostering innovation stands firm. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who participated, attended, and supported our events over the past year.

To our valued listeners, teams, judges, and partners, your ongoing support is greatly appreciated. We eagerly anticipate reconnecting with you in 2024 for another exciting year of groundbreaking innovations at Pitch Dojo!

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