Official Cardano Summit NFT Collection from Empowa

29 November 2023 • News & Updates
David Taylor
Chief Marketing Officer

Driving social impact through an innovative initiative focused on supporting affordable housing in Africa

For the second year in a row, the Cardano Foundation selected a community project to create and deliver the official Cardano Summit NFT Collection, highlighting the benefits of aligning technology with positive change. Empowa developed this year’s collection, which showcases the theme of “Blockchain for Social Impact” and is now available to mint.

The 2023 Summit collection features 30 unique digital collectibles representing six global regions—Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America, and South America—plus the five Cardano protocol phases—Byron, Shelley, Goguen, Basho, and Voltaire. NFTs come in packs of five, with the potential to mint duplicates in each pack. Funds raised will go towards building affordable, climate-resilient homes in Africa. NMKR supports the NFTs’ minting while waiving all transaction costs to maximize contributions to the cause.

NFTs for Affordable Housing

A blockchain-based RealFi project built on Cardano, Empowa operates across the African continent. Their pilot project started in Beira, Mozambique, and they work with local developers across the continent to provide rent-to-own financing for cost-effective housing. This approach gives families an affordable way to acquire a home with reliable electricity, running water, and sanitary ablution facilities.

The benefits of living in properly built housing can not only improve health but also education outcomes. The Cardano Summit 2023 NFT collection will sponsor the construction of affordable, climate-conscious houses. Those interested can mint the NFTs in packs of five. So far, the collection has seen more than 8,300 NFTs minted.

Upon collecting all 30 unique NFTs within one wallet, holders have a Full Collection. This makes them eligible for a Virtual World NFT, comprising a Complete Collection of 31 NFTs. The airdropping of the Virtual World NFTs will take place soon after minting concludes on 31 December 2023. At the same time, there is a small 0.4% chance of randomly minting this NFT within a purchased set.

Virtual World NFT holders can also participate in a raffle organized by Empowa. To enter, holders of the Virtual World NFT need to visit the Empowa website from 11 December onward, connect their wallet to the Summit Explorer, and submit an email address.

The Cardano Foundation thanks the Cardano community for their continuous efforts towards positively impacting the world. Anyone interested in this initiative can easily track the funds raised. Additionally, an exclusive dashboard for NFT holders will soon offer direct insight into the contributions’ impact.