After more than a year, the Cointelegraph-powered cryptocurrency conference BlockShow is returning — this time with an opportunity for participants to join as members of a decentralized autonomous organization.

BlockShow DAO’s conference aims to allow attendees to own a stake in the show and participate in organizing events, whether they’re a large sponsor or someone joining for the first time. Organizers made the decision to turn the event into a DAO amid many conferences still struggling to handle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We believe that only with a DAO can we create the biggest truly community-owned Web3 festival, consisting of many independent community-owned, self-organized event DAOs,” said BlockShow CEO Addy Crezee. “Our goal at BlockShow DAO is to use our network and brand to bring more people to Web3 and help people feel the benefits of the ownership economy.”

To facilitate this change in organization, BlockShow has partnered with Oaziz DAO, allowing the event to issue its own tokens, sell tickets in the form of nonfungible tokens minted on the blockchain and hold NFT sponsorship auctions. Crezee added:

“While people live in tribes and gathering together is natural for them, we see event DAOs as an entry point into Web3. You buy a ticket to an event, and you’re already part of a DAO and an owner of an NFT, with no necessity to do your homework.”

The DAO plans to drop 100 NFTs designed by artist Yiying Lu on April 6 through MakersPlace. Crypto users interested in being a part of the DAO can join the Discord group for discussions regarding the location and date of BlockShow’s first event and can listen to organizers on Twitter Spaces on April 5.

The previous BlockShow in December 2020 was a mashup of online and offline events, serving as a “knowledge partner” for the Singapore FinTech Festival hosted by the country’s financial watchdog. Speakers included Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Senegalese-American singer Akon, who spoke on building a crypto city in Uganda, and Gemini founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.