New York City, New York, June 15, 2023, Chainwire
- Panelists included OKX Chief Marketing Officer Haider Rafique, McLaren Racing Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown, McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris and director, producer and screenwriter Stephen Kay
From left to right: Director, producer, and screenwriter Stephen Kay; McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown; Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain; OKX CMO Haider Rafique; and McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris discuss the power of technology in sports, film and crypto
OKAYa leading Web3 technology company, yesterday held a panel discussion with McLaren Racing at the Tribeca Festival entitled, “Need for Speed: How Technology is Driving Change in Sports, Film and Crypto,” featuring OKX Chief Marketing Officer Haider Rafique, McLaren Racing Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown, McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris, and director, producer and screenwriter Stephen Kay.
The panel, moderated by Emmy nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain, was held at the Tribeca Screening Room and focused on how technology has transformed a variety of industries, including sports, entertainment, cryptocurrency and finance. During the discussion, the panelists emphasized the impact of innovation on speed, performance and efficiency in various sectors.
Said Chief Marketing Officer of OKX Haider Rafique: “We have achieved a lot together in just one year. The McLaren F1 team has a passion for learning about Web3 and making its legacy more discoverable for younger generations, and we want to play a big role in making that happen for them. There’s a great story here that can motivate the next generation of drivers and fans to get involved in the sport and, in particular, celebrate McLaren’s achievements on and off the track. Our goal is to help McLaren transcend this future and share what we’re cooking together on our panel.”
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said: “This panel is a great opportunity to share the stage with our Main Partner OKX, and discuss how technology can drive change in our respective industries. In Formula 1, we are constantly innovating and leveraging technology to maximize our fan engagement opportunities. Partners like OKX can support us in this commitment, exploring how they can guide our Web3 strategy and make our sport even more attractive and accessible to fans.”
OKX CMO Haider Rafique (left) and McLaren F1 Driver Lando Norris (right)
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown (orange, left) and McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris (orange, right) with OKX CMO Haider Rafique
Tribeca Festival 2023 is OKX’s second year in a row as title sponsor. The company’s multi-year partnership with Tribeca Festival aims to open up new Web3 opportunities for creators, fans and talent. OKX also introduced the first Tribeca Festival NFT Card for 2023 in January.
In May last year, OKX and McLaren Racing announced a multi-year partnership that will see OKX become Premier Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team and the McLaren Shadow esports team. Through this partnership, OKX supports the team’s global fan experience, providing exciting opportunities and product innovations that move fans closer to the action. The OKX branding is featured on McLaren cars, McLaren F1 racer Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri helmets, as well as McLaren F1 and McLaren Shadow team kits.
A leading global technology company driving the future of Web3, OKX provides a comprehensive suite of products to meet the needs of beginners and experts alike, including OKX Wallet, NFT Marketplace, and DEX.
OKX partners with some of the world’s top brands and athletes, including: Premier League champions Manchester City FC, McLaren Formula 1, The Tribeca Festival, golfer Ian Poulter, Olympian Scotty James and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.
As a leader building innovative technology products, OKX recently launched a global brand campaign titled, System Requires Rewritewho advocate for a new paradigm led by Web3 self-management technology to replace existing centralized systems.
To learn more about OKX Web3, download our app or visit: okx.com/web3
About McLaren Racing
McLaren Racing was founded by racing driver Bruce McLaren 60 years ago in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966. McLaren has won 20 Formula 1 world championships, 183 Formula 1 grands prix, Indianapolis 500 three times, and Le Mans 24 Jam on his first try.
McLaren Racing competes in five racing series. In 2023, the team will compete in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship with McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Arrow McLaren drivers Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with NEOM drivers. McLaren Formula E Team René Rast and Jake Hughes, and the Extreme E Championship with NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team drivers Emma Gilmour and Tanner Foust. The team also competes in the F1 Esports Pro Championship as McLaren Shadow, having won the 2022 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.
McLaren is a champion for sustainability in sport and a signatory to the United Nations Sports Commitment to Climate Action. He committed to achieving net zero by 2040 and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture within the motorsports industry.
About the Tribeca Festival
The Tribeca Festival, brought to you by OKX, brings together artists and diverse audiences to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, immersive, games, audio storytelling, music and online creation. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The sound of Tribeca champions is emerging and established; find award-winning filmmakers and creators; curating innovative experiences; and introduce new technologies and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks and live shows.
The festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan after the attack on the World Trade Center. Tribeca will celebrate its 22nd year from 7-18 June 2023.
In 2019, James Murdoch’s Forgotten Systems, a private investment firm with locations in New York and Mumbai, purchased a majority stake in Tribeca Enterprises, bringing together Rosenthal, De Niro, and Murdoch to develop the company.
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