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POAP (Proof of Attendance Protocol) is a way to keep long-lasting records of life experiences.


Patricio Worthalter
This post was written by 
John “Jabe” Mannelly
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What is it?

POAP is an ethereum-based protocol that event organizers use to generate unique proof of attendance NFTs. Each NFT badge enables attendees to prove they were actually at the virtual or in-person event.

What problem does it solve?

  • From an event organizer’s perspective, POAPs enable new ways to engage crypto communities by offering exclusive services such as airdrops or private Discords.
  • From a collector’s perspective, POAPs serve as “bookmarks of your life” and help members easily verify (or even brag) that they were part of a specific event in time.

How does it work?

  • Event organizers start by creating a new POAP event on the platform. 
  • POAPs are ERC-721 tokens distributed on the Ethereum sidechain xDai to minimize gas fees.
  • Each POAP requires an image and event metadata such as date and time.
  • After creating a POAP event, the organizer will receive unique claim codes to distribute to attendees on a one-by-one basis. These are usually distributed in the form of URLs and passwords. 
  • The event organizer plays an important role as an oracle to ensure only those that attended the event receive a single POAP.
  • Once claimed, users can view their collection of POAPs either by visiting POAP scan on the web or downloading the POAP app on iOS or Android. You can also view them in wallets such as Metamask but the xDai network needs to be added to Metamask first.

How do I use it?

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Why it's cool:

POAPs serve as another marker for participation in a community. They help to timestamp your journey and prove your involvement over time. The best part is they help to commemorate in-person experiences as well! These can come in handy for various airdrops, governance polls, or even DAO interviews.


To get the most value out of POAPs, event organizers must prevent non-attendees from receiving POAPs. This puts a lot of pressure on them to ensure only those that are eligible to receive a POAP get one. This is hard to scale. After a recent attempt by bad actors to fraudulently mint counterfeit POAPs, the POAP team shared plans to lean into a verification program for issuers. This requires applying directly on the site for all new events.

Words of advice:

Browse upcoming events by visiting the official POAP events panel.

Expected future updates:

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