Since February 24, 2022, the lives of Ukrainians have changed drastically because of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Plenty of deaths, losses, and dire needs appear every day. But Ukraine is a country of an unbreakable spiritual nation.
Yet, despite the horror and cruelness of war, the people have united to support each other and keep moving ahead. So, the country’s technological sector has gone the extra mile to help in the humanitarian crisis caused by Russian aggression. Sergey Tokarev, the founding partner at Roosh, spoke about the objective of the Sirens project launched by Ukrainian deep-tech startup ZibraAI.
What is the Sirens project about?
The Sirens project is an NFT gallery that contains 1991 AI-generated artworks displaying Ukrainians’ heroic resistance through a timeline of 150 significant war events. It is launched as three separate sales events. The first two drops on OpenSea contain 661 NFTs in each drop. The third drop includes 669 NFTs on Near. The NFT price starts at $100.
As Sergey Tokarev noted, the team of ZibraAI wanted to create a charity project and raise funds utilizing the tools they knew best. Thus, by gathering the efforts of expertise in ML and content generation technologies, the company could develop a neural network pipeline to generate art from the text description. Each war event chosen was described and input into the neural network. Some of the featured scenes include the attack of the “Russian Warship” on Snake Island and the battle of the Antonov Airport. The gallery “Sirens” allows everyone to read the stories related to the pictured events.
The gallery “Sirens” was created with the assistance of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and officially supported by Near Foundation, Twid, Darewise, Powder, and Sloyd, with Galactic3 responsible for the development, strategy, and everything related to the project’s technical infrastructure.
How does the Sirens project support Ukrainians?
Hundreds of Ukrainian settlements have been destroyed. As a result, many families with children are left without dwelling as well as other needs like qualified medical care, medicine, or even food. According to Sergey Tokarev, the purpose of the Sirens project is to raise funds from NFT sales and donate to the largest Ukrainian charity funds Dobro.ua and Unchain.fund. By purchasing Sirens Gallery NFTs, buyers directly help rescue children and adults suffering from the war in Ukraine and who are forced to remain in danger.
“The blockchain and NFTs have proven their fundraising capacity to support Ukraine. By generating the Sirens NFT gallery, we seek to help Ukrainians, as well as unite contemporary artists and the tech industry around the effort of protecting the values Ukraine is fighting for. And finally, to really show the world Ukraine through our eyes: a brave, united, and technologically advanced country,” adds Sergey Tokarev, founding partner at Roosh.
According to Sasha Petrenko, CEO of ZibraAI, the project team also wanted to praise the courage of Ukrainians and preserve the history of this war in the blockchain forever.