About CryptoChicks

We are a non-profit blockchain educational hub with a mission to grow the professional and leadership potential of women in blockchain technology through education and mentorship. Our events are open to everyone, but we are particularly focused on educating women because we believe that women’s involvement will help blockchain realize its enormous potential as an instrument of positive change in the world. We hold workshops, conferences and hackathons for women entrepreneurs, women involved in technology, women corporate managers, Women investors, career ladies, housewives, grandmothers, and all other women. If you are curious but feel that this blockchain and cryptocurrency stuff seems scary to you, try to make it to our “Intro To Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies” class or watch this video. We make learning fun. You will not be disappointed! We are an international organization with chapters in Canada, USA, Bulgaria, Russia, Pakistan, Bahamas. Our educational programs are offered in partnership with BlockGeeks – our main educational sponsor. To learn more please listen to CryptoChicks feature on Business Leadership Live Radio

Upcoming Events

May 31-June 2, 2019 – CryptoChicks Hackathon + Conference in Toronto

Featuring an education speech from Ethereum Inventor Vitalik Buterin.

We are inviting all women to use this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project of your choice. Our sponsor BlockGeeks.com will provide all female participants with free online blockchain education. 

We will be running a  three- day conference right after the hackathon. We are inviting the most outstanding blockchain professionals from all over the world to speak and share their knowledge.

Apply at : https://cryptochickshackathon.com

Location:  Toronto, Canada

February 15-16, 2019 – CryptoChicks Hackathon for the International Innovation Film Festival in Bern, Switzerland

We are inviting everyone to use this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project for film industry. Our sponsor BlockGeeks.com will provide all  participants with free online blockchain education. 

Please email us at stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca to register

Location:  Bern, Switzerland 

December 16-17, 2018 – DIGITAL ECONOMY CONFERENCE in Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

The eighth Sustainability Summit sees the inauguration of the first Digital Economy Conference, under the patronage of the government of the UAE, with the Council of Arab Economic Unity.

Anna Niemira, the CryptoChicks Director of Business Development will be one of the speakers

Location:  Abu Dhabi, UAE

November 17-19, 2018  – QryptoQueens Blockchain on the Beach

We are pleased to share the stage with QryptoQueens, Crypto Lady, Ladies Of Ledger, ShEOS, Women of Crypto, and Global Women in Blockchain at our very first collaborative event together. The Montage Laguna Resort has a special childcare program through PAINTBOX, their premier KIDSCLUB. This conference is build around education for kid in crypto and blockchain technology.

Register for the event using this link.

Location: Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 9265, United States

Our Partners

Past Events

November 8, 2018 at 6:30 – 9:30 pm – BUMO Blockchain Party with CryptoChicks and Yesbit

Our sponsor BUMO presents its first blockchain social party!!!
For the blockchain community at large – developers, hackers,
mentors, sponsors, startups, meetup attendees and NEWCOMERS; male, female,
gender neutral!

This  is a social get-together with live music, food, wine, games and prizes. 

Email stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca and mention BUMO Blockchain Party with CryptoChicks and Yesbit to get invited!

Location:  Yesbit, 544 King Street West,Toronto, ON 

November 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm to 11:00pm – BUMO Blockchain Party by CryptoChicks in PRAGUE

Our sponsor BUMO presents blockchain social party in Prague!!!
For the blockchain community at large – developers, hackers,
mentors; male, female,
gender neutral!

This is a social get-together with free drinks and learning about BUMO blockchain. 

Location:  Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre, Lobby Bar

October 30, 2018 – DEVCON 4  – Open Hearts & Open Minds: Diversity & Inclusivity Party in Prague

If we truly aim to prevent blockchain governance from being permanently captured by a narrow group of stakeholders, we will have to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with open minds and open hearts… and of course open source. Let’s discuss who has the power to alter our protocols, who we think should in the future, and why it’s so important.

Further topics to be explored:
● How do participants access current blockchain governance mechanisms?
● What are the available blockchain governance feedback mechanisms?
● Is there a way that we can achieve decentralized decision making?
● How can we model, understand, and account for forks within our systems?
● When it comes to selecting and implementing different forms of blockchain governance,
what are the ethical implications and responsibilities to be considered?
● If this is indeed related to politics or signaling or coordination, then what are the actual
methods of governance implementation in play?

Sponsors and Community Partners: Spankchain, Infura, Cellarius, CryptoChicks, Blockchains LLC, Women in Blockchain & Ethereum Community Fund

Please email us at stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca to register

Location:  Prague, Czech Republic

October 22-23, 2018 – CPA Public sector conference 2018 in Ottawa, Canada

Enabling more effective public financial management: Application of Blockchain solutions 
Moderator: Abhishek Sinha, Partner, Toronto, Ernst & Young LLP 
Panelists: 
Mark MacDonald, Partner – Government & Public Sector, Ernst & Young LLP
Natalia Ameline, Co-Founder, CryptoChicks
Gerardo Amaya, Executive Digital Advisor, Microsoft Canada

Location:  Ottawa, Canada

October 5-8, 2018 – CryptoChicks Hackathon in New York

We are inviting all women to use this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project of your choice. Our sponsor BlockGeeks.com will provide all female participants with free online blockchain education. 

We will be running a  full day conference right after the hackathon. We are inviting the most outstanding blockchain professionals from all over the world to speak and share their knowledge.

Results are published at : https://cryptochickshackathon.com

Location:  New York University, New York.

September 25, 2018 at 5 – 9 pm – Get Social with CryptoChicks and StartWell

Finally!!! The CryptoChicks community can reunite!!!
For the blockchain community at large – CryptoChicks hackers,
mentors, sponsors, meetup attendees and NEWCOMERS; male, female,
gender neutral – all are welcome!

We are having a social get-together with food, wine and lots of memories. Lots of plans for the upcoming event season! We will gossip about bright and provocative CryptoChicks initiative that we are planning in December. And of course we are going to share our plans for CryptoChicks Hackathon and Conference in Toronto in 2019. It is coming!!!!

For all new members of our community (and anyone interested in getting involved with the Toronto Blockchain/Crypto Community) we will have a 10 mins intro session on blockchain and crypto basics. As well as an ‘Ask Me Anything’ panel that will be moderated by Adrienne Batra – Toronto Sun Editor-In-Chief. Our knowledgable and connected experts who will tell us where all this is going and what to expect in this new season.

Otherwise we just want to socialize, reconnect, eat, drink and dance with all of you!
Free access for the first 20 CryptoChicks people who really want to join. Just email stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca and mention Get Social with CryptoChicks.And of course Start Well!

Location:  StartWell (King West), 786 King Street West,Toronto, ON M5V 1N6

June 28, 2018 – Blockchain for Your Organization (in partnership with The Big Push)

Are you an executive trying to figure out where Blockchain technology might fit within your organization? Do you want to learn more about the basics and know what questions to ask?

Join moderator Alexandra Posadzki of The Globe and Mail as she interviews subject matter experts on the topic.

Learn:

  • The basics of blockchain technology 
  • How to apply it to your organization. Perks and pitfalls.
  • How to incorporate cryptocurrencies into your business.
  • Plus, the learning curve for your staff.

After the panel discussion, there will be one-on-one break-out consultations with subject matter experts from The Blockchain Research Institute and other leading experts to help determine whether blockchain technology is right for your organization.

Some striking facts:

  • By 2022, at least one innovative business built on Blockchain technology will be worth $10 billion.
  • By 2025, the business value added by Blockchain will grow to slightly over $176 billion, then surge to exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030

Who should attend?

  • Startups and large organizations
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Managing Partners
  • Anyone with an interest in Blockchain technology

Location: Mercer Canada (120 Bremner Blvd,Toronto, ON M5J 0A1)
Date and Time: June 28 2018 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Get your ticket here now. Space is limited.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Download this package and reach out to us.

June 22-24, 2018 – Startup Weekend Toronto Hackathon

Blockchain business and technical teams coaching and mentorship was done by Karla Vilhelem and Anna Niemira

Location: DMZ Ryerson University, Toronto

June 23, 2018 – TLC “TED Talk format” Speaker Series – Future of TECH!

Join The Ladies Community – Toronto for our June Mixer. This month’s theme is “ALL ABOUT TECH”. CryptoChick’s Karla Vilhelem was one of the 10 influential and powerful women speaking on a variety of different topics all about the different way technology affects our lives!

Location: Thompson Toronto,
550 Wellington Street West,
Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

June 20-22, 2018 – Blockchain Bahamas Conference in Freeport, Bahamas

Office of Prime Minister invited CryptoChicks to speak at this event:

In The Bahamas Government’s continued progression to develop Freeport, Grand Bahama Island as the “Silicon Valley of The Caribbean”, the recognized personalities in Fintech will congregate in Grand Bahama June 20 – 22, 2018 for this year’s Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference.

The Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference will be held at The Grand Lucayan Convention Center creating a primed environment for venture capitalist, unique entrepreneurs, local and international industry leaders to meet, and create revolutionary Fintech strides within the region.

Location: The Grand Lucayan Convention Center, Freeport, Bahamas

Date and Time: June 20-22 2018
Watch Elena’s speech video recording here

June 17-18, 2018 – The Money Summit in TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

CryptoChicks were invited to speak at this event:
The Money Summit is an intimate, world class gathering of business leaders responsible for creating the mulit-trillion dollar Blockchain Industry. The central theme of this summit will be the evolution of Tokens: from Utility to Security. Whether you are an experienced crypto “geek” or just downloaded your wallet yesterday, you will have an opportunity to listen, connect and engage with Industry Leaders. You will learn something new and maybe be inspired to create your own token. 2018 will be known as the year when Blockchain went Mainstream.

Location: Beit HaHayal, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date and Time: June 17-18 2018
Register here
May 5, 2018 – Edcon Party

This is an after party networking event that is organized by CryptoChicks and Link Time to bring together all Edcon participants in an informal and exciting atmosphere.

Registration and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcon-party-tickets-45606395958

Time: 7:30pm

Location:  The Carlu – 444 Yonge Street, Toronto

April 20-21, 2018 – Government Of Canada Blockchain Codefest Hackathon in Toronto

CryptoChicks and Cisco Systems Inc. are co-hosting hackathon that is organized by  Government of Canada (GC) within a Blockchain Codefest Event. This hackathon is for all genders.

More information : https://gcblockchain-chainedeblocsgc.github.io

Registration is open (Register for Toronto Location – only 120 spots are open):  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gc-blockchain-day-codefest-tickets-44927309793

Location:  Cisco Systems Inc,  88 Queens Quay W #2900, Toronto, ON M5J 0B8

April 6-8, 2018 – CryptoChicks Hackathon + Conference. 

We are inviting all women to use this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project of your choice. Our sponsor BlockGeeks.com will provide all female participants with free online blockchain education. 

We will be running a conference in parallel with the hackathon. We are inviting the most outstanding blockchain professionals from all over the world to speak and share their knowledge.

Registration and tickets: https://cryptochickshackathon.com

Use code CryptoChicksFriends to get a 30% discount.

Location:  MaRs Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto.

March 8, 2018 – Introduction to Blockchain (University of Toronto)

If you heard about blockchain, but are still puzzled, this workshop is for you.
In just 1 hour you will learn about:
  • Decentralization
  • Nodes
  • Crypto currencies
  • Mining
  • Cryptography
  • Accounts
  • Wallets
  • Private keys
  • Blocks
  • Hash
  • GAS
  • Smart Contracts

Location:  MADLab (B112, basement) in Gerstein Science Information Centre at 9 Kings College Circle

Time: 6 pm

March 6, 2018  – FFCON18: VELOCITY BLOCKCHAIN | CRYPTOCURRENCY | ALTERNATIVE INVESTING

2pm – 3pm Blockchain 101 and AMA

February 28 -March 3, 2018 – Polycon 18

Location: Baha Mar, Bahamas

February 17, 2018 – Blockchain Diversity (ETHDenver)

This workshop bring your attention on diversity gaps in blockchain space and technology. At this workshop we are going to design our own hardware wallet Location: THE SPORTS CASTLE, 1000 N. BROADWAYDENVER , CO Time: 7.30 pm MST

February 13, 2018 – Hardware Wallets or The Most Secure Way to Store Your Crypto (Co-Ed)

We continue to run our events together with CryptoBayTV and film them by ThatChannel. Next is our overview of popular hardware wallets. If you choose to buy and hold cryptocurrency, do it right! At this workshop we will tell you about the safety rules to store your funds and show you the most secure way to do it. Location:  ThatChannel.com Studio. 600 Bay Street, Suite 510, Toronto, ON, M5G 1M6. Time: 7 pm This event is first come first serve. Please come early to get the spot. $10 fee is charged at the door.

January 16, 2018 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

December 28, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Edmonton, AB)

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

December 7, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Ladies Only)

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

December 4, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Ladies Only)

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

November 20, 2017 – Blockchain 10x

November 9, 2017 – Hardware Wallets

If you choose to buy and hold cryptocurrency, do it right! At this workshop we will tell you about the safety rules to store your funds and show you the most secure way to do it.

October 12 , 2017 – Hardware Wallets (Ladies Only)

If you choose to buy and hold cryptocurrency, do it right! At this workshop we will tell you about the safety rules to store your funds and show you the most secure way to do it.

October 3 , 2017 – Bitcoin Wallets 

Learn about various Bitcoin wallets. Install them on your phone or computer and practice to transfer your funds safely.

September 27 , 2017 – Bitcoin Wallets (Ladies Only)

Learn about various Bitcoin wallets. Install them on your phone or computer and practice to transfer your funds safely.

September 21, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Ladies Only)

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

September 17, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies 

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

September 14 , 2017 – Ethereum Wallets (Ladies Only)

Learn about various Ethereum wallets. Install them on your phone or computer and practice to transfer your funds safely.

August 30, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Ladies Only) 

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

August 22, 2017 – Cryptocurrency exchanges (Ladies Only) 

Learn about the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges. How to register, how to trade, how to track your trades for tax purposes, how not to loose your funds.

August 9 , 2017 – Bitcoin Wallets (Ladies Only)

Learn about various Bitcoin wallets. Install them on your phone or computer and practice to transfer your funds safely.

August 3, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Ladies Only) 

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

July 20, 2017 – Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (Ladies Only) 

Would you like to know:

  • What is a blockchain
  • Who owns it
  • What it looks like
  • What problem it solves
  • What is a cryptocurrency
  • Who are the cryptocurrency miners
  • What do they do
  • What gas price has to do with the blockchain

Learn all these in just an hour to the point that you will be able to explain it to others.

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CryptoChicks Team

Who We Are

Team that makes blockchain learning fun for you
Elena Sinelnikova

Elena Sinelnikova

Founder and CEO

Software development team lead turned entrepreneur. Elena Sinelnikova founded CryptoChicks.ca in July 2017 with the vision to empower and inspire women interested in learning about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. She managed to involve hundreds of women who became blockchain evangelists, blockchain developers, blockchain entrepreneurs themselves. Elena developed CryptoChicks into an international hub for women talent in blockchain technology with programs in Canada, US, Russia, Pakistan and Bahamas and major hackathon events that are supported by Royal Bank of Canada, Deloitte, Microsoft, IBM. Elena holds a Master of Computer Science and her specialties are in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, application architecture, software design and development.

Natalia Ameline

Natalia Ameline

Co-Founder

Natalia is a Senior Finance Executive with multi-industry experience. Her expertise is in strategic financial planning, decision support, operations management and change management. She holds Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration as well as CPA/CMA accounting designation. She is a co-founder of CryptoChicks and is inspired by its mission – to grow the industry and its adoption by engaging women. After attending multiple crypto events, she believes that “we have this incredible opportunity to gain further insight and innovation by tapping into the immense talent of women”. Natalia was introduced to Blockchain technology in 2014 and has been passionate about the industry since.

Nataliya Hearn

Nataliya Hearn

Nataliya Hearn (Ph.D. Materials Engineering University of Cambridge) Professor turned serial entrepreneur. Founder and CEO of Element 21 (ranked as the fastest growing company in Canada run by a woman W100 2009) that brought Scandium technology from the former Soviet Union to sports (baseball, golf, lacrosse), electronics, and aviation industries. Organized the launch of the golf drive from the International Space Station (2006).
Featured in Forbes (June 2010) for developing space age material for Mount Everest team with the warmest and thinnest jackets using ZeroLoft insulation material. Designed and marketed one of the most popular professional fishing rod lines — Carrot Stix.
Director of numerous public and private companies including ICOs: Chain of Points (loyalty program ICO 2017) and PNIK (asset – colour diamond – based crypto).

Olga Plokhuta

Olga Plokhuta

Olga is a communication and marketing specialist.
Olga holds the degree in economics and business and is passionate about the tech industry in terms of analytics and innovations.
Her addiction for the CryptoChicks has been developed from the first meeting with them :)

Konstantin Borovik

Konstantin Borovik

Konstantin spent past 2 decades building corporate IT infrastructure.
He is a Bitcoin early adopter and blockchain educator.
Konstantin is currently working on a blockchain project focusing on the private key security, crypt accents governance and blockchain end-user interaction experience.

Our Ambassadors

People who represent CryptoChicks and carry on our mission in different parts of the World
Bob Summerwill

Bob Summerwill

Vancouver, Canada

Bob Summerwill is Co-Founder and CTO for Varro Technologies, a community leader for the Ethereum Project and Community Ambassador for the Sweetbridge Project and CryptoChicks. He has been actively involved in the Ethereum project since 2015. He has been building bridges to enterprise and towards mainstream adoption since 2016. Originally from the UK, he has lived in Vancouver since 2003, and is now a dual citizen of Canada and the UK.

Irina Lebedeva

Irina Lebedeva

Moscow, Russia

Irina Lebedeva is a CEO of TeamKraft Sports and a dynamic entrepreneur with a diverse experience in strategy, crisis management and business development in the emerging markets. Specialties: software entrepreneurship, early stage startups, mobile apps, high-load applications.

Evgeniya Kulakova

Evgeniya Kulakova

Moscow, Russia

Evgenia graduated from the Faculty of Cybernetics of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute). Has experience in management, consulting, training and software development and distance learning courses in IT and Project Management. Interested in Blockchain technology since 2016 and the development of the female cryptocommunity

Shaya Kutnowski

Shaya Kutnowski

Toronto, Canada

Shaya's mind has always lived and breathed technology. Since late 2016, he has been interested in all things crypto (while still having used it since 2011). His hobbies include traveling, working out, late night drives, and binge-watching the latest shows. ed technology. Since late 2016, he has been interested in all things crypto (while still having used it since 2011). His hobbies include traveling, working out, late night drives, and binge-watching the latest shows.

Shamim Rajani

Shamim Rajani

Karachi, Pakistan

Shamim Rajani is a Techpreneur and has been serving the Pakistan IT industry for the last 13 years. She is COO at Genetech Solutions, a software company dedicated to providing End to End IT solutions and services to its Global audience. Shamim started out her journey as a Technology Trainer in 1998 at ConsulNet Corporation, and later diversified it to add Genetech Solutions as their Web and Mobile Apps Development company in 2004. Today, Genetech serves hundreds of customers worldwide and has a team of 50 Developers on board. Shamim is an IBA graduate Entrepreneur, a Professional Scrum Master and recently graduated from Draper University San Francisco, as an Executive in their Blockchain intensive Program – an autodidact, she loves to challenge herself.

Faiza Yousuf

Faiza Yousuf

Karachi, Pakistan

Faiza Yousuf is a Technologist and been working in the tech industry for almost 9 years. She is a serial entrepreneur and is currently running a business consultation company with the focus on helping small businesses (especially Women led) to embrace technology. Faiza is the founder of WomenInTechPK, which is the first and only community for women technologists in Pakistan. This thriving community has over 4300 members from all over the country and it has been making waves by starting an open dialogue about lack of inclusion in the tech industry. The goal is to devise strategies for a more diversified and accepting environment for women and to give opportunities, access to mentorship and re-entry programs to women who want to get back to the workforce.
Faiza is a graduate and post graduate from NED University of Engineering and Technology and a graduate from The World Bank funded WomenXPakistan program. She teaches technology to CS undergrad and grad students and loves to read and write.

Rosalyn Brown

Rosalyn Brown

Nassau, Bahamas

Rosalyn lives and works in Nassau, Bahamas and has 24 years’ experience in many aspects of the Bahamian Financial Services Industry. She is an Honours Graduate in Economics & Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and has completed Securities, Investment Finance and Financial Analyst courses in Ontario and attended several workshops and seminars in The Bahamas. A dedicated Rotarian, she has volunteered much of her spare time to issues and opportunities affecting children and young adults specifically education, obtaining scholarships and employment.
Rosalyn was introduced to blockchain technology and cryptocurrenies during one of the first meetings of the CryptoChicks in Toronto, where she makes her second home. Currently she is active on Blockgeeks and involved with planning the first Hackathon in The Bahamas. Rosalyn wishes to actively educate Bahamians in the uses of blockchain technology, as a way to quickly develop usable software technologies, and to locate new areas for innovation and funding in The Bahamas.

Ivaylo Hristov

Ivaylo Hristov

Sofia, Bulgaria

Ivo Hristov is an entrepreneur and active member of the Sofia startup community. He is the founder of the biggest IT community in Bulgaria - DEV.BG (http://dev.bg), CEO of the software development company Lab08 (http://lab08.com) and a co-founder of the successful social media startup Komfo (http://komfo.com). For his help and dedication to the tech startup ecosystem, he is awarded the "Young Entrepreneur of the year" award and the "Next Generation Entrepreneur" award.

Denitza Tyufekchieva

Denitza Tyufekchieva

Sofia, Bulgaria

Denitza Tyufekchieva is a blockchain advocate & co-founder and VP of Business Development of Propy. She is expert in token sales, ICO legislation, real estate, token economy for physical assets. She spoke at numerous Blockchain events in Silicon Valley and Europe. Propy, a Blockchain real estate startup has announced its new service that will completely secure and automate the real estate transaction process globally.

Rhonda Eldridge

Rhonda Eldridge

New York, USA

Rhonda Eldridge has over a career of 25 years become known for high impact results at leading financial institutions, including PwC, ABN Amro (Fortis) and UBS, holding country and regional MD titles. She is currently Head of Strategy, Americas, for Gecko Governance an award winning RegTech Blockchain solution provider, launching its Gecko Crypto1 token. Rhonda is the first female member of Young Presidents’ Organization Bahamas, a founding member of Alliance Française des Bahamas, the Breakfast Rotary Club (Bahamas), was named a Pioneering Woman by the Bahamas Handbook in 2002 and is passionate about children’s and social impact causes. She is founder of HAP, a non-profit social enterprise, encouraging those disrupted in work to embrace an exponential mindset for 21st century engagement through Future of Work seminars, programs and discussion forums. Rhonda holds a business degree from Queen's University, Canada and is a chartered accountant.

Estrella Li

Estrella Li

Toronto, Canada

Estrella is an experiential and digital marketing expertise with over 5 years of strategic experience in both financial industry and tech company. She has worked on over 200 marketing campaigns in SEO/SEM, social media, email, influencer and affiliate marketing; but also led a team to organize numerous conference, summit and on-ground marketing events, built social communities of thousands active members. She helped ICO launching for several Toronto based blockchain companies in 2017, scaling projects to hundred investors and users. Estrella is now the marketing lead of Yesbit, to develop marketing strategy with different methods and ensure company stay ahead in this constantly changing industry.

Carlos Cabrera

Carlos Cabrera

Toronto, Canada

Carlos G Cabrera is an International Economist who graduated from Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Florida in 1998, he joined a fast growing import export company in Venezuela where he learned about the import export business in Latin America and the US in the following years he opened his own company where he sold all the major baseball team merchandise all over Venezuela as well as Panama and Brazil, in 2009 after receiving his MBA he began work as a broker dealer in Boca Raton, Florida and then served as a financial consultant at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where he received many awards in his five years of tenure additionally he was also part of the United Way initiatives in Toronto. Carlos has always been a strong advocate of an organized society therefore, he has volunteered many times at the West Palm Beach Police department and the West Palm Beach Courthouse resulting in budget savings for local residents and a learning opportunity for him about local Florida issues. He was part of Egla Communications for 2 years as a Senior Project Manager, in 2018 he joined Swiss Borg as a Director of Business Development for North America and lastly in June 2018 as COO for Blockchain Strategies for BCF Blockchain Canada Foundation in Toronto. He does mentoring to some local college students and volunteering in Toronto.

Alison Alexis

Alison Alexis

Vancouver, Canada

A CPA (CA) from Vancouver, with a further degree in Classical studies, Alison considers herself a Blockchain Community maximalist.

An unrelenting curiosity to understand the past, present, and future of humanity drives her interest in science and technology. In particular, she has a strong interest in cognitive/neuro sciences, blockchain technologies, and Artificial Intelligence and their inter-play. Alison believes that diversity, a multi-disciplinary approach, and the lessons and principles learned from the past, will be crucial to the advancement of these newer technologies and thus in creating the communities, social, and economic impact we all desire.

It was the promise of Blockchain that drew her in; creating a more open world, leveling the playing field, giving people more control and freedom over their information, assets, and livelihoods, and the opportunity to take part in something that has the potential to change the world.

Minna Liang

Minna Liang

Toronto, Canada

Minna is a volunteering CTO at Cryptochicks . She likes to dabble in different technology and broaden her understanding in subjects like finance, economics and cognitive science to have a more wholistic view of everything. One of her first blockchain meetup that she attended was hosted by cryptochicks and was pretty intrigued by the technology prospects. Besides helping build the site, she also helps out in different roles such as marketing, designing promotional content, teaching blockchain 101 and anything she can help out to make cryptochicks events successful.

Naba Sadia Siddiqui

Naba Sadia Siddiqui

Toronto, Canada

Naba (M.Eng. Computer Engineering University of Toronto) is a Toronto-based engineer and software developer. Her day job involves drinking lots of Java. Apart from her day job, she spends a fair amount of her time learning and working on Blockchain-based projects. Naba is committed to increasing diversity in STEM industry, specially the Blockchain space. She is also very passionate about advocating the potential of Blockchain. If she is not behind a screen writing code or designing solutions, you will find her at the gym doing Yoga or swimming.

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