It’s all started from two long-time friends – Elena and Natalia – learning to install Ethereum wallet on Windows laptop. They discovered that it required two Masters of Computer Science and three hours of trial and error to figure out this wallet. They also learned that blockchain is a tricky technology – one wrong click of a button and all your money is lost forever. With that in mind Elena and Natalia started a meetup group for women to learn and help each other. First night they announced a meetup in Toronto fifty women joined them to learn about wallets, private keys, addresses, security, cryptography, smart contracts – all beautiful things that blockchain technology has to offer.

In a short period of time small meetup group grew into an international self-financed non-profit organization CryptoChicks with the hackathon events and chapters in Canada, USA, Bahamas, Pakistan, Switzerland. CryptoChicks educated thousands of women and youth all over the world in just short 2 years. Hundreds of those women found new jobs in blockchain and AI space. Many women started their own businesses. To help them, CryptoChicks created mentorship programs, such as CryptoChicks Hatchery

CryptoChicks are proud to be nominated for Blockchain Company of the Year Award at the Canadian FinTech and AI Awards 2018 and 2019 and Diversity Initiative of the Year at the inaugural Women in IT Awards Canada in 2019.

EVENTS

December 7, 2019 
CryptoChicks Hatchery Presentations

CryptoChicks Hatchery is a mentorship program for women and youth building their blockchain and AI businesses. Program consists of the series of recurrent events and workshops. Location:  Harbour Square, Toronto, ON

August 23-25, 2019 
CryptoChicks Blockchain and AI Youth Hackathon and Conference in The Bahamas

We received 170 applications from Bahamian kids and youth to participate in this event. The organizing team including CryptoChicks, HAP and Rotary Bahamas flew kids in from different Bahamian islands and placed them for 3 days into the Windsor boarding school to learn and build projects. Local businesses joined us there for the technology and business presentations. Location:  Nassau, Bahamas

May 31-June 2, 2019 
CryptoChicks Second Annual Blockchain and AI Hackathon and Conference in Toronto

With this event we change lives of women and youth by educating them in technologies. It is a combination of a technology competition and an educational conference. Plus a keynote from the Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin, practical demo from SingularityNET on the Robot Sophia AI, Family Day  with games for kids,Woman of the Year and Hackathon Champions awards. Location:  RBC Waterpark Place, Toronto, Canada

April 12-14, 2019 
CryptoChicks Blockchain and AI Hackathon in Pakistan

We are changing lives of Pakistani women by inviting them to use this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project of your choice. This event was put together with the help of our ambassadors from CryptoChicks Pakistan. Many of this event participants were hired by IBM Karachi right after this hackathon. Location:  Karachi, Pakistan

April 8-10, 2019 
EDCON Hackathon in Australia

This 36-hours event was organized by CryptoChicks, LinkTime and Bitfwd for the Ethereum Community Conference participants. 150 hackers was working on Tier 1 and Tier 2 solutions for the Ethereum. One of the winning teams were a group of 8-year old boys who created the game based on Plasma technology. Location:  Sydney, Australia

February 16, 2019 
CryptoChicks Blockchain and AI Youth Hackathon in Switzerland

We are changing lives of the young adults 16-22 from Switzerland  by providing them with this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project for film industry. This event was held within International Innovation Film Festival in Bern, Switzerland and hosted by CryptoChicks. Location:  Bern, Switzerland 

October 5-8, 2018 
CryptoChicks and W4B Blockchain Hackathon in New York

We invited 100 women to use this unique opportunity to learn blockchain technology in-depth and then implement it in a project of their choice. This event was organized in partnership with Women4Blockchain. Location:  New York University, New York.

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

April 6-8, 2018 
CryptoChicks First International Women Blockchain Hackathon and Conference in Toronto

This was our very first big international Hackathon and Conference. 170 women from all over the world applied and flew in to participate. We have brought together famous blockchain personas such as Amanda B Johnson as well as big banks and corporations - RBC, Microsoft, Deloitte, Accenture for this epic event. Location:  MaRs Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto.

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CryptoChicks Core Team

The team that makes learning work for you
Elena Sinelnikova

Elena Sinelnikova

Software development team lead and entrepreneur. Elena has an extensive background of developing enterprise software solutions for government and law enforcement industries. She holds Master of Computer Science degree and her specialties are in blockchain, cyber security and full stack programming. She has taken on the opportunity to create and lead the CryptoChicks initiative and make it a success.

Natalia Ameline

Natalia Ameline

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. 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.

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

Christine O'Dell

Christine O'Dell

Christine is an accomplished designer having produced digital and print advertising for global brands in the automotive, health and arts sectors in addition to numerous social good organizations. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Communication Design degree specializing in print design. Christine is currently pursuing a Master of Design degree from York University where her thesis is focused on blockchain for social good initiatives and blockchain education, including how to increase the representation of designers in the blockchain ecosystem and the development of educational methods to promote youth and women in technology. Christine is passionate about design, education and blockchain, and is actively exploring the benefits of game design as an innovative approach to blockchain education.

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.

Patty De Frutos

Patty De Frutos

Patty is a multidisciplinary producer with over ten years of international experience in all media forms. Specialized in Design Thinking and Strategy for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment, her work focuses on innovation such as interactive experiences, digital storytelling, and cross-platform projects. Her social-impact productions include Live Music, Film Production, Events, Post-Production, Design and Marketing. She found in the Blockchain space a bright future to continue and develop her passion.

Iuliiana Unesikhina

Iuliiana Unesikhina

Iuliiana has an extensive experience in Global Capital Markets and Investment Strategies Management as well as Business Processes Improvements. With a vision to improve, scale, and grow CryptoChicks business she has taken on a task of building a global platform that promotes education, diversity, inclusion and equality. This platform aimed to use the bleeding edge technologies and provide tremendous value to all its participants. Iuliiana holds Masters Degree in Business Administration and Columbia Business School diploma in Fin Tech/ Innovations /Digital Analytics.

Ariba Rajput

Ariba Rajput

Ariba Rajput is a 16 year old blockchain developer, and haptics researcher. She is super interested in exponential technologies and their absolute to change the world, and the lives of other people for the better.
She was a summer intern at CryptoChicks, and has built a few blockchain appliances. She worked with the CryptoWhales board game during her summer with CryptoChicks.
CryptoChicks aims to help women and children all around the world with blockchain and AI, and she firmly believes that this is one of the best ways to empower people- to help them stand on their own two feet.

Sheyda Lotfalian

Sheyda Lotfalian

Sheyda is an experienced Digital Media Planner who recently came to Canada from Iran. Sheyda holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree focused in Business Administration and Management, General from University of Science and Culture. She is an excellent addition to CryptoChicks Marketing and Media team.

Our Ambassadors

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

Bob Summerwill

Vancouver, Canada
Irina Lebedeva

Irina Lebedeva

Russia and Kazakhstan
Shaya Kutnowski

Shaya Kutnowski

Toronto, Canada
Shamim Rajani

Shamim Rajani

Karachi, Pakistan
Faiza Yousuf

Faiza Yousuf

Karachi, Pakistan
Rhonda Eldridge

Rhonda Eldridge

USA and Bahamas
Carlos Cabrera

Carlos Cabrera

Toronto, Canada
Alison Alexis

Alison Alexis

Vancouver, Canada
Chelsea Palmer

Chelsea Palmer

Vancouver, Canada

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