The Story of CryptoChicks

It’s all started from two long-time friends – Elena and Natalia. Natalia’s son asked them to install Ethereum wallet on her 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 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 a small meetup group grew into a international organization CryptoChicks with the chapters in Canada, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Bahamas. AI technology came on board for our women in 2019. Nowadays we are  a self-financed volunteer-run non-profit  educational hub with a mission to grow the economic, professional and leadership potential of women and youth in blockchain and AI technologies through education, mentorship, business and diverse employment opportunities. We are proud to be nominated to Blockchain Company of the Year Award at the Canadian FinTech and AI Awards 2018 and 2019 organized by the Digital Finance InstituteOur 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  

EVENTS

September 14, 2019 at  3 pm 
CryptoChicks Hatchery Launch
All genders are welcome.

This event is the launch of the CryptoChicks Hatchery mentorship program that will consist of the series of recurrent events and workshops. During the launch you will listen to: short presentations-summaries of the projects that were accepted in this mentorship program, mentors feedback and opinion on how these projects should proceed further to become successful businesses. It will be followed by the CryptoChicks Appreciation and Networking Party with food, drinks and music in the beautiful location overlooking the lake.

 For the entire year CryptoChicks Hatchery will be holding events and workshops on all aspects of building a successful business: marketing, execution, team management, business funding, business negotiations, brand building, wellness and image, human psychology, business relationships, stress management, laws and taxes. Change your life by participating in this program.

    Location:  Harbour Square, Toronto, ON

    August 23-25, 2019 
    CryptoChicks Youth Hackathon + Conference in The Bahamas

    With this event  we are changing lives of the  young adults and children of The Bahamas Islands educating them in blockchain and AI technologies, provide them with support and mentorship, inspire them to create and develop their own projects and provide them with the vision for their future in technology and ways to help Bahamas community. We received 170 applications from Bahamian Youth to participate in this event. Male/female ratio is 50/50.

    Our audience is

    • middle and high school students, college students, orphanage students to learn and work on their projects with our mentor’s help.
    • technology enthusiasts who are looking for the ways to get involved in the newest technologies – blockchain and AI.
    • local entrepreneurs who are looking for the ways to make their businesses more effective using these technologies.

    Apply at : https://bahamas.cryptochicks.ca

    Location:  Nassau, The Bahamas

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

    Featuring a keynote speech from Ethereum Inventor Vitalik Buterin and demo presentation from SingularityNET on the Sophia AI inside outs, True and unscripted! 

    Heated panel discussion between Vitalik Buterin and Vlad Zamfir on the future and scalability of blockchains. As well as a LIve Demo of CBC Casper POC Protocol.

    Also don’t miss 2 deep dives into XYO, the world’s first geospatial blockchain oracle network, and an opportunity to win bounties for the best Ethereum dApp that leverages XYO. .

    This event serves our mission to change lives of women by involving them in new blockchain and AI technologies through education, mentorship, business and diverse employment opportunities. It is a combination of a technology competition and an educational conference that is running side by side at the same location for the three consecutive days including overnights. In the program is a keynote from the Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin, practical demo from SingularityNET on the Robot Sophia AI inside outs. Various debates, panels, speeches, workshops from blockchain and AI world leaders. Family Day  – an opportunity for entire family to play blockchain and AI games. Blockchain Art exhibit.  Also in the program is a Networking Cocktail Reception, VIP Party, entertainment, decentralized hacking, hacker project presentations, and the World Championship awards.

    Apply at : https://toronto.cryptochicks.ca

    Location:  Toronto, Canada

    April 12-14, 2019

    CryptoChicks Hackathon + Conference in Karachi, 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. Our sponsor BlockGeeks.com provides all female participants with free online blockchain education. 

    We are running a conference right with the hackathon. We are inviting the most outstanding blockchain professionals from all over the world to speak and share their knowledge. Lots of our hackathon participants were hired by IBM Karachi as a result of this hackathon.

    Apply at : https://pakistan.cryptochicks.ca

    Location:  Karachi, Pakistan

    EDCON Austalia Hackathon 2019
    April 8-10, 2019 
    EDCON Hackathon in Sydney, Australia

    EDCON week events will include:

    (1) EDCON Hackathon: a 36 hours event with non-stop creative storming for participants with organizing partner CryptoChicks.

    (2) EDCON Conference: a three-day conference including main conference, subconference, workshops, etc. Core Ethereum development teams will be invited to talk about the latest updates on Ethereum research and technology, and other pioneers in the field will share their thoughts on the current trends, projects and applications, as well as community building and development status.

    (3) EDCON “Having Fun” day: a one-day outdoor activity. While this will no doubt be a great opportunity for network building between the community members in a more informal setting for everyone to relax after a week of hacking and sessions.

    All Ethereum communities worldwide are invited to participate in this event. 

    Location:  Sydney, Australia 

    February 15-16, 2019
    CryptoChicks Hackathon at the International Innovation Film Festival in Bern, 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. Our sponsor BlockGeeks.com will provide all  participants with free online blockchain education.This event is being held within International Innovation Film Festival in Bern, Switzerland and hosted by CryptoChicks.

    Please email us at stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca to register

    Location:  Bern, Switzerland 

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    Who We Are

    The team that makes learning work for you
    Elena Sinelnikova

    Elena Sinelnikova

    Software development team lead and entrepreneur. Elena Sinelnikova founded CryptoChicks non-profit organization with the vision to empower and inspire women interested in learning about blockchain technology. 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 chapters and educational events all over the world. Elena holds a Master of Computer Science and her specialties are in blockchain, application architecture, software design and development.

    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. 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.

    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.

    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
    Rosalyn Brown

    Rosalyn Brown

    Nassau, Bahamas
    Rhonda Eldridge

    Rhonda Eldridge

    USA and Bahamas
    Carlos Cabrera

    Carlos Cabrera

    Toronto, Canada
    Alison Alexis

    Alison Alexis

    Vancouver, Canada
    Minna Liang

    Minna Liang

    Toronto, Canada
    Naba Sadia Siddiqui

    Naba Sadia Siddiqui

    Toronto, Canada

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