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 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 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

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 – as it is!

This event serves our mission to grow the economic, professional and leadership potential of women in blockchain and AI technologies through education, mentorship, business and diverse employment opportunities. CryptoChicks Conference+Hackathon 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://cryptochickshackathon.com

Location:  Toronto, Canada

August 23-25, 2019 – CryptoChicks Hackathon + Conference in Albany, Bahamas

This event  has a goal is  to educate high school children of Bahamas 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 .

Our audience is

  • high school 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:  Albany, Bahamas

April 12-14, 2019 – CryptoChicks Hackathon + Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

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 right with the hackathon. We are inviting the most outstanding blockchain professionals from all over the world to speak and share their knowledge.

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

Location:  Karachi, Pakistan

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 inviting young adults 16-22 from Switzerland  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.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

Founder and CEO (Toronto, Canada)

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

Co-Founder (Toronto, Canada)

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

Director of Youth Education (Toronto, Canada)

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

Chief of Staff (Toronto, Canada)

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

Director of Education (Toronto, Canada)

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
Irina Lebedeva

Irina Lebedeva

Moscow, Russia
Evgeniya Kulakova

Evgeniya Kulakova

Moscow, Russia
Shaya Kutnowski

Shaya Kutnowski

Toronto, Canada
Shamim Rajani

Shamim Rajani

Karachi, Pakistan
Faiza Yousuf

Faiza Yousuf

Karachi, Pakistan
Rosalyn Brown

Rosalyn Brown

Nassau, Bahamas
Ivaylo Hristov

Ivaylo Hristov

Sofia, Bulgaria
Denitza Tyufekchieva

Denitza Tyufekchieva

Sofia, Bulgaria
Rhonda Eldridge

Rhonda Eldridge

New York, USA
Estrella Li

Estrella Li

Toronto, Canada
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
Aleksandra Los

Aleksandra Los

London, england

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