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Educating Girls Just Makes Sense

Bringing Blockchain Technology Education to Girls in Pakistan


We all know that investing in the education of girls brings high returns in terms of breaking cycles of poverty and boosting economic growth. Educating girls makes economic sense. Historically girls and women have been excluded from education more so than boys; facing more challenges and having less opportunity to access and complete it.

The Benefit of Educating Girls

– Reduces the high rate of child marriage and early pregnancy

– Builds more stable communities by reducing vulnerability to climate change, due to education being the most effective way to reduce carbon emission and tackle climate change

– Increased employment opportunities

– Educated labour pools increase investment potential in targeted areas

– Educated mothers know how to prevent exposure to HIV/AIDS

– Educated mothers more likely to vaccinate their children

– With the proper level of education, the frequency of early births would drop by 59% and child deaths would decrease by 49%

Literacy rates continue to rise from one generation to the next, yet according to new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, there are still 750 million illiterate adults, two-thirds of whom are women. These numbers are a stark reminder of the work ahead to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 5 and the Education 2030 targets.

Young women continue to lag behind young men

Despite the progress, gender disparity in youth literacy remains persistent in almost one in five countries, as shown in the UNESCO eAtlas of Literacy, in 43 countries, mainly located in Northern Africa and Western Asia, Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, young women aged 15 to 24 years are still less likely than young men to have basic reading and writing skills. This is a clear sign of the persistent challenges that continue to hold girls back.

Additional challenges for girls in Pakistan

– Only 22% of the population have internet access

– A high percentage of the population – 6% of the total global population – have no access to financial services

– Though cell phone access is growing, Pakistan remains one of the least connected countries

Girls looking to learn digital skills and STEM subjects have an especially difficult time. Very few households have home computers, lack of facilities, transportation challenges to get to existing education facilities, lack of educators and mentors, all hinder education efforts.

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Getting Girls Excited About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Based Careers
Only 35% of higher education students studying STEM subjects are women. Careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are considered the jobs of the future, with the European Parliament forecasting around 7 million new STEM jobs by 2025 in Europe alone and not enough people to fill them. A higher percentage of women from impoverished countries choose a STEM career path as it is seen as a clear path out of poverty.

What is Blockchain Technology?

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

– Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016)

Blockchain & Mobile Phones- Allowing for Financial Inclusion at Lower Cost
Financial inclusion is considered a key factor in reducing poverty. Pakistan constitutes about 6% of the total global population with no access to financial services, according to a World Bank report. Blockchain and mobile technology offer immense opportunities for financial inclusion, education, and healthcare.

Blockchain and mobile technology can put the unbanked on the grid since there would be no need for maintaining branches or other costly infrastructure – heavy costs that prohibit financial institutions from opening branches and granting banking access to many rural, impoverished areas. With cell phones allowing for digital wallet capabilities at a lower cost, a small transaction that a large financial institution would not consider facilitating, a cryptocurrency transaction for a small amount could be done peer to peer, quickly and efficiently.


“Microfinance has become a socially acceptable mechanism for extracting wealth and resources from poor people,” London School of Microeconomics professor, Jason Hickel,  The Guardian

Microlending can be a life line helping many people pull themselves out of poverty but due to some bad actors it has gotten a bad reputation with many concerned that the only parties that benefit are the lenders due to high interest rates charged. Blockchains’ ability to record the smallest of transactions, fewer overhead costs, increases transparency, and significantly reduces interest rates by removing the need for mediators or central authorities.

There is a global realisation that science, technology and innovation are central for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Pakistan, with 70% of the population under the age of thirty and emerging trends show Pakistani youth love smartphones; the same trend that we see in western countries. By 2020, Pakistan is expected to have over 100 million smartphones. Their growing interest in cell technology, and education especially in the STEM fields can be leveraged for the benefit of increased prosperity and the overall security of Pakistan. Ensuring girls get an education and support for further learning opportunities will help in promoting a positive image worldwide and promote the development of more entrepreneurial startups, advancement of science and technology and drastically improve the country’s economy as a result.

Education is the backbone of a nation’s economy and technological advancements in fields like blockchain technology offer hope for a brighter future.

CryptoChicks bringing their highly successful blockchain hackathon model to the girls of Pakistan

International blockchain & AI non-profit educational organization CryptoChicks is inviting girls, women, mentors, educators and sponsors to the CryptoChicks Karachi Blockchain Hackathon.

It is extremely important to give women a high quality education in emerging technologies in a countries like Pakistan. We are really proud to be on the frontier of the blockchain education here. Women here need it the most. They are very kind and motivated to take this opportunity. Though such education for them doesn’t come easy; the majority of them don’t have computers at home. In order to learn, even online they have to take a few buses to get to the class to study blockchain. We are calling for the sponsors to help these girls. Providing them with laptops for example would make a huge difference.

Elena Sinelnikova, CryptoChicks Founder and CEO

A non-profit blockchain educational hub for women, CryptoChicks’ mission is to assist women and girls in blockchain & AI technology via mentorship and education. While the events sponsored by CryptoChicks are open to everyone, the focus is on women, as the company believes “women’s involvement will help blockchain realize its enormous potential as an instrument of positive change in the world.”

“Pakistan has a growing middle class and a big number of talented young people with interest in building and using technology. As we know that this is going to be an era of blockchain technology and the world would need half a million blockchain developers in the next five years. We strongly believe that Pakistani women should learn to develop blockchain applications and secure a job for the future. Right now, with the help of CryptoChicks we are providing opportunities to our local talent to learn and work on Blockchain applications and the next plan is to do a hackathon so that we can gauge the interest, ideas and skill level.”

Faiza Yousuf, Ambassador, Pakistan

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The blockchain is cutting-edge technology and there are jobs for every aspect of the blockchain ecosystem. So, we hope to equip the women with its knowledge in partnership with CryptoChicks and with that, we are planning to do a hackathon to see how our young talent can help us test run ideas to solve both local and global problems. We want it to be a first of its kind hackathon in Pakistan and are open to collaborate with both local and international organizations to bring the best to our talented country.

Shamim Rajani, Ambassador, Pakistan

For more information on the CryptoChicks Karachi Blockchain Hackathon and how to get involved head to https://pakistan.cryptochicks.ca/

Help Needed – CryptoChicks Karachi Blockchain Hackathon

Hackathon participants in Pakistan face many unique challenges including not having basic access to a computer, supplies and transportation to the hackathon event. We need sponsors to help us ensure a successful event and to help these incredible young girls get started on exciting career paths. We have an enormous outreach worldwide and can prove, without a doubt, why working with CryptoChicks can be beneficial to your business.

For more sponsorship information https://cryptochicks.ca/to-sponsor/

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CryptoChicks to Host Youth Hackathon in Bern, Switzerland

CryptoChicks to Host Youth Hackathon – Part of the Celebration of “Women in Innovation” During the First International Innovation Film Festival (IIFF) in Bern, Switzerland

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Blockchain developers, film makers, educators and enthusiasts will converge on Bern, Switzerland, Feb 14-18, 2019 for the International Innovation Film Festival and Conference – a weekend of innovation, opportunity, education and inspiration including a Youth Hackathon where participants from the ages of 16-22 will get the opportunity to work with world renowned blockchain education hub CryptoChicks and other blockchain mentors.

About Hackathons: CryptoChicks’ Hackathons are an enthusiastic gathering of a variety of software developers, graphic designers, coders, project managers, etc. involved in different aspects of blockchain technology industry —at sprint like events to work in teams to develop projects or work at creative problem solving. These events can occur for gaming, blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, deep learning, robotics – anything that involves computer programming. CryptoChicksHackathons are a great way to bring people together to address specific challenges in the blockchain industry or to address global challenges that blockchain technology may be able to provide a solution for.

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About CryptoChicks: CryptoChicks was founded in July 2017 by Elena Sinelnikova and co-founder Natalie Ameline. Elena’s vision for CryptoChicks was to empower and inspire women interested in learning about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Elena is a software development team leader “turned serial entrepreneur,” who believes women are significantly underrepresented in technology. Natalia’s expertise lies primarily in strategic financial planning, and she, like Elena, believes women are an immensely talented, albeit untapped, resource in the technological world.

The 1st International Innovation Film Festival IIFF will be held on February 14-18, 2019 in the capital of Switzerland, Bern. It will feature live screenings at the Cinématte Cinema, Blockchain workshops at Welle 7 Workspace, and a Networking Apéro.

CryptoChicks hosted Youth Hackathon will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 8:30-20:30 at the Welle 7 Workspace.

Hackathon Educational Features Include:
• Different blockchain technologies
• How to develop decentralized applications
• ERC20 and ERC 721 tokens
• How to design effective crypto economics token models
• How to program using RightMesh
• How to design and build your own blockchain business
• Challenges and roadblocks in current blockchain technologies

The Hackathon is a free event for all youth participants but space is limited. Contact christian@innovationfilmfestival.ch for more information or head to CryptoChicks Switzerland Hackathon 

CryptoChicks offer an array of educational opportunities, consulting services, public speakers, event hosts, etc for a variety of industry events.

For media contact, consulting and sponsorship opportunities please contact: stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca

Audrey Nesbitt


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CRYPTOCHICKS – Why We Do Hackathons

CryptoChicks, a blockchain educational hub for women, have the perfect formula for running a successful hackathon event

CryptoChicks’ Hackathons are sprint-like events usually held over a weekend in which budding blockchain developers, mentors, educators, consultants, designers, etc., collaborate on a variety of projects in the blockchain technology industry. Hackathon participants and mentors can include entrepreneurs, programmers, business analysts, marketing professionals, lawyers, graphic designers, etc. The goal — to build a working prototype for a new product, improve an existing product or help solve specific world/industry challenges with blockchain technology.

CryptoChicks’ Hackathons are a positive, constructive way to learn about blockchain technology in an encouraging environment, meet new friends and business contacts while developing new products or finding new solutions to current industry challenges. They can last a few hours or a few days; collaboration at its best in a fun environment.

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Who are the CryptoChicks

CryptoChicks was founded in July 2017 by Elena Sinelnikova and co-founder Natalie Ameline. Elena’s vision for CryptoChicks was to empower and inspire women interested in learning about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Elena is a software development team leader “turned serial entrepreneur,” who believes women are significantly underrepresented in technology. Natalia’s expertise lies primarily in strategic financial planning, and she, like Elena, believes women are an immensely talented, albeit untapped, resource in the technological world.

CryptoChicks offer an array of educational opportunities, consulting services, public speakers, event hosts, etc for a variety of industry events including conferences and hackathons.

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CryptoChicks take a hack into the Big Apple – Hackathon NYC

CryptoChicks Take Manhattan – New York Hackathon 2018

CryptoChicks ‘hacked’ in the Big Apple in the fall of 2018 with added education elements including a legal track and a Shark Tank segment which proved to be quite popular with attendees. Cassie N. Kesterson, one of the participants in the weekend hackathon, wrote a story about her experience with the CryptoChicks.

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The True Story of an Art Provenance Researcher and Her Adventures Designing a Blockchain Business by Casie N. Kesterson

Probably I had read about blockchain in business articles about Bitcoin, but I can’t say I paid much attention to it before this year.
By trade I specialize in researching works of art, their ownership history, and the art market. But I am also fascinated by the intersection of art and finance, and the role of art as an investment vehicle and in speculation.
It was in this light that I came to know about innovative projects that were changing the landscape of art investment through blockchain and cryptocurrency. These projects have recognized the importance of provenance, utilizing the unique characteristics of blockchain technology to provide an immutable record of ownership and transactions. This type of blockchain implementation will be vital for ownership and transactions going forward, and particularly important for the contemporary art market.

Considering this, I was inspired to think about the role of blockchain and cryptocurrency in relation to the work I do.

What about an art provenance registry that could harness the knowledge of the diverse group of players interested in provenance for works of art, while also saving time and money?

It seemed like a good idea. But how could I do this with no knowledge of the technology?

And then, over the summer, the announcement for CryptoChicks & Women4Blockchain New York Hackathon appeared on my LinkedIn feed. Here was an opportunity for me to learn about the technology with content structed especially for business, and the chance to design a blockchain business which I could pitch in front of blockchain enthusiasts and judges.

The technology education was like learning a new language. Even more daunting was the whole idea of the hackathon. Thankfully there was Elena Sinelnikova (Founder and CEO, CryptoChicks) who talked me through the benefits of the event, including mentors who could offer expert business, technology, and legal advice. She understood my hesitation because she herself started in the blockchain space with a hackathon.

Because I am not a tech person, the learning curve was steep on many levels. In addition to wrapping my head around the blockchain concept, I had to create a mock-up of a minimum viable product and outline a funding strategy–a challenge for a regular business let alone a blockchain business!

In the week leading up to the hackathon, Elena connected me with business and blockchain technology mentors. Daniel Dewar (Founder, Paperchain) provided priceless information about the blockchain business model and financials. And I was also thankful to have the chance to talk with David Atkinson of the Holo/Holochain group who guided me on the technology side.

And through the program I was lucky enough to meet and work with Norma Juarez. Norma, a second-year law student at Rutgers, had applied to the legal track and fortunately for me has an interest in art and was interested in working with me on my project. She was instrumental in researching the legal aspects of blockchain and cryptocurrency, and incorporating other areas like data privacy, security, and art restitution law.

At this point I had more information and could tweak my idea further: The project would combine the research of art historians, museums, auction houses, galleries, publishers, and archives with blockchain technology, and it would provide a speedier, less costly method to conduct thorough research that validates ownership and transactions for works of art through support documentation. The added benefit? It could also reward users for their contributions through cryptocurrency.

The weekend of the hackathon was hectic at best, and I think I managed 2 hours a sleep each night trying to refine the idea and put together a presentation that would provide the best demonstration of what this project could be, without a prototype of a decentralized application.

On presentation day I had a chance to see the other projects. It was an impressive bunch of presentations on both the developer and business sides, and I could tell these women not only grasped the technology but understood the value blockchain could bring to so many areas.

My own presentation is a blur in my mind but I clearly remember fretting over whether any of what I had said made sense. But with the judges’ comments and questions, I could tell it wasn’t a total catastrophe. Some of the feedback was positive, and some of it was critical, but I was grateful for it all because I knew I would use it all going forward.

I was really pleased that there were judges like Anna Niemira (Managing Director, BGX Capital) who understands the social value of art, and can see the positive impact of blockchain on the art world. She graciously agreed to mentor me, and continues to provide helpful advice about all aspects of my business idea.

I was lucky enough to meet Natalia Ameline (Co-Founder, CryptoChicks) who introduced me to Lisa Marks (CEO, Chain Ninja) who was also a judge at the Hackathon. Lisa saw value in my project, and I am grateful she agreed to serve as a mentor, and has already provided great help and good advice.

And now? With all of the good advice I received during the hackathon, and the help of my mentors, I am continuing to tweak the business model and working toward a proof-of-concept. In addition, I am evaluating blockchain frameworks and studying which funding strategy is the best fit for the project.

I know at least the content in the initial phase of the project will focus on older paintings, utilizing copyright clear documentation that will aid those working with Nazi looted art. And I am already making notes about the next phase of content.

It is an exciting, sometimes bumpy ride, but I am eager to see where this adventure takes me!
Casie N. Kesterson

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There are a lot of great minds coming up through the blockchain space and we are privileged to be a part of such a great community. Girls have so much to offer the world in terms of intellect, passion and drive and CryptoChicks aim to help them by facilitating education, mentorship and by introducing them to the world as future leaders and innovators.

For media contact, consulting and sponsorship opportunities please contact: stayintouch@cryptochicks.ca

Audrey Nesbitt

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CryptoChicks One of Four Canadian Blockchain Companies with a Social Impact Mission

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Four Canadian Blockchain Companies with a Social Impact Mission

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Four Canadian Blockchain Companies with a Social Impact Mission

There’s a lot of talk in the blockchain space about using the technology to create social impact. From facilitating remittances to improving transparency to reducing counterfeit goods, if the world has a problem, blockchain might be a solution. While much of the discussion of blockchain’s potential is still all talk, four Canadian companies are proving they can also walk the walk.
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Toronto 2018 – BlockDelta CryptoChicks join Crypto Camp

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CryptoCamp – Toronto 2018

CryptoCamp at Deloitte by Communicable Inc and Crypto Camp Crew

CryptoChicks join Crypto Camp Crew and Communicable INC at CryptoCamp taking place in Toronto, ON Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Deloitte

CryptoChicks, an educational hub for women in blockchain is looking forward to such an education packed event. CryptoChicks’ team member Konstantin Borovik will be giving a workshop in the Blockchain 101 Bootcamp on hardware wallets (cold storage) and practical security for dealing with cryptocurrencies and other members of the Toronto CryptoChicks team will be talking about the CryptoChicks blockchain education mission.

Full Article: https://www.blockdelta.io/cryptocamp-toronto-2018/