CryptoChicks 2019

We’re making a list and checking it twice! CryptoChicks’ 2019 in review.

Marvel’s Endgame is the number one movie (if not beat by Frozen 2), Billie Eilish claims year’s top album & Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” with Billy Ray Cyrus, is the top song and CryptoChicks grew bigger than ever!

This time last year who knew it was going to be an amazing year for CryptoChicks. We hacked, mentored, spoke, organized, advocated and cheered women and youth in blockchain & AI in Pakistan, Switzerland, Australia, Bahamas, Japan and of course here in Canada.

It was also an incredible year of acknowledgments – CryptoChicks were 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.

We could not have had such a successful year if not for YOU. We are eternally grateful for our sponsors, mentors, hackers, volunteers, family, friends and cheerleaders. If not for you we would not be looking ahead to 2020 and our best year yet.

CryptoChicks 2019

 Switzerland Youth Hackathon

 Lethbridge Uni Hackathon 

 Pakistani Hackathon

 EdCon Australia

 2019 Toronto Conf + Hackathon

 The Bahamas Hackathon

 Devcon5, Osaka, Japan

 Hatchery Launch

Already on the schedule for 2020

SheHacks in London, Ontario  – January 11-12, 2020

ETHDenver in Denver, Colorado – February 14-16, 2020

CryptoChicks Hatchery in Toronto, ON – March 7, 2020

EDCON in Vienna, Austria – April 3-7, 2020

CryptoChicks Hatchery in Toronto, ON – June 6, 2020

CryptoChicks Hackathon in Karachi, Pakistan – TBD

CryptoChicks Hackathon in Vancouver, BC – TBD

CryptoChicks Hackathon and Conference in Toronto, ON – TBD

Youth Blockchain and AI Hackathon in Nassau, Bahamas – TBD

CryptoChicks was founded in July 2017 by Elena Sinelnikova and co-founder Natalia 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.

CryptoChicks’ Hackathons are sprint-like events usually held over a weekend in which budding blockchain & AI 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.

There are a lot of great minds coming up through the blockchain/AI 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.

We need YOU to keep it going! If you can donate or would like to sponsor one or all of our 2020 events please contact us.

For media contact, consulting and sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Stay tuned. We will be announcing a crypto trivia night with Bitcoin Gift Cards as prizes and big announcements for the year ahead.

With gratitude,

Happy Holidays and here’s to an incredible 2020!

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Hint, Don’t give him the keys.

See you in 2020!

CryptoChicks Launch The Hatchery

Welcome to the Hatchery  – A one year program for Hackathon projects created by women and youth to incubate or ‘hatch’ where participating projects receive full support from mentors, educators, business leaders and entrepreneurs and get the opportunity to launch their projects as real businesses.

CryptoChicks are taking projects beyond the hackathon and putting them into a mentorship program to help develop them. Incubation will include mentorship from the best blockchain, AI and IT businesses, critique and feedback from judges, and investor outreach. In addition, the team to complete all program milestones and achieve the highest score will win a sustainability prize of $3000.

Throughout the year, Hatchery participants will work closely with
business mentors and participate in many business and development focused events.

Core events include:
Program Launch (Business Plans and Pitches): September 14, 2019 at 3 pm
Soft Shell (Build an MVP and test launch): December 7, 2019 at 3 pm
Hard Shell (Real Launch – get a paying customer): March 7, 2019 at 3 pm
Hatching (Results and Incorporation): June 6, 2019 at 3 pm

Workshops include:
Jon Irwin – Government Grants and Tax Credits – October 2, 2019 at 7 pm
Amber D. Scott – Risk & Regulation for Business Builders – October 18, 2019 at 7 pm
Mario Salerno – The Art of Business Development
Chinmay Patel – Build revenue business first
Dr. Irene Katzela – Create, maintain and grow great technical team
Jon Irwin – Grow your own leaders
Richa Vajpeyi – Marketing and branding to the right audience
Alexandra Levin – How do you successfully raise capital
NLP in business negotiations
Health and wellness
Beware of predators – how to recognize a manipulator
Makeup and image
When you need a lawyer
Business taxes – savings guide
Why 95% of the businesses fail
Disciplines of Execution
Basics of Accounting for Business
Series of Funding: How it works

To get involved as a sponsor or mentor please contact –

CryptoChicks Announce New Crypto Whale Board Game

Become a Crypto Whale or be the last one standing by playing the Crypto Whale board game designed by global educational hub CryptoChicks

Toronto, ON – May 3, 2019. Today, CryptoChicks announce the launch of the Crypto Whale board game, set in the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain developments will launch during the CryptoChicks Hackathon Blockchain & AI Conference, that will take place from May 31 to June 02, 2019 at RBC WaterPark Place Downtown Toronto.

Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have been the buzz of investment and emerging technology developers for the last couple years yet as of 2019 the majority of the global population still know very little about them. The astronomical growth in the price of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies attracted investors into the sector, many hoping to one day become a Crypto Whale – investors that control a large amount of a coin(s) that the movement of those coins can potentially have an impact on the markets. There are also those in the cryptocurrency – blockchain space that are not interested in becoming whales but want to be involved in the promotion and development of emerging technologies in the space.  

CryptoChicks bring the cryptocurrency world together, investors and developers alike, in a fun, educational family board game for ages 8 to 108.  

The Crypto Whale Board Game – by CryptoChicks 

The goal of the Crypto Whale board game is for players to build their own interoperable blockchain ecosystems, acquire as many blockchain platforms and coins/tokens as they can. Players will collect and pay fees as they transact through the various blockchain businesses including blockchain platforms, law firms, auditors, exchanges, events, developers, miners, etc. Players are eliminated when they run out of currency. 

There are two ways to win the Crypto Whale Board Game: 

  1. Be the last player standing  
  1. Be the first player to successfully earn all the supply of any coin in the game with the exception of the Stable Coin, and become a Crypto Whale 

Learn all about cryptocurrencies, blockchain developments, regulation, exchanges, etc in this fun, decentralized world which even includes interactions with the SEC and options to buy Poo Coins. 

Get Your Name in the Game – Sponsorship Opportunity 

CryptoChicks is a non-profit organization and we need your help to fund the development of this educational game and its launch. As a benefit, you will be able to get the name of your company on the board game. 


Don’t miss this opportunity to put your brand in front of thousands of community members, old and new, in a fun, educational way with the CryptoChicks Crypto Whale board game. 

Contact us at to find out how to Get Your Name In the Game! 

About CryptoChicks: Founded in 2017, CryptoChicks’ mission is to empower and inspire women interested in learning about cryptocurrencies, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Elena Sinelnikova, founder of CryptoChicks is a software developer turned entrepreneur, who believes women are significantly underrepresented in technology and is determined to change the status quo. Co-founder Natalia Ameline whose expertise is in strategic financial planning, says that “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, for a variety of industry events including conferences and hackathons on a global scale.

Contact: Elena Sinelnikova, CryptoChicks Founder and CEO   





XYO Announced As Sponsor – CryptoChicks’ Toronto Conference & Hackathon

CryptoChicks are proud to announce XYO, the world’s first geospatial blockchain oracle network, as lead sponsor of the CryptoChicks 2019 Toronto Hackathon & Conference
Toronto, ON, April 19, 2019 – Canadian based non-profit education hub CryptoChicks is proud to partner with XYO, the geospatial cryptonetwork, for the 2019 Toronto Hackathon – Blockchain & AI Conference taking place Downtown Toronto  May 31 to June 2nd at RBC Waterpark Place, one of the world’s first high-tech ‘Internet of Everything’ innovation centre located downtown Toronto.  

Hackathons bring inspiring visionaries together to learn in a positive and creative environment, meet new friends, make valuable business connections while working on new blockchain/AI development projects.  XYO is the industry’s leading geospatial blockchain network backed by cryptography, adds a rich informative data layer to the conference conversation and is focused on driving cutting-edge advancements in IoT data-based distributed oracle technology, which will be key for the global adoption of smart contracts.

The XYO Challenge

The XYO app runs on smartphones and IoT sensors with the goal of implementing a Proof of interaction protocol which can be used to identify and verify who interacted with whom, where specific interactions happened, and under which physical conditions. XYO’s blockchain protocol generates high-certainty and tamper-evident data sets for IoT Management or Smart Contract Platform via various APIs. With the XYO network now live, the team wants to see what the community can build with simple consensus smart contracts and new, updated XYO nodes.

There are two open development challenges currently being finalized, with no restrictions as to how XYO technology is integrated into the Dapps participants will create. The XYO team wants to see what participants can do with location data certainty. To be successful with the challenge, teams will use the XYO simple consensus smart contracts (SCSC) Library, at least one XYO archivist and one XYO diviner.

There are some useful tools that can be used to connect with and visualize the XYO network:

The Matrix:

XYO App:

XYO Developer Portal:

Arie Trouw (CEO/CTO)
Phillip Lorenzo (Technical Writer)
  • “Arie Trouw on XYO, IoT, and Blockchain”
  •  “XYO: learning to leverage a blockchain oracle for sensor data”

XYO dev team members will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance as needed. Primary judging will be based on utilization of XYO technologies, particularly the SCSC Library and XYO nodes. Prizes are being finalized at this time.

CryptoChicks’ Hackathons & Conferences are collaboration at its best in a fun, educational environment. Partnering with innovative companies like XYO help CrypoChicks promote education in emerging technologies to women and youth around the globe; preparing them for exciting opportunities in exhilarating STEM industries.


About XYO: Since 2012, with a Dataist focus, XYO has developed trusted IoT technology that connects the digital world with the physical one. In 2018, the company unveiled the XYO Network, the world’s first geospatial blockchain network backed by cryptography. With more than 1 million location-verifying beacons around the planet, XYO technology rivals the GPS network, and radically transforms the world’s leading industries. Partners include mapping giant Esri, FedEx Research Institute, Re/Max Mexico and Spaceflight Industries. XYO Advisors come from leading organizations including National Geographic and the World Economic Forum. For more information, visit us at and




About CryptoChicks: CryptoChicks is a global non-profit blockchain AI educational hub based in Toronto, Canada. The mission of CryptoChicks is to assist women in blockchain technology via mentorship, collaboration and education. CryptoChicks offer san array of educational opportunities, consulting services, public speakers, event hosts, for a variety of industry events including conferences and world-renowned hackathons.

For media contact, consulting and sponsorship opportunities please visit

XYO Media Contact
Larry Smalheiser
Head of Communications

CryptoChicks Pakistan Blockchain & AI Hackathon

Join CryptoChicks for our“3 Day Blockchain & AI Hackathon” & Win up to 150,000 PKR! 

CryptoChicks Pakistan is organizing a “3 Day Blockchain & AI Hackathon” on 12th to 14th April 2019 at 10 Pearls and The Nest I/O. This hackathon is for everyone who has expertise and or interest in these emerging technologies and understands the potential use for them in the real world.

We look forward to welcoming students, software developers, UI/UX designers, business analysts, technologists, community leaders, educationists, advisors, mentors, entrepreneurs, crypto-curious individuals, thought leaders, and investors.

Our hackathon encourages individuals and teams from diverse backgrounds and experiences to work on finding technological solutions for both local and global problems.   

The winner of the CryptoChicks Pakistan Hackathon will get cash prize up to 150,000 PKR! 

This hackathon is a great opportunity to learn and get mentorship with industry professionals. Participants will develop a Blockchain and AI-based application to solve real-world problems and get free access to blockchain courses and global community.  

It is the first ever Blockchain and AI hackathon in Pakistan organized by CryptoChicks Pakistan in partnership with ConsulNet Corporation and WomenInTechPK and is the official ticketing partner.  

CryptoChicks is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate women and youth in blockchain and AI technologies through education, mentorship, business, and diverse employment opportunities.  

Register now and compete to win up to 150,000 PKR! 

Hackathon Details: 

When: 12th to 14th April 2019 

Where: 10 Pearls, The Nest I/O (Karachi, Pakistan) 

Registration link: 

To become a Speaker/Mentor/Judge, write to

Faiza Yousuf, Founder – WomenInTechPK & Ambassador – CryptoChicks Pakistan 


To support and sponsor the event, write to

Shamim Rajani, COO – Consulnet Corporation & Ambassador – CryptoChicks Pakistan  


Find out more details here: 




Emerging Technologies Collide at CryptoChicks 2019 Toronto Hackathon & Conference


Toronto, Ontario, March 01, 2019 – Toronto-based non-profit blockchain and artificial intelligence educational hub CryptoChicks are excited to announce details for the CryptoChicks Hackathon + Blockchain & AI Conference, that will take place from May 31 to June 02, 2019 at RBC WaterPark Place Downtown Toronto. CryptoChicks’ global hackathon and conference series are an integral part of the mission to grow the economic, professional and leadership potential of women in blockchain and AI technologies through education, mentorship, business and diverse employment opportunities. This year’s Toronto event combines technology competitions and an educational conference that will run side by side, over three consecutive days.

A unique knowledge-intensive program, CryptoChicks’ Hackathon + Conference is an opportunity for participants of all ages to learn about new technologies in a fun environment.

You will enjoy:

* 3-day Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence Conference

* Free blockchain & AI World Championship competitions for both women and youth

* Social Events and Entertainment

* CryptoChick of the Year Award

* Bring Your Family” day on Sunday for Blockchain and AI games

Meet and connect with:

* Inventors and Scientists

* Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence Developers

* Venture Capitalists

* Top Blockchain and AI businesses

CryptoChicks 2019 Toronto Hackathon and Conference Already the Talk of the Town

Leave it to the CryptoChicks to keep one-upping themselves – Toronto Hackathon and Conference 2019 has already garnered quite a buzz among entrepreneurs, business analysts and software developers and is being touted as the “must attend” hackathon of 2019 as featured speakers include Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin, Ben Goertzel, founder and CEO of SingularityNET and chief scientist at Hanson Robotics.

About CryptoChicks

Founded in 2017, CryptoChicks mission is to empower and inspire women interested in learning about cryptocurrencies, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Elena Sinelnikova, founder of CryptoChicks is a software developer turned entrepreneur, who believes women are significantly underrepresented in technology and is determined to change the status quo. Co-founder Natalia Ameline who’s expertise is in strategic financial planning, says that “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, for a variety of industry events including conferences and hackathons on a global scale.

To participate in CryptoChicks 2019 Hackahton + Conference in Toronto, visit:

For more information contact Elena Sinelnikova at

Women in Blockchain: What got you hooked?

February 11 is the International Day Of Women And Girls In STEM. An annual event established in 2015 by the UNESCO and the UN that acknowledges and celebrates the crucial role women and girls play in science and technology communities.

At CryptoChicks our mission is to support and encourage more women and girls coming from all backgrounds, ages, and experience to learn and apply innovative technologies like blockchain & AI. We improve the learning curve, by providing mentorship, free workshops and by hosting meetups and hackathons. Ultimately, we create an environment where learning becomes interactive and fun.

Since our inception, a little over a year and a half ago, we’ve been actively involved in building and spreading this community of women worldwide and providing more girls with opportunities to work and explore their passion for technology.

Today was a beautiful opportunity to hear from the women in this community about their experience. And more exactly how it all started for them, what sparked their curiosity and what motivated them to pursue a career in tech.

Lucia Gallardo – Founder of Emerge 

Lucia Gallardo

“ I had spent 4 years working in the public sector, and it felt like I was either having a negative effect or no effect at all on issues I cared deeply about. Switching to the tech sector meant I could help design solutions. I couldn’t feel more fulfilled, more self-actualized, more proud than what I feel about my work today. Emerging tech for good is a necessary movement, and for it to succeed it needs diversity (women and other) in its leadership, development, and implementation.”

Olga Plokhuta – Marketing, CryptoChicks

Olga Plokhuta

“I’ve been drawn to tech since I was a teen. Technology runs our world, apparently, it’s impossible to stay aside and watch. I think foremost a reason why I love technology is that by concept it is multifaceted. It has a tremendous impact on how you complete anything you are trying to accomplish, whether on be personal or professional level. If not for technology, the way we live life would be completely less vivid.”

Nélia Teixeira – Lawyer, Educator & Entrepreneur

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“For me, Blockchain and smart contracts represent the evolution of financial and legal institutions. These are institutions of power that govern important aspects of our lives. If we, as women, do not actively engage with these technologies we will be left behind as they become dominant features of modern society. That potentiality is troubling to me.

A better world is possible!”

Karla Vilhelem – Marketing, Shyft Network & CryptoChicks

“ I was fresh out of university, looking to start my career in marketing, and always knew that I wanted to work on projects that have a positive impact on the world. When I discovered cryptocurrency in early 2016, I recognized they had a real potential to change lives and bring a positive social change. Attending events, I learned about the amazing applications of the blockchain technology and all I wanted to do is spread the word about it and get more people to experience the aha! moment that I had”.

Tatiana Moroz – Founder of Tatiana Coin (the 1st artist cryptocurrency) and Crypto Media Hub

Tatiana Moroz

“My background was originally in music, which I studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  I became immersed in Bitcoin as a result of my performances around the Ron Paul campaign. Bitpay sponsored me and told me all about it, though I wasn’t really interested (beyond making a purchase of some at $11) until I realized the potential for global impact.  My music has always been message focused, hoping to offer something real in a sea of Brittany Spears, Rhiannon, etc. I then created the Bitcoin Jingle, and went on to create the world first ever artist cryptocurrency. I have really enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone, calming any fears (or boredom), and focusing on learning more about what makes a successful tech product and/or company.  Through my podcast “The Tatiana Show”, I have also had many opportunities to learn firsthand from the experts.”

You might have noticed that most of these women don’t actually come from a technology background and yet, here they are sharing an inspiring story of diversity, passion and social impact. This for us is the beauty of technology!

We hope that you enjoy the read and we would love to hear your experience too! Don’t forget to leave us a comment below ♡.

To book CryptoChicks for your hackathon, conference, education opportunities, or for a consultation from our talented team please contact us


CryptoChicks to Present “How to Champion the Hackathon” at ETHDenver

CryptoChicks Business Development Director, Anna Niemira, heads to ETHDenver, to present “How To Champion the Hackathon’, February 15-17, 2019.

CryptoChicks Hackathon ETHDENVER

Project presenters at hackathons make some very common mistakes in their presentations – from running on too long on specific points, not practicing your pitch, overcrowding presentation slides with too much information, etc. Anna Niemira, CryptoChicks Business Development Director, with her vast business experience pitching investment opportunities to VCs and investors and judging and mentoring hackathons globally, will be presenting  “HOW TO CHAMPION THE HACKATHON’, at ETHDenver 2019 THE WORLD’S LARGEST ETHEREUM BLOCKCHAIN BUIDLATHON and community gathering.


Anna has seen great projects present to judges poorly and not do well in an overall hackathon competition and she has seen average projects win hackathon awards because they presented their projects better.

Anna will go in-depth in Denver on how to put hackathon pitches together and vital points not to forget.

Don’t miss out on this valuable presentation!

February 15-17, 2019
Denver, CO

To book CryptoChicks for your hackathon, conference, education opportunities, or for a consultation from our talented team please contact us


CryptoChicks Announced As Hackathon Organizing Partner 4 EDCON 2019

CryptoChicks announced as organizing partner of this year’s hackathon at EDCON April 8-10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.  

What is EDCON 2019?

EDCON 2019 (Community Ethereum Development Conference) is a non-profit global conference which will happen in Sydney, Australia on 8-14 April 2019. The purpose of the conference is to improve communication among various Ethereum communities and to promote  Ethereum ecosystem development on a global scale. EDCON is organized as a conference series, once a year in different countries. The previous EDCONswere held successfully in ESCP Europe, Paris 2017, and Ryerson University, Toronto 2018 (both were organized by LinkTime, one of the Chinese Ethereum community representatives). The Ethereum Foundation and various Ethereum communities have been strongly supportive to this high-quality community conference.

Great changes will take place in EDCON 2019; a greater event with more opportunities for attendees to communicate with great minds in this field and get involved in more interesting activities. 

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. 

About CryptoChicks

CryptoChicks, a non-profit blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) technology educational hub with a mission to grow the professional and leadership potential of women in blockchain & AI technology through education, collaboration and mentorship.

CryptoChicks organize, mentor and teach hackathons all over the world including in Pakistan, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, etc.

To sponsor, mentor, speak or get involved with CryptoChicks visit 


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.

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

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

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

Audrey Nesbitt