CryptoChicks and ForkLog join forces to support anti-crisis ideas
CryptoChicks and DAOStack will host Planet Wide SOS hackathon, which is to take place from May 29th to June 16th. Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and CEO Singularity.Net Ben Goertzel will speak at the event. ForkLog.com is the media partner.
The main goal of the hackathon is to develop business ideas and tech solutions to heal the world and build projects and companies for a better society after this transformative period of crisis.
“We are looking forward to a long-term collaboration with ForkLog. It is a significant step towards the unification of the Russian- and English-speaking blockchain-communities”, says Founder and CEO at CryptoChicks Elena Sinelnikova.
“We are thrilled to be working with CryptoChicks and Planet Wide SOS hackathon. Such initiatives bring together blockchain-communities around the world. We at ForkLog have this goal at our core. We believe there are no language and geographical boundaries, when people are passionate about one idea”, says BDO at ForkLog Tanya Otter.
CryptoChicks has started as a meetup group in Toronto organized by two women to help other women to navigate through Blockchain technology.
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, Dubai. 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.
ForkLog.com is the biggest Russian-speaking media about Bitcoin and blockchain. We’ve been working since 2014.
Planet Wide SOS (Share our Strength) Hackathon is a world-wide online event for anyone to test ideas and develop solutions to heal our world in crisis. This online event is open to all countries, all genders, all technologies and philosophies. The prize fund is being raised and governed by the community via digital decentralized co-op on blockchain, where each contributor gets a voting power to select the winning ideas and solutions. As of today developers, technologists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from the USA, Canada, Bahamas, Pakistan, Australia, Japan, China, Philippines, Afghanistan, Belarus, and Russia submitted their applications to participate.
CryptoChicks & DAOStack Announce the first ever Planet Wide S.O.S. HACKATHON
Planet Wide SOS (Share our Strength) Hackathon is your opportunity to test ideas and develop solutions to heal our world in crisis. How can we help right now and what can we do to prevent events like the current COVID-19 pandemic in the future?
Sign up to showcase your project in front of the global audience and have your ideas evaluated by the world leaders.
We are calling all thinkers, developers, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs to join the Planet Wide SOS Hackathon! This online event is open to all countries, all ages, all technologies and philosophies. No programming experience? No problem – the ideas are accepted too!
A total prize pool of up to $100,000 currently being raised and governed by the community via DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) on blockchain, is up for grabs for top performing projects with each contributor getting voting power to select the winning ideas and solutions.
yes, your elevator pitch needs an elevator pitch.
the most important aspects of your business and services within a
short amount of time can make or break the success of your project.
you’re at a networking event, and suddenly you spot out of the
corner of your eye someone you’ve needed to talk to for months
about your awesome, one of a kind project: a potential investor. It’s
up to you to seize this occasion and make an impression that will
leave that VIP feeling confident that you are worth talking to again.
You only have a moment or so before some other entrepreneur, also
wanting this VIP involved with their project, jumps in, and steals
Have you ever found one of those Kerr’s Halloween Molasses Kisses and even though your not sure which year it was accumulated much less which decade you decide to eat it. Almost instantly, as that rock-hard-candy lodges in your throat, you are scramble to YouTube searching for a handy title like How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Yourself. The first result in the search is such a video by Wendy, a wonderful Midwest influencer with an impressive following. You click. You wait patiently for the Geico or WIX bumper ad to hit the five second mark so you can Skip Ad and finally learn how to properly self-administer abdominal thrusts to dislodge this deadly reminder of Halloween past. Wendy proceeds to intro her life saving instructional video, but first, she needs to tell you a little bit about herself, her family, and her passions (choke). And of course, no YouTube video would be complete without the standard “please like, share, subscribe, and don’t forget to ring the bell” (gasping for air). Around the two minute mark, she’s finally getting to the purpose of her video.
Be Long Winded Wendy
to the elevator pitch
last thing you want is to go into a long rant about who you are or
stumble over yourself and say something like, “uh… hi… umm…
okay, so my company does… I mean, first, it’s called… Wait, let
me start over… my name is…”
doesn’t matter what business you’re in, delivering the perfect
elevator pitch — and by that, I mean confidently convey yourself
and your company with a quick point-by-point breakdown in under a
minute — is an essential skill.
you pitch, here are a few things to consider to get started.
1. State the problem
successful product or service solves a problem. Your project is no
different. It doesn’t matter if the problem is small or big; you
just need to be able to say it in one sentence. If you’re having
trouble, think about other successful businesses and try to imagine
yourself in the shoes of someone in need of what they’re selling.
I can’t quickly and easily find what I want online.
McDonald’s: I have to wait a long time to get a burger and fries.
I have to travel somewhere kinda far away, but I don’t have a
the problem at the heart of your business solution. Hopefully, you’re
solving a real problem that already exists; otherwise, you’re a
solution in search of a problem.
Uber pitch might have gone something like:
Taxis are expensive and inefficient; you never know how long it will
take to get one until it’s there.
Calling a taxi can be confusing; you don’t know where it is or when
it’s coming. Plus, you have no idea how much it’s going to cost
when you get in or whether or not they are taking you on the shortest
the solution seem inevitable
stating the problem, your business should be a natural way to solve
the problem. What’s key here is to remember the benefit/feature
distinction. You want to stick with describing benefits, not
back to the bicycle. Features include two wheels, pedals, and gears,
etc. No one cares about those. What do they care about?
can take you great distances quickly.
light and cheap.
don’t have to feed it.
do the same thing for your business. What are the main benefits it
provides? Make that part of your pitch and tie it elegantly back to
who you are targeting
obvious next question is, “who is this for?”
good to memorize some figures here. First, you’ll want to know how
big your market is, or in other words, how many people have this
problem you’re trying to solve?
instance, think about Google in the 90s. Web search was a problem but
only for people with personal computers connected to the internet: a
much smaller market than it is today. However, the potential market
was enormous, as the adoption of the technology was growing to the
point of practically everyone, as it is today.
not exactly helpful in a pitch to say, “our market is everyone,”
even though it may be the case that everyone could theoretically
benefit from what you’re selling. Think of market segments, people
you can potentially sell to within the greater market.
For example, McDonald’s may be a global chain now, but if you were pitching it back in the 1950s, the segments might be something like, “families who want an inexpensive meal quickly.” That’s still largely the case today! And a smaller segment might also have been “traveling Don Draper business types who need to grab a quick bite to eat on the road.”
either case, you’ll want to know how big your market segments are
and at what pace are they growing or expected to grow.
are you up against?
is at the heart of capitalism, and chances are if there’s a
problem, people are coping with it somehow already. That’s why the
next part of your pitch should go through your major competitors in
your category and underline what makes you better.
if what you’re doing is so out-of-the-box, you need to mention how
people are solving the problem now. Think of the first dating app:
back then, the competition was meeting people in the real world by
chance, a professional matchmaker service, or aunts or friends with
too much time on their hands.
is directly competing with taxis. But, unlike taxis, Uber lets you
know where the car is and enables the driver to see where you are!
You know what route you’re taking, and it’s generally cheaper and
sets the price before getting into the vehicle. Plus, it lets people
earn money from their cars.
investor will want to know you’ve done your research.
your project’s secret weapon
your business isn’t already wowing them with how it perfectly
solves a real problem in people’s lives, then pointing to something
that puts you over the edge is going to help big time here.
idea here is to get them excited about something at the company or
what the company is doing. If all else fails, say where you are in
terms of progress. It’s essential to be real here, but give them
the idea that you’re excited about that progress.
this is where you’d talk up your team or the brilliance of your
tech. “We’ve just hired so-and-so from company x” “Our
algorithm is x% faster than…”
mom is an early investor.”
dropping anyone they know or might know is great here, because that
will lead to trust (unless they’re major enemies and probably not
just released our beta and really looking forward to feedback.”
just secured seed funding and entering development”
just hit 100,000 users!”
a brief financial summary ready
an idea of your finances in broad strokes. Do your homework because
this is usually when those questions get asked. How will the bills be
paid? Is it through the sale of bikes and additional parts and
accessories? Through riders of the app (UBER)? Through subscriptions?
are almost done. You’ve gone through the problem, you’ve offered
a solution, you know who you’re selling to and who the competition
is. You’ve hinted at your secret weapon that makes your company
exciting. Now it’s time to close the conversation. There are two
things you need to do here 1) Get them to agree to talk later. This
is the whole purpose of the elevator pitch: set up a time to discuss
things in earnest. And 2) Leave them with a memorable impression of
if they’re willing to exchange cards. Just ask plainly and
politely. Ask what the best way to contact them is and prepare
yourself for rejection; some people won’t want to be contacted.
That’s just the way it is. But when you hand over your card, give
them the one-sentence summary of your company — what your company
does. Plan what you’re going to say in advance and be as concise as
Elevator Pitch Needs an Elevator Pitch
works by association. Think of this as the sweet final association of
your name and company. For example, if it was 2002, and you were
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, you’d say something like,
“Here’s my card. We’re Wikipedia, the free, open-source,
the end of the conversation, they should know who you are, who you
represent, and be genuinely excited by the idea of business
can write your prepared remarks down if you find that helps you
commit it to memory, but don’t just recite your words from rote.
You’ll sound like you’re reading a PowerPoint presentation, and
your VIP will fall asleep standing up. You won’t have slides to
help you when you’re face-to-face, so don’t fuss over getting the
words precisely correct. Don’t memorize.
on that topic, be familiar enough with your pitch that you can tailor
it to new people, change it on the fly, and respond to questions as
they come up. Questions are good. It means they’re interested.
Ideally, you want it to be less like a lecture and more like an
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.
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 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: email@example.com
Stay tuned. We will be announcing a crypto trivia night with Bitcoin Gift Cards as prizes and big announcements for the year ahead.
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 Happening.pk 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.
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.
“ 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.”
“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.”
“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.
“ 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
“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 ♡.
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.
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.
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.
CryptoChicks to Host Youth Hackathon – Part of the Celebration of “Women in Innovation” During the First International Innovation Film Festival (IIFF) in Bern, Switzerland
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. CryptoChicks‘ Hackathons 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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