Announces Tie Ups with Algorand Foundation and Four Leading Malaysian Universities towards growing the next generation of blockchain engineers.
Women In Blockchain Asia (WIBA) was launched heralding a new chapter in the development and participation of women in digital technology specifically in the area of blockchain development, curation of Web 3.0 solutions and expansion of the understanding of distributed ledger technology.
Under the banner of “Let’s build an inclusive future with the power of Blockchain”, WIBA was set up as a mission-driven non-for-profit organisation established to help foster growth of the blockchain industry by increasing the representation and profile of women in blockchain in Asia.
Its overarching aim is to enable and empower women through knowledge, experience and resources needed to thrive as builders and leaders in the blockchain space. Through partnerships with industry players, educational institutions, Governments and multilateral organisations WIBA will provide educational programs as well as the roll out of exciting blockchain projects and community support networks to help women in Asia get on the digital “ladder”.
WIBA is led by a group of multi-talented individuals who have experience in blockchain, fintech, design, banking, market development, and more. Founding team members are Ida Mok, President; Poesy Liang, Vice President; Jasmine Ng, Surina Shukri, Farah Jaafar, Ivy Fung, Chezka Gonzales, Belinda Lim and George Wong.
PARTNERSHIP WITH ALGORAND FOUNDATION
WIBA has also recently partnered with REACH, backed by the Algorand Foundation to bring blockchain learning resources to educational institutions, initially in Malaysia with a vision of expanding the offering to other Asian countries.
At the launch, it was announced that University Malaya, University Sains Malaysia, University Tun Abdul Razak and Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation have signed a tripartite agreement with WIBA and the Foundation aimed at offering The Algorand x WIBA Blockchain Certification at these institutions of higher learning.
The syllabus and certification will be executed by WIBA under the auspicious of Algorand Foundation and will be offered over a 12-week period for all those enrolled in these institutions. An inter university hackathon is planned at the end of 2022, with an intra university challenged planned in 2023.
It is expected as more regional linkages are in place, an Asian wide challenge would be planned, allowing for more cross-national collaboration between women in blockchain.
Ida Mok, President of WIBA gives a peek into what a blockchain-enabled future may look like. “I believe access to finance, health, and education should never be curtailed by credit, colour, or creed. Blockchain will provide the technology to execute and deliver this inclusivity.”
Mok went on to add, that WIBA encourages other women based digital groups to come together with WIBA in order to provide a cohesive voice in the space, facilitating a unified approach in championing the role of women in advancement of blockchain technology.