Entrepreneurs go hi-tech

2018-05-15 06:00

Two local organisations joined forces recently to introduce aspiring businesspeople to new cutting-edge blockchain and ethereum technologies.

A blockchain is a digitised, decentralised public ledger of crypto currency transactions while ethereum is a decentralised platform for applications that run exactly as programmed without any chance of fraud, censorship or third-party interference. Aspiring Black Leaders in partnership with Linum Labs held a full-day introductory workshop to the technologies at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 5 May. Linum Labs is a software studio for blockchain architecture that strives to be at the forefront of Web3 thought leadership and production in Africa and Europe.

They teamed up with Aspiring Black Leaders, an organisation that provides networking events, educational workshops and weekend boot camps for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs with the aim of increasing diversity in the entrepreneurial space.

According to Megan Doyle, marketing manager at Linum Labs, the Introduction to Blockchain Workshop sought to provide “an open platform for individuals to learn more about ethereum and blockchain technology, ask questions, share ideas and obtain the necessary tools needed to further personal development”.

“As this industry is incredibly fast paced, we share only the most recent and relevant content that will help provide a firm foundation for participants to fully understand the capabilities of blockchain technology,” she says. No fewer than 20 people took part in the workshop.

The course was offered at an extreme discount to encourage budding entrepreneurs to join, says Doyle. “In addition to this, further discounts were offered to students, with a number of tickets being given away for free to show support to a few of our enthusiastic community members.”

The full-day training comprised various course modules led by Florian Buehringer and Ryan Noble from Linum Labs. Participants were taken through an extensive introduction to blockchain technology, followed by a deep-dive into the world of ethereum, says Doyle.

The workshop further aimed to provide high-quality education and to foster innovation by encouraging and educating a diverse community, by making the relevant resources accessible to individuals to learn more about new cutting-edge technologies. As a result of the workshop, community members now have the skills, the foundational tools and the knowledge to make a positive impact for the benefit of society utilising blockchain technology.

Co-host of the event, Aspiring Black Leaders’ co-founder, Vusi Dlamini, says: “One of our goals is to provide our community with access to educational content and training on forward-thinking technologies that they can utilise in order to make a significant improvement in their lives and businesses. Our partnership with Linum Labs – who we see as industry leaders in blockchain technology, development and consulting – is a giant step towards achieving that goal.”

The Introduction to Blockchain Workshop was a stepping stone in furthering development in Africa by empowering community members with the technical know-how to facilitate and implement change, whilst taking the next step towards becoming the capable leaders of tomorrow, concludes Doyle. V For more information, email Megan Doyle on megan@linumlabs.com

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