The blockchain software company ConsenSys has partnered with the nonprofit technology educator Black Girls Code to create a blockchain training program for young women of color.
According to Forbes, the program will serve “a holistic, comprehensive blockchain curriculum that includes lessons about cryptocurrency, solving for user experience problems, and the fundamentals of blockchain technology.”
It will be run out of the Black Girls Code chapters nationally and in countries as far away as South Africa.
The goal of the partnership is to provide participating students with more than just classroom lessons. Through ConsenSys, “students [can] bring their ideas into practice by participating in some of the top blockchain developer conferences in the world” and will also get the chance to participate in several hackathons via scholarship.
Participants should gain valuable skills in a growing market, as well as a well-rounded philosophical background to apply these skills in the broader blockchain ecosystem.
“The ConsenSys team has consistently impressed me with their commitment to creating pathways for access and inclusion within the blockchain ecosystem and their passion for introducing these tools to the next generation of coders,” said Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code’s CEO. “This partnership is an extremely important addition to an already vibrant ecosystem which will flourish by this influx of fresh ideas, perspectives, and insights.”
Black Girls Code is hoping to “become the ‘Girl Scouts’ of technology” and greatly expand its operations over the next several decades. This first step into blockchain technology should benefit its mission and begin to fill a desperate need in the industry.