Blockchain finance conference to be held in Bahamas

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Finance Minister K.Peter Turnquest will address the inaugural Bahamas CryptoChicks Youth Blockchain and AI Hackathon and Conference, scheduled for August 23-25, according to CANA.

The event, which is expected to attract local and international delegates, will also be addressed by the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, John Rolle.

The organisers said that the three-day event will provide local and global insights and developments in this fast evolving technology for all stakeholders in community, small business, enterprise, academia and government.

“The response for this event has exceeded our expectations and we are grateful to have everyone come together to build and embrace new technologies, community and an exponential mind set on accelerated learning, knowledge and skills sharing, inclusion and early stage entrepreneurship,” said Rhonda Eldridge, one of the organisers.

“We have added a new hackathon track and to date, there are almost 130 youth and young adults under the age of 25 who have registered. As well, we have mentors who are learning material to assist with the hackathon and conference.”

The organisers said that once registered, a four week mandatory online blockchain curriculum sponsored by Blockgeeks, must be successfully completed and is supplemented by interactive online technical workshops to prepare registrants for the three day hackathon and conference.

“Blockchain is a powerful technology whereby a record keeper is stored on an individual’s computer, connected by the internet. It doesn’t belong to any one person. It belongs to everyone,” said Elena Sinelikova, co-founder of CryptoChicks.

“Blockchain is protected by locking an anti-hacking mechanism called cryptography. The information inside blockchain is stored in blocks that are connected by the cryptography and form a chain called blockchain.”

The youth component of the conference is being hosted by three non-profit organizations namely the Canadian-based  CryptoChicks International, the US-based Harness All Possibilities Inc., and the Rotary Clubs of The Bahama

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