The decision to form Blockchain Women Connect was taken at the ‘BlockHash Live 2018’ summit which concluded at Kovalam on Saturday. During a panel session, the participants unanimously agreed to the fact that women should shed the gender tag in their profession and do what excites them. The panelists also highlighted the general reluctance of women to enter the tech world.
Jennifer Greyson, founder and CEO, Neureal, said in the US women were shying away from technology-related jobs due to the huge pay gap. “My firm is actively seeking to include women in our new projects. We are looking for hiring more female employees but they tend to shy away from tech-related jobs.”
Sushmita Ruj, assistant professor, ISI, Kolkata, said talented girls should be identified at a younger age and they need proper mentors and role models. It was a suggestion from Parvathy P B, who is a blockchain developer, that if women get a perfect peer group, they can flourish fuelled the thought for forming a women connect.
Canadian blockchain expert Bob Tapscott, who addressed the summit, predicted India’s potential to be a leader in blockchain revolution. “When I was working in Silicon Valley, it was staggering to see the percentage of products created by people in India. India has perfect ecosystem getting ready with talent and skill. Considering the much of the talent in India, I can clearly say India has the capability to lead blockchain revolution,” he said.
Earlier, speaking at a session, M Prasanna Lohar, head-innovation and architecture, DCB Bank, said, “Life without blockchain would be as machines will be performing half of your tasks by 2025. Besides, more than half of the global workforce will need new skills by 2022. Banking sector has to train people and collaborate with other banks as part of innovation.”