On October 31, according to a press release, the Oxford Women in Computer Science Society (OxWoCS), an Oxford society that aims to support women in computer science, will carry out a series of interactive workshops, called Blockchain A-Z, along with Zilliqa.
Limited to 20 students, the workshops will take place between October 31 and November 21, this year. However, the firms said that the workshops will cover a wide variety of topics associated with blockchain fundamentals, which include philosophical foundations, technical topics, industry insights as well as business advising.
As part of Demo Day on November 21, the best students will be invited to submit their projects to acquire a grant from Zilliqa‘s $5 million Ecosystem Grant Programme for further mentorship.
However, in the announcement, Paula Fiddi, the President of OxWoCS, outlined OxWoCS’ mission to ensure that female expert are provided with equal opportunities to engage with various fields of the technology industry.
Saiba Kataruka, the Developer Marketing Lead at Zilliqa, emphasized that diversity issues continue to be an “endemic problem in the wider tech industry,” adding that blockchain is no different. She stressed that decentralization is a core principle of blockchain technology that cannot be reached without diversity.
Thus, she stated:
“Whether it be the diversity in race, profession, academic background, or gender, having a variety of individuals, each with a unique perspective and broad breadth of experiences to offer, is essential to success. Decentralization is a core principle of blockchain, and you can’t really have decentralization without diversity.” Saiba Kataruka
According to a 2018 Quartz survey, only 8.5% of 378 global crypto and blockchain firms had a female as a founder or co-founder between 2012 and 2018.
Thus, earlier this year, another research has been revealed that fewer than 5% of the codes of the top 100 crypto projects on GitHub were contributed by women.