For Ms. Lina Seiche, the founder of an event and lifestyle community meetup group called BlockChats, the decision to get involved in the blockchain industry did not happen immediately. The blockchain project SPINDLE was looking for an English speaker for holding seminars in Asia. Soon after that, opportunities started coming up, and she realized its potential.
“I kind of fell into it,” she said in an interview with BitPinas.
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BlockChats, initially a meetup group to organize events with different, transforms into what it is today – an education-oriented community group that spreads knowledge and awareness on “what is blockchain“. While the next step for BlockChats is about designing workshop programs, Ms. Seiche said that for now, she’s busy with planning more events around the country. One will happen in Cebu, which she describes as something she only sees in magazine covers in Germany.
On August 28 – 29, 2018, BlockChats, together with Coding Girls Manila organize “BlockLab 1.0 Initiate“, a major conference in iAcademy, Makati that brings together the top blockchain companies and projects in the Philippines, including SCI Ventures, LoyalCoin (of Appsolutely), TagCash, PearlPay, NEM Philippines, and more.
How Can We Spread Blockchain Education?
I asked Ms. Seiche on what we can all do, as early adopters of this technology, to spread blockchain education. A quick search online will reveal that many people equate blockchain with bitcoin. And when we say bitcoin, we know that there are also a lot of bad actors trying to spread misinformation for their own gain.
In short, many still do not understand blockchain. For some, blockchain is bitcoin, and a portion of people who knows bitcoin thinks it is a bad thing. “Blockchain has many use cases,” said Ms. Seiche, and it’s important we make use of every opportunity that we have to help people understand it.
To the people working in the blockchain space, maybe it sometimes feels like they constantly have to explain and justify themselves and their profession. But the people that ask might have never heard of Blockchain. This is something very important to keep in mind as we try to spread knowledge, I believe.
What is your career advice to people who wants to have a career in blockchain?
Once people understand what blockchain is and come up with a conclusion that it’s something that will change their lives, what can they do to participate? If you are already a developer and willing to learn, this space will arguably give you the most career and pay advancement because the talent pool is still not huge. In short, there’s really a huge demand for blockchain-related jobs, even in the Philippines.
But what if you’re not a developer?
Ms. Seiche admits it’s a question she asks herself a lot in the past. The right way to approach this problem if you’re not a techie, she said, is to shift your focus to what you are good at because there’s a big chance that you can use your abilities in the blockchain space.
Blockchain companies everywhere are looking for a wide variety of talent to fill roles in their projects. If you’re a writer, you can write for blockchain companies or launch a news site about cryptocurrencies like this one. A blockchain project needs someone, like a public relations chief, to explain the project to the press and the community. If their website is not good, a web designer can take care of that. A blockchain company in Japan might need someone to translate their documents into English. Another one needs a lawyer to make sure they comply with the country’s laws on initial coin offerings. “You can even be the blockchain chef and cater to all blockchain-related events in your region”, said Ms. Seiche.
“Just get creative and never close your eyes and mind to any opportunities, because this community is hungry for them.”
Get a chance to hear Ms. Lina Seiche speak about the topic “How to Work in Blockchain if You Know Nothing About Blockchain” on August 28 – 29, 2018 at the BlockLab 1.0 Initiate event in Makati.
This article is originally published on August 24, 2018.