October 31, 2018. With blockchain events and blockchain education concentrated on the capital of the Philippines, Manila, other initiatives such as CoinGeek-backed StackTrek brings it to the central part of the country – Iloilo City. The initiative aims to produce more blockchain developers with a focus on Bitcoin Cash-related projects.
A pre-training tournament was held in Iloilo to screen a total of 650 developers. The trainees were tested using an “unbiased programmer capability evaluation test funded by the World Bank” that is also recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It was a city-wide event supported by the mayor of Iloilo and the chairwoman of the Education Council.
Together with StackLab is nChain that will help in shaping the training program’s curriculum as well as providing the projects the trainees can work on.
During the six-month training program, trainees will get a BCH programming education and will also receive support from StackLab in finding employment.
According to StackLab’s Co-Founder, Mr. Bill Yuen, they are also touring different schools to spread the word about the blockchain technology apart from hosting the coding tournament.
“We also toured different schools with our blockchain speaking series, affecting 1,000-plus students.” – Mr. Bill Yuen, Co-Founder, StackLab
CoinGeek and its owner, Mr. Calvin Ayre, funded the initiative and contributed $150,000 to the cause.
Previously reported on BitPinas, CoinGeek partnered with StackLab to help solve the shortage of experienced blockchain developers around the world. At the time of that report, at least 50 developers will get trained in development skills on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain.
nChain CEO, Mr. Jimmy Nguyen, shared his thoughts about the country being ripe for the virtual currency market. In his interview with Bloomberg TV Philippines, he said that the country is in the early stages of cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption. This is because regulators are making sensible regulations for its use.
Another province in the Philippines, which is also in Western Visayas, Bacolod, is also moving its gears towards becoming a key blockchain center in the country. Bacolod Blockchain Initiative was created on May 24, 2018 at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and aims to organize workshops that will advocate blockchain technology in the province.