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CBA wants to build cohort of blockchain developers in Bahamas

The Caribbean Blockchain Alliance (CBA) hopes to build a cohort of blockchain developers in The Bahamas, considering that blockchain will be one of the most important technological tools in the near future.

Founder of CBA Stefen Deleveaux said in a press release announcing an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) partnership with Blockgeeks, CBA and the University of The Bahamas to host a hackathon event, that blockchain technology could improve services in The Bahamas.

“Blockchain technology is seen as the next step in Internet and financial technology, in what many describe as Web 3.0. There is a huge opportunity to use this technology to improve public and private services in this country. In addition, competent blockchain developers are in high demand, in an industry that almost guarantees access to a high-income job or potential project,” said Deleveaux.

“One of our goals is to build a cohort, and eventually multiple cohorts, of proficient blockchain developers. This is primarily because the technology itself will be extremely important in terms of software infrastructure.”

Apart from the hackathon, 25 Bahamians will be involved in a comprehensive blockchain developers course today through tomorrow.

“Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate that is recorded on a blockchain,” the release said.

IDB Chief of Operations Michael Nelson said the IDB wants to equip Bahamians with the knowledge of blockchain so that this country can remain on “the cutting edge.”

“We are pleased to collaborate, with organizations such as CBA and UB, in helping young professionals become proficient in blockchain technology,” Nelson said in the release.

Deleveaux said blockchain will open up opportunities for skilled workers and high-skilled jobs.

CEO of Blockgeeks Ameer Rosic said The Bahamas could become the “blockchain hub of the Caribbean”.

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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