Blockchain Women Ireland (BWI) is an organization founded in the Irish Republic that advances awareness of the country’s blockchain sector. The group’s purpose is to improve blockchain and for women to use it as a potential career – it also helps ensure that the community is up to date of the industry’s educational opportunities.
Generally, the country takes a forward-thinking approach to blockchain. Recently, the National University of Ireland released a study expressing that the government should take push for a widespread adoption of blockchain based on the finding that 40 percent of companies in the country embraced the technology and that greater adoption would lead to more innovation.
Members of BWI are represented throughout the country. Two of its most prominent members are Mia Santamaria, an senior financial director at the Department of Finance, and Joyce O’Connor, founding president of the National College of Ireland.
Santamaria suggested that one of BWI’s goals is to cut through the hype affecting the industry and to provide women with more opportunities. As she stated, “The reality is that it is hard to reach out to the blockchain community, particularly if you are a woman with an interest in technology but who isn’t necessarily a coder or similar. We’re trying to establish a network that will help those who want to know more about blockchain, to demystify it and to open doors for those who may want a career in the sector.”