Zilliqa, a blockchain company based in Singapore, has recently announced that it would donate $5 million USD to the Oxford Women in Computer Science Society. This group supports women who are in the computer science field.
With the money from the company, the Oxford group will carry out several workshops, named Blockchain A-Z, and give grants to students. The workshops will be held at the University of Oxford and will be open to all kinds of students on campus (but each session will be limited to only 20 students at a time).
The workshops will cover several blockchain topics. They may include philosophical foundations of the blockchain, fundamentals, technical topics, and insights about the industry and its businesses.
Students interested in receiving the grants can submit their projects up until November 21. The ones who present the best ideas will receive the grant and special mentorship to move their projects forward.
Paula Fiddi, the president of the Oxford organization, affirmed that the mission of the group is to ensure that women get equal opportunities in the technology industry. The importance of diversity was also highlighted by Saiba Kataruka, a developer from Zilliqa. According to Kataruka, decentralization cannot really be achieved without diversity of race, gender and academic backgrounds.
“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. Decentralisation is a core principle of blockchain, and you can't really have decentralisation without diversity.”
This is surely an important initiative, especially when we look at the data. According to a recent survey done by Quartz, only 8.% of all blockchain companies were co-founded by women. Also, less than 5% of the top 100 crypto projects on Github were contributed by women, too. In order to reach diversity, these numbers have to go up.