Bangladesh Defies COVID-19 Fears to Scout For Blockchain Talents Online

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) ravaging major parts of the world and disrupting several activities, Bangladesh has flagged-off a two-day online blockchain workshop for its youths, to help prepare them for the upcoming Blockchain Olympiad Bangladesh (BCOLBD) competition. 

As reported on Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) today, the online workshop is aimed at developing youths’ knowledge of blockchain technology while preparing them for the upcoming BCOLBD competition that will take place between April 16 to 18.

The BCOLBD is an initiative developed by the Bangladesh Ministry of ICT, Academia, and the ICT Industry.

According to the report, the workshop is being conducted by the Hong Kong Blockchain Society with attendees from about 157 teams, which comprises of 459 students from 15 tertiary institutions all over the country. 

The online blockchain workshop, which was inaugurated by Bangladesh state minister for ICT, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, was hosted online as a mechanism to avoid large physical, social gatherings that could indirectly increase the spread of the COVID-19 virus.   

Expressing enthusiasm toward the development, Palak commended the organizers of the event for utilizing the technological advantages of the blockchain to conduct online workshops at this trying time – a move he believes is in cognizance with developing a “digital Bangladesh,” while adding:  

“We are very hopeful about the online blockchain workshop, which would help develop the capacity of our young talents on blockchain technology.”

The Hong Kong Blockchain Society noted that after the successful completion of the BCOLBD competition in April, the best top 20 teams would be selected and mentored to further develop them into becoming blockchain professionals, while the top five successful teams will receive cash rewards. 

Also, the BCOLBD will further sponsor the overall best team to participate in the International Blockchain Olympiad, which will be held in Hong Kong in July this year. 

Notably, the BCOLBD registration is open till March 31. 

Meanwhile, despite fear associated with the deadly COVID-19 virus globally, an anonymous team recently announced the launch of CoronaCoin (NCOV), a token that is claimed to be backed by the coronavirus. 

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