A new Irish blockchain organization for women was created to locally sensitize the much-publicized technology.
The organization aims to provide a platform to raise awareness of the potential for blockchain as a career for women, such as highlighting educational opportunities and so on.
Founding members of Blockchain Women Ireland include representatives from the Department of Finance, BNY Mellon and the Adapt research center funded by the Science Foundation for digital content technology. Members of the group include Mai Santamaria, senior financial director at the Department of Finance, and Joyce O & # 39; Connor, founding president of the National College of Ireland and chair of the digital working group of the Institute of International and European Affairs.  Other members include Paula Kelleher, managing director of the Irish BNY Mellon unit; Laura Clifford, head of the industrial partnership of the Adapt Center; Niamh O & # 39; Connell, senior consultant for solutions with start-up focused on Ether ConsenSys; and Emma Walker, CEO of Wachsman Ireland, a professional service company for the blockchain sector
Ms. Santamaria recently wrote a discussion paper on virtual currencies and blockchains for the Department of Finance and leads a working group on technology. He said The Irish Times that the new organization had the goal of going beyond the hype to define the exact blockchain.
"The reality is that it is difficult to reach the blockchain community, particularly if you are a woman with an interest in technology but not necessarily a programmer or similar.We are trying to create a network to help those who want to know more on the blockchain, demystify it and open the door to those wishing to pursue a career in the industry. "
While taking a prudent approach – mortgage technology, the Finance Department also forms part of the Blockchain Ireland initiative, recently training, which is trying to position the state as a global center of focus. Other members include the semi-state IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.
Blockchain technologies, which store blocks of information that are distributed across a network, are seen as an important step forward, since they lead to high levels of traceability and security in economic terms online transactions.
Although more commonly associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and etherum, they are expected to influence digital services and transform business models into a wide range of sectors, including health, insurance, financial, and energy care, logistics, intellectual property rights management and government services.
An inaugural meeting of Blockchain Women Ireland will be held Tuesday night at 6.30pm at the WeWork offices at Iveagh Court, near Charlemont Street in Dublin.