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Highlights From EkoLance’s December Community Call


Image depicting details of the EkoLance community call in December.

Our December community convened in a Zoom session, where we shared exciting updates and impact reports for 2023. In this virtual gathering with our community members, we delve into the growth of EkoLance and techFiesta, providing a glimpse into what the future holds.


During this enriching session, participants got a comprehensive overview of;

  • Completed techFiestas in the last month

  • Recap of 2023 

  • Impact Report for 2023

  • Outlook and projections for 2024


Our Impact as an Educational Platform For Web3 Professionals 

EkoLance boasts 5000+ trained Web3 professionals, a talent pool of over 6000 professionals, a community of over 8000, and about 50,000 blockchain professionals reached through our partners all over the globe. With our developer activation platform called techFiesta, companies have been able to launch over 13 developer events with top blockchain companies, 106+ projects have been built and over $120K has been paid in bounties. 


So far, we have launched six training programs to help blockchain professionals upskill and develop their expertise. The programs include

Completed techFiestas in the Last Month

Image depicting details of concluded techFiestas in the last month.

1. Concorduim Developer Challenge

The recently concluded Concorduim Developer Challenges on techFiesta took place from November 22nd to December 4th, 2023.  It marked a milestone in the adoption and development of secure and efficient smart contracts on the Concordium platform.


This challenge attracted  51 skilled participants ready to dive into the world of blockchain and smart contract development. Before the challenge began, the Concordium team conducted an intensive developer training program focused on Rust programming language and the nuances of developing smart contracts on Concordium.


In the end, 4 winners emerged and they were awarded from the pool of bounty worth $1250.  Click here to get the full details in a press release.


2. Aleph Zero Hackathon

The concluded Aleph Zero hackathon on techFiesta started on the 27th of November and ended on the 15th of December 2023. With over 20 participants competing for a bounty prize of $3500. This hackathon was a beacon for creators seeking to solve real-world challenges and redefine the development landscape within the Aleph Zero ecosystem. 


Aleph Zero, a privacy-enhancing layer 1 blockchain, offered a developer workshop on techFiesta for participants to prepare for the hackathon. This training provided participants with guidance and mentorship through a couple of events before the actual hackathon began.


The task for this hackathon fell into three categories: DeFi, ZK, and Tooling/Infrastructure to create developer/infrastructure tooling for the Aleph Zero Ecosystem. Aside from the bounty prize of $3500, hackers get access to grants of up to  $500k.


Recap of 2023: Year of Growth

We witnessed a year of remarkable growth in 2023. It marked an expansion in our offerings, with the launch of techFiesta in July 2023. With numerous accomplishments, including securing a grant from Concordium, training over 5,000 professionals in Web3 expertise through a diverse range of 100+ training sessions and seminars, and expanding our talent pool to over 6,000 skilled individuals. This growth was complemented by an engaged community, boasting over 8,000 members and reaching out to over 50,000 blockchain professionals. We hosted more than 13 techFiestas with leading blockchain companies, producing 106 innovative projects, and welcoming 5,000+ hackers, culminating in a rewarding distribution of $120K in bounties.


As 2024 beckons, we are poised to unveil a series of sought-after training courses, significantly enhancing the scope of our blockchain education offerings. Our approach is strategically aligned to foster a robust learning environment in the blockchain space. Alongside this educational expansion, we will actively partner with a wide range of blockchain companies, who can launch their challenges and tasks on techFiesta. Click here to get full details about our achievements.


Impact Report for 2023

In 2023, EkoLance championed a mission of empowerment and inclusivity across emerging countries, leaving a profound impact on thousands. Through a series of training programs and seminars, 5,781 individuals actively participated in 106 immersive sessions tailored to enhance their skill sets within the dynamic Web3 sector. This concerted effort culminated in the elevation of 838 professionals into gainful employment, showing the efficacy of EkoLance's training initiatives.


Astonishingly, 54.86% of participants attributed their career advancements directly to these programs, underscoring their pivotal role in fostering career development. Notably, those who secured positions following EkoLance training experienced an average income surge of 39.45%, attesting to the transformative nature of these educational endeavours.


In a laudable stride toward gender inclusivity, EkoLance's impact extended to uplift 1,600+ women through educational initiatives throughout the year. This concerted focus yielded a commendable outcome, with women constituting 28.25% of the vibrant new community members welcomed into EkoLance. This emphasis on diversity and inclusion marks a significant step towards bridging gender gaps within the blockchain space, fostering an environment that champions equal opportunities for all. EkoLance's multifaceted approach in 2023 not only transformed individual lives but also cemented its commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and thriving Web3 ecosystem.


Outlook for 2024

We're thrilled to announce an exciting evolution at techFiesta! Up until now, our platform has been a hub for hackathons and developer challenges within the blockchain space. However, starting in 2024, we're expanding our horizons to welcome a diverse array of job opportunities and challenges across various sectors with more blockchain companies. This expansion means a world of new possibilities for participants, extending beyond traditional developer challenges and hackathons.


The upcoming changes pave the way for non-tech talents to engage with techFiesta. We're broadening our collaborations to include exchanges, infrastructure, marketing, and data analysis companies. This means that everyone, regardless of their technical background, will have access to an extensive range of job opportunities on techFiesta. Plus, all participants will have the convenience of receiving payments in stablecoins, ensuring a seamless and secure transaction experience. Stay tuned for the unveiling of these exciting opportunities.

We are expanding our offerings beyond our regular workshops, mentorship programs, training, and community calls. Firstly, we're introducing concise and focused workshops, led by seasoned blockchain professionals. These 2 hours workshops will delve into specific skills, providing participants with the opportunity to learn from the best in the field.


Additionally, we're launching an email course program designed to accommodate those with limited time availability. The program will span through 1-2 weeks and welcome new mentors. It will offer an alternative pathway for professionals to engage and learn at their own pace. Stay tuned for these exciting new learning opportunities!


Mentorship Program For Blockchain Professionals

The EkoLance Q4 Mentorship Program for all blockchain professionals ended successfully. This program was designed to provide guidance and support to those who want to improve their skills and knowledge in the blockchain industry.


The Mentorship Program offered a great opportunity for professionals to be guided by experienced mentors through their career journey. The program is available to both experienced and blockchain professionals new to the space, and it offers tailored guidance to help you navigate the challenges you face in the blockchain space. 


The Mentorship Program covers a wide range of topics, including metaverse, Web3 development, Web3 taxation and regulation, blockchain recruitment, product development, and product management. Anticipate our 2024 mentorship programs!


Monthly Guides (January - November)

We are committed to helping you grow in your career journey, which is why we launched our monthly guides. We understand that the blockchain industry is rapidly growing and constantly evolving, which can make it challenging for professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices. These monthly guides are designed to provide valuable information that helps you enhance your skills, find new opportunities, and achieve your career goals.


You can download all the guides using the links below:

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Conclusion

At EkoLance, we are committed to providing top-notch training programs for blockchain professionals that will help them stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving blockchain industry.  Our focus on providing high-quality training programs has earned us a reputation as a leading blockchain training provider.


Additionally, our innovative developer activation platform, techFiesta, serves as a launchpad for companies to host hackathons and developer challenges. With a thriving community of over 8,000 blockchain professionals, EkoLance is a catalyst for growth, setting the stage for professionals to redefine the future of work. We firmly believe in the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize our world, and we are dedicated to equipping professionals with the skills and knowledge to lead this transformative charge.


Join us today and take your blockchain career to the next level!


For partnerships, sponsorships, and inquiries about our training programs, recruitment services, and our hackathon platform, reach out to us via email here.


About EkoLance

EkoLance revolutionizes the future of work by empowering professionals in Web2 and the blockchain industry. EkoLance has two products: an educational platform with training programs for upskilling in the blockchain space and a developer activation platform called techFiesta, where companies launch hackathons and developer challenges. EkoLance has a community of over 8,000 blockchain professionals.

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