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Highlights From EkoLance’s February Community Call


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EkoLance's community call held on the 29th of February was filled with exciting updates, from our events in February to upcoming events and what we have been up to lately. The community meeting also featured discussions about our mentorship program and monthly guides to help Web3 professionals succeed in their careers.


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 online hackathon 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


Events Held In February

Image depicting details of the two events held in February

The month of February was very exciting as we had two interesting events. The 1st event was a technical workshop focused on mastering smart contract security in the upcoming bull run. The session featured Victor Okafor, an esteemed alumnus of our inaugural Smart Contract Audit training program. He is currently employed at Quill Audit, a prominent auditing firm, Victor shared invaluable insights and expertise gained from his experience. It was truly an honour to have him lead this workshop, providing attendees with practical knowledge and strategies to navigate the complexities of smart contract security. For those eager to delve deeper into this topic, the session recording is available for viewing here.


The 2nd event highlight of the month was a session led by Dorcas, a seasoned DeFi Trader, who shed light on the concept of airdrops. With clarity and precision, Dorcas elucidated the intricacies of airdrops, outlining how they can serve as a lucrative side income opportunity for many. By explaining the process of discovering airdrops and maximizing their potential, she empowered participants to capitalize on this innovative means of earning. Whether you're new to DeFi or a seasoned trader, the insights shared in this session offer valuable guidance for anyone looking to diversify their income streams. To access the session recording, click here.


Upcoming Event In March

Image depicting details of our upcoming International Women's Day event in March

March 8th is celebrated as International Women’s Day, and in honour of this occasion, EkoLance is proud to announce a special panel discussion featuring powerful women from the blockchain industry. These esteemed panellists are not only leaders in their respective fields but the hiring managers within their organizations. During the panel, they will share invaluable insights into their hiring processes, offering guidance on what they look for when recruiting talent. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how they can refine their CVs to stand out and secure exciting opportunities in the blockchain space. Be sure to stay tuned for more details about this enlightening event, as we look forward to empowering professionals with the knowledge and resources needed to advance their Web3 career.

 

What We Have Been up to

Image depicting details of what have we been up to on techFiesta

Recently, we've been enhancing our online hackathon platform; techFiesta, to unlock greater opportunities for professionals like you. One of the key features we're focusing on is on-chain certification and proof of participation using Soul Bound Tokens (SBT). We've already introduced a vital aspect; online identification. 


Now, when companies initiate hackathons or freelance projects on techFiesta, they can request participants' IDs. This enables participants to verify their identity using a passport and selfie, with the information securely encrypted and stored on the blockchain. Collaborating with Concordium, we're developing on-chain certification for individuals attending our training, workshops, jobs, or hackathons through techFiesta and EkoLance. Upon completion, participants will receive SBTs, non-transferable tokens stored in their wallets, certifying their experiences and building their on-chain portfolio.


This on-chain certification addresses the growing concern of fraudulent claims within the blockchain space, providing clients with verifiable proof of professional experiences. By showcasing their on-chain portfolio, individuals gain a competitive edge over others lacking this credential, enhancing their credibility and trustworthiness in the eyes of potential clients. We'll be providing tutorials on how to leverage these features effectively. 


Additionally, for each event you've actively participated in as a member of techFiesta, you'll receive your SBT, further bolstering your on-chain presence and professional reputation. Stay tuned for more updates and tutorials on maximizing the benefits of these innovative features.


We Are Fundraising

Image depicting that we are fundraising at EkoLance

EkoLance is excited about the extreme growth we are achieving this year 2024! We are currently fundraising and speaking to investors worldwide. The funds raised will be instrumental in advancing EkoLance, allowing us to transform techFiesta into a comprehensive platform. Our vision is to onboard hundreds of blockchain network and infrastructure providers, who will serve as job creators for our pool of talented professionals. Through this expansion, we aim to create a thriving ecosystem where opportunities abound for both employers and skilled individuals alike.


Mentorship Program For Blockchain Professionals

The EkoLance Mentorship program was designed to provide guidance and support to those who want to improve their skills and knowledge in the blockchain industry. It offers a great opportunity for professionals to be guided by experienced mentors through their career journey. Every quarter of the year, we launch this program and it is available to both experienced and blockchain professionals new to the space, 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.


Monthly Guides (2023- 2024)

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 will help you enhance your skills, find new opportunities, and achieve your career goals. Click on the links below to download other guides we have written within the past 1 year.



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 online hackathon 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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