Educating and BUIDLing for monetary inclusion
We have been on the first ever SURGE Bangkok Hackathon. This occasion was made doable by way of the collaboration between UNICEF Innovation, OmiseGO, UNICEF Thailand, KXMADE and different wonderful blockchain primarily based tasks each in Thailand and abroad. The objective of the occasion was to share details about blockchain as an rising know-how. The occasion sought to supply training and networks to native individuals and assist individuals design and construct options for the issues that have an effect on their communities.
SURGE Bangkok was a three-day occasion over the past week of Might 2019. The occasion kicked off with a studying day that taught individuals the fundamentals of blockchain, exploring and dealing on Ethereum and beginning a challenge. Enter was supplied on each the technical aspect and the non-technical elements — together with human centered design to know native wants, when and the way blockchain can increase growth options, UX/UI and person testing for suggestions.
The primary occasion was the two-day hackathon. The hackathon was opened by UNICEF consultant, Thomas Davin, who launched the SURGE BKK theme – constructing options for monetary inclusion. UNICEF said the significance of this theme, stating that to today there are nonetheless over 2.5 billion individuals on the planet who’re financially excluded. He additional emphasised how UNICEF as a corporation is at all times looking out for methods to make use of know-how and innovation to create options for each little one.
A imaginative and prescient of monetary inclusion
Following UNICEF’s opening message, Vansa Chatikavanij, CEO, OmiseGO delivered welcoming remarks echoing UNICEF’s sentiment that know-how has the facility to enhance lives, and blockchain is usually a instrument to foster monetary inclusion.
The human dignity ethos of SURGE BKK is near the core of OmiseGO. The corporate began on a imaginative and prescient for everybody to have the facility to alter the world by way of accessible, open techniques that leverage blockchain know-how.
As a fintech firm, OmiseGO’s mission is to allow individuals to entry monetary providers which might be quick, honest and safe. We construct on blockchain know-how as a result of we see it as a method to supply easy accessibility to monetary providers, and frictionless funds in a digital age. This contains enabling individuals the power to tokenize belongings, simply alternate digital belongings, and switch and make funds with them by way of cellular units.
Making monetary inclusion a world actuality
To allow monetary inclusion, OmiseGO is constructing the OmiseGO Community, which is a public, permission-less, forex agnostic, infinitely scalable, cross chain suitable, decentralized alternate. In different phrases, the community serves as a medium of alternate for a variety of digital belongings and transactions, from in-game token transactions to cryptocurrency to monetary providers.
By the OmiseGO Community, anybody will be capable of conduct monetary transactions together with funds, remittances, payroll deposit, B2B commerce, supply-chain finance, loyalty applications, asset administration and buying and selling and different on-demand providers.
The first worth in creating the OmiseGO Community is making a future-ready infrastructure for funds and different types of worth switch service which we imagine, will probably be broadly adopted. Additional, tens of millions of individuals in Asia-Pacific and past will probably be empowered with a instrument that allows entry to monetary providers which might be quick, honest and safe — which is OmiseGO’s mission.
Hand-in-hand for our communities
Whereas OmiseGO continues to develop a platform for enabling monetary inclusion, we perceive that monetary exclusion is multifaceted — which we imagine will be solved with everybody’s assist. We’re dedicated to supporting blockchain eco-systems, particularly in our area.
“We’re right here as a result of we imagine know-how will be an enabler to enhance lives. We’re right here to be taught, share and innovate, in order that we are able to carry optimistic develop into our communities.”
– Vansa Chatikavanij, SURGE BKK 2019 welcome deal with
Everybody has a task to play relating to growing options that deal with the limitations to monetary inclusion. At SURGE BKK, we did so by way of training, know-how mentorship and enterprise enter. The weekend was a chance for enhancing abilities, sharing and receiving information from friends and mentors, after which testing assumptions and abilities by way of the hackathon.
Thanks to all of the SURGE BKK individuals. Over the course of three days we noticed the quantity of labor and thought groups put into their tasks; making use of their technical information to cater to the wants of the at-risk communities that UNICEF Thailand is working with. We totally loved listening to every workforce’s presentation that lined purposes that clear up problems with pupil class attendance, that promote monetary literacy amongst youth, apps that join native communities to the much-needed funding, and lots of extra.
Massive congrats to the successful groups! They’ll progress to pitch on the blockchain stage at Techsauce World Summit 2019 in Thailand in June, and naturally, we will probably be there too as a speaker. We hope to see you there!