Welcome to our comprehensive interview series – Humans of Blockchain ™ where we get the best in the business to answer a diverse set of questions.
This series will clear the air of doubt in the blockchain space today by focusing on bringing more transparency to the readers.
Not wasting much time, let’s hear it out from Nelly herself.
1. Can you tell us more about yourself, Nelly? Your Journey and how you got into the blockchain/ fintech space.
In Mexico, my first career choice was foreign affairs because I wanted to work for an international organization in order to help people. In January 2017, I discovered blockchain while living in France and, once I started to explore new technologies, I knew the path I wanted to follow.
When I discovered blockchain, it was a turning point in my life. I was already involved in helping women in a professional environment. I created a network in Bordeaux (France) to help women to integrate into the workforce. I organized meetings for them to discover how the economy works in the region so they could find a job more easily. Because when I arrived, it was not easy for me to find a job, so I wanted to make it easier for the newcomers. Then when I found out about blockchain, I thought that if I really wanted to help people, it should be through education and technology.
2. Can you tell us more about TAAL Project? The vision/ mission.
Once I started getting into the blockchain space, I realized two things: there’s not a lot of information available in French and there are not a lot of women. I knew I had to do something.
So, I moved to the French “Silicon Valley” and I launched TAAL Project a non-profit association dedicated to facilitating access to technological education and promote gender equity in the tech sector. Our vision is being part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and promote the use of technology and peer to peer education to improve peoples’ lives. Our mission is to help the general public to understand new technologies like Blockchain and guide them towards free & high-quality learning resources available online. It is exactly what I did so I know it works.
3. What are your thoughts on the current Information/ Education flow in the Blockchain Industry?
I think that access to information is the key, we need to inform ourselves to make better decisions and help our community by sharing our knowledge with others. How can people adopt technology they can’t understand? I’m doing my part to help people understand and adopt this technology. “Mass adoption is crucial for Blockchain but it won’t happen without the masses.”
4. What would be the shortcomings in the Blockchain segment according to your views?
It is very exciting and encouraging to see that this space is growing and evolving really fast. For example, This month I helped to organize a blockchain training for women in Lyon ( France) that took place at an ancient bank vault! The key is to share our knowledge with others. There are a lot of things one person can’t change about our world but what we can do is to take responsibility for the decisions we make or fail to make every day.
5. How do you go about linking Blockchain with Gender Equity?
As we all know we need more women in the tech sector. I find that misinformation, stereotypes and the lack of awareness of existing role models play an important role in women being less involved in the tech sector. I’m doing my part trying to attract more women into the space by organizing and speaking at events in Europe to raise awareness of all the opportunities tech has for women, especially in the Blockchain sector. Having more women in tech is good for our society, for the industry, good for economic growth … is just common sense.
6. What do you see the year 2019 holding for Blockchain projects?
I’m the “proof of concept” that, education in our hands, with today’s access to information, and having the right tools, the opportunities we can create for ourselves are incredible! The possibilities are endless in Blockchain. I was raised in Mexico and I saw firsthand the enormous impact on my grandmother’s life of never having the opportunity to learn how to read and write or have a bank account. I have always wondered how life would turn out for her if she had the opportunity to be included and make decisions about her own education. Today thanks to inclusion and education, I’m helping people discover Blockchain technology, in Europe, in my third language.
Any ending remarks for the readers, Nelly?
I really think there’s a lot of things we can do to develop Blockchain projects with a social impact. As a matter of fact, I started collaborating on this matter with INATBA the recent International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications, launched by the European Commission. I’d love to be part of the Board in order to represent the general public where decisions are made. Let’s see what happens!
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