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Opinion: Are There Really Less Women at Blockchain Conferences?

January 30, 2019 15:26
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Source: Everipedia
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Recently, a study conducted by event software platform Bizzabo, said that three quarters of crypto events attendees are men. According to news portal Bitcoin.com, the research covered nearly 100 conferences across 15 countries. These are all events visited by professionals from the crypto industry and related sectors who want to stay informed about the latest developments in the crypto space.

The study showed that more than three quarters (79%) of attendees were male, while only one quarter (21%) were female. In November, we released the Gender Diversity & Inclusion in Events Report and found that 70 percent of all event speakers are also male.

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Alon Alroy, Co-founder & Chief of Customer Success at Bizzabo, said, “Like the tech industry, at large, there is a lack of gender diversity in the overall virtual currencies space. We’re seeing that reflected in the attendance for these events, as well as the speakers. One cryptocurrency conference recently featured 84 men onstage and three women. That has to change.”

While this may be true, we at Crypto-News India wanted to portray a counter point of view. The point is, we don’t believe that it is completely true. Given that, we have attended events as representatives of the website, we have found that there are women attendees, and there are more women who are co-founders, attorneys, bankers, among others.

We have also met women who have been speakers and who have imparted some much-needed knowledge in their respective fields and coherently.

For instance, I had met NS Nappinai, a prominent lawyer at the Bombay High Court at a blockchain event and she had talked about regulations on cryptocurrencies. Later on when I had asked her opinion on cryptocurrency exchange Unocoin tying up with Drivezy, a car rental company she had said, “Although there are no legal guidelines in place, this is exactly what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had referred to. He specifically said that cryptocurrencies cannot be used as legal tender. This form of payment is not illegal per se, but it is impermissible, in my opinion.”

There is a blockchain and cryptocurrency group known as Crypto Femmes which specifically talks about women in blockchain and how we can induct other women in blockchain, has close to 800 followers (nearly all women) on LinkedIn. Some of these women attend conferences, share insights on their progress, network to shatter the glass ceiling

So, while event organizations are free to think that there are less women, let me just conclude by saying that women are there, invisibly working in the background, pushing against the tide. Watch out, because when we come, there will be no stopping us.

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