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Building blockchain products for UNICEF. How to get involved.

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Building blockchain products for UNICEF. How to get involved.

Duration: 00:18:47

Speaker: Shane O'Connor, Naroa, Gerben Kijne

Type: Workshop


Event: Devcon 6

Date: Oct 2022

UNICEF has been experimenting with Ethereum and blockchain for several years. Examples of the solutions they've built include the UNICEF cryptofund (the first crypto denominated fund in the UN), Patchwork kingdoms (the largest UN's NFT for good collection) or staking as financing tool. Do you want be part of this journey? Come to the session and learn more about the solutions (architecture, tech stack, deployment process) and understand how you can help.
About the speakers


Gerben Kijne

Gerben has focussed on building digital products that solve global problems for over a decade. From designing games that reward players for saving energy to building web applications that support entrepreneurs with their administration, he currently serves as the blockchain lead for Giga at UNICEF.



Naroa Zurutuza leads the Mapping and Tech work for Giga, UNICEF. Prior to joining UNICEF, she lived and worked in various companies in Kenya; from a startup that is trying to change the way the world understands agriculture to a non-profit empowering local entrepreneurs through access to finance. Naroa holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Telecommunications Engineering from EHU-UPV.


Shane O'Connor

Shane O’Connor is an Innovation Manager at UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, exploring how technologies, like blockchain, drones, virtual and augmented reality, AI and data science can intersect with the needs of a billion people to accelerate UNICEF’s impact for children. Previously, Shane led Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovation efforts for UNICEF in Sierra Leone. Before joining UNICEF, Shane was CTO, Deputy MD, and Co-Founder of a mobile financial services platform.

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