In a gathering that brought together key players from the web3 ecosystem in Kampala, startup founders, Polygon guild representatives, and the esteemed Tony Olendo from Polygon, the conversation revolved around the transformative potential of blockchain technology, including the realm of International Development. This event featured a series of presentations by various projects, with a special spotlight on Impact Plus.
Empowering Developers and the Ecosystem:
One of the resounding messages of the event was the community’s emphasis on the importance of nurturing local talent and fostering a robust blockchain ecosystem. The needs identified by developers in Uganda were clear:
Developer Training: The demand for comprehensive developer training programs was palpable. Participants expressed a strong desire for initiatives that equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the blockchain space.
Access to Funding: Funding emerged as a critical requirement for local startups and developers. Creating avenues for financial support and investment is vital to catalyzing innovation.
Development Centers: Inspired by the concept of a Polygon Tech House, participants recognized the value of having dedicated development centers where developers can work, collaborate, and access resources.
Community Connections: The event highlighted the significance of building bridges with other web3 communities across the African continent. Collaboration and knowledge-sharing are central to driving progress.
Hackathons and Support: While hackathons were seen as valuable opportunities, it was acknowledged that support should extend beyond competitions. Establishing centers where developers can access Wi-Fi, learn, and connect with peers fosters continuous growth.
Highlighted Startups and Collaborators:
Several startups and individuals showcased their work and potential for collaboration:
Oneramp: A startup presenting innovative solutions.
Agrichain: Offering blockchain solutions in agriculture.
Shukuru Crypto Wallet: Innovating in the world of cryptocurrency wallets.
Turkey Money Transfer: Exploring the possibilities of blockchain in financial services.
In conclusion, the meeting in Kampala served as a platform to explore the untapped potential of blockchain technology in International Development. It showcased a shared commitment to empowering local talent, fostering innovation, and forging meaningful collaborations that hold the promise of transformative change in the region. As discussions continue and strategies are refined, the journey towards harnessing blockchain’s potential for good marches forward with optimism and purpose.
Activity: Polygon DevXTour; A Meeting of Minds in Kampala When: 25th June, 2023 Where: Kampala, Uganda