The perception that the blockchain industry is a man’s world is quickly changing. One organization that is helping accelerate this change is the non-profit educational hub known as CryptoChicks.
CryptoChicks hosts a variety of events around the globe, which are focused on helping women learn about blockchain tech and its potential to be used for positive change. They also offer classes like “Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies” that provide a great starting point for folks, particularly women, who are interested in learning more about this revolutionary new technology. The organization’s ultimate goal is to encourage more females to hop aboard the blockchain bandwagon.
In this double edition of Moving the Chain, we’ll shine a spotlight on CryptoChick’s founders, Elena Sinelnikova and Natalia Ameline.
Moscow native, Elena Sinelnikova, attended the National Research University of Electronic Technology, where she received a Masters in Computer Science.
Sinelnikova would later relocate to Canada and spent several years working as an application analyst for the Edmonton Police Service. From there, she would go on to serve as the Software Development Team Lead for eSolutionsGroup – a company that offers digital solutions for public sector clients. During this time, the computer science major also worked as Blockchain Educator for BlockGeeks – an online educational platform.
In July of 2017, Sinelnikova decided to co-found CryptoChicks with the vision to empower and inspire women to learn more about cryptocurrency and the technology behind it. Besides being the founder, Sinelnikova is also CryptoChick’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
“It was extremely difficult when we started learning blockchain with Natalia a few years ago. There were bits and pieces of information here and there. In order to understand and put pieces together, you needed to be really tech savvy. Luckily we were. We both have a computer science degree and a strong math background. At the same time, we started to attend meetups and conferences and noticed that we sometimes were nearly the only women in a room. That is when we came up with the idea to help other women and get them involved with blockchain technology. We created workshops where we explained the technology in simple, understandable language, and held them in a women-only environment. That was back in July 2017. The interest from women was and stays overwhelming.”
Besides being a blockchain guru, Sinelnikova is also an award-winning ballroom dancer. In 2009, alongside her partner Jim Deglau, she won the Latin Canadian Ballroom Championship.
Like her fellow co-founder Elena Sinelnikova, Natalia Ameline also earned her Master’s degree from the National Research University of Electronic Technology – located in Moscow.
Before entering the world of blockchain tech, she worked as a Finance Manager for H. J. Heinz (as in Heinz ketchup) Company and was also an analyst for Unilever – an Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company.
She discovered blockchain technology back in 2014 and has been hooked ever since. Ameline co-founded CryptoChicks to help grow the blockchain industry and its adoption – by encouraging women to become more involved.
“The blockchain industry is booming, and it drives the demand for specialists in this market niche. At the same time, there is a growing number of organizations within the space that are looking to build more balanced and diversified teams. We’ve been approached by several organizations asking for our help with recruitment of female talent. During our seminars and various industry events, we meet many talented women eager to contribute to the growth of this exciting industry. Connecting this female talent with potential employers is a natural fit for CryptoChicks and goes very well with our vision of becoming a global hub for female talent in the blockchain industry.”
The CryptoChicks co-founder is trilingual, meaning she speaks three different languages. Natalie Ameline is fluent in Russian, English, and Spanish.