She told CoinDesk that CryptoChicks has run programs so far from Pakistan to Toronto with 608 students and young developers. CryptoChicks works with Blockgeeks, an educational startup spearheaded in part by Ameline’s ex-husband, Dmitry Buterin, on blockchain-agnostic curricula that cover everything from bitcoin to smart contracts to basic business principles.
Sometimes, spreading the crypto gospel becomes a family business.
Natalia Ameline, mother of ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and co-founder of the educational nonprofit CryptoChicks, is trying to establish blockchain literacy programs around the world.
And yet, CryptoChicks isn’t turning to Ameline’s son’s business connections, such as Fenbushi Capital, to fund the first CryptoChicks hackathon in the Bahamas this August. In fact, sponsorship for past conferences came from companies like Microsoft, IBM and the Royal Bank of Canada, not crypto companies like the Ethereum Foundation. These programs range from coding workshops designed for women to youth hackathons.
“We’re an educational organization, not a political organization”, Ameline said. “We want to provide women and youth with the maximum opportunity to make their own choices.”
CryptoChicks co-founder Elena Sinelnikova told CoinDesk the group’s programs are open to all genders, even as they prioritize recruiting female participants, which they see as crucial to the mission of onboarding more women into the space without imposing gendered silos.
“One of our goals is to bring more women into the space, but we’re starting by focusing on youth”, Sinelnikova said. “That’s where girls disengage a bit and turn into different areas. That’s why we’re trying to get them involved early on.”