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Partnership aims to empower 3000+ African youth with applicable knowledge of Web3  

The Hashgraph Association (THA), a Swiss-based organization, has announced a strategic partnership with Adanian Labs, a pan-African smart technology company. Together with The Africa Blockchain Centre (ABC), the partnership aims to empower over 3000 Web3 developers across Africa through the DLT Africa Regional Developer Program (DLT-ARDP).  

As part of the collaboration, The Hashgraph Association (THA) will equip the participants with access to the latest Web3 industry knowledge and best practices aligned with global trends in blockchain/DLT technology. Adanian Labs brings unparalleled industry expertise in smart technologies and program development. To ensure the initiative is well received, The Africa Blockchain Centre (ABC) will help provide regional context, facilitate student outreach, and foster a profound understanding of how blockchain can help solve challenges in the African continent. 

Speaking on the strategic collaborations across the African continent, Kamal Youssefi, President of the Hashgraph Association said, “This expands on our other strategic partnerships across the continent, as showcased recently during GITEX Africa 2024. Funding and partnering with Adanian Labs and The Africa Blockchain Centre is key to empowering the youth and fostering a digital future for all in Africa.” 

The partnership focuses on equipping tech-savvy students across Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, and South Africa,  with the necessary skills and knowledge essential for thriving in the burgeoning Web3 industry, post successful completion, the participants will receive certifications from The Hashgraph Association and will be accredited as  Hedera-Certified Developers (HCD). 

The DLT Africa Regional Developer Program is a comprehensive training and development initiative funded by The Hashgraph Association and meticulously crafted to introduce participants to the dynamic realm of blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT), with a particular emphasis on Hedera network, a leading enterprise-grade public ledger. Leveraging the collective expertise of Adanian Labs, The Africa Blockchain Centre, and The Hashgraph Association, the program promises a rich learning experience, covering the essentials needed to be a successful web3 developer. 

Emphasizing the need for a dedicated program to upskill the African talent pool, Bendon Murgor, Chief Technology Officer, Adanian Labs said, “The DLT Africa Regional Developer Program is a testament to our commitment to foster smart technological innovation and talent development in Africa. Through this initiative, we aim to equip the youth with the necessary skills to thrive in the digital economy.” 

Participants will deep-dive into the core principles and functionalities underpinning the Hedera network including, an in-depth understanding of Tokens, Consensus, Smart Contract Development, and Decentralized Apps (dApps), paving the way for a promising career in the ever-evolving Web3 industry. To put their newfound knowledge to the test, program participants will have the chance to showcase their talents in a culminating hackathon across the five countries. This exciting event will challenge students to develop innovative solutions with the potential to revolutionize various African industries. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams, providing not only recognition but also valuable resources to jumpstart their blockchain projects and to participate in an Entrepreneur Exchange Program (EEP) with Switzerland.

“At The Africa Blockchain Centre, we believe in the transformative power of blockchain technology to drive socio-economic development in Africa. By partnering with Adanian Labs and The Hashgraph Association, we are excited to contribute to building a Web3-savvy workforce across the continent.” Says Jefferson Mkungusi,  Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Blockchain Centre (ABC). 

This concerted effort promises a comprehensive and impactful learning journey, designed to prepare students for entrepreneurship and leadership in the future of African blockchain.

Applications for the DLT Africa Regional Capacity Building Program are now open to qualified students in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. For more information on how to apply, interested parties can visit @Adanianlabs on the X platform or www.adanianlabs.io. 

Adanian Labs is a  Pan-African smart technology company committed to unlocking Africa’s digital potential. Empowering businesses across 10 countries – including Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and the UK – Adanian Labs provides innovative tools, SaaS platforms, and solutions to power multiple sectors. Adanian labs is also committed to building a skilled tech workforce through industry-leading programs, with the goal of training 50,000 smart tech professionals by 2027. Pioneering innovation, Adanian Labs has invested in over 40 companies and offers comprehensive solutions, including venture acceleration and borderless Africa initiatives. Visit www.adanianlabs.io to learn more.

The Africa Blockchain Centre (ABC) is an institution dedicated to advancing blockchain education, Research & Development and adoption across the African continent. Established by Adanian Labs, ABC serves as a premier Blockchain Center of Excellence, providing comprehensive educational programs, engineering, research initiatives, and community-building activities to empower individuals and organizations with the knowledge and resources needed to leverage blockchain for social and economic development. Through strategic partnerships, advocacy efforts, and a commitment to innovation, ABC is at the forefront of driving blockchain adoption and fostering sustainable growth throughout Africa. Visit ABC’s website www.theafricablockchaincenter.com/ to learn more.