TechInPacific – Grade 11 students from several schools in Port Moresby took part in Blockchain Pasifik Challenge as an initiative program by the two local tech entrepreneurs, Nou Vada and Rex Paura. The event itself was a part of the Blockchain Pasifik Conference that was taken place on October 11 – 12 this year.
These grade 11 students were persuaded to take part in finding solutions to real-life issues faced by Papua New Guinea, particularly in land titles management and registry system, a national identity registration and management system, digital currency, and a global carbon emissions trading platform. The solutions they would provide should be based on blockchain, how it can help to encounter the issues.
Speaking about the Challenge, Nou Vada as one of the initiators commented, “You may be the generation that helps fix our problems. You may be the generation that carries the country forward to do big things for this country,”
“And I hope you carry on the creative and innovative culture. The solutions to everyday issues are right here in front of us, we just have to believe in them and resource them,” added Nou Vada.
The event was also supported by as its commitment to help Papua New Guinea to economically grow, especially in innovation as well as entrepreneurship.
The grade 11 students who participated in the Challenge were from Kopkop College, Kila Kila Secondary School, Port Moresby International School, and Don Bosco Technical Secondary School.
Blockchain Pasifik Conference is held annually along with the Blockchain Pasifik Junior Challenge. Its next year plan would be extending the challenge to more schools outside Port Moresby. Furthermore, it also plans to introduce students to coding.
“Our aim at Blockchain Pasifik is to build, encourage and create a culture where our people start becoming creative, and we are starting with our youth,” said Nou Vada.