When it comes to IT, Philippines is by no means inferior to any countries teeming with talents and smarts. In fact, Philippines is one of the largest exporters of talents globally. The same thing can be said of the software development talent in the country. Beyond the obvious cheap labor cost, the country is a great destination for technical-related jobs due to its English-speaking population, where the Philippines placed fifth for being the largest in the world.
Blockchain industry is still in its nascent stage, so blockchain development skills are highly prized among blockchain companies, which led to a severe talent scarcity globally. As a matter of fact, the average salary of an experienced blockchain engineer with experience in Solidity in Silicon Valley is about $158,000. However, despite its handsome payout, there is still a high disparity between the supply and demand in the blockchain talent pool. It is also not surprising that blockchain secured the number one spot on skills index for second consecutive quarter according to the report made by Upwork, the largest freelancing website in the world.
In the Philippines, the number of blockchain companies is growing at an unprecedented rate, and consequently the demand for blockchain developer is rising exponentially that there is an immense difficulty in finding blockchain developers. Big players in the industry have also started partnering with the academe sector to reach out to the young populace and develop an R&D center that will beneficial to the development of this technology.
In line with these initiatives, Blockdevs Asia brings the developer community together in a series of coding sessions where developers and blockchain enthusiasts come together to learn how to code blockchain from conceptual framework to actual working code by providing an environment, where anyone can learn the technology freely and under the guidance of experienced developers.
The event was held in BlockchainSpace, the first co-working space dedicated for blockchain in the country. I went to the venue while thinking that it was going to be a small community with no more than 10 attendees like I was told, but much to my surprise, the place was alive with passionate people brimming with energy.
As a nonprogrammer who have an immense interest in the technology, I was fired up to join this meetup and see for myself if it was something a person with no programming background to speak of could learn.
I also invited a fellow programming newbie who’s also interested in learning the mechanics of the creation of blockchain token. The result: the installation alone was enough to make me want to hurl my laptop against the wall. Fortunately, we had great mentors available who were kind and patient enough to ease us through the maddening repertoire of installations we needed to download to set up a local dev environment in my windows machine for writing solidity smart contracts.
My Kenyan friend, co-founder and I have managed to survive the day by successfully creating our own ERC20, the technical standard used for smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain for implementing tokens. The process of creating a token is easy enough, thanks to the effort of Christopher Verceles and Caspar Oostendorp from ConsenSys and Lifemesh, who painstakingly made it easy for everyone by publishing the project to Github, so that lazy bums like me can take it easy and no longer have to do everything from scratch.
While we haven’t gone through the actual coding of Solidity, to be able to create our own token is a fulfilling experience in itself that we’re already anticipating what the next session has in store for us. I would definitely say that the entire experience has been positive and enjoyable for me. It is also a bonus that I got to meet tons of interesting people from the developer community and see familiar faces, and of course, let’s not forget the free food, oi. Special thanks to LATOKEN, a worldwide crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens and asset tokenization.
So if you have the aspiration to create your own blockchain project, work for a blockchain company in the future or just simply curious about the technology, this is a great opportunity for you to learn and immerse yourself in an environment where people work together to create something different.
The organizers are welcoming anyone who wishes to volunteer, sponsor or contribute to the event. To join the next session, you can visit BlockDevs Asia’s meetup page below for the schedule.
- Github Token example
- Check the schedule on Meetup page
- BlockDevs Asia Facebook group
- What to bring: laptop (preferably Windows 10) and heaps of enthusiasm and patience!
- What to expect: free admittance, tons of fun and free food! The ongoing sessions are currently focusing on Solidity on the Ethereum Virtual Machine, with the possibility of moving to Hyperledger and the hashgraph in the future. And after joining the meetup, you will be invited to join BlockDevs Asia FB group to code with the rest of the community under the guidance of mentors.