Binance, the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider is currently holding a DeFi & NFT hackathon for African blockchain enthusiasts. The 20-day hackathon, co-hosted by Bundle, a social payments app for crypto, is empowering blockchain engineers to rapidly build blockchain solutions on the Binance Smart Chain in order to solve real problems identified in the African systems in place today. The hackathon commenced with an opening ceremony on June 6 and is set to end on June 28, 2021.
Interested participants can still join the hackathon and stand a chance to build the next generation of decentralized applications on the Binance Smart Chain and compete for the prize pool of over $30,000.
Participants will be rated by the community and an esteemed panel of judges based on the quality of technology, innovation, demo and pitch. Judges will consist of team leaders from the hackathon sponsors i.e. Bundle, Mobox, Refinable, Quidax, ForTube, 1inch etc.
Who can participate in the hackathon: All developers from Africa (hackathon is open to both beginners and non-beginners)
How to participate in the hackathon:
- Sign up through the Hackerlink special landing page and click on ‘Apply grant’.
- Select “Binance Africa Hackathon- Grant Round 1” from the drop down list.
Please ensure your wallet account (MetaMask or WalletConnect) is connected to HackerLink, your network is on BSC Mainnet and you have some BNB (0.005 at least) for gas fee.
- Use an existing BUIDL (project) or create a new BUIDL to apply for the grant.
- Click “Confirm” on your wallet to authorize the transaction of the gas fee to complete your application to the grant.
- Your BUIDL (project) will appear on the “Grant BUIDLs” page once it has been verified by Hackerlink.
See more on the application guidelines HERE
For more information, join the Telegram group here where all questions will be answered.
What to expect: All DeFi and NFT projects will be built on the Binance Smart Chain and made completely open source. Participants will build cool solutions that will potentially solve some of the real problems facing Africa. Some examples of areas to cover include: Savings, Lending and Borrowing, Swaps, Royalties and Renting, Elections, Identity Management, Land Ownership, NFTs marketplaces amongst other relevant areas.
Binance is the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users, and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings, including: trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization and infrastructure solutions, and more.
For more information, visit: https://www.binance.com
Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis
In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections.
This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.
Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.
In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.
Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.
The Solar Project
This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.
In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared: “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”
Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.
she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.
Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.
The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana.
This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.