Advances in blockchain show the best of this technology is yet to come. Businesses and organisation all over the world are continually researching innovative ways they can apply this technology. The rise of blockchain has birthed a wide range of startups, creating solutions that can improve lives and our societies at large. In Africa, for example, blockchain has the potential to solve many problems we’re facing. I’m fascinated anytime I hear how this technology can transform our continent. That with emerging technologies like blockchain, Africa can leapfrog its way into the future.
Africa’s blockchain potential is still untapped. However, we can point to several innovative solutions already created using blockchain. But of what impact will this make, if the people expected to use these products and services derived from the technology, don’t have the knowhow. Inclusion is an important factor that drives innovation. And it is a key area in which Africa lags.
Understanding the problem
While we are building, it’s crucial we step back and look at the big picture. We should ask ourselves, who are we building for? In developed countries, a good percent of people there have a good level of technical literacy. And they can be quick to understand the complex nature of technologies such as blockchain. But in Africa, the standard inspires little confidence. A huge percent of our population doesn’t have a basic level of technical literacy.
Talk more, having a basic understanding of bitcoin or blockchain is all about. It’s good to see Africans rise to solve their problems. While this gap is being filled, there’s a need to follow up with active education about these technologies. If the solutions we are creating are to achieve mainstream adoption, then we must prioritise blockchain education.
Prioritising blockchain education is one of the crucial task, the blockchain industry in Africa must consider. Blockchain is a foundational technology. Bearing this in mind, there’s a need for proper education. If we are to realise the full potential and capabilities of this technology.
There’s a big gap between the people building and the masses. Despite the high demand for blockchain and crypto in Africa, the vast majority of this population are nascent about the concept of blockchain. To foster growth and promote adoption, we need to fill this gap.
It’s important to mention, blockchain projects and groups doing an amazing job in educating people about blockchain. The Africa Blockchain Institute, Campus Blockchain Hackathon initiative of the CDIN, Blockchain User Group, Satoshi Center of Botswana, BlockchainZA alongside other projects hosting conferences and meet-ups across different cities in Africa.
However, we need more people from various fields and career path in this great cause. Not just blockhain programmers or tech savvy alone. If Africa is to benefit maximally from blockchain, then we people from a different line of work to fill.
Fortunately, there is room for growth and we can still take the steps and set things right. The truth is Africa has not fully utilised opportunities that comes with technology. Emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI will no doubt plays a big part of Africa’s digital economy. But there’s a need for proper education. Else we might not unlock their full potential.