The much-awaited "International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) 2021" was inaugurated with the theme of "Inspiring Empowerment and Innovation” in the capital on Friday.
The three-day international contest is being held in Bangladesh on the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and Mujib year. The inaugural ceremony of the event was held at the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Auditorium of ICT Tower in the capital’s Agargaon area.
For the first time, the event is going to be held in Bangladesh, it was held in Hong Kong.
Planning Minister MA Mannan attended the inaugural programme as the chief guest while State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as the special guest. Executive Director of BCC Dr Md Abdul Mannan, also Additional Secretary, chaired the function.
Additional Secretary of ICT Division Dr Khandoker Azizul Islam, President of Hong Kong Blockchain Society Dr Lawrence Ma, CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council Sandra Ro and Convener of the BCOLBD and distinguished Professor of CSE of BRAC University Dr Mohammad Kaykobad, Chairman of IBCOL 2021 Organising Committee and the Founder and CEO of Technohaven Company Ltd Habibibullah N Karim also joined the ceremony.
Addressing on the occasion, MA Mannan said, "You (young people) can't fight with history, you can't fight with your past but you can build your future. You have to build your future through hard work.”
“You need to engage yourself in hard work as well as doing research, going out and taking risks etc”, he said.
President of Hong Kong Blockchain Society Dr Lawrence Ma said it was very difficult to organise such an international event in the pandemic situation this year. Bangladesh has been able to do this job so successfully, which is really commendable.
Students from all over the world are participating in the global contest. The winners will get prizes worth US$40,000.
A total of 12 countries, participating in this global competition, are: China, Hongkong, Vietnam, Philippines, UAE, Iran, Indonesia, Netherland, Nepal, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
This year, besides other events, four seminars are being organised. The seminars will be on CBDC & Cryptocurrency, e-Governance, Identity & Privacy and FinTech.
The Olympiad will run until Sunday.