Delegates at Binance Blockchain Week spoke about their Web3 stories and the growth of Web3 opportunities within their local communities.
The recent conference brought together members of the crypto community from around the world to share their passions, meet like-minded people, learn from keynote speeches by community leaders, and share their perspectives on the state of Web3.
One of the topics people showed interest in was the growing demand for Web3 talent. As the Internet evolves from Web2 to Web3, reports show that the demand for talent within the web3 space is growing rapidly and many opportunities are emerging within the industry.
While statistics are very important, insights directly from the people who witness the transformation of the industry are just as crucial.
Bringing “endless” opportunities to Indonesia
Joko Crypto, a masked crypto crusader from Indonesia, shared his insights on what Web3 is currently doing with his country. According to Joko, people are very excited about Web3 and that opportunities in space “always stick around”.
“In a country like Indonesia, […], the excitement of Web3 jobs always lingers. From a play-to-earn freelancer to a paid administrator for Telegram, the possibilities are endless.”
The anonymous crypto evangelist also believes the same is happening worldwide. Meanwhile, Yoseph Soenggoro, a Web3 developer from Indonesia, agrees with the masked crusader. According to Sunggoro, “It’s definitely a $1 trillion opportunity for our generation.”
Yoseph Soenggoro (left) shares his perspectives. Source: Joanna Alhambra
The developer explains that currently the most established projects in their local web3 landscape are centralized exchanges. However, Sunggoro believes that over time there will be more decentralized financial protocols in Indonesia and that this will bring a lot of “potential jobs for people in Web3”.
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Changing lives in Nigeria
“Crypto has changed my life,” said Chike Okonkwo, describing his personal experience in Nigeria. He started his Web3 journey in 2016 and now Okonkwo works as an executive on a blockchain gaming project.
According to Okonkwo, as a student, he tried to do a number of things to earn money. However, Crypto has had the most impact and has given him a lot of opportunities. “Not only have I made money trading cryptocurrencies, but I have also worked with crypto companies,” he said.
Chike Okonkwo (far fight) with his teammates at Gamic Guild.
Okonkwo explained that the blockchain offers “a lot of opportunities for us in Africa and the world worldwide.” He believes it empowers people to build solutions that can have a significant impact by helping people solve problems.
“I’m introducing more and more people, young people, to this space because it can change their lives economically.”
Apart from Okonkwo, Ukeme Okuku who is also from Nigeria shared his thoughts on Web3 within their local communities. According to Okuku, although there are many active Africans in design and community management, the “biggest problem” now is awareness.
“Due to crypto and blockchain, space is still a niche. Few people know.”
Breaking qualification barriers in India
From an Indian perspective, a delegate from India who wished to remain anonymous also shared his thoughts on what Web3 is doing in the country. According to him, there were barriers for people in India. He wrote on:
“They had to study in a good school, go to a good university and then apply. You can’t apply for anything without these good diplomas.”
However, the delegate stated that in Web3 it is very easy for a person without a sparkling academic record to get in. He believes that in Web3 “a person only needs to have skills.”
The delegate explained that there are many areas in his country where the people do not receive enough support. However, these limitations are less when it comes to Web3 and this is because of the Internet. “You have the internet, you have the power,” he said.
Skeptics’ minds are changing in the Philippines
A Web3 developer from the Philippines, Jene Dizon, believes that there are plenty of opportunities for Filipinos in the Web3 industry right now. As a person who has been working in crypto for over five years, Dizon thinks there is a huge demand for Web3 talent in the region. He wrote on:
“There are many possibilities in Web3 for Filipinos. Adoption of Web3 is not only for first world countries, but also for developing countries. But I think it could take about 2-3 years to be fully integrated into the mainstream.”
In addition, Dizon pointed out the similarities between the beginning of the Internet and the current start of Web3 in the country. “When the internet started in our country, there were also a lot of skeptics. But now everything is online,” he said.
Jene Dizon (left) with Brazilian celebrity Daniel Matsunaga.
“I believe the same will happen with Web3 at home,” Dizon said. He noted that while there are still many skeptics, they are slowly changing their minds and researching the technology, and at the right time it will be applied in all industries.
On the way to Uruguay
Alexis Martinovic, a technical content creator from Uruguay, also attended the conference to learn more about Web3 and expand his network. At present, Martinovic believes that in his country, Web3 adoption is just beginning and people will soon see Web3 projects in his country.
“There are currently no local projects that support Web3. […] But I think we’ll see them soon. Of course everyone in every country is heading that way.”
Martinovic also emphasized the low barriers to accessing Web3. “To just go to Web3, you don’t even need a bank account,” he said. This gives even developing regions a chance to step in.