Embassy Review #03
Our third review of Bitnation’s embassies brings us to Brussels, Kiev and Istanbul.
Embassies are places where you can both live and work, whereas consulates allow you to work or organize a meetup in their facilities. Naturally, you should always contact the owners of each space before visiting them.
Digital Leadership Institute – Brussels
Your contact person for this Bitnation consulate is Cheryl D. Miller, you can find the workspace in the district of Ixelles/Elsene. The Digital Leadership Institute (DLI) aims to support girls and women in ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) studies and careers globally. The space is family-friendly and can accommodate up to 50 people. The building is also inhabited by residents/worker and quiet hours should be respected (22:00-08:00).
Cheryl told us that she is “a huge advocate (and activist) for inclusive digital disruption and therefore vehemently supports any initiative that exploits digital technology to democratize the means of production and give ownership/power to individuals.” She has been an early supporter of Bitnation and explained to us that the people at DLI actively support greater participation of girls and women in digital transformation, but they are open to anyone who shares the vision of an internet that is free and open to everyone. Cheryl underlined that DLI proudly pursues the mission of “bridging the gender gap and digital divide worldwide.”
Embassy of Bitcoin (Ukraine) – Kiev
This Bitnation consulate can be found in the center of Kiev, near L’vovska square. Contact Sergei Panchenko if you want to host any events there or just want to meet up with like minded people. They are the first Bitcoin embassy in the CIS (former Soviet Republics) and focus primarily on transnational business and young talents, as digital natives have been living in the virtual realm already their whole life. They have already hosted visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, US and China amongst other countries. They conduct seminars and meetings with young professionals in IT technologies and blockchain. According to Sergei, they gathered a strong working group of professors, academics and developers, accumulating an extensive knowledge in the fields of microelectronics, software and encryption. The group has developed a number of unique technologies, which they aim to integrate on the blockchain.
The Embassy of Bitcoin (Ukraine) is transparent, communicative and open to mutually beneficial cooperation. Their goal is to become a global leader in blockchain services. Sergei emphasized that Ukraine has all chances to become one of the centers in IT technologies. When asked about how he got in the world of crypto-technologies, he told us:
One of my higher education degrees is economic engineering. In 2007, I published an article on a Ukrainian news outlet about the financial status of the world’s banking system. I clearly stated my vision of how the unfair global financial system has come to its logical conclusion. One of the arguments was the fact that financial institutions in Ukraine produced a volume without collateral loans, namely issuing unsecured consumer loans in huge volumes. I predicted the appearance of a certain payment system on the Internet, which would not be tied to the central banks. And in two years the world discovered Bitcoin. So we were one of the first in the payment system of Bitcoin.
LinArp – Istanbul
Doors are open to anyone with sincere intentions. Local or traveller, hacker or a refugee. I don’t support the idea of being governed and being limited physically or virtually because of made-up/imaginary borders, believes and regulations. I like the idea behind Bitnation and it’s decentralised structure instead of the borders and limitations.
In regards to the current condition of her space and future developments, she explained:
I offer a work station for the moment – due to limited space – to whomever may need to work or take a day rest, but we will find a way to manage the necessary sleep-overs if necessary. Seems like it will be serving as an underground hacker space, but let’s see what time brings.
When asked about her initial exposure to the world of crypto-technologies, she told us:
Cryptography has been in my life for a while and I learned about Bitnation through some articles on the internet, but couldn’t dig into it throughly. After meeting Susanne this year in April for the Liberland Conference, I was throughly impressed with her and Bitnation. I registered to Bitnation immediately and have been trying to encourage more people to join.
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