Community talks about opportunities around the world

Binance Blockchain Week delegates shared their Web3 stories and the growth of Web3 opportunities in their local communities.

The recent conference brought together crypto community members 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 demand for Web3 talent is increasing rapidly and many opportunities are emerging in the industry.

While stats are very important, insights straight from the people who are witnessing the transformation of the industry are just as crucial.

Bringing “Infinite” Opportunities to Indonesia

Joko Crypto, a masked crypto crusader from Indonesia, shared his take on what Web3 is currently doing to his country. According to Joko, people are very excited about Web3 and that the possibilities in this space “always linger”.

“In a country like Indonesia […], the excitement of Web3 job offers never stops. From being a play-to-earn ‘freelancer’ to being a paid admin for Telegram, the possibilities are endless.”

The anonymous crypto evangelist also believes the same thing is happening around the world. Meanwhile, Yoseph Soengoro, a Web3 developer from Indonesia, agrees with the masked crusader. According to Soengoro, “It’s definitely a $1 trillion opportunity for our generation.”

Yoseph Soengoro (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, Soengoro believes that over time there will be more decentralized financial protocols being built in Indonesia and that this will bring many “potential jobs for people in Web3”.

Related: Indonesia’s Crypto Industry in 2021: A Kaleidoscope

Changing lives in Nigeria

“Crypto has changed my life,” Chike Okonkwo said while describing his personal experience in Nigeria. He started his Web3 journey in 2016 and now Okonkwo works as an executive at a blockchain gaming project.

According to Okonkwo, when he was a student, he tried to do a few things to make money. However, crypto has been the most influential and has given it many opportunities. “Not only have I made money trading cryptocurrencies, but I have also worked with crypto companies,” he said.

Chike Okonkwo (ranged) with his teammates at Gamic Guild.

Okonkwo explained that blockchain offers “many opportunities for us in Africa and the world globally.” He believes it enables people to create 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 transform their lives economically.”

Alongside Okonkwo, Ukeme Okuku, also from Nigeria, shared his thoughts on Web3 in their local communities. According to Okuku, while there are many active Africans in design and community management, the “biggest problem” right now is awareness.

“Space is still a niche because of crypto and blockchain. There are very few people who know about it.”

Overcoming Skills 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 the people of India. He noticed:

“They had to go to a good school, go to a good university and then apply for jobs. You couldn’t apply for anything without these good references.”

However, the delegate explained that it is very easy for a person without a brilliant academic track record to get into Web3. He believes that in Web3, “a person just needs to have skills.”

The delegate explained that there are many areas in his country where people do not get enough support. However, these limitations are mitigated at Web3, and that’s because of the Internet. “You have the internet, you have the power,” he said.

Rethinking among skeptics in the Philippines

A Web3 developer from the Philippines, Jene Dizon believes that there are many opportunities for Filipinos in the Web3 industry at present. As a person who has worked in crypto for more than five years, Dizon believes there is a great demand for Web3 talent in the region. He noticed:

“There are many opportunities in Web3 for Filipinos. The introduction of Web3 is not only for first world countries but also for developing countries. However, I believe it may take about 2-3 years for it to fully integrate into the mainstream.”

Apart from that, Dizon pointed out the similarities between the early days of the internet and the current launch of Web3 in the country. “When the internet started in our country, there were also many skeptics. But now everything is online,” he said.

Jene Dizon (left) with Brazilian star Daniel Matsunaga.

“I think the same thing will happen with Web3 at home,” Dizon said. He noted that while there are still many skeptics, they are slowly changing their minds and embracing the technology, and at the right time it will be applied to 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 the moment, Martinovic believes that the introduction of Web3 in his country is just beginning and that people will see Web3 projects in his country soon.

“At the moment there are no local projects supporting Web3. […] But I think we’ll start seeing them soon. Of course, everyone in every country is going in that direction.”

Martinovic also highlighted the low barriers to entry into Web3. “To just jump to Web3, you don’t even need a bank account,” he said. Because of this, even developing regions have a chance to get involved.