Women In Web3 Paris wants to feminize blockchain and cryptos

Posted Oct 5, 2022, 7:00 AM

Women in Blockchain, World of Women (NFT), Women of Web3, Les Hackeuses, La Mineuse… Empowerment initiatives for women in the Web3 universe, whether in France or abroad, are multiplying. The latest to date is the Parisian association WiW3, Women In Web3 (independent of its American big sister) which, in turn, wishes to help a majority of women to invest in this new ecosystem.

At the origin of WiW3, there are four girls with complementary profiles. The youngest, Ava Kouhana, just 21, is still an engineering student at ENSAE. Naomie Halioua, 25, a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Dauphine, works in DeFi – or decentralized finance – at the start-up studio Pyratzlabs, specializing in Web3. Phoebe Beigbeder, 25, is VC Project Analyst at Atka (a consulting firm in blockchain projects) after having worked at the French leader in cryptocurrencies Ledger and co-organized NFT Paris 2021. Finally, Anaelle Guez, 34, created Achyle (digital tools for the legal profession), after having spent six years in the legal department of the Havas group.

Four Girls in Web3

Their common point? “We are all interested in the revolution that Web3 will generate on the technical, cultural and community levels”, enthuses Ava, the young vice-president. This data scientist has been passionate about blockchain since reading the book “Big Bang Blockchain” by journalist Stéphane Loignon. She was then 16 years old. “The subject fascinated me and then it was gears. Maths, science, artificial intelligence, quantum physics… I became passionate about it”smiles the young engineer.

An internship at Dogami, a French start-up that allows you to adopt a virtual dog, confirms her vocation. It is also there that she meets Naomie and that they will seal their friendship. “We regularly went to Web3 events and we didn’t see many women there even though we rubbed shoulders with them outside. We wondered why they didn’t go there. They admitted to us that they did not dare. They saw themselves as beginners and did not feel legitimate.. Their reaction, characteristic of impostor syndrome, prompts the two girlfriends to react.

Just before summer, they launched a call on LinkedIn to bring together women interested in Web3 for an evening in Paris. “We expected about forty responses. In the end, more than 300 women responded positively », is still surprised today Ava. Sponsored by The Sandbox, a ‘play-to-earn’ game – which allows players to win rewards and real money – the event will be an opportunity to reinforce the intuition of the two friends. “We said to ourselves that we had to try to feminize this new ecosystem, which is still very immature. That to move the lines, it was the right time! ». The Women In Web3 Paris association was born in the process, with Phoebe and Anaelle, as co-founders. Their leitmotif: connect, educate and give a place to women in Web3.

Highlighting the muses of Web3

To date, there are more than thirty of them actively working to increase the power of their association. “We want to highlight inspiring women from Web3 as much as possible, through podcasts on Spotify, videos on Youtube, tweets, articles, webinars, meetups”, lists Ava. The student is in particular responsible for carrying out interviews-debates on technical or topical subjects with big names in the ecosystem. “The goal is to educate as many people as possible and demystify technology”she says.

She received Claire Balva, blockchain pioneer in France, Blockchain and Cryptos Director at KPMG. “We talked about Ban Tornado Cashthe environmental impact of the blockchain, the state regulation of cryptos », underlines the student. Another guest, Karolina Gorna, cybersecurity and blockchain expert at KPMG, and former president of Kryptosphere®, the first student association in France specializing in blockchain. The topics discussed? “Hyper-dependence on private keys, DDoS attacks (by denial of service, editor’s note), traceability in web2, the cost of smart contract audits…”. Upcoming interviews are scheduled with Faustine Fleuret president of ADAN – an association that brings together professionals in the digital asset and blockchain technology sector in France and Europe -, to talk about the regulation of cryptocurrencies, and Amira Bouguera, cryptography expert.

WiW3 also aims to organize workshops “to learn, for example, in small groups, how to secure a wallet, that is to say a portfolio of cryptocurrencies”to set up conferences with schools“to address the young generation of women” and to help companies find Web3 talent through a job offers platform accessible on the association’s website or job offers published on its LinkedIn page.

DeFi Special on October 13

For the time being, the energy of the volunteers is focused on the organization of a new event scheduled for the evening of October 13 in the premises of the 42 school in Paris. It will focus on the theme of risk management in DeFi and will be sponsored by the French decentralized finance protocol Morpho . Experts will speak during the evening such as Ava Cavaglione, co-founder of the DeFi start-up Konkrete, Charlotte Eli, co-founder of Atlendis Lab and Naomie Halioua, DeFi expert and… president of Women In Web3 Paris!

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