Cryptocurrency and blockchain are more than buzzwords—they’re also job-generating industries. In fact, recent studies revealed that there have been more than 300% jump in job openings within the cryptocurrency and blockchain sectors, and the continued growth showed blockchain employers are confident in the market opportunity and in their teams.

Topping the leaderboard with most job openings are San Francisco and New York, according to employer review site Glassdoor. Outside of the United States, London leads the pack followed by Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto. That’s not surprising, given that these locations are considered the big tech cities of the world. However, new and mid-sized cities are now poised to be the next-generation tech hubs, all thanks to blockchain technology.

Case in point is the city of Iloilo in the central part of the Philippines, a country that is considered to be the world’s second largest IT outsourcing destination. And it is in this city that StackTrek launched its blockchain-focused training program, StackLab, to help the pool of developers and engineers build their skillset and work on blockchain tech—with particular focus on Bitcoin BCH, the one true public blockchain.

StackLab is supported by and its owner, Antiguan entrepreneur Calvin Ayre, who contributed over $150,000 to fund the initiative whose goal is to create technology hubs in next-generation cities of the Philippines. nChain is helping shape the training program curriculum, and is also providing projects for the trainees to work on.

A total of 650 people took part in StackLab’s pre-training tournament, which screens the trainee candidates using the world’s most unbiased programmer capability evaluation test funded by the World Bank and recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The pre-training coding tournament was held city-wide, and supported by the mayor of Iloilo City and the chairwoman of the Education Council.

After completing the six-month training program, the developer trainees will receive support from StackLab to find employment.

StackLab, however, is more than just training the future blockchain tech developers. Co-founder Bill Yuen said, “We also toured different schools with our blockchain speaking series, affecting 1,000-plus students.”

This initiative is another of Calvin Ayre’s many social initiatives for the Philippines. If you want to learn more about StackLab and how you can help spread the adoption of Bitcoin BCH, why not join the upcoming CoinGeek Week Conference, happening in London this November? Tickets to the conference are still available via Eventbrite.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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