Is the country of Morocco embracing blockchain technology? If so, how might this help the national economy, and how might it jump-start vitality in Moroccan communities?
Postings on a meetup website show some entrepreneurs and others have taken the initiative to hold blockchain meetups to explore this ground-breaking technology. A February post shows this is the first of its kind of workshop for those interested in using blockchain for economic development.
Areiel Wolanow at Finserv Experts has his own ideas about the value of these meetups, and how they can foster new business models in the Maghreb region.
“Blockchain meetups are usually organized for one or more specific purposes,” Wolanow told Maghreb News Wire, citing education, networking, sales enhancement and collaboration as potential focus points. “Generally, the more long-term successful meet ups are the ones that are transparent about their purpose. Most people don’t mind listening to a sales pitch if that is what they are expecting … but when a meetup claims to be about education or networking and ends up being a sales pitch instead, people don’t come back.”
Wolanow said most participants want to hear about real-world experience.
“If somebody chooses to attend a blockchain meetup, odds are high they already know at least as much as you could learn from Wikipedia or a little bit of Googling,” Wolanow said. “They are attending because they want to hear from someone who actually has experience implementing a solution, and can talk about the problems, lessons and failures as well as the successes. Talking about radical visions is great, but you have to earn your credibility first before people will take your vision seriously.”
To make sure those in attendance receive something of value, Wolanow said, organizers should try to provide specific use cases and contact information or other data that will help to provide more background on the local and regional uses of blockchain. Other guidelines depend on the audience -- for instance, Wolanow said, for an audience of investors, organizers could provide guidance on how to do due diligence for investments.
Citing existing blockchain meetups in London, Wolanow said the same kind of projects have the potential to work quite out well in helping stakeholders in places like the Maghreb to take advantage of these new cryptocurrency-related technologies. Items like meetup postings are tell-tale signs that some Moroccans are jumping on board the bandwagon and looking to benefit from the cutting-edge ledger technology that is interesting government leaders and top business people around the world.