Regional hub will focus on blockchain innovation, talent development and community education in Africa Marieke Flament, CEO of NEAR Foundation, said the collaboration represents an opportunity to work with local talent NEAR Foundation announced the launch of a regional hub in partnership with the Kenyan blockchain community Sankore. The Swiss non-profit organization is responsible for managing the evolution and governance of the NEAR protocol, a blockchain compatible with smart contracts launched in 2020. The hub would be supported by a core team of four and led by Sankore founder Kevin Imani. It would support blockchain innovation, educate communities and enhance talent development on the largest continent: Africa. The hub will also feature the Sankore Bounty ecosystem, have an incubation program, an academy and hold events. All of this serves to provide a platform for top African blockchain developers. “We are thrilled to work with NEAR to educate and nurture individuals of talent by helping them to become world-class blockchain developers. The NEAR protocol allows the brightest developers of the future to create customized solutions with scalability, security and transparency and this hub is the next step in making our shared vision a reality “, has stated Imani. Kenya and Africa in general are full of potential The newly established program will improve the position of blockchain technology in Kenya. Current market data confirms that the East African country is already a leader in adopting this technology. The blockchain and data analytics platform Chainalysis last September revealed that Kenya ranked fifth in the Global Crypto Adoption Index of 2021. It also stated that Kenya is a leader in volume of crypto transactions, with peer-to-peer trading platforms having the highest trading volumes. NEAR Foundation CEO Marieke Flament noted this potential and predicted that entry into Africa could play a significant role in the evolution of the blockchain space. Flament also noted that the partnership offers the opportunity to work with local talent. The plan is to spread beyond the Kenyan capital as well. Nairobi, in regions with little blockchain exposure in the country. ” We are excited about the potential pathways across Africa for blockchain solutions, which come from innovation in development, education and talent. This hub represents a unique opportunity to collaborate with local talent not only for the opportunities we know exist today, but also for the opportunities that have yet to be created in the future “, has noted NEAR Foundation CEO. The effort should pay off, as Sankore NEAR-Meets pointed out.