Addressing the young generation, Planning Minister MA Mannan has said that they have to build their future not only by dreaming, but also through hard work.
He said, “It is not possible to change history or the past, but if you (youths) want, you can create your own future. And this is in the hands of the youth. Besides hard work, Youths should do brainstorming, research, adventure, startup, etc.”
He came up with the assertion while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) 2021 at the BCC Auditorium of ICT Tower in the capital’s Agargaon on Friday.
The Department of Information and Communication Technology, Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Blockchain Olympiad Bangladesh and Technohaven Company Limited have jointly organised the event.
Other collaborators include FBCCI, BASIS, IBA, ACI Ltd., BRAC University, Youth Policy Forum and Ekattor TV. The much-anticipated Olympiad, which started in Hong Kong, is being held in Bangladesh for the first time outside of Hong Kong.
Speaking as the special guest on the occasion, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “We are proud and really happy to host this international contest in Bangladesh.”
He said that the 12 winning teams of 'Blockchain Olympiad Bangladesh 2021' are taking part in the international stage of the event, which is a matter of pride for us.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak further said “Youths are the torchbearers of future progress. I believe that more university students will take part in the 2022 International Blockchain Olympiad.”
Hong Kong Blockchain Society President Lawrence Ma said “It was very difficult to organise such an international event amid the coronavirus situation this year. Bangladesh has been able to do the job successfully, which is really commendable.”
The CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council Sandra Ro spoke as a keynote speaker. Additional Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology Khandaker Azizul Islam and Prof Mohammad Kaikobad of BRAC University’s CSE Department were also present during the ceremony.
BCC Executive Director and Additional Secretary Dr Md Abdul Mannan presided over the programme.
The three-day Olympiad will continue till October 10.