This asynchronous training will: 

  • Introduce the concept of blockchain, explain how it works, and define key concepts.
  • Discuss the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

  • Describe how blockchain can be applied to anti-proliferation efforts for WMD focusing on chemical supply chain use cases.

  • Discuss the STIMSON Center’s MATCH real-world blockchain MATCH prototype.

This asynchronous, online video course following the foundational discussions in the webinar will further demonstrate strategies to promote good cyber-hygiene and how you might insulate your organization from exploitation or cyberattack from those interested in acquiring genomic information for dangerous and malign use. The asynchronous course will be delivered to you following the February 16 webinar. We hope participants can complete this course by the end of February which will better inform our in-person engagement in Cape Town in March to accommodate the needs of participants. 

Points of Contact:

Danny Briley, CRDF Global, 

Barbara Del Castello, CRDF Global,

The U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global are pleased to invite innovators and entrepreneurs from businesses, incubator spaces, and innovation hubs in Brazil, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Poland, and South Africa to participate in a training program and hackathon. This program aims to counter misuse of emerging technologies with potential WMD and WMD-related delivery systems applications  and supporting women in the emerging technology security sphere. The project seeks to engage 100 participants through an online asynchronous course to highlight good practices in establishing a culture of security. Following the asynchronous course, CRDF Global will implement four virtual hackathons, with 20 participants per hackathon, which will take place in-person at local incubator hubs in Brazil, Malaysia, Poland, and South Africa. CRDF Global will then administer 12 grants designed to sustainably further the impacts of the asynchronous course and hackathons. The asynchronous course will be implemented one month prior to the date of the hackathons on a rolling basis and the hackathons will be implemented at a pace of one per month from June to September 2023.