A Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator will host a bitcoin job exposition for those seeking employment in the cryptocurrency industry.

The Bitcoin Job Fair will take place on 3rd May at the Plug and Play Technology Center in Sunnyvale, California, from 1pm-5pm (PST).

Notable employers include Circle Internet Financial, BitPay and Blockchain, among others.

Scott Robinson, who leads bitcoin efforts at Plug and Play, told CoinDesk:

“The entire message is to show, effectively, that bitcoin is hiring right now.”

Engineering talent

Robinson says that he expects over 250 job seekers to come talk with the major employers mentioned above, as well as smaller bitcoin startups that operate in Silicon Valley:

“We’ve also paired with both the accelerator programs at Boost and 500 Startups, so a couple of their companies will be present.”

The employers at the fair will look for talent that can bring engineering and development expertise.

Important skills, according to Robinson, include an understanding of the bitcoin protocol, the bitcoin client, and of the measures needed to secure people’s cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin companies want to become next-generation mainstream technology businesses embracing the new financial paradigm. People already working at established technology companies will be attractive to employers at the job fair.

Said Robinson:

“I think we’ve moved from a fringe market [to one in which] people from Google and Apple are looking to jump on bitcoin.”

About Plug and Play

The Plug and Play Technology Center has been involved in the bitcoin space for some time now. It hosts the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup every Tuesday at 6pm and is now accelerating bitcoin startups in its business incubator programme.

Plug and Play's offices in Sunnyvale. Source: Bitcoin Job FairPlug and Play’s offices in Sunnyvale. Source: Bitcoin Job Fair

Blockchain’s head of security Andreas Antonopoulos is also expected to briefly speak to attendees of the fair around 3pm.

Robinson believes that the event could be one of the largest gatherings of global job talent in the cryptocurrency currency industry to date. He said:

“The type of people that are coming to Silicon Valley for bitcoin are being drawn from all parts of the world.”

Startup accelerators, software development expertise and venture capital investment is making Silicon Valley one of the epicenters for bitcoin companies. This job fair is validation of that, Robinson said:

“There’s definitely a [bitcoin] technology hub that is forming here. Not just because of the capital available, but because of the level of talent.”

Registration for the Bitcoin Job Fair is open and available for free for those interested in attending.

 

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