TES, L4 Ventures and Blockgeeks: Building on the Blockchain (Part II)

On January 23rd, Twitter Canada hosted TES and L4 Ventures for an evening of exploring Ethereum — namely, its capabilities and limitations from both an enterprise and engineering perspective. This is the second half of a two-part blog post that will cover the latter. To read more about our session on Ethereum and enterprise, head to part one.

Building on the Blockchain

Following a talk from Ethan and Josh of L4 Ventures, the second half of the evening was dedicated to an open coding workshop. Led by Toronto-based Blockgeeks, the workshop brought together over 80 local developers eager to learn more about building on the Ethereum blockchain.

A large takeaway from Ethan’s earlier remarks was that the need to push innovative efforts in Ethereum research and development could not be more urgent. He noted that in order to not get stuck in the local optima, we should push towards Ethereum 2.0: an Ethereum that is robust in scale and privacy, and most importantly, a collaborative effort. Groups like Blockgeeks play a large part in making Ethan’s vision a reality by bringing together groups of developers that are just as diverse and decentralized as the currency itself.

“Right now, there are lots of challenges and we need more engineers to be building the future of blockchain apps for society. BlockGeeks educates developers and teaches them how to leverage their existing skills to build these decentralized apps. It’s a win-win because while they are building their knowledge, they are contributing to the blockchain infrastructure that will be crucial to building better apps in the future.”

– Jack Wu – Instructor, BlockGeeks



Haseeb, Blockgeeks Instructor, kicked off the workshop with a bit of technical history on the platform. He noted that Bitcoin was a big deal to early adopters because it created an economic incentive to participate — but its blockchain only has 10,000 nodes. By comparison, Ethereum’s 23,000 creates a more general purpose platform conducive to programming. With the Ethereum public blockchain, the goal for many is to generate same level of trust and confidence in a computer programs using this same principle of economic gain.

With that in mind, the goal of this workshop was to bring together Ethereum devs to share knowledge and write decentralized applications. With a focus on building an Ethereum blockchain explorer and smart contracts in Solidity, developers left feeling more confident in their skills.

“For me, seeing such a huge turnout here tonight has been amazing. It’s really cool to see people so engaged and asking questions and also taking home valuable skills. I’m really lucky to be a part of it.”

– Jack Wu – Instructor, Blockgeeks

Aaron Ballantyne