Blockchain Startup Citizens Reserve Adds Duke University for Educational Initiative


Blockchain technology is an evolving world, and the time will come when more developers are needed to push it along even further.

There has been multiple colleges and universities around the world to launch small programs to allow their students to learn about the technology. In a recent annoucement on Friday, Duke University has embarked on this endeavor as well, partnering with Citizens Reserve, a blockchain startup, to help students develop both an interest and education involving blockchain technology.

Citizens Reserve is led by former employees of the Deloitte blockchain, and they have expressed plans to start an incubation lab on the Duke campus. This new lab will let students explore and work on real blockchain projects, as well as host events centered around the blockchain.

The company will be a source of support for Duke as the university assembles a curriculum for blockchain technology. During this time, students will have access to blockchain experts, who will ultimately help them find employment after graduation.

The chief innovation officer at Citizens Reserve – Yonathan Lapchik – spoke on the new partnership, adding that he is an alum of Duke MBA, adding to his excitement on leading the program. He commented on how other industries are already getting involved with blockchain, learning the extent with which it can be used.

This growth is an indicator of how necessary it is to teach students the skills and knowledge to be the next innovation for the technology.

In September, Citizens Reserve launched SUKU, a supply chain platform that integrated both Ethereum and Quorum blockchains. The students participating with Duke’s new program will have access to this platform for their various projects. The lab already has many of the tools, including mining rigs, that students will need to explore and learn the industry from firsthand participation.

A finance professor with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Campbell Harvey, will be the program’s faculty advisory. Harvey expressed excitement to be involved with the technology, on behalf of Duke, which already has a course called “Innovation and Cryptoventures,” which launched by the professor.

Harvey has also been pivotal in founding the Duke Blockchain Led, which is an organization led by students to connect with the blockchain community and professionals already involved in it.

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