Canada’s George Brown College to Create New Blockchain Development Program


Blockchain is being integrated to multiple companies and industries around the world, but developers seem to be in short supply. The only chance that the industry has to advance is to keep up with the demand for new innovators, and the George Brown College in Canada will soon be making a blockchain development program available for newcomers. This is the first college in the country to provide this kind of course for students.

During this program, users will be provided with information about blockchain technology, the architecture, and the applications for which it can be used in the industry. Furthermore, the curriculum was created with the assistance of industry professionals that are working on different projects that involve DLT ledgers already.

Based on the press release, computer technology chair Albert Danison said:

“The most significant challenge inhibiting growth in blockchain today is sourcing qualified talent. With this new program, we are helping build the workforce that Canada needs to harness and ensure mainstream adoption of the technology.”

There are multiple institutions in other parts of the world that are taking the initiative to develop these programs. MIT and Princeton are two universities within the United States that already have programs for blockchain certification or even for students to take on as a major.

The Blockchain Development program for George Brown gives them a complete rundown of the designing and implementing their own decentralized applications, smart contracts, and more. This course will also tell them about the current regulations and security practices that they must abide by, though it isn’t clear if the education includes details about the regulations in other countries, too.

For now, there will only be 20 students that are initially accepted, as the school uses an “executive format” during the three semesters that the certification takes. One of the parties involved in the curriculum, Marc Lijour of ConsenSys, said:

“The blockchain industry is growing rapidly so more educational programs will help provide companies with access to top talent. Research by ICTC estimates that by 2024, more than 100,000 blockchain jobs will be created in Canada. … I’m calling upon my former colleagues in the education ministries to help us scale this program in the months ahead.”

The launch for the program is planned for September 4th, 2018.

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