Komodo Platform And University Of Texas At Arlington Form Blockchain Partnership
Blockchain service ecosystem Komodo Platform is a leader in the technology industry. As an advocate for educational outreach events and the integration of blockchain, they’ve established several partnerships this year. Back in April, Komodo decided to bond with EduBlock, which is an organization in Puerto Rico that works towards bringing blockchain technology into the course materials in universities.
In the most recent move by Komodo, they have decided to collaborate with University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), which is known for its investment with research. By creating this partnership, they are able to advance a section of the university’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, which is called Data-Driven Discovery.
This collaboration will provide who senior design projects with the funding that they need, along with scholarships for two undergraduates and two graduates for a single year at UTA. Students must apply for the grants and scholarships to be considered. For the senior design teams, they will be working to create apps on the Komodo platform that will be built on blockchain. The goal is to create a version of more widely-used applications that can be functional on the blockchain. The students on the teams will be working alongside the Komodo workers to improve their performance.
Komodo wants to urge the rest of the communities in North Texas to get involved as well, which is why they have sponsored an educational blockchain competition. This competition invites high schools, community colleges, and traditional colleges and universities to participate.
In their final part of their plan, Komodo Platform plans to offer new documentation and support that can be taught in the classrooms at UTA. The curriculum will start being taught in Spring 2019 and will provide changes for projects that involve blockchain app creation.
Chief Marketing Officer for Komodo Platform, Steve Lee, said,
“Often, when an emerging technology comes to the market, it’s extremely difficult to find developers with experience in the field— it’s all brand-new. That’s why Komodo believes it’s so important to engage the young developer community by focusing on education.”
He added that this collaboration will,
“give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience while also allowing Komodo to benefit from the innovative mindset and creative problem-solving skills young developers bring.”
The Senior Lecturer for UTA, and the leader at the university for this effort, Dr. Datta, said,
“I’ve been investing in cryptocurrency for a while, and as I started to research where blockchain and cryptocurrency technology is going, I saw that some Wall Street firms and big banks were beginning to set up teams to invest in blockchain technology and were developing their own blockchain infrastructures. The more I looked into it, the more I saw potential for widespread use that would impact my students. The technology needs more developers to make it more scalable and affordable, and this is an opportunity to fill a need and give UTA students an edge in the marketplace.”
One of Dr. Datta’s supporters, Dr. Hong Jiang of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UTA, commented that this partnership is a prime example of the strategic themes they strive for.
“Computer Science and Engineering is a constantly changing field, with new technologies emerging all the time. We owe it to our students to keep abreast of these emerging technologies and provide the students with opportunities to learn to use them. I am happy that Sajib pursued this opportunity with Komodo, and that it has turned into a mutually beneficial partnership that could establish us as a national leader in blockchain education.”