UC Berkeley & Parity Technologies Partner to Boost Polkadot Blockchain Education Efforts

  • California-based, University of Berkeley partners with a blockchain development firm, Parity Technologies, to create a blockchain curriculum for students and boost education efforts on the blockchain.

Announced this Thursday, the partnership between UC Berkeley and Parity Technologies will kick-off for the remaining part of the 2020-2021 academic year. The partnership aims to enhance blockchain adoption to students and faculty at the university through collaboration to create a solid curriculum and projects and strengthen overall blockchain education across learning institutions.

However, this is not the first time UC Berkeley is headlining a blockchain partnership, previously having hosted a Ripple Inc. blockchain event. In January 2019, UC Berkeley launched its blockchain development accelerator program, Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, to support curriculum development and support new blockchain startups.

Parity joins forces with the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator to create a blockchain curriculum and provide educational panels for students. Speaking at the launch of the Xcelerator program, Gloria Zhao, president of Blockchain at Berkeley, said,

“Blockchain at Berkeley strives to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in our students, so we are excited to help lead this initiative and assist the next generation of blockchain innovators.”

The partnership will also see Polkadot’s co-founder, Gavin Wood, give lectures on blockchain at the university later this month. Parity Technologies founded Polkadot, the sixth largest crypto in market cap, which is also being promoted by the Xcelerator program.

Parity Technologies, on its part, aims to use its substrate blockchain-building framework to educate and learn from the students and teachers on blockchain development. Additionally, Parity will advise and mentor early blockchain startups teaching students how to develop and launch startups on blockchains.

Jocelyn Weber, an executive at the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, believes a partnership with Parity is key in enhancing educative efforts and curriculum development for students interested in blockchains. Weber said,

“We strive to expose our students to the tools and skills they will need to enter this space and immediately start making significant contributions.”

“[…] which is why improving their knowledge with tools such as Substrate and networks like Polkadot will be an important part of our curriculum development.”

UC Berkeley has built its brand as a blockchain supporter for the past few years, and the partnership with Parity is yet another step to achieve wide blockchain adoption. Back in October 2018, the university hosted the first crypto-powered music festival allowing event-goers to acquire products, services, and experiences within the event’s network using crypto.

Notwithstanding, Blockchain at Berkeley is also a member of the Universal Protocol Alliance, an organization aiming at accelerating the adoption of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain-backed systems.

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