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UCLA’s First Official Blockchain Course

December 14, 2018

 

Public interest in cryptocurrencies has historically followed the price movement of Bitcoin. If Bitcoin goes way up or way down, many will track the proportional movement of internet keyword searches for “Bitcoin.” However, in the past two years, there has been major growth both in opportunities for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology employment, and for educational programs related to the industry.

 

It has become a prevalent industry problem that there is more development and marketing work regarding these technologies than there are people available to fill the positions. Because of this, major companies such as IBM have been behind sponsorships and partnerships to develop these programs. A new research center was created for Columbia University in partnership with IBM, and other major global universities have followed suite. For the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany, they took one step further by developing certificates for their course of study at Blockchain that are awarded on their own blockchain based system of forgery-proof certificates for its diplomas.

 

UCLA and MouseBelt

 

The Mousebelt Blockchain Accelerator program is establishing their first program in America at the University of California Los Angeles. They are on a global mission to help perpetuate the strong developer community that has brought cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology this far.

 

At MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator we believe that blockchain has the potential to change the world and that by supporting students we can encourage growth and innovation in the space… We are committed to enhancing the developer community and see more real-world application projects built. Funding this course is a perfect way to encourage students to choose careers in blockchain and contribute their talents to the industry.

 

Technical Blockchain Programming

 

UCLA won’t be following suite of many other universities that have started their blockchain educational programs with courses that cover the applications in the finance industry. The focus of their first blockchain course will be Technical Blockchain Programming. This is a long term approach to the young field of technology, as most believe that it still has a long way to go to be able to achieve a working global scale.

 

The university had offered blockchain and cryptocurrency seminars before in partnership with the Anderson School of Management, but this is the first official course. It will be worth 4 credits and is lead by Professor John Villasenor. He is is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, management, and public policy, in addition to instructing courses as a visiting professor of law.

The primary topics for the course will include hash functions, public key cryptography, digital signatures, proof of work, proof of stake, the Solidity programming language, Ethereum, the Ethereum virtual machine, decentralized applications, smart contracts, and tokens.

 

 

By: BGN Editorial Staff

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