Abstract: Ever thought of the groundbreaking and fastest rising industries? Here comes the blockchain technology, as a means of reducing costs, increasing efficiency and revolutionizing all industries, including but not limited to Natural Resources, Energy, Finance, Insurance, Real estate, Shipping, Dapp, etc.
The market for recruiting blockchain specialists is skyrocketing and will continue growing even further as more prototypes enter into production, while the skilled workforce is in extremely short supply.
The competition is fierce in multiple layers, not only businesses compete for blockchain talent and start-ups, but maneuver with innovative business models (i.e. token sales, ICOs), which attract multimillion dollar funds.
Blockchain technology is the base for smart contracts, which can govern any arbitrary interaction, and the decentralized application layer built on top of smart contracts will become a disruptive frontier for any industry. Nevertheless, real-world data is the most important contributing factor guaranteeing smart contracts smooth operation on the basis of real-world events and therefore generating utmost value.
Blockchain facilitates the transfer of encrypted data on natural resource, money, insurance, financial records between companies, people and institutions. The latter protects fraudulent activities towards data while providing instant updates to all interested stakeholders.
Below is the listing of universities, which will help you seize your career in blockchain and become a valuable asset for potential employers.
They are the first major university in the world offering blockchain and cryptocurrencies courses since 2014. The first course launched was “The Law and Business of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies”. The course was held by Geoffrey Miller (NYU School of Law) and David Yermack (NYU Stern School of Business).
The course syllabus included the following modules:
- What is money?
- Bank-created money
- The instability of bank-created money
- Non-bank payment vehicles
- Where did Bitcoin come from, and how does it work?
- Bitcoin and monetary economics
- Is Bitcoin a currency, or something else?
- Using Bitcoin as a consumer
- Using Bitcoin as a business
- Legal treatment of Bitcoin
- International remittances and Bitcoin
- Bitcoin and the capital markets
- Regulating Bitcoin trading
- Bitcoin as a speculative investment
Stanford’s lab course: “Bitcoin Engineering” was concentrated on building Bitcoin-enabled applications and rewiring internet services on the basis of Bitcoin. The course was instructed by Balaji S. Srinivasan and Dan Boneh covered the following subjects:
- Introduction to Bitcoin Computing
- Bitcoin Instagram
- Bitcoin Twitter
- Bitcoin WordPress
- Bitcoin Linux
- Bitcoin Google
- Bitcoin Dropbox
The “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies” course covers all aspects of cryptocurrencies, including distributed consensus, blockchains, smart contracts and applications. In addition, the course also includes detailed case studies of Bitcoin and Ethereum.
The university offers “Innovation and Cryptoventures” course. The course covers Bitcoin Myths and Facts. Cryptofinance Cryptofinance, The blockchain innovation, discussion of all of the risks that the new technology faces. The list includes 51% problem, scalability, other technology concerns and illiquidity, understanding and forecasting disruption (i.e. medical radiology, media, mail, education, the share economy (taxis, accommodations, food), and others), introduction to venture capital, money and the law, regulatory environment, common keys, Diffie-Hellman key exchange, RSA, and ECDSA.
The university offers a blockchain course on Coursera called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies.” The course addresses the important questions about Bitcoin, such as: How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold? After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The course will provide the conceptual foundations needed to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. Finally, you will be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects.
“Blockchain Business Applications” course lays the foundation to gaining competitive advantage in the Blockchain space by providing an understanding of the competitive implications and business opportunities associated with how Blockchain is affecting global industries such as finance, real estate, retail, healthcare, arts & entertainment, government, legal, food, energy, hospitality, education, insurance, and supply chain among others.
Topics and group project concentrate on discussing and understanding how Blockchain will revolutionize our understanding of money, disrupt the role central banks have in conducting monetary policy and eliminate high-cost money transfer services and transactions costs imposed by current intermediaries.
In addition, the course unleashes near-term business opportunities to bring value to society and increase social inclusion through eliminating the time-consuming and expensive notary and escrow services, shrink the settlement time of financial contracts and transform the landscape of legal contracts and procedures.
B9lab delivers education, advisory & research on blockchain and decentralized applications for technology executives and analysts. Their courses introduce the technology, smart contracts and both technical and social frameworks relating to the technology.
Ph.D. Course – Blockchain Summer School is the first ever blockchain summer school that offers blockchain technology to be able to develop solutions within three focal industries. The course teaches how blockchain technology is disrupting existing business models and provides insights into paradigmatic changes occurring from economic, organizational and computer science viewpoints. The participants will gain computer science, information systems, and business knowledge background in order to analyze existing business processes and their potential to convert them into blockchain-based solutions. Finally, they will be able to co-create new blockchain-based cryptographic economic systems.
The university offers blockchain technology education for developers, managers, and entrepreneurs. The topics include Bitcoin Protocol, P2P Bitcoin network, P2SH, Multisig, transactions with opcodes, building blockchain browser and writing low-level transactions, Dapp overview, Smart contracts.
Although blockchain effaced cryptocurrency in 2016, nevertheless, cryptocurrency became a very hot skill in 2017. Most specifically, 15 out of the 18 most popular industry jobs specifically mentioned “cryptocurrency” in the description.
As blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies continue their triumph and gradual adoption in the future economy, consequently these technologies will register continued growth and an increased presence on campuses all over the world. “Students are just fascinated with this area,” said Neha Narula, director of M.I.T.’S Digital Currency Initiative; “they want to learn about it desperately.”