Growing crypto project Zilliqa have announced a new education initiative that aims to help people get into the crypto and blockchain industry from a more academic perspective. The initiative, named Blockchain A-Z wants to nurture a new move towards academia, helping new people learn about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology with the review to study and research at a higher level in later life. Zilliqa want to help prepare the next generation for blockchain adoption.
The project will be run in partnership with King’s College London and will start by running a number of free workshops that will allow students to come along and learn more about blockchain technologies. The first session will be held at the University on the 26th of March, with each topic being covered over four weekly workshops, taught by the Developer Marketing Lead at Zilliqa, Saiba Kataruka.
According to Crypto Briefing, Kataruka has commented on the new initiative:
“We’re very excited to be engaging with a creative community. For those starting from scratch, we hope that Blockchain A-Z will equip them with the necessary foundational knowledge to work in one of the most exciting areas of the tech industry today.”
The CEO of Zilliqa, Xinshu Dong has added:
“Blockchain education is essential in securing a sustainable future for the wider industry. With Zilliqa’s roots in academic research, Blockchain A-Z enables us to not only give back to academia but to also engage with the next-generation of talent and equip them with the necessary knowledge and resources to bring their ideas to life.”
At the start, Blockchain A-Z will be set up for KCL students only, though the view is to expand this to other Universities across the UK over the year. Students from a range of academic backgrounds will be welcome to attend, with workshops covering both the business and the technological aspects of blockchain technology.
A very exciting part of this, also comes through a grant set up by Zilliqa, the Zilliqa Ecosystem Grant Program, that currently holds around $5 million for blockchain development. Students within the workshops that show promise and have bold ideas will be invited to take part in a scheme that could see them have access to a share of the grant.
Jun Ming Yong, the President of KCL Blockchain, a society at the University has said:
“In recent years, we’ve observed an increasing demand for general blockchain education. Amid the flurry of excitement surrounding emerging tech, we’ve found that there’s a lack of guidance and resources for talented students eager to kickstart their careers in the nascent world of blockchain.”
The initiative promises to help ensure future academics are set up with the blockchain knowledge that they need to succeed in the future.