The University of California, Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator and Parity Technologies will work together to develop the University’s blockchain curriculum.
The collaboration, announced on March 4 and shared with The Daily Chain, will see the three institutions use Parity’s Substrate blockchain-building framework as a hands-on tool. The partnership is hoped to build awareness and adoption of blockchain technology in the community around Berkeley.
The ongoing academic year will see Parity’s developer education team work closely with Berkeley’s faculty, students and community that have blockchain technology included in their curriculum. The team is expected to be involved in the preparation of course work as well as provide support to educators, students and developers working with blockchain solutions.
Parity will also work with the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator to help give guidance to students and entrepreneurs that are looking to launch potential blockchain unicorn startups built on general blockchains, as well as Polkadot and the Web 3.0 ecosystem.
Polkadot founder set to feature in lecture series
Another interesting part of the announcement is the involvement of Polkadot and Ethereum co-founder Dr. Gavin Wood, who will present a lecture as part of the University’s A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture series later this month.
Wood is renowned in the cryptocurrency industry for his work on Ethereum, having worked as the project’s first chief technology officer and independently coding the earliest version of the smart contract blockchain in C++. As the announcement highlighted, Wood is the author of the Ethereum technical paper and is credited as the inventor of the Ethereum Virtual Machine – which powers the world’s preeminent smart contract blockchain.
Wood also created the Solidity programming language and co-founded Parity Technologies, follwed by the Polkadot Network. As both Etheruem and Polkadot continue to power the booming world of Decentralized Finance, Wood is set to share valuable insights to some of the world’s brightest young minds coming into the blockchain space through his involvement in Berkeley’s new programme.
Dr. Wood believes that the partnership and curriculum will be crucial in shaping the minds of new industry participants that will be building the next generation of the internet.
“Blockchain innovation moves fast, and as we advance this industry beyond legacy networks into next-generation, production-grade blockchains like Polkadot, it is critical that the next generation of coders, engineers, and entrepreneurs are up to speed on what it takes to make it in this competitive space. If we are to achieve the Web 3.0 vision I outlined in 2015, students like Berkeley’s must-see an alternative to the traditional Silicon Valley Web 2.0 world they are used to diving into straight out of school,” Dr. Wood said in a statement.
Two years of blockchain support
Berkeley’s Blockchain Xcelerator programme has been running since January 2019 and was set up to help blockchain startups with high-value potential and build a reputation as a leading source of blockchain educational curriculums.
45 blockchain companies have passed through the accelerator programme, of which Acala is one of the most high-profile firms having attracted $7mln in a series A funding round.