Polkadot’s Gavin Wood to Give Lecture Series as Part of UC Berkeley Blockchain Curriculum – Blockchain Bitcoin News


The University of California, Berkeley and Parity Technologies join forces on multiple blockchain fronts, including developing and raising educational institutions’ awareness using Parity’s expert team and the Substrate framework as knowledge-building resources.

UC Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is partnering with Parity to drive blockchain adoption

To bring more resources to the University of California, Berkeley Community and Blockchain Xcelerator, Parity Technologies and the academic institution are expanding the existing relationship by creating a resource-rich educational framework for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This deepened collaboration follows Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator’s existing familiarity with Parity and Polkadot ecosystem startups through its program, which has already accelerated 45 high quality blockchain projects since its inception in 2019. Through these growing connections, the Parity development team will help introduce the university’s students to innovation through a multi-faceted approach, starting with efforts focused on a blockchain curriculum.

Parity’s Blockchain Building Framework for Substrates and Polkadot’s Second Generation Protocol will play an important role in this educational effort because of their usefulness as tools and utilities in the ever-expanding ecosystem. Additionally, Parity’s engagement will include advancing new project ideas and researching other valuable educational aspects to improve the community’s overall blockchain engagement.

A hands-on approach to the blockchain guide

One of the notable developments in this new partnership will be a presentation by Dr. Be Gavin Wood. Wood, co-founder of Parity Technologies and the Polkadot Network, is well known in blockchain circles. In his previous role as CTO and co-founder of Ethereum, he was responsible for the design of the Solidity language alongside the Ethereum virtual machine.

Dr. Wood will take part in the A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series in March 2021 and offer the Berkeley community the unique opportunity to use his breadth of experience.

According to Dr. Wood

Blockchain innovations are advancing rapidly, and as we move this industry beyond old networks into next-generation production-grade blockchains like Polkadot, it is critical that the next generation of programmers, engineers, and entrepreneurs be on the cutting edge in this competitive space . If we are to achieve the Web 3.0 vision that I outlined in 2015, students like Berkeley need to see an alternative to the traditional Silicon Valley Web 2.0 world that they are used to immersing themselves in right after school.

In addition to introducing community members, faculties, and students to next generation technologies through educational programs and the lecture, Parity intends to deepen support for the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. These advisory efforts include consultations on Polkdaot development and the growing Web3 ecosystem. To date, Xcelerator has sponsored several projects for the Polkadot network. These include the decentralized financial ecosystem (defi) Acala and Stake Technologies, which offers intelligent contract functions.

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