Students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have formed a group related to Blockchain Technology. The group, Blockchain at UCLA, has also launched a course, Engineering 188 to educate other students on what Blockchain is and its application. Their aim is to foster the growth of this modern technology by encouraging the interest and talent of their colleagues.
Club’s Event Gets Speakers From the FBI and Microsoft
Although the club was formed in 2017, this is the first time they have decided to offer a Blockchain course. In the past, most of their activities involved sitting together and discussing Blockchain and its potentials. There were also events such as a conference which saw to the participation of 500 people and speakers from Microsoft and the FBI.
It seems that the group has decided to take it one step further by actually launching a course to that effect. John Villasenor, a Professor in the Engineering department of the school will lecture on Engineering 188. Some Computer Science students will assist him in offering the needed guidance to their colleagues.
Creating a Blockchain Community to Provide Opportunities
Jason Huan, a co-founder of the group expressed his excitement towards the new course. He said that his vision for establishing the club was to create a community of Blockchain enthusiasts in the school. This is because Blockchain can provide a lot of opportunities for students.
Andrew Musk, a student who oversees the consulting and communications aspect of the club also made comments. According to him, UCLA did not have a formal meeting place to discuss the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Whereas, other schools had clubs, majors and even classes to educate them on the DLT.
Musk also added that at one time or the other, many people have heard of Blockchain, but most have made assumptions as to what it is. Very few know what it entails especially when it comes to the area of cryptocurrency. Therefore, there is a need to stir the interest of students at UCLA as to what Blockchain really is and the things that can be achieved through its application.
Blockchain’s Adoption in Universities
This is just one more school where students are trying to foster the adoption of the DLT. In Morgan State University, Baltimore students are developing uses cases for Blockchain in their school. They narrowed down to areas in the institution where improvements are needed. Next, Blockchain-based projects will be launch to bring about efficiency.
Other than students, the Universities themselves as well as government and private organizations are trying to encourage Blockchain courses in the learning environment. Moreover, the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) recently launched a Blockchain tool to teach its graduates’ areas where the technology can be applied.