The Department of Computer Science Virginia Tech has launched a initiative in blockchain research and education. With a signature gift from partners at Block.one, funds will be used primarily to update and develop blockchain courses and curricula and hire faculty and staff for the department. This will enable the university to deliver a full cutting-edge blockchain offering, including a variety of courses, an undergraduate minor or concentration in blockchain development, a blockchain challenge and a boot camp or short course. Program implementation began fall 2018.
Virginia Tech alumnus Dan Larimer will contribute knowledge and expertise to the initiative. Larimer is chief technology officer at Block.one and a specialist in software development and the inventor of the widely adopted Dpos (Delegated-Proof-Of-Stake) blockchain consensus mechanism.
“I’m excited to further engage the Virginia Tech community and introduce blockchain technology to students here in Blacksburg,” said Larimer. “Blockchain has infinite uses in the commercial, nonprofit, and private sectors from securing social media accounts to tracking supply chains. The boot camp and challenge, I hope, will stoke an interest in those who want to be part of the blockchain revolution.”
Blockchain Challenge is a semester-long blockchain application development competition led by the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech and Block.one. Student teams of two to five participants will compete for prizes.