In recent months, blockchain education on university campuses has exploded. Of the 50 top universities recently surveyed by Coinbase, nearly half of them were offering classes related to blockchain and/or cryptocurrency.

And those classes are offered in an increasingly diverse range of academic emphases.

The report states, “Coinbase’s analysis found that of the 172 classes listed by the top 50 universities, 15 percent were offered by business, economics, finance, and law departments, and four percent were in social science departments such as anthropology, history, and political science.”

Which indicates that while blockchain and cryptocurrency have their respective foundations in computer science and software engineering, their application extends well beyond those academic interests.

Innovative Education

One university in particular is taking a novel approach to offering blockchain education. The University of California-Berkeley is putting programming squarely in the hands of students. Blockchain at Berkeley is a student-run organization aimed at serving the Berkeley and regional crypto and blockchain communities. Members include Berkeley students, alumni, community members, and blockchain enthusiasts from a wide variety of educational and industrial backgrounds.

Activities of the group range from educational workshops to meetups designed to make connections between those with similar interest areas and looking to partner up on projects.

The Approach

Formally, Blockchain at Berkeley divides its activities into these categories:

  • Education: This includes more traditional blockchain education, including an open-source undergraduate cyptocurrency course, organizing the largest crypto meetup in the area and hosting tech talks, developer tutorials, workshops and more.
  • Consultancy: This includes members working with companies to develop strategic approaches to implement blockchain technologies, building Proof of Concepts, and translating new developments into use cases and novel approaches.
  • Research and Development: This includes building side projects and doing research with cutting-edge blockchain and crypto technologies. Blockchain at Berkeley projects have won first prizes at collegiate hackathons like TreeHacks and CalHacks. All of the groups’ work is open-source.

The group is also actively developing a certification program that they hope to offer up to the general public in the months to come.

To learn more about Blockchain at Berkeley, join the Slack at berkeleyblockchain.slack.com or visit https://blockchain.berkeley.edu.