Consensus 2017: Even Academics Can’t Keep Pace With Blockchain Change

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As blockchain startups take off, where will they find their workforce?

The onus often falls on universities to develop young people with the requisite skills. As a result, they are now facing their own set of challenges – like finding qualified researchers willing to teach blockchain-related subjects and building industry partnerships at the risk of losing their own talent to deep-pocketed tech firms.

At a workshop at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2017 conference yesterday, five members of academia, representing MIT, Duke University and the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, gathered to discuss those and other issues.

Among their concerns was how the extra work involved in keeping up with the rapid pace of the blockchain industry was discouraging some professors from wanting to teach in the space.

Peter Rizun, managing editor of Ledger, a peer-reviewed journal focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, explained that typically a professor puts together notes and slides for a course, and then reuses that material again and again, for years sometimes.

In blockchain, though, that kind of advanced prep work is nearly impossible. Rizun shared instances where he himself would prepare for a lecture months ahead only to wake up one morning, read about a new paper or event online, and have to change everything.

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Read more ... source: CoinDesk

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