As interest in blockchain grows, so does demand for a skilled technical workforce that can use the technology to bring networks into production. To help meet the increasing need for blockchain developers, consultants and architects, IBM has added blockchain to the Academic Initiative, a program that provides students and educators with training resources to develop market-ready skills.
This blog post will help students and educators get started with blockchain and find resources and offers that are available to them. And if you still need a good reason (or three) for learning to build business networks with blockchain, watch this video:
The best place for students to begin is the Blockchain essentials course, which is available at no charge. Next, test out your new skills in the IBM Blockchain Platform developer sandbox, which has three ways to get your hands on blockchain technology: online, locally or on the cloud. Use your browser to experiment with blockchain in the Hyperledger Composer web playground, then spin up a sample blockchain network on your computer. When you’re ready, share your network in a cloud environment so parties from around the world can interact with your work.
Students at over 1,000 academic institutions are eligible for a six month trial of IBM Cloud. To get the promo code, you just need to register with your school credentials.
If you want to follow a more comprehensive learning path, you can use the blockchain educator guide. The guide details paths for aspiring blockchain developers, consultants and architects. It also provides a complete list of blockchain resources, including demos, articles and documentation, books and videos. IBM has also refreshed its blockchain training and educational materials on developerWorks for Hyperledger Fabric 1.0.
Resources for educators
In addition to the publicly available courseware, software and tools, you can download hundreds of full-version resources at no charge from ibm.onthehub.com. These are the same tools IBM clients are using in their production environments. All you need to gain access is valid school credentials.
Building a community for learning and research
Blockchain is a transformative technology for many industries, requiring skills across many professions and domains. But blockchain is also a team sport. Companies must cooperate to activate and participate in blockchain networks, and they must be open to new concepts and relationships for working with the technology. That is why IBM is making its courseware available at no charge, and is providing students and faculty with cloud access to work on collaborative development. IBM is also working with universities to hold blockchain workshops and hackathons, and funding research in blockchain-related fields such as distributed computing, cryptography and higher-level computing languages for business processes.
Join the IBM Blockchain community to stay up to date on the latest developments and find out about upcoming events.
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