Blockchain Education in Latin America

Today another day of the Cripto Latin Fest took place, where it was demonstrated that Latin America has a brilliant future in the world of blockchain and cryptomonies. In this article we bring you a little bit of the most relevant regarding blockchain education in the region and some interesting projects.

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During this conference participated mainly Phillipe Boland, a Frenchman who works in Colombia in formal education from Blockchain. Alberto Guerrero Montilla, a Venezuelan with extensive experience in the Blockchain space in Latin America, also participated.

Magdiela Rivas, Paxful’s director for Latin America, and Carlos Sánchez, director of ICT for the government of Tolima, also participated in this conference.

How has education about Blockchain been addressed in Latin America?

The most experienced in this question are Boland and his wife. They are currently in Bogota, Colombia precisely teaching through different media information about the blockchain technology. They even mentioned some important alliances with universities in Peru and Colombia.

They mentioned that since 2013 and 2014 the interest in this Blockchain industry has been increasing in the Corona Millionaire region. In that sense, they highlighted that there are several non-academic formations, but they chose to promote the academic formation itself.

„I did some research in Colombia to find out how it was being addressed, if they were already doing degree work, courses or electives. I did that at the end of 2017, when it was only addressed at the conference level,“ said Boland’s wife.

They also pointed out that at first the first university careers to address these issues were in the economic sciences, such as accounting and economics. Specifically, at that time, the topic of cryptomoney regulations was mostly addressed.

Then, the second ones to do so were those at the level of intelligent contracts, with guest speakers. And finally, the third level of interest and research appeared when the system engineering faculties started working on the infrastructure part as such.

On this occasion, the couple highlighted that they were working on virtual chats with Peruvian universities and promoting blockcha-related electives in them. One of those they mentioned was the University of San Marcos.

Likewise, they highlighted that they are working on the development of a blockchain academic certification to measure what is the minimum that a professional should have in this sector.

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Academics get involved, but do students get involved too?
In the experience of the panelists, everything seems to indicate that interest in blockchain throughout Latin America is growing and varied.

„A new course was opened with students already graduated, most of them were engineers, we also had a lawyer in the technology sector,“ said Boland. He went on to point out that in these classes the students research different existing protocols, and the interest is evident. All this has reached such a point that they are working towards developing master’s degrees related to this.