For new and experienced cryptocurrency enthusiasts alike, the world of blockchain represents an entirely new framework. The numerous applications and goals of blockchain technology, while impressive and potentially revolutionary, can also be quite daunting. Fortunately, there are a number of educational opportunities to both aid newcomers in getting their footing and enable veterans to master this new class of technology. Here are four resources to help you through the process.
1. University of Nicosia’s MSc in Digital Currency
For those with a bachelor’s degree, UNIC’s master’s program in digital currency represents a unique opportunity for an immersive, all-encompassing education on cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain technology. UNIC is the largest university in Cyprus, and this program is unrivaled by any other blockchain education program in the world. University of Nicosia’s MSc in Digital Currency is both free and online, which means there is no excuse not to give it a shot if you’re a college graduate. UNIC also recently received funding from Ripple’s US$50 million blockchain education and research fund, suggesting that the program will continue to expand. And of course, a free master’s is nothing to scoff at.
CryptoZombies is a free, seven-chapter coding course created by Loom Network. CryptoZombies is a fun, intuitive course designed to teach students how to code in Solidity, the contract-oriented language behind Ethereum and its smart contracts. CryptoZombies delivers its lessons using an Ethereum gaming approach. By the end of the course, users will have created their own Ethereum game! More broadly, CryptoZombies imparts invaluable coding knowledge and deep background on smart contracts. This course is certainly a must-try for anyone looking to delve into Ethereum development or smart contract engineering. Solidity is also likely one of the most sought after skills by employers today.
For a more ‘personal’ educational experience, the ChainXchange Super Expo is a great opportunity to receive a crash course in blockchain technology. This convention will be held in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay from August 13 to August 16. ChainXchange will focus on blockchain, AI, and other disruptive technologies. Additionally, there will be a strong educational focus as part of the “Everyone on the Block” mission of the convention, synchronizing newcomers and experts alike in an inclusive blockchain ecosystem. The one-million-square-foot conference space will include 300 breakout sessions over the course of the conference, where attendees can attend a variety of educational workshops. There will also be a number of keynote speakers and live performances each night.
While community activity has gradually shifted away from Bitcointalk, the forum still represents perhaps the single best resource for newcomers to explore the world of cryptocurrency. Numerous boards allow users to interact with others in the exact niche they are looking for, and the Beginners and Help section dedicated to answering questions and helping newcomers is a wonderful resource unrivaled by anything else in the space. Additionally, activity on the forums is its own reward, as forum participants can be rewarded in Bitcoin and a number of altcoins simply for posting on the forums.