Polkadot’s Parity partners with UC Berkeley blockchain Xcelerator

  • Polkadot’s Parity Technologies will work with UC Berkeley to promote education about blockchain and Substrate, as well as the launch of start-ups.
  • The partnership will give students at the world-renowned university an alternative to the Silicon Valley Web 2.0 world.

Blockchain developer education is a central building-block in creating a new ecosystem. With that in mind, Parity Technologies, the development company behind Polkadot, has partnered with the University of California (UC) Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator to develop a blockchain curriculum at the university. The UC is among the best in the U.S. and was recently ranked as high as no. 4 in the world by US News.

According to a press release available to CNF, the new curriculum will incorporate Parity’s Substrate blockchain-building framework to promote adoption among students and the UC Berkeley community. Beginning in the 2020-21 academic year, Parity’s developer education team will work with faculty to mentor students and entrepreneurs with the goal of launching high-quality blockchain startups in general and in the Polkadot and Web 3.0 ecosystems.

Jocelyn Weber, director of the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology X-Labs in Berkeley Engineering and the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, explained the partnership:

Our work with Parity and other Polkadot ecosystem startups has demonstrated  the potential of this technology in educating our community. We strive to expose our students to the tools and skills they will need to enter this space and immediately start making significant contributions which is why improving their knowledge with tools such as Substrate and networks like Polkadot will be an important part of our curriculum development.

The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator was launched in January 2019 and has since had a strong track record of success. Since its launch, the Xcelerator has funded 45 blockchain companies, including most recently Acala, which received $7 million in Series A funding. In addition, the founders of Stake Technologies, a DeFi ecosystem on Polkadot also spring from the forge of UC Berkeley.

As part of the collaboration, Ethereum, Parity Technologies and Polkadot co-founder Dr. Gavin Wood will also give a lecture at UC Berkeley in March 2021. Wood commented, “It has been a while since I have spoken to students in a classroom setting, so I am particularly looking forward to participating in the Newton lecture series.” Wood also stressed the importance of educating tomorrow’s developers:

If we are to achieve the Web 3.0 vision I outlined in 2015, students like Berkeley’s must-see an alternative to the traditional Silicon Valley Web 2.0 world they are used to diving into straight out of school.

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Jake Simmons has been a crypto enthusiast since 2016, and since hearing about Bitcoin and blockchain technology, he's been involved with the subject every day. Beyond cryptocurrencies, Jake studied computer science and worked for 2 years for a startup in the blockchain sector. At CNF he is responsible for technical issues. His goal is to make the world aware of cryptocurrencies in a simple and understandable way.

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