Another day of the Crypto Latin Fest took place today, where it was demonstrated that Latin America has a bright future when it comes to the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In this article we bring you a bit of the most relevant with regards to blockchain education in the region and some interesting projects.
The future of blockchains as a general framework of the panel
During this conference, Phillipe Boland, a Frenchman who works in Colombia in formal Blockchain education, participated mainly. Likewise, Alberto Guerrero Montilla, a Venezuelan with extensive experience in the Blockchain space in Latin America, participated.
Likewise, this conference had the participation of Magdiela Rivas, the director for Latin America of Paxful and Carlos Sánchez, director of ICT of the Tolima government.
How has Blockchain education been approached in Latin America?
In this question the most experienced are Boland and his wife. They are currently in Bogotá, Colombia precisely teaching information about blockchain technology through different media. They even mentioned some important alliances with universities in Peru and Colombia.
They mentioned that since 2013 and 2014 interest in this Blockchain industry has been increasing in the region. In this sense, they highlighted that there are several non-academic training courses, but that they chose to promote academic training itself.
“I did an investigation in Colombia to find out how it was being approached, 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 stressed that initially the first university degrees to address these issues were economics, such as accounting and economics. Specifically, back then it was mostly the issue of cryptocurrency regulations.
Then the seconds to do so were at the smart contract level, with guest speakers. And finally, the third level of interest and research appeared when the systems engineering schools began to work on the infrastructure part as such.
On this occasion, the couple highlighted that they were working on virtual talks with Peruvian universities and promoting electives related to blockchain in them. One of those they mentioned was the University of San Marcos.
In the same way, they highlighted that they are working on the development of an academic blockchain certification to measure what is the minimum that a professional in this sector should have.
Academics get involved, but do students 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 “ Boland commented. He then highlighted that in these classes the students investigate 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.