As 2018 nears its conclusion, blockchain developers are still in high demand and in scarce supply. Alas, that dynamic informs the new partnership between the Tezos Foundation and online edutech center Kingsland University in a deal that will see the latter implementing a curriculum to foster a Tezos developer pipeline.
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Team Up ‘Addresses the Critical Shortage of Developers’
In the cryptoverse, there’s a steep drop-off in developers beyond Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s builder communities. To fight that dynamic, the Tezos Foundation, non-profit promoters of their namesake protocol, have partnered with online edutech school Kingsland University to create a development curriculum aimed at actualizing waves of new Tezos developers.
The move comes after the launch of the Tezos mainnet in September 2018 and after the Tezos Foundation’s recent flurry of grants for research institutions, including Cornell University, and for the training of 1,000 Tezos developers.
Kingsland University, which bills itself as the “world’s first accredited school for blockchain development,” is an online college focused on emerging technologies that has been running interactive online courses since 2009.
The Tezos Foundation-Kingsland University deal will see the two institutions working together on creating and maintaining a Tezos-centric blockchain development curriculum in the years ahead.
Tezos is unique among other top cryptocurrencies, insofar as it presently the only one whose protocol is written in the OCaml programming language.
Upon the partnership’s announcement at the Crypto Summit conference in New York City, Tezos Foundation President Ryan Jesperson said Kingsland could help the XTZ ecosystem realize adoption:
“Kingsland has a demonstrated track record of delivering high-quality, work-ready blockchain development programs and we’re excited to work with them to support the long-term success of the Tezos ecosystem. We believe that the new wave of 1,000 developers that are being trained in 2019 will help Tezos’ robust ecosystem continue to grow and gain adoption.”
Surveying Growth in the Tezos Ecosystem
After token sale woes and more in 2017, the wider Tezos ecosystem has generally had a quieter and more productive 2018.
To see what XTZ builders have been up to, Bitsonline has conducted a series of interviews in recent weeks about interesting new projects in the community.
As part of that series, we talked with Edward Tate, who is currently working on an Avalanche implementation for Tezos. We also chatted with wallet builders like Andreas Hassman of tezos.blue and Dee and Klassare of the Kukai wallet.
Software engineer Martin Pospěch has also previously walked Bitsonline through what it’s like building apps for Tezos.
These builders may soon have many more peers and peer projects yet if the Tezos Foundation-Kingsland University deal proves ultimately fruitful, too.
What’s your take? Do you envision other cryptocurrency projects trying to forge similar curriculum deals? Let us know in the comments section below.
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