There's a staffing problem in the blockchain industry: simply, there are too many open positions and too few blockchain specialists.
Now, to help meet that rapidly increasing demand, IBM is partnering with Baruch College, Fordham University, University of Arkansas, University at Buffalo and the University of British Columbia to establish a series of grants, design blockchain curricula and more.
In addition, IBM has added new blockchain resources to it's IBM Academic Initiative, an ambitious effort that opens resources from the global tech giant to 1,000 universities.
But while unique in its sheer scope, IBM's new push is just the latest in a series of efforts around the world to train new blockchain industry talent.
Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM Blockchain, described the results of a beta release of the program to CoinDesk:
"We’ve already gotten some very, very positive responses."
Wieck also revealed details about how the programs will leverage IBM's technology.
To start with, IBM Blockchain Platform, the firm's proprietary distributed ledger technology, will form a part of the university curriculum, and will be made accessible for students.
Further, universities that participate in the projects will receive six months access to IBM Cloud and use of the IBM Blockchain cloud sandbox.
And it's becoming increasingly easy to see how such skills would be put to use by graduates of the courses.
The announcement comes on the same day that IBM formally launched its IBM Blockchain Platform, a food supply chain consortium with Walmart and other major firms on board, and revealed the first ever startup accelerator aimed at investing in startups building with Hyperledger Fabric.
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