An Overview of Academia & Blockchain

Where is academia going, what schools are involved, and what is built already?

Wesley Graham
Nov 5, 2018 · 5 min read

Major Discoveries

  • Blockchain hubs are emerging in the Bay Area (UC Berkeley & Stanford) and Internationally (Israel & Singapore)
  • Computing platforms have received major interest from professors and investors
  • Privacy & Scalability remain as key concerns

The Importance of Academia

By: Wesley Graham and Ronen Kirsh

What is an “Academic” Project?

We consider an academic blockchain project to be:

a) A qualitative contribution towards addressing one or more pain points currently present in the blockchain ecosystem

b) An effort led and guided by university graduate students and professors

c) A project that has successfully completed its initial round of funding

Academic projects traditionally encompass projects founded by professors and researchers, but can also include active PhD’s and others with high levels of domain expertise. Academic projects in the context of this article are additionally considered to be projects that funds or other investors can invest in, built using distributed ledger technology.

The Academic Ecosystem — What Projects are Being Built Thus Far?

The Professors — What Schools Have Projects Been Coming From

The Role of Academia Going Forward

Going forward, we are excited about the role of academia in building future blockchain infrastructure.

Summary

As we continue to see interest in academia-driven projects grow, we believe more usable infrastructure will make its way into future application.


About Wesley

Wesley Graham is the Head of Consulting at Blockchain at Berkeley. He has previously led blockchain projects with ExxonMobil and the DoC, and is presently focused on research pertaining to Oracles and Fee Markets.

About Dekrypt

Dekrypt Capital is a leading investment firm focused on blockchain infrastructure, privacy-preserving technologies, and early-stage ventures. We invest in, mentor, and accelerate teams developing novel solutions to address the core issues of scalability, privacy, and interoperability for decentralized protocols and applications.

Blockchain at Berkeley

We are a university-based organization involved in blockchain tech-consulting, education and research at UC Berkeley. Contact us if you are interested in working together.

Wesley Graham

Written by

Scaling Blockchains at FourthState Labs. Head of Consulting at Blockchain at Berkeley. Previously at Galaxy Digital.

Blockchain at Berkeley

We are a university-based organization involved in blockchain tech-consulting, education and research at UC Berkeley. Contact us if you are interested in working together.

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