Today, the MIT Digital Currency Initiative is excited to announce the selection of 25 students to attend the first-ever Cryptocurrency Bootcamp at the MIT Media Lab. More than 300 students from 5 continents, 36 U.S. states and 150 universities applied for the opportunity to attend the bootcamp.
These students not only represent diversity in ethnicity, gender and geography, but also in their fields of study and interests. While 58% of the students are studying computer science or engineering, the other 42% are majoring in subjects like psychology, art and accounting.
Likewise, their interests range from co-founding an organization whose mission is to make communities safer through wearable tech and mobile apps to starting an internet of things (IOT) club on campus to give the university and classmates access to the latest IOT advances. As a result of their experiences building companies and starting organizations, they now want to leverage cryptocurrencies in developing economies to empower family members back home or figure out how IOT can be applied to the blockchain.
The students will learn about cryptography, elliptic curves and merkle trees, and participate in hands-on labs deconstructing transactions and building mining devices. At night, the students will attend personal development sessions, learning about leadership skills, tips for applying to graduate school and entrepreneurial life hacks.
Lastly, we’re excited to announce three new bootcamp sponsors: Tucows, Deloitte and 21. These companies and our previously announced donors, The Kapor Center for Social Impact and Xapo, have generously donated more than $100,000 in money and in-kind donations to organize and pay for the all-expense paid trip to this Cryptocurrency Bootcamp from August 21 to August 26, 2016.
Please join us in congratulating the 25 students below: