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The Blockchain Education Alliance, which promotes blockchain education and research, has gained several noteworthy members, blockchain accelerator MouseBelt said in a press release on 17 August.
According to the announcement, the organization was joined by Rolls Royce, ING Bank, Belgium brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev and cryptocurrency exchange Multi.io, which has boosted its members list to 26 firms. MouseBelt has also stated that all of these companies have been experimenting with blockchain technology, either through pilots, proof-of-concepts or full production implementations, for up to five years.
The VP of Partnerships at MouseBelt, Adam Leon, commented on the firms joining the organization, saying:
“It’s no surprise that enterprises are interested in supporting education. Through these programs they can source highly skilled talent, identify opportunities for innovative research, and support cutting-edge projects that will ultimately provide advanced solutions to their major internal pain points.”
Launched in October 2019 by MouseBelt, the Blockchain Education Alliance has the goal of providing students with the “skills, connections, and knowledge” needed to improve the blockchain ecosystem. It not only brings together industry figures, from both within and outside the digital asset space, but also connects related projects to students, researchers and blockchain protocols.
The Head of Education at MouseBelt, Ashlie Meredith, said in the press release:
“Especially in a time when many students will not be returning to campus, increasing opportunities for educational experiences, jobs, and internships is of utmost importance. We’re excited these companies have decided to join us in taking the lead on that front.”
Back in May, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization was also involved in a three day virtual conference, Reimagine 2020, which brought together blockchain industry leaders with students from more than 20 universities.
The Stellar Development Foundation, Tron, Hedera and Harmony One were among the first to join the Blockchain Education Alliance at its launch in 2019. The organization saw firms, such as Mastercard, Binance X, Ripple’s accelerator Xpring, crypto exchange KuCoin and others, join its ranks in February 2020.