58 Blockchain Developers Graduate from ConsenSys Academy Program

Announcements, Blockchain, Education | October 27, 2017 By:

ConsenSys Academy has awarded certificates to the first batch of graduates of its Blockchain Developer Training Program in Dubai.

The academy worked with the Smart Dubai Office and the Dubai Future Foundation to help fill the worldwide shortage of blockchain developers. The inaugural eight-week online course has admitted 150 blockchain developers out of 1,300 applicants across 96 countries. The class was flown to Dubai for a three-day hackathon where students work on real-world ethereum blockchain projects alongside developers, followed by the graduation ceremony on October 22.

The graduation ceremony saw 58 blockchain developers from different countries graduate from the course. Certificates of completion were issued as ‘EthCerts’ on the public ethereum blockchain through the digital identity application, uPort.

The ceremony was graced by the presence of Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office, and Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government Establishment, in addition to ConsenSys executives.

“The increasing global demand for blockchain developers led to the creation of ConsenSys Academy,” said ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin. “It is very rewarding to see the first cohort of blockchain software engineers graduate and especially exciting to witness them awarded their ethereum blockchain-based graduation certificates. These EthCerts will be housed in each graduate’s personal uPort IDs. For this to happen here in Dubai is a testament to the city’s growing reputation as the global hub for blockchain leadership and innovation.”

“ConsenSys Academy’s initiative to address the global shortage in Blockchain developers resonates with our objectives at Smart Dubai,” said Dr Aisha. “Empowering human resources and equipping them with the necessary skills to navigate the workplace of the future is a key tenet of our strategy, which, in turn, reflects the overarching strategy and mission of the UAE leadership for the foreseeable future and beyond, all the way to the UAE Centennial 2071.”

Nasser Alnuaimi, Information Security Officer, Smart Dubai Government Establishment, is first UAE national to graduate from the ConsenSys Academy program. He said the course far exceeded his expectations.

“Not only did I learn the basics, but to be mentored by the likes of senior ConsenSys blockchain engineers was just incredible, and an experience I will cherish,” said Alnuaimi. “As an Emirati, I must say that I am proud to play a small role in taking Dubai one step closer to achieving its goal of becoming the first blockchain-powered city by 2020”