Bitcoin Association Awards First Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship To Cambridge PhD Student

Blockchain, Education, News | January 13, 2020 By:

Bitcoin Association, the global industry organization for the business of bitcoin, has announced its first “Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship” to a 2nd year human genomics PhD student at Cambridge University.

The scholarship, named after bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto, supports study and technological development of real world blockchain applications made possible by bitcoin’s original design, now represented by Bitcoin SV (BSV).

The first Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship was awarded to Robin Kohze, founder of the Cambridge University Metanet Society, which draws its name from Dr. Craig Wright’s visionary “Metanet” – an Internet that actually operates on the bitcoin blockchain. Under Kohze’s leadership, the Cambridge University Metanet Society advances study toward achieving Metanet projects on BSV. It hosts weekly meetups and programs on the Cambridge University campus for students and thought leaders to hear speakers, debates and tutorials, and helps build a new generation of bitcoin developers that create applications with real world utility.

Kohze reportedly participated in a series of blockchain competitions. He took 2nd place at Bitcoin’s Association’s second Bitcoin SV Hackathon, with final judging at the CoinGeek Seoul conference in South Korea in October 2019. Kohze’s “HIVE” protocol challenges the media landscape by implementing a molecular dynamic inspired incentive system whereby information is added by individuals around the world.

“As part of our organization’s mission, we want to support the next generation of great bitcoin thinkers and developers,” said Bitcoin Association’s Founding President Jimmy Nguyen. “Robin Kohze is an exceptionally talented mind who understands bitcoin’s technical capabilities to transform data interactions, and we are thrilled to award him our first ever Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship. We look forward to his HIVE project being realized to create real world value, and also appreciate his work to educate fellow Cambridge students about the Satoshi Vision for Bitcoin.”

According to the association, the scholarship will enable Kohze to develop HIVE into a fully functioning platform, including Android and iOS applications.

“Exceptional times require extraordinary – and sometimes daring ideas,” Kohze said. “A decade after the creation of the bitcoin protocol by Satoshi Nakamoto, we stand on the brink of a global paradigm shift towards yet unseen frictionless global cooperation. With HIVE, I utilise the original bitcoin protocol to implement a novel combination of game theoretical rule-sets to reconnect diverging perspectives in an increasingly polarised media landscape. I feel deeply honoured to receive the first Satoshi Nakamoto Scholarship that enables the research and development of the HIVE protocol and thank the Bitcoin Association as well all the many committed developers around Bitcoin SV ecosystem to make those endeavours possible.”