November 15, 2017
If you step foot on Ho Chi Minh City’s Bach Khoa University, you may hear students excitedly discussing smart contracts, immutable records, transaction speeds, transparent supply chains and secure verifications. This is because the prestigious institution has become a hotbed of blockchain research and development thanks to the official opening of the nation’s first blockchain-exclusive university lab in coordination with the nation’s first blockchain courses, as established and overseen in partnership with Infinity Blockchain Labs (IBL)
Blockchain students at work
Earlier this year, IBL launched Vietnam’s first ever blockchain course (click here) at seven top universities across the country. The course consists of three expert-led, multi-month classes aimed at teaching students basic fundamentals and theory as well as advanced application and experience. In the final blockchain course students have the chance to conduct hands-on research by creating pre-projects.
For the pre-projects, each university utilizes cutting-edge blockchain technology to address a relevant problem or subject. For example, at Bach Khoa University, students are examining how blockchain certificates can revolutionize agriculture. This research will now be made much easier thanks to the establishment of a blockchain-exclusive lab space at the university.
Advanced video conference equipment has been set up in the large, furnished room so students can connect with mentors and teachers at IBL. The lab provides a quiet, fully supplied, comfortable place to explore blockchain and agriculture without the distractions found in whatever public lab, coffee shop, office or coworking space they may otherwise have had to work. Dr. Huynh Tuong Nguyen will oversee operations with IBL advisors and university professors providing guidance, resources, material and support for each step of the research including exploration, report drafting and conference presentations.
By the end of the year, IBL will have established labs supporting the blockchain courses at three universities with more coming soon. By serving as hubs for blockchain development on the campuses, the labs will raise the technology’s profile amongst students and foster enthusiasm and interest. This coincides with increasing enrollments in the blockchain courses, additional advisors and further integration of blockchain with existing courses.
The ultimate goal of the blockchain courses’ university labs is to have each produce at least one in-depth blockchain research paper per year to increase blockchain understanding and encourage its adoption. At the labs, the students will have access to all the equipment and guidance needed to produce professional papers for circulation. The papers will be distributed on the IBL website and discussed at national conferences so as to make researchers, entrepreneurs and regulators across the country aware of the profound power of blockchain technology.
Another major benefit of the labs will be producing students with the relevant experience to implement blockchain in a variety of fields. Upon graduating from these blockchain courses, they will be able to introduce the technology into whatever project, service, operation or research they pursue. Some will also undoubtedly join IBL as in-house researchers and developers working on a myriad of collaborative products and services.
IBL and Bach Khoa advisors at the lab’s launch
Establishing and providing expert guidance to the lab at Bach Khoa is a key piece in IBL’s overall goal of nurturing a passionate and knowledgeable blockchain ecosystem in Vietnam. Not only will graduates of the lab be blockchain proponents eager to introduce it to peers and allies, but news of its activity will spread throughout the campus and city. As blockchain becomes increasingly present in technology, research and development conversations, papers and conferences, more people will be eager to take blockchain courses, attend workshops or participate in activities like Vietnam’s first-ever blockchain hackathon, Blockathon.
More entrepreneurs, businesses, regulators and operators will begin to take notice and learn about the technology, eventually implementing or supporting it. From this foundation, Vietnam can rise to a major blockchain force on the global stage, helping blockchain revolutionize industries around the world and positively impact lives everywhere.