The Blockchain Education Network is excited to announce a partnership with BTC.com on the upcoming fall Bitcoin Airdrop. The partnership allows the Blockchain Education Network to expand the Airdrop to more than a dozen universities across North America with room for more clubs to still get involved. The bitcoin airdrop is the 1st step of a 3-step semester-long plan this fall by the Blockchain Education Network to grow the blockchain ecosystem by educating students.
A Bitcoin Airdrop has become a yearly tradition during the first month of the fall semester. The idea was introduced by the MIT Bitcoin Club in 2014 after they raised $500 thousand dollars to give each new MIT student $100 worth of bitcoin. In 2015, the tradition was continued in Canada by the McGill Cryptocurrency Club. So far, thousands of students have received their first bitcoin from these initiatives.
Student clubs in cities across the United States including Berkeley, Iowa City and Chicago as well as university clubs in Kingston and Waterloo in Canada have all joined the airdrop. This is in addition to the existing airdrops confirmed by MIT, University of Toronto, Georgia Tech, and the University of Florida. Full rooster at https://facebook.com/blockchainedu/events
“As many of people in the crypto space are familiar with, there is a vast difference between simply understanding a technology and being put in a position to make something of it,” says Max Fang, President of the Bitcoin Association of Berkeley. “A Bitcoin airdrop has been in our plans for a long time, and this new initiative finally gives us a chance to augment our semesterly Intro to Bitcoin talk with an impactful hands-on experience with the technology. We are very excited to be a part of a movement larger than our community in and around the UC Berkeley campus.”
“One of the largest obstacles to introducing bitcoin to newcomers to get past the bias that it’s only for power users. The hope is with the airdrop we can show that it’s something everybody can interact with and that’ll snowball into a larger effect on campus as they want to pay their friends for sharing a burger or a pizza with the bitcoin they received and they’ll introduce more people into the fold. Bitcoin is just the tip of the iceberg and we hope to show everyone how accessible it is!” – quote from Dev, founder of the blockchain club at IIT and the Regional Head of Events for the BEN efforts in the Chicagoland area.
The goal of the Airdrop is to encourage students at universities to experiment with bitcoin and blockchain technology. Dean Masley, executive director of BEN explains, “We think the best way to begin to understand the complex concepts behind blockchain and bitcoin is to simply use it first-hand. The experience of downloading a wallet and sending a request for money is entirely different from traditional finance and is best done with help from a friend. That’s why we’re enabling our student blockchain clubs to onboard new members into their club with their first wallets and bits to start diving down this rabbit hole of an industry.”
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by Michael Gord
GLOBAL – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUG 22th
The Blockchain Education Network is pleased to announce a third annual Bitcoin Airdrop. The Airdrop, an event designed to give away bitcoin to new people, began 2 years ago at MIT and expanded to McGill University in Canada last year. This year, the Airdrop is being taken to upcoming orientation weeks on university campuses across the world. Student blockchain clubs in Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, and Gainesville, FL have confirmed their participation, and more are welcome.
Students with clubs that are just starting have an opportunity to get awareness on campus quickly. Josh Vorick, the founder of the Georgia Tech Bitcoin Club says “As the club kicks off and begins trying to educate GT’s campus about the new blockchain technologies, the Airdrop will be crucial for generating hype and grabbing people’s attention. Once they’re excited about Bitcoin, we can capture the momentum for future events and grow the club”.
It’s also a great way for existing clubs to start the year in an exciting way and participate in an event larger than their individual campus. Stepan Vorobiev, founder of the University of Toronto Decentralized Tech Association says “This year, for the first time, we’ll have a table at the annual club fair. The event generates a lot of foot traffic, being particularly popular with freshmen. Combined with the Airdrop, we are really excited about this opportunity to recruit new members with a warm crypto welcome”.
This airdrop is the kickoff to a 3-step semester-long student initiative to grow the blockchain ecosystem and to teach our peers how to utilize blockchains in the real world. The best way to start the conversation on campus is to use the technology with a peer next to you.
Initial sponsors of the event: bitcoin marketplace gateway Wall of Coins and private blockchain as a service startup, e-BIT. Robert Genito, ceo of Wall of Coins, adds “Accelerating Bitcoin adoption today is a high priority. The best way we can all do this is to enable services that not only work in a peer-to-peer fashion, but also provide newcomers with a friction-free, friendly welcome to participate in this ecosystem.” Chris Rufo, ceo of e-BIT says “I’m very excited to help the community expand and take part in the BEN Airdrop. We at e-BIT are driven to bring blockchain technology to the forefront of modern finance and one way to accomplish that mission within the general public is to share our undying belief in Bitcoin with the masses. We applaud BEN for their efforts on this front and are proud to be a sponsor.”
BEN is still accepting sponsors to participate in the airdrop.
by Dean Masley