“How do I get started? What should I start reading/watching/doing?”
It’s time to address this question head on. Throughout the month of October, blockchainers everywhere are putting an end to this question forever through a collaboratively built blockchain education course. To aggregate our common knowledge, BEN has built a syllabus of 6 chapters, divided up into modules, with each module containing a 7-minute script, powerpoint, and video. The goal is to create a collaborative path for newcomers and experts to create a resource for the public good.
The Syllabus starts with an introduction to digital currencies, cryptography and what a blockchain is. It continues into more complicated topics such as consensus algorithms and mining. Last, the course offers an introduction to blockchain development to prepare for upcoming hackathons and beyond.
BEN is encouraging participants to focus on:
BEN has reserved 4 BTC to divide proportionally to students who contribute content to the #BEM course. Students compete for prizes by submitting modules and winning badges that earn them points. Student’s individual point contributions are compared to the total points to evaluate their contribution ratio. On Oct 31st, BEN will allocate the BTC proportionally amongst all the course participants based on their contribution ratio.
BEN reserved an additional 2.5 BTC to individuals that submit non-course self-created content. This includes written blog articles, graphics, videos, audio, or planned events. Participants are encouraged to tag content that they created themselves after Oct 9th to a module in the syllabus. Participants can tag the same content to multiple modules if relevant.
Don’t be intimidated by making a blockchain course module. Often the information needed in a module is already described somewhere else on the internet and just needs to be made relevant to the course. #BEM is an opportunity for anyone who is new to blockchain to learn more about it and get rewarded for sharing their interpretation with others.
BEN has created a suggestion bank for anyone to make module research recommendations. Perhaps you may not have time to make a course but would like to recommend your favorite video, blog article, or research paper for whoever is willing to take on the module.
Submit your research recommendations to BlockchainEdu.org/bem (submit as many as you like! The more the merrier!)
by Michael Gord
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.”
Find out more about the Fall Initiative
Find out more about the Airdrop
We are excited to announce that Georgia Tech and McGill have been added to the Blockchain Madness 2016 lineup. There will now be a Canadian conference with four schools and a US conference with four schools.
McGill vs Laurier – Noon EST
MIT vs Georgia Tech – 7 PM EST
Check out the rest of the line up at BlockchainEdu.org/Madness
Good luck to everyone participating and may the best team win the BlockCup!
Once again, thank you to Purse and ChangeTip for making this years event possible. You can make a Purse account for free here.
The McGill Cryptocurrency Club is excited to announce that the first BitCrawl in Canada will be on St-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal. St-Laurent Boulevard is at the center of downtown Montreal and is a hub of the city’s best entertainment. The goal of the campaign is to foster interest in Bitcoin throughout the downtown Montreal community and ultimately allow residents of the neighbourhood to live entirely on Bitcoin.
The event begins on Friday, November 27 when members of the club will go through their day using only Bitcoin. They will pick up food at a neighbourhood supermarket, stop at Blue Dog’s hairdresser, get a Burrito for dinner, then join the rest of the BitCrawlers at Gerts, the McGill campus bar, and go on a pub-crawl to two other bars and a nightclub.
The McGill Cryptocurrency Club is giving every student who comes on the BitCrawl $20 of bitcoin to use throughout the night. In addition, for each person who comes, the club is giving a dollar of bitcoin to both McGill Students for Make a Wish and McGill Students for Save a Child’s Heart. “The event is meant for students to use bitcoin for the first time as much as for venues to accept bitcoin a first time”, says Michael Gord, one of the club co-founders.
“Students across the world are running clubs to discuss blockchain technology and stimulate enthusiasm. Getting the local business community to share this enthusiasm and curiosity is a milestone that every club wants to get to. McGill is inspiring students across the world to engage their communities and drive grassroots adoption.”
Dean Masley, Executive Director of the College Cryptocurrency Network
The McGill Cryptocurrency Club accepts donations to McGillCrypto.TipMe.com. For more information about the BitCrawl, please contact the McGill Cryptocurrency Club (firstname.lastname@example.org). More details can be found at bitcrawl.ca. To receive some free Bitcoin follow @McGillCrypto and @BitcoinCrawl on Twitter and watch the hashtag #StLaurentBitCrawl to see what happens. A video recap of the event will be published after the event concludes.