Strathmore University partners with Ukraine company to train students on blockchain solutions

April 17, 2021

@ilabAfrica-Strathmore University has partnered with 482.solutions, Odessa, Ukraine to provide training on blockchain solutions development to students at the University and other interested professionals.

This training is set to equip Kenyan students with skills that will set them apart from others and provide the Kenyan market with highly skilled professionals in blockchain.

Blockchain technology has proven to be a catalyst across a wide variety of industries and the demand for people with Blockchain skills is very high. Many companies are looking to hire those who have the skills set to navigate this new technology. Its features of immutability, distributed nature and provenance guarantee data safety and integrity.

During the virtual MOU signing ceremony Ms. Eunice Maingi- Project coordinator in the IT Security Department and lead of the Blockchain research team, @ilabAfrica-Strathmore University said, 'We are looking forward to have our first workshop in April. It will be a virtual workshop and we will have an option of making it a hybrid course for students who want to attend the course physically @iLabAfrica Strathmore University.'

Mr. Richard Otolo- Manager of the IT security research, @iLabAfrica-Strathmore University said, 'After this training, we can see our students engaging in projects that are focused on the industry. There are several challenges that blockchain can address like fraudulent certificates, title deeds among other key records that face major threats of fraud and tampering. The training will be a forum to upscale existing techies and to increase the number of professionals who can use this technology to combat the mentioned challenges.'

Over the years counterfeiting has become a global issue that affects a wide range of industries. Proving or disproving the authenticity and quality of an asset can be quite difficult because traditional supply is complex and lacks transparency. However, if a producer or manufacturer's goods are placed on a blockchain, their origin and trail throughout the entire supply chain can be easily tracked and verified, making it difficult to pass off counterfeit products for genuine ones.

Mr. Leonid Khatskevych - Strategic Partnership Manager at 482.solutions said, 'The training will offer theory and practise. Theory will be about blockchain systems in general, cryptography and about bitcoin protocol while practise will be about smart contracts. Students will have an option to choose between creating an Ethereum ERC-721 token or 'Voting smart contract'. He further added, 'There will be our demo solution 'Woden', based on Hyperledger Fabric, where students can realize the electronic document workflow and digital voting'

'I am happy about this collaboration and I look forward to the outcomes of these training which will provide the Kenyan market with highly skilled professionals in blockchain. We are also looking at partnerships with government institutions to help them solve local problems by implementing blockchain solutions.' Dr. Joseph Sevilla- Director @ilabAfrica, Strathmore University said.

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