DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; September 26, 2017 – ConsenSys Academy has announced its first Developer Program class of 150+ blockchain developers, including 25 participants from the United Arab Emirates. The class represents the successful candidates out of 1,300 applicants from 95 countries.
The finalists will be flown to Dubai for a three-day hackathon followed by the graduation ceremony hosted in Dubai on Sunday 22 October 2017 in conjunction with the Smart Dubai Office (SDO). The graduation certificates will be issued on the Ethereum blockchain.
ConsenSys aims to address the global shortage of blockchain developers through the Academy’s pioneering program.
The Dubai Blockchain Strategy was announced by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, on October 2016 as a joint initiative by the Smart Dubai Office and the Dubai Future Foundation. The strategy’s objective is to make Dubai the first Blockchain-powered city by 2020.
Addressing the gathering will be Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Founder and CEO of ConsenSys, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office, and Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government Establishment, and top ConsenSys personnel.
“Dubai continues to lead the pack in technology innovation. Hosting the final stage of this first-of-its-kind developer program is another step towards bolstering the emirate’s position as a global technology leader and the first blockchain-powered government,” said Dr Aisha.
“We believe that sharing advanced Ethereum blockchain development know-how supports Smart Dubai’s mission to implement the Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020. We are proud to be an integral part of cultivating the blockchain ecosystem,” added Joseph Lubin. “This is an important step of a very ambitious program that will reshape the economy’s future.”
About ConsenSys Academy
ConsenSys Academy’s mission is to bridge the Ethereum knowledge gap globally for ecosystem development (for developers and non-developers alike; for individuals, corporations, and governments), be the beacon for Ethereum education, and revolutionize education through blockchain technology. The Academy’s Developer Program is the answer to the global blockchain developer shortage. The market for blockchain is projected to grow to over 2.3 billion by 2021, and the technology is already in high demand, making smart contracts, encryption, and decentralized, peer-to-peer systems some of the most prized skills worldwide. For more information please visit academy.consensys.net.
ConsenSys is a venture production studio and custom software development consultancy building decentralized applications (DApps), enterprise solutions and developer tools for blockchain ecosystems, focused primarily on Ethereum. Powered by smart contracts and secured through encryption, our applications provide the benefits of transparency, auditability, and immutability that are unique to blockchain-based solutions. For more information please go to https://consensys.net/. ConsenSys is the Blockchain City Advisor of Dubai.