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BlockW: Creating Awareness of Blockchain/ DLT Technologies
BLOCKW AND INSTITUTE OF BANKING (IOB) CREATING MICRO-LEARNING MODULES:
BlockW has developed a series of micro-learning modules for the 34,400 members of IOB. The IOB digital library is available to all members. The purpose of the micro learning modules is to introduce real life applications using blockchain and other emerging technologies that are of benefit to the economy and society. The availability of these micro learning modules offers members the opportunity to explore how these technologies can be integrated into aspects of their work and help develop their career.
Some examples of the applications are shown in these IOB videos.
BLOCKW AND IRISH COMPUTING SOCIETY
The Irish Computing Society promotes and represents the interests of the ICT professionals in Ireland. There are 15, 000 members and BlockW webinars which are open to non-members and are aimed at an introduction to Blockchain / DLT applications other than bitcoin and cryptocurrency. The webinars are available on the ICS web site as a resource to students and are used as a resource by Third Level Colleges like the National College of Ireland on their Certificate Level 7 Emerging Technologies.
BLOCKW AND WOMEN'S EMPOWER PROGRAMME IN THE NORTH – WEST: ATLANTIC TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY INNOVATION CENTRE:
The Empower Programme is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund to develop female entrepreneurship. BlockW helped develop the content and shape of an introduction to Blockchain technology to women on the Programme and to women led SME's using applications of Blockchain in a business context.
BLOCKW AND WOMEN4IT 2019-2022
This is an EU funded Programme promoting solutions to the engagement of women in IT working with industry, mentors, and community. The Chair of Block W received an EU Ambassador Women 4IT Award for her contribution to this work.
NATIONAL COLLEGE OF IRELAND AND BLOCKW: TRANSITIONING INTO A CAREER IN BLOCKCHAIN WORKSHOP
May 26th, 2021
The National College of Ireland ran an event on transitioning into a career in Blockchain. Attended by 120 participants from all over Ireland it provided a platform for understanding the job and career opportunities available. The webinar also signposted the Education and Training programmes available.
WEBINAR INSTITUTE OF BANKING AND BLOCKW - BLOCKCHAIN FOR LEARNING CREDENTIALS: A FIRST IN THE WORLD FOR IRELAND
The IOB, the largest professional education body in Ireland have, in partnership with Deloitte, developed an innovative learning credentialing platform called Ed Q.
THE OIREACHTAS FRIENDS OF SCIENCE AND BLOCKW BRIEFING
May 12th, 2021
This meeting of the Oireachtas Friends of Science (Niall Dennehy Aidtech, Fiona Delaney Origin Chain Networks and Shane McCarthy Ireland Craft Beverages/Killowen Distillery, Dr. Trevor Clohessy ATU, Sorcha Mulligan SME Chain, Caroline Kennedy NCI, Prof. Joyce O’Connor Chair BlockW) explored the use of Blockchain applications, sharing examples of how Irish companies use blockchain in supply chain and for digital identity and showing how this transparency and traceability can be used in the distribution of funds and resources by Governments, Banks and NGO’s.
Education and Research
CREATING AWARENESS, UNDERSTANDING AND COLLABORATION: MUNSTER TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY BLOCKW SUPPORTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PROJECT.
Dr Susan Rea’s project to stimulate multidisciplinary Blockchain research, research informed teaching for Blockchain and accelerating Blockchain innovation to enhance external partnerships with HEIs, enterprise, communities, and related stakeholders in the region, nationally and at an EU level with the objective of building sustainable impactful additional capacity at MTU and establishing MTU as leader in Blockchain education, research, and innovation.
NEW COURSES WITH BLOCKCHAIN
CERTIFICATE IN EMERGING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, NATIONAL COLLEGE OF IRELAND
The National College of Ireland responded to a request from BlockW to develop an online Certificate in Emerging Digital Technologies. BlockW members worked with the academic team in relation to the content and the introduction to the Blockchain Ecosystem. The aim of this Programme is to give employees / employers an understanding of new emerging technologies and how they can be utilised to create opportunities in their industry and develop their career prospects. This Programme is funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and Engineers Ireland are partners to this Programme. The Programme is targeted at non-Computing professionals who work to understand the latest emerging digital technologies and to integrate them into their workplace. This programme is also available at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).
MSC IN BLOCKCHAIN – DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGIES -DCU
Dr Irina Tal
This 2-year part-time Masters programme in Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technologies) is delivered primarily part-time by Dublin City University (DCU) in response to industry demand. Working with Blockchain Ireland, Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet identified skills gaps for software developers with the requisite Blockchain knowledge and development skills needed in industry and as a direct result is co-funding this MSc since 2019 as a direct response to this need.
BLOCKW CHAIR MEMBER OF UL@WORK INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD 2021
Transforming Higher Education Conference November 2nd / 3rd 2022
BLOCKW AND ATLANTIC TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP:
Summer 2021 March 2022
A paper was developed and presented at the British Blockchain Association 4th International Scientific Conference ISC2022. Dominic Allen, Trevor Clohessy, Joyce O' Connor. “Developing Educational Awareness of Blockchain: A Student led Blockchain Research Fellowship”.
BLOCKCHAIN SKILLS CONFERENCE: THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ESRI) HOSTED A NATIONAL BLOCKCHAIN SKILLS JUNE 2022
Presentation by Chair of BlockW
See Information Sheet Blockchain jobs: ‘What policy makers need to know’ which was distributed to all members of the Oireachtas and senior policy makers. See also The Information Sheet ‘The future of work in blockchain: Ireland and Europe’.
SUBMISSION ON BLOCKCHAIN SKILLS TO JOINT OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE - JULY 2022
Submitted on behalf of Prof. Joyce O’Connor, Chair BlockW and Dr Susan Rea, Nimbus Centre Research Director, Munster Technology University
CHAIR BLOCKW A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR TRUSTED BLOCKCHAIN (INATBA) ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD OCTOBER 2022 AND MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP.
CONFERENCE INATBA BLOCKCHAIN WEEK NOVEMBER 21ST -NOVEMBER 25TH, 2022
“What Skills will be needed in Permissionless Public Blockchain Learning, Living “ Link to You Tube video
BLOCKCHAIN IRELAND MEMBER OF STEERING GROUP 2020-2022 CHAIR EDUCATION SKILLS AND INNOVATION WORKING
EXPLORATION OF A TEST NODE (2020-2021) CHAIR: BLOCKW CHAIR
The Working Group Initiated, Chaired, provided Secretariat to a Multi stakeholder Group, policy makers, industry, academia, and civil society together with the Slovenian National Blockchain SI-Chain to explore setting up a test node. Lessons were learned for future developments.