Lack of Interest in Collaboration with Ethereum at Alma Mater
Peter Szilagyi, Ethereum team lead, expresses frustration
Peter Szilagyi, the team lead for Ethereum, recently expressed his frustration regarding his alma mater’s lack of interest in providing opportunities for students to collaborate with Ethereum. In a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter), Szilagyi explained that he has always felt a lack of genuine interest when he has returned to his old university to deliver talks about Ethereum (ETH). He stated that the students appeared to be more focused on the price of Ethereum rather than the project itself.
“The audience seems to have been stuck in the number go up aspect; and the organizers always used it as an ad campaign.”
Szilagyi noted that he organized a grant for 9 students to participate in Devconnect this year, including flights and accommodation. However, he claims the students are not aware of who is funding the initiative. “I haven’t met the students myself, but someone supposedly has. They had no clue where the grant came from,” the report stated. Szilagyi then wrote to a bunch of old university contacts to recommend some students for potential collaboration, but the university neglected to respond to his emails, leaving him in the dark about the outcome.
Growing demand for crypto and blockchain courses in universities
While Szilagyi’s experience at his alma mater may be disheartening, recent reports suggest a growing demand for crypto and blockchain courses in universities. Major companies like Oracle, Amazon, and Google have actively hired individuals with crypto and blockchain knowledge to develop blockchain products. Additionally, there is an increase in interest from information systems students to learn about decentralized applications.
In more recent news, France has opened the Institute of Crypto-Assets, an institute that supports and conducts research related to blockchain technology and crypto.
It is unfortunate that Peter Szilagyi has encountered a lack of interest in collaboration with Ethereum at his alma mater. However, the growing demand for crypto and blockchain courses in universities indicates a positive trend towards the adoption and understanding of these technologies. As more institutions and companies recognize the potential of blockchain, it is essential for universities to provide students with opportunities to engage with projects like Ethereum and contribute to the development of this exciting field.