Abed to pass on his knowledge of blockchain technology to UWI and UNH students
Bridgetown, BARBADOS; October 23 ,2018 : Gabriel Abed, co-founder of Bitt Inc and Digital Asset fund is confirmed to pass on his knowledge of blockchain technology to students at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados) and those at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (USA).
“Blockchain technology is positively disrupting every industry on a global scale in ways neither rivalled nor contemplated since the advent of the internet; students and professionals, no matter their discipline, should at the very least have an appreciation of the fundamentals of the technology – but more importantly, understand its impact,” Abed said.
The UWI give-back
At Barbados UWI Cave Hill Campus, Abed will be complimenting the University’s plans to accelerate the roll-out of more cutting edge programmes on its Smart Campus platform. ‘Blockchain Technology’ will be offered in the newly-minted Masters of Science in Information Technology.
“As a Barbadian, it is particularly satisfying to give back while at home,” Abed noted. He has pledged to donate any personal remuneration from his course delivery to a charity of his choice. “The reward for me is building an army of like-minded and educated individuals to advance the agenda of Barbados’ technology revolution,” Abed stated.
Intimately familiar with speaking on the global stage, Abed is a sought-after expert who delivers based on both his own educational background, but more so, his experience as a serial FinTech entrepreneur.
Dr. Janak Sodha, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Physics and Electronics at UWI, explained that Abed will assist with the content creation and initial delivery of the course, and plans to place special focus on real-world experiences on the use of blockchain technology and lessons on entrepreneurship.
“What he is doing for us and our University is a huge deal as the first entrepreneur of blockchain technology in the region,” Sodha has been quoted as saying. He added that universities offering similar programmes attaches high price tags and expressed pleasure at Abed’s willingness to not only partner with the University, but also give back to the community. UWI Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor V Eudine Barriteau, has welcomed the collaboration and the alignment.
The impact of blockchain across all professions
Abed will also be sharing his knowledge through the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s first-of-its-kind blockchain and cryptocurrency certificate program for professionals from business, emerging technology, finance, banking, and legal industries.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law has been a Top-10 ranked intellectual property (IP) program ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking IP programs 27 years ago. Now, they are proud to pioneer the study of the next frontier of IP innovation: blockchain.
UNH Law’s Chair of Intellectual Property and Technology Online Programs, Professor Tonya M. Evans, has teamed up with Samson Williams of Axes & Eggs Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Think Tank (AAE) to develop this Certificate that comes with online accessibility.
As part of the course offering, students can get direct access to leading blockchain, cryptocurrency, and legal experts focused on empowering professionals to implement strategies to impact the legal landscapes of government, payment systems, intellectual property, regulation, and civil and criminal liability – Abed is listed as an Adjunct Professor.
He is particularly keen about the listed benefits of the course, which includes , “…in-depth knowledge to better understand both the import and impact of cryptocurrencies on the financial, political, social, and economic sectors of both developed and emerging societies, how to use tokens as a self-funding mechanism for projects within the crypto economy, a means of creating utility for a project, and, more broadly, the economic activity surrounding the issuance of tokens, the intellectual property implications of blockchain technology, and exploring various governmental use cases to address and solve for a host of public sector problems.”
He commends the University for its forward thinking and is grateful for the selection.
“Again, it’s about giving back and drawing the linkages between my own experiences and projects, blockchain tech and the way of the world today and in years to come,” he stated.
In photo : Gabriel Abed with Dr Janak Sodha and Professor Eudine Barriteau of the UWI.