Tezos To Provide Scholarships For Blockchain Programming

Asia Blockchain Review
July 20, 2020

Amidst the global uncertainties in the wake of COVID-19, freezing hires, layoffs, and business closures are diminishing prospects for workers around the world.

However, one sector continues to remain an oasis of opportunity amidst the desert of the looming recession: tech.

As ways of working and consuming move online, technology has become increasingly critical to the global economy even amidst the pandemic.

As one of the leading frontier technologies, blockchain has grown in popularity and continues to be one of the most rapidly adopted technologies around the world.

With the global blockchain market expected to grow from US$1.2 billion in 2018 to US$23.3 billion by 2023, there has been a greater demand for blockchain talent.

According to new research from leading hiring companies, blockchain tops the list of most in-demand hard skills for 2020.

Founded in 2014, Tezos is an open-source platform for assets and applications that can evolve over time by upgrading itself.

Through self-amendment, this blockchain protocol can upgrade itself without having to fork the network into two different blockchains.

Like Ethereum, Tezos supports smart contracts and offers a platform to allow others to build decentralised applications (DApps) on top of it.

The security of smart contracts, custody and upgradeability of applications built on Tezos makes asset tokenization a promising use case attracting people to build on the platform as compared to other earlier blockchain protocols like Ethereum.

Mason Borda, the CEO of TokenSoft, expects that over the next year, 25%–35% of all STO issuances through TokenSoft would be on Tezos.

Alison Mangiero, the president, and co-founder of the Tocqueville Group, a New York-based blockchain firm sees Tezos as “a major destination for securitized assets.”

The language Tezos uses (Michelson) also supports formal verification. Several higher-level and versatile smart contract languages – SmartPy (Python), LIGO, Liquidity, Morley (Haskell), Fi (JavaScript / Solidity), Archetype (Ocaml) can be used to write smart contracts which can then be compiled to Michelson.

As such, developers with the knowledge of other programming languages can build on what they know and need not necessarily start afresh with Tezos.

For blockchain developers, the abundance and quality of the development tools, the documentation and the community are critical to their adoption, and thus commercial demand. Tezos has been active in building the developer community, offering developer training courses and issuing a series of grants to teams building applications on Tezos, or to those contributing significant amounts of code to the smart contract database.

As part of this effort, Tezos is introducing a 2-month blockchain programming course in Singapore. The course will provide developers with hands-on experience in building decentralised applications on Tezos’s platform.

Students will receive resources and dedicated guidance from experienced instructors should they require assistance. The course will be conducted online and is open to individuals from the ASEAN region.

Applicants only need to possess working experience with the JavaScript language and basic familiarity with HTML/CSS.

As part of Tezos’ commitment to making tech education affordable, individuals who enrol and are selected for this course will receive a full, bond-free scholarship.

The first intake for the course is expected to be held between 12 Aug – 23 Sep 2020. For more details about the course curriculum, interested applicants may visit this link.

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