According to the NowToronto, this three-semester blockchain development program, was created after Albert Danison, chair of the School of Computer Technology, observed that many corporate companies such as Walmart and FedEx were showing interest into blockchain technology.
Danison explained to NOW Toronto that many of his contacts in the industry said that they 'lack people'.
'They have a million dollars’ worth of projects still waiting to launch because they don’t have people with the right skills' he said. 'We should really be in this landscape as a leader, not as a follower.'
'Blockchain is not hard to grasp, if taught properly, and sometimes it’s easier to teach with no background at all because brains can be molded' he continued. 'The program is designed to accept students straight from high school, if they want to. We start everything from zero.'
Director of communications at Blockchain Research Institute, Luke Bradley, said that they are excited about the George Brown program.
“One of the big assets that Toronto has for blockchain and tech in general is its labour force. It’s skilled and knowledgeable and that’s due in part to an open immigration system and really visionary and practical post-secondary institutions, so we’re thrilled to see George Brown doing this'
The George Brown course, which will be thaught from this Fall, has seen lots of support of the blockchain industry, including ConSensys, a New York based software company, and ChainsSafe Systems, a Toronto based company focussed on solving problems by utilizing blockchain.
Twitter user Nikkiluscombe sums it up perfectly!