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Students From Across Disciplines Forge Cornell Blockchain


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Cornell Blockchain, illustration

Credit: Wendy Kenigsburg / Cornell University

Undergraduates from a range of majors and colleges at Cornell University created a student club named Cornell Blockchain that aims to develop the next generation of blockchain leaders.

Lynette Ban and Joe Ferrara, students in the School of Hotel Administration, envisioned a campuswide club that would welcome students from all academic backgrounds. They asked Emin Gün Sirer, associate professor of computer science and co-founder of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts, to serve as an adviser.

Cornell Blockchain held its first meeting in fall 2017.  Instead of the expected heavy representation from computer science or electrical engineering, "it was all over the map," Sirer says. "It was my first indication that this area was truly interdisciplinary."

The club now includes 40 undergraduates. It staged its first Cornell Blockchain conference in spring 2019 at Cornell Tech in New York City. The conference drew 250 academics and industry leaders from around the United States. The Cornell Blockchain team started the conference by ringing the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.

From Cornell Chronicle
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