Strathmore University blockchain training in Kenya
Blockchain technology has become a catalyst across a wide variety of industries and demand for people with blockchain skills is growing.

@ilabAfrica-Strathmore University has partnered with 482.solutions, Odessa, Ukraine to provide training on blockchain solutions development to students and other interested professionals. Blockchain training in Kenya is aimed at equipping the local market with highly skilled professionals in blockchain.

Blockchain technology has become a catalyst across a wide variety of industries and demand for people with blockchain skills is growing. Many companies are looking to hire those who have the skills-set to navigate this new technology. Its features of immutability, distributed nature and provenance guarantee data safety and integrity.

Because of the nature of blockchain technology, hackers will have a tough time reaching all the networked nodes to tamper with any records. Blockchain technology is perfect for securing information, storage and sharing.

“We are looking forward to have our first workshop in April. It will be a virtual workshop and we will have an option of making it a hybrid course for students who want to attend the course physically @iLabAfrica Strathmore University,” said Ms Eunice Maingi, project coordinator in the IT Security Department and lead of the Blockchain research team at @ilabAfrica-Strathmore University.

Mr Richard Otolo, the manager of the IT security research at @iLabAfrica-Strathmore University said there are several challenges that blockchain can address like fraudulent certificates, title deeds among other key records that face threats of fraud and forgery. “The training will be a forum to upscale existing techies and to increase the number of professionals who can use this technology to combat the mentioned challenges,” said Otolo.

Over the years counterfeiting has become a global menace that affects a wide range of industries. Proving or disapproving the authenticity and quality of an asset can be quite difficult because traditional supply is complex and lacks transparency.

However, if a producer or manufacturer’s goods are placed on blockchain, their origin and trail throughout the entire supply chain can be easily tracked and verified, making it difficult to pass off counterfeit products for genuine ones.

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Mr Leonid Khatskevych, the Strategic Partnership Manager at 482.solutions said: “The training will offer theory and practise. Theory will be about blockchain systems in general, cryptography and about bitcoin protocol while practise will be about smart contract. Students will have an option to choose between creating of Ethereum  ERC-721 token or “Voting smart contract”.

There will be our demo solution “Woden”, based on Hyperledger Fabric, where students can realize the electronic document workflow and digital voting”.

Dr. Joseph Sevilla, the Director @ilabAfrica, Strathmore University, said  the institution is exploring partnerships with government institutions to help them solve local problems by implementing blockchain solutions.

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Others in attendance during the signing of the MoU included; Mr Ivan Balashov-co-founder & CFO at @482.solutions; Roman Kravchenkoco-founder & CEO at 482.solutions; Alexander Kryvoruchko, co-founder & COO at 482.solutions and Ms Diana Mutua, PR and Marketing Manager @ilabAfrica, Strathmore University.

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