Mastercard, Ripple and Binance join Blockchain Education Alliance.

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The Blockchain Educational Alliance, created by the MouseBelt blockchain accelerator, has gained several noteworthy new members.

Ashley Meredith, director of the MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator University program, told Cointelegraph on February 11 that the new entrants included Behemoth Mastercard, a payment processing company, Binance X, an innovative large-scale cryptocurrency exchange unit, Ripple Spring accelerator and KuCoin cryptocurrency exchange.

NEO’s smart contract platform, IoTeX’s Internet of Things startup, Quantstamp blockchain security company, and Constellation Labs big blockchain chain service have also joined the alliance.

According to the official website, the Blockchain Education Alliance aims to support education “so that students gain the skills, connections, and knowledge needed to contribute to the blockchain ecosystem.”

At the time of its launch in October 2019, the alliance included the Star Development Fund, Tron, Hedera, Icon, Ontology, Wanchain, Harmony One, Nervos, Orbs, LTO Network, Emurgo, Nem and ETC Labs.

In August 2019, MouseBelt launched an initiative to create blockchains on three campuses of the University of California system.

Blockchain and crypto need education

The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry has long been plagued by a lack of specialized workforce capable of pushing space forward. At the end of August 2019, Ken Weber, head of the Ripple Social Impact Service, said universities around the world should expand their educational programs to offer courses on blockchain and digital resources.

Last month, Nikolai Musheghyan, a former MakerDAO member and Carnegie Mellon graduate, allocated 10,000 MKR — worth less than $ 5.65 million. The United States at the time of printing was its alma mater to develop a research program for decentralized applications. In October 2019, a master’s degree in blockchain technology and distributed ledger was opened at the University of Malta.

Mastercard, the innovative divisions of Ripple and Binance, and eight other other companies, have joined the alliance that supports blockchain education at universities around the world.

MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator announced that it has accepted 11 founding members to its Blockchain Education Alliance. In addition to Mastercard, Ripple and Binance, the alliance included representatives of Neo, KuCoin and the Matic Network. They will join 13 companies, including Stellar, TRON and Wanchain, which have already become part of the alliance since its inception last October.

The Blockchain Education Alliance is part of the MouseBelt University program. This is an initiative to train the next generation of blockchain developers in more than 80 student associations around the world. Alliance members provide funding and educational resources that help students and teachers develop curricula and keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Binance has allocated funds to combat the epidemic of coronavirus.

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Binance has allocated funds to combat the epidemic of coronavirus

The largest cryptographic site, Binance, has led a charity initiative in support of victims of the Chinese coronavirus, which began to spread around the world from Wuhan.

CEO Binance, in a tweet published on January 25, said the company was ready to provide “10 million yuan ($ 1.4 million) to fight coronavirus in China.”

Changpeng Zhao noted that it is not possible to transfer crypto assets directly to victims in Wuhan. Therefore, the company will allocate funds for the purchase of medicines and personal protective equipment.

The Binance team has been working with logistics and e-commerce companies over the past few days to arrange deliveries to a closed city. The company has already placed an order for seventy thousand medical masks, as they are in short supply in the region. The issue of delivery to an infected city is still open.

Other cryptocurrencies have also begun a charity fundraiser to purchase medical supplies for the epicenter of the disease. Blockchain Krypital is creating a donation system in stablecoin Tether (USDT) and Ethereum. The company also attracts volunteers for the purchase of materials, their sorting and transportation.

According to the latest data, hospitals in Wuhan are crowded due to the large number of patients and those who believe that they are sick with coronavirus. Independent videos posted on social media suggest that there is a shortage of medical masks and other protective materials, as well as too few doctors.

Meanwhile, BitGive Foundation, the world’s first non-profit organization powered by blockchain and Bitcoin, recently named Bitcoin as the most charity-friendly currency. Bitcoin has the ability to facilitate remote and private transactions that are not only affordable but also executed in real-time to ensure instant settlements.

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