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An exploration of Neo's efforts inside the world of academia

The approach to academia within the Neo ecosystem is much like Neo’s approach to its own technical development – a decentralized effort that is simultaneously led by Neo and executed through the autonomous actions of its communities. In Q1 and Q2 2020, Neo News Today reached out to the Neo Foundation (NF), neow3j, NeoResearch, and Neo St. Petersburg Competence Center (Neo SPCC) to discuss their involvement in the academic sector and subsequent goals.

Neo’s push to increase engagement in the world of academia was initiated by Erik Zhang, co-founder and core developer of Neo. It is Zhang’s belief that young minds filled with unique ideas and concepts can bring new energy to the blockchain industry. Through strategic academic relationships, Neo could be amongst the first blockchain platforms that students encounter.

Academic outreach led by Neo itself

The NF and its implementation arm, Neo Global Development (NGD), have reached out to universities and academic communities to establish courses, events, and learning resources.

NGD began its outreach efforts to large universities with renowned computer science departments, such as Stanford, University of California – Berkeley, and New York University. However, it proved difficult to gain traction at universities of this stature. In the time since, Neo has shifted its focus from renowned U.S. universities to international academic institutions.

The shift in focus is evident in NF and NGD representation at student-oriented events, such as a hackathon at Kanazawa Institute of Technology University in Nonoichi City, Japan, and a 2019 presentation to students at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

Additionally, NGD has collaborated with blockchain education groups that promote the learning of blockchain within universities across the globe.

In early 2020, NGD facilitated the addition of a nine-part Neo course, Developing on Neo, to on...

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