Team Of High School Students Take Third Place In Barclays Blockchain Challenge Hosted By Clearmatics

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One of the factors that have stalled the massive adoption of blockchain technology is a lack of understanding. Many people in positions of power view blockchain technology as too complex to understand. Well, the truth is that blockchain technology is complex but it is possible to understand it enough to explain what it means to others. This is why some high school students were able to explain how different blockchains can be efficiently implemented in enterprises.

High School Students Talk About Blockchain Technology

A group of computer science high school student who are yet to take their A-Level exam in Bedford School, UK, came third place in a blockchain interoperability hackathon. The hackathon was hosted by Clearmatics, a blockchain startup in Barclays that is behind the Utility Settlement Coin banking consortium. The challenge set by the company aimed at exchanging data and verifying transactions between two different blockchains using Ion interoperability protocol.

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The students were not up against other students. They had to face blockchain experts and experienced startups such as Barclays, Santander, Adhara and Web3j. The contest showed that there is diverse interest in blockchain and distributed Ledger technology along with an influx of new entrants into the blockchain ecosystem.

The head of computer science at the school, Dr. David Wild, said that his team didn’t have any prior knowledge of enterprise blockchains two days before the event. Making reference to his experience in the development and use of educational software, Wild said that blockchain technology can be used to make significant changes in the educational sector. One of the most effective ways to integrate it would be developing a smart contract that would be used to record and share exam results from one school to the other and one exam board to the other. This will ensure data integrity and make the data sharing process less fragmented and more interoperable. The students chose a pitch, and developed a working solution with the Ion framework.

According to Wild, looking at the blockchain interoperability challenge from a naive point of view was unexpected but useful and refreshing. In his words:

“If you are writing a software that would be used by someone who isn’t too tech savvy, they’ll use it in ways that you can’t even imagine.”

After the students received the third prize, one of them said that they enjoyed the event because they were able to learn a lot about blockchain. She said:

“During the two day event, we learned a lot about smart contracts on the train and solidity.”

As complex as blockchains may appear, these students were able to prove that the only thing required to understand it is an open mind. If you’re interested in learning about blockchain technology, there are many resources on that can help you have the fundamental understanding of blockchain technology and its most popular use case, cryptocurrencies. Education is a crucial step to achieving global adoption of blockchain technology.

Do you think anyone who has an open mind can learn about blockchain technology whether they are tech savvy or not? Do you know enough about blockchain technology to explain it to another person? Share your thoughtsin the comment section.

Max writes about blockchain projects and regulation with a special focus on United States and China. He joined Smarterum after years of writing for various media outlets.


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