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MIT Intro to Cryptocurrencies Bootcamp for Underrepresented People of Color and Women

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Application Deadline: July 11th 2016

The MIT Digital Currency Initiative is excited to announce a week-long intensive bootcamp covering key cryptocurrency concepts for women and underrepresented people of color. The event will take place at the MIT Media Lab August 21–26, 2016. The Kapor Center for Social Impact and Xapo have generously donated $70,000 to cover each student’s flights, hotel and other expenses to cover the cost of the bootcamp.

The bootcamp is aimed at undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors at US institutions, and will include classroom training and hands-on exercises. The objective is to provide students with a foundation of topics underlying the technology. While students do not need to have a deep background in cryptocurrencies, awareness of the new technology and/or coding experience is encouraged.

Students must be available for a phone interview between July 12 — July 19. Participants will be notified of acceptance into the program by July 22. Students should plan to arrive in Cambridge, MA on August 21 and depart on August 26.

These students will:

  • Gain hands-on technical experience
  • Engage in networking opportunities with influencers and leaders in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space
  • Be encouraged to start clubs on their campuses and develop events for their communities to engage and inform more students on topics important to the technology
  • Pursue research and internship opportunities on their home campuses

In addition, the students will engage in discussions on entrepreneurship, leadership, strategies for applying to graduate school, and approaches to effective communication.

Twenty-five students will be selected for the program. Selected students will receive up to $500 to cover air/train travel to Cambridge, MA. Room and board will be covered for all participants.

Upon acceptance into the program, students must submit a refundable $100 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of the program. Students should also be prepared to participate in pre-work activities leading up to the bootcamp.

Timeline:

Timeline:
July 11: Applications Due
July 12-19: Phone Interviews Conducted
July 22: Notification Deadline
August 21: Travel to Cambridge, MA; Bootcamp Kickoff
August 22-26: Bootcamp
August 26: Travel Home

Apply Now for the MIT Intro to Cryptocurrencies Bootcamp for Underrepresented People of Color and Women

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