More than 150 educators received training in blockchain and other new technologies during Educathon 2020 IBM Argentina.
During the Educathon 2020 IBM Argentina event, held last February 27th and 28th, the CAECE University managed to provide its teachers with extensive training in different areas. Said training is related to new technologies as well as the field of blockchain technology as well as its uses. Local media reported, almost 150 professors of all the country received university-level instruction in blockchain technology, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other new technologies that may become part of life in the coming years.
IBM issued a press release about these plans. There, it explains that the event has been going on for some years in Argentina and that its receptivity has been increasing. Thus, this year the training of teachers was conducted in academic facilities, either in the city of Buenos Aires or in other provinces. In previous opportunities, experts in different areas were in charge of the event held at the IBM headquarters, located in Retiro, Buenos Aires.
The programming of the event indicated that, during the first day, teachers received specialized training in IBM’s advances in blockchain technology and cloud services, as well as the use of Artificial Intelligence in different areas. The second day was dedicated mainly to Data Science and to presenting the next education projects that the technology company has been developing.
Aside from presenting IBM’s new advances in blockchain technology development, teachers were also instructed in the basic features of blockchain operations and its many uses.
About the training that the teachers received, web news specialized in crypto technology interviewed the director of the Master of Data Science and Business Innovation, Sylvia Testa, who indicated that the sessions were intense and that they were well received by a part of the more than 150 teachers who were present.
“We have a lot of interest in the blockchain issue. The University is working on an agreement with IBM, providing institutional support and the students are very interested. That is why in one of the Master’s subjects we see blockchain. We do not focus so much on cryptocurrencies, but we do encourage research that deals with these issues equally”, the director stressed.
Likewise, it was also commented that instruction plans are formed not only at the university level but also at the institutional level to promote the development and adoption of these technologies. An example of this is the work conducted at the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, where specific education and training was also provided to its workers.
The Director of Postgraduate and University Extension, Sebastián García Alaniz, commented that they not only hope to be able to train teachers in these areas but also aspire to implement tools based on blockchain technology for different areas of education and administrative processes of the university. Alaniz highlighted that innovation and efforts at the forefront are the main characteristics of the university.
“We are in a very important stage of the CAECE University, an institution that has 52 years of foundation and which was the first to have a degree in Computer Engineering in Argentina. One of the characteristics that characterize us as an institution is our support for technology and innovation”, he concluded.
On this master, it is known that the development has the main support of IBM, so the academic program lasts 4 months and requests as a final requirement a special degree work that is dedicated to research in these areas. The Master of Data Science and Innovation is dedicated to professionals in statistics, business, mathematicians, and technicians who want to expand their capabilities.
It is important to highlight that IBM is working hand in hand with various educators from all over Argentina to continue observing the changes that new technologies are having in today’s society. Besides, the CTO of IBM Argentina, Román Zambrano, commented they hope to continue developing activities hand in hand with CAECE to promote innovative technologies in the next generations.
By María Rodríguez