Blockchain goes beyond the financial world. While Blockchain is normally associated with the cryptocurrency boom, the transparency, security and traceability of this technology has allowed it to penetrate different sectors. Best of all, we still have a lot to learn about the possibilities and economic benefits that Blockchain can generate directly or indirectly.

According to a study published by economists at PwC, “Blockchain technology has the potential to increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by $1.76 trillion over the next decade.” The grand potential of this technology makes it useful in many different sectors. Moving on from finance to industry, logistics, healthcare, public services and both physical and online commerce. 

By the end of 2021, Blockchain will contribute USD 66 billion to the global economy. If its evolution remains at the same pace, it is expected that by 2025 a large percentage of companies will have already implemented it in some form, which will generate a six-fold impact.

Why learn about Blockchain?

Knowing how Blockchain technology works will be a must for many professionals working for the companies that implement it.

BISITE is aware of this, our mission as a research group specialized in new technologies is to provide our knowledge and contribute to the training of professionals in areas where the demanded is high. The Master’s Programme in Blockchain and Smart Contracts at the University of Salamanca will teach students about cryptography, the different Blockchain platforms, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies.

Students will also be able to complement their degree with the totally free course on cybersecurity that we organize together with the National Police. Last June we presented the zero module of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies at C1b3rwall Academy, in which more than 20,000 students have participated worldwide. More students are expected to join on September 20, as the course will continue.

The training program covers both technical and informative modules, especially designed for those who have no knowledge in these areas and want to protect their families or their businesses.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.