|Article by Lin Cai, Jianping Pan and Peiyuan Guan|
The IEEE Joint VTS/ComSoc Chapter in the Victoria Section hosted a students’ career panel, titled “What’s Beyond the Island?”, in the morning of 23 August 2019. The panel invited seven panelists from academic, industrial, and government research labs:
The panel brought together ~60 attendees for three hours to the Engineering Computer Science Building, University of Victoria, Canada. Right after the panel, a two-hour seminar on blockchain by Tian Chen (VP engineering, ArcBlock) was presented to a full room of about 40 attendees, including students, engineers, and researchers. The back-to-back events were organized by University of Victoria’s Dr. Jianping Pan and Dr. Lin Cai.
Many students asked questions enthusiastically during the panel, such as:
The panelists shared their experiences, lessons, and advice:
A pizza lunch was provided after the panel, where participants had the chance to enjoy a meal as well as meet with the panelists for further discussions.
After the panel, Tian Chen gave a seminar on blockchain technologies (from basic concepts to applications), titled “ArcBlock Forge: A Framework to Build Reusable Interconnected Blockchains and Decentralized Apps.”
ArcBlock is a company that develops blockchain systems for building and deploying decentralized applications. The key innovation of ArcBlock is making blockchain interoperability easy with built-in smart contract support, scalable to support a massive number of connected nodes.
Using the example of the most famous crypto-currency—Bitcoin—Tian illustrated the basic idea of blockchain technologies and the current technical challenges: the longest chain, fake trade, etc. Following this was an explanation of the ArcBlock multi-chain framework. The seminar was an excellent opportunity for students to learn from industry leaders, and for engineers and researchers to brainstorm on next-generation blockchain platforms.
The audience showed great enthusiasm about the content, leading to a constructive discussion after the presentation. Matt McKinney, Marketing and Business Development Director from ArcBlock, also answered questions about the operation of blockchain products.