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Blockchain is a rapidly growing technology with the potential to disrupt traditional practices across a wide range of industries. The lack of technical Blockchain skills is of national and international concern as it is a significant inhibitor to Blockchain adoption in companies across key industries including manufacturing, supply-chain, health, food, finance and the public sector.

In this webinar we will discuss what the future Blockchain skill requirements are.  We will hear from various speakers and how they have responded to the increasing need to up- and re-skill and how Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet & DCU have developed a Masters in Blockchain – Distributed Ledger Technologies programme specifically aimed to support individuals with a career in Blockchain.

Our guest speakers will include Irina Tal, the Chair of the MSc in Blockchain at DCU, along with Andrew Howell, a current participant of the MSc in Blockchain.


Presenter Bio: Irina Tal, DCU

Irina is an Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Dublin City University(DCU), and Academic Lead MSc in Blockchain – Distributed Ledger Technologies (Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet & DCU programme). She is teaching in the Cyber Security and Blockchain areas.

Prior to joining DCU as an Assistant Professor, Irina was a Lecturer with National College of Ireland and Programme Director MSc Cybersecurity (part-time) and BSc in Computing and Business Information Systems (3rd and 4th years). She was also a Postdoctoral Researcher at DCU working on a H2020 EU project in the area of technology enhanced learning.

Her research interests are in the following areas:  cyber security, applications of blockchain, adaptive systems, technology enhanced learning, vehicular communications, and smart cities.


Presenter Bio: Andrew Howell, Blockdaemon Ltd

Andrew Howell
Andrew is the Director of Blockchain Engineering at Blockdaemon LTD, he leads a team that delivers high-performance blockchain node systems used by Crypto Exchanges, Financial Institutions and Digital Asset Custodians. Andrew duties include liaising with customers who connect to services offered by Blockdaemon’s multi-cloud, geographically load-balanced blockchain infrastructure. Prior to his current role, Andrew was the Lead Blockchain engineer leading a team in developing the software systems that manage blockchain node infrastructure at scale.
Andrew previously worked as a senior engineer of an innovation team during his time in OpenJaw Technologies, where he built AI-driven chatbots for the travel industry. He holds a BSc in Software Development from Limerick Institute of Technology and earned an Excellence Award for the best final year project, Netsend a peer-to-peer video messaging application.

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