On July 7, IBM published a press release, according to which the company has partnered with Columbia University to develop an entity aimed at blockchain research and education.
Researchers from the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency will explore how blockchain technology can be used for important issues, such as secure multi-party computation, safe hardware, fraud decrease, etc. IBM expects the project to accelerate new business models and create policies for safe sharing and storage of confidential information. In the center there will be an innovation accelerator for students to share their ideas and develop their platforms.
The facility will be led by a steering committee of Columbia academics and IBM research scientists and businessmen. According to the press release, the center will begin accepting formal offers for curriculum development, business ideas, and research initiatives a few months later.