Blockchain at Columbia is Columbia University's organization for distributed ledger technology. B@C nurtures
development in the blockchain ecosystem upon a foundation for technical problem-solving. The community fosters
relevant academic research through critical analysis of new technologies. The organization’s high standard
for knowledge encourages both education on complex subjects and distribution of valuable resources on all
B@C has grown into a complex university-wide
initiative. Weekly events include technical discussions, academic lectures, and crypto hour discussions for
evaluating market trends. Previous larger events include presentations on the Bitcoin network, panels regarding
inclusivity of the Blockchain space, and seminars from emerging distributed ledger organizations. B@C has
several committees to execute its objectives:
Education, Technical Research & Development, Financial Research, Operations, and
Public Relations. Each serves a unique purpose and are maintained by a team of Officers and their Committee
Leader. The Education Committee, for example, facilitates courses on distributed ledger technology for students
and faculty on campus. All Committee Leaders, along with the President and Vice-President, make up the Executive
Board of B@C.
Here are some activities, responsibilities, and roles that B@C has facilitated:
Fostering education and discussion of decentralized organizations and digital assets. This is done by teaching free courses on campus and hosting regular events of various sizes on Columbia University’s campus for NYC students (weekly discussions, speaker events, and larger conferences such as our annual Ledger Fest conference). B@C members have also been involved in setting the curriculum for new blockchain-related courses on campus.
Facilitating technical blockchain R&D internally and rewarding grants to NYC students doing so. This includes academic papers and open source development/contributions.
Voting on proposals as a delegate to DAOs, such as Uniswap and Compound.
Producing educational content and thought leadership on various web3 related concepts and technologies.
Providing a space for students to communicate and build relationships with others interested in distributed ledger technology.
Students can get involved by attending B@C events and reaching out to Committee Officers. Our large community is open to all and we always welcome new faces.