Phantasma Blockchain and the Illini Blockchain Club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership that will foster innovation, education, and real-world application of blockchain technology. This collaboration unites Phantasma’s cutting-edge blockchain infrastructure with the academic excellence and pioneering spirit of UIUC, one of the top 5 Computer Science Universities in the United States.

A Vision for the Future

Phantasma, renowned for its eco-friendly and scalable blockchain solutions, is dedicated to bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation. The Illini Blockchain Club, a hub for blockchain enthusiasts at UIUC, shares this vision and is seeking to provide its members with invaluable development experience and industry exposure.

While empowering the next generation of blockchain innovators, this partnership will enable students to engage with Phantasma’s technology through a variety of projects, which began last week, for a 14-week period this semester, and carried through in the fall. Phantasma’s development team will take on a mentorship role, offering guidance and support to ensure students can fully leverage the platform’s capabilities.

Real-World Development Experience with Phantasma

A cornerstone of the partnership is the hands-on development experience that UIUC students will gain by working on Phantasma development projects. Under the expert guidance and leadership of Paul West, Phantasma’s Development Lead, students will have the unique opportunity to contribute to live blockchain projects, gaining invaluable insights into the industry’s best practices and cutting-edge technologies.

Collaborative Projects and Learning Outcomes

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate on a variety of projects, ranging from smart contract development to decentralized application (dApp) creation, all within Phantasma’s robust ecosystem. These projects will not only reinforce their theoretical knowledge but also challenge them to solve real-world problems, fostering critical thinking and innovation.  Here are some of the benefits UIUC students will gain with this partnership. 

  • Understanding Blockchain Architecture
  • Smart Contract Development
  • dApp Creation
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Industry Readiness

This collaboration is more than just an educational opportunity; it’s a pathway to innovation. As students work alongside the Phantasma team, they will not only contribute to the growth of Phantasma’s ecosystem but also leave their mark on the blockchain industry. The partnership is a testament to Phantasma’s commitment to education and the empowerment of the next generation of blockchain developers.

Gaming and Education: A Synergistic Approach

Currently in the planning stages is a game night on campus.  Sponsored by GOATi, students from a variety of computer science fields will have the opportunity to see how blockchain and gaming meet, during their gaming nights.  GOATi is offering game licenses to facilitate the game nights with their 22 Racing Series game running on Phantasma. Students will play and compete, while learning elements of physics and how blockchain brings a new experience to video games. This initiative will not only provide entertainment but also serve as an educational tool, demonstrating the practical applications of blockchain in gaming. 

By integrating gaming into the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to learn about blockchain technology in a fun and engaging environment, in addition to a practical demonstration of how blockchain can enhance user experience in video games.

Speaking Engagements and Knowledge Exchange 

Phantasma’s contributors, including Scott Gallagher & Paul West, who both have the education, corporate experience and extensive experience speaking at industry events, have been invited and will be available for both in-person and online speaking engagements at UIUC. These events aim to showcase the real-world value of blockchain technology and inspire students across various disciplines to explore its potential.

Hosted by UIUC, the podcast series that will feature insights from the Phantasma contributor team about agnostic real-world applications of blockchain. Alongside this, plans are underway for a Speaker Series on campus. These initiatives are designed to provide computer science students at UIUC with a clear understanding of how blockchain technology is currently being used in the real world, the ways it’s making a difference in our lives, and how it’s set to become a technology that we’ll all use in the future, often without even realizing it. 

The goal is to make these complex topics accessible and relevant to students, helping them see the practical side of blockchain and its potential for widespread future use. Through these events, UIUC aims to give students a head start in grasping a technology that’s shaping our digital world.

Phantasma will also be hosting and inviting students and faculty from UIUC to our community and online broadcasts.  These events will delve into the experiences of students learning about blockchain, the challenges they face, and the broader impact of such collaborations on the blockchain community.

Build-a-thons and Community Engagement

Phantasma is eager to sponsor and promote development events like build-a-thons, which will not only elevate the Illini Blockchain Club’s profile but also encourage the broader student community to engage with blockchain technology. These events are designed to spark innovation and create tangible blockchain products.  Discussions and plans for such an event for the fall semester are under way.

This partnership represents a significant step forward in blockchain education and development. By combining Phantasma’s technological prowess with UIUC’s academic rigor, we are poised to unlock new opportunities for students and the Phantasma community.  We are paving the way for the next wave of blockchain innovation.

About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a global leader in research, innovation, and education. While the founder of Solana has its roots at UIUC, this school is not only a leader in America, but is very highly ranked by Coindesk as a leader in Blockchain globally.  Its Illini Blockchain Club is a testament to the university’s commitment to staying at the cutting edge of emerging technologies, fostering a community of learners and builders passionate about the transformative potential of blockchain. 

We invite the community to follow our progress, participate in upcoming events, and contribute to the vibrant ecosystem that this partnership will cultivate. Together, Phantasma and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are building the foundation for a future where blockchain technology is integral to solving real-world problems and creating new opportunities for all.

Together, we are forging a new path for blockchain technology, one that is rooted in education, innovation, and community. Join us as we embark on this transformative journey.

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