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Pandas are More Plentiful Than Blockchain Developers

Apparently, there are less then 100 true Blockchain engineers in the world according to Bart Cant, a principal in Capgemini’s financial services practice.

“I’ve heard people say there are probably less than 100 true blockchain experts in the world.”

In an article at the Wall Street Journal Kim Nash interviewed Cant and notes that the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is more plentiful than real, hardcore Blockchain engineers (torquem scriptores).

At least twice a week I get messaged on Linkedin or by email from headhunters desperate to find Blockchain staff for their desperate clients. I have been reduced to simply copy pasting a generic response stating that they might have better luck finding the lost city of El Dorado than finding a Blockchain developer.  At least through me anyway. 

There’s certainly tons of room for training Blockchain developers and it would be good to see some more initiatives in this area. Blockchain events put together by event companies are a dime a dozen now, but it’s mainly Blockchain 101 and there’s little deep knowledge transfer going on. While we wait for curriculums to be created, it might be a good to see some more Blockchain hackathons in the scene – and put together Blockchain companies with APIs and SDKs with developers who are interested in the space backed by companies who are looking for talent or to build developer communities. 

If you are interested in supporting initiatives of this kind, let us know at Blockchain News as we also run hackathons at our Foundation in The Netherlands, called the Hackitarians.

Richard Kasteleinhttps://www.the-blockchain.com
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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