Toronto Sun - - CONTINUING EDUCATION - Linda White

Blockchain de­vel­op­ment

Ge­orge Brown Col­lege re­ports launch­ing the first com­pre­hen­sive cer­tifi­cate pro­gram in blockchain tech­nol­ogy of­fered by a Cana­dian col­lege this fall,

help­ing ad­dress a se­ri­ous short­age of de­vel­oper tal­ent in the grow­ing field.

Blockchains are dig­i­tal, de­cen­tral­ized ledgers that record trans­ac­tions shared among many peo­ple. Once data is en­tered on a blockchain, it’s se­cure, easy to track and per­ma­nent. This can help busi­nesses im­prove ef­fi­ciency of trans­ac­tions while low­er­ing the chance of data mis­han­dling and fraud.

Pro­gram grad­u­ates will be pre­pared to work in bank­ing, in­ter­na­tional fi­nance, health­care, gov­ern­ment and more. Re­search by ICTC es­ti­mates that more than 100,000 blockchain jobs will be cre­ated in Canada by 2024.

Dig­i­tal, con­tent mar­ket­ing

As the de­mand for dig­i­tal and con­tent mar­ket­ing skills grows and top com­pa­nies

are tak­ing longer to fill th­ese spe­cial­ized roles than tra­di­tional mar­ket­ing jobs, the York Uni­ver­sity School of Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies is launch­ing three new cer­tifi­cates.

Its cer­tifi­cate in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing, cer­tifi­cate in con­tent mar­ket­ing and post­grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in dig­i­tal and con­tent mar­ket­ing were de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with mar­ket­ing in­dus­try in­flu­encers

from top brands. Stu­dents will build real-world ex­pe­ri­ence by work­ing on projects with ac­tual com­pa­nies.

New hub for tech star­tups

Mars Dis­cov­ery District and the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto are part­ner­ing to open a new hub for tech star­tups at Toronto’s Water­front In­no­va­tion Cen­tre, set to open in 2021.

This is their sec­ond real

es­tate part­ner­ship. In 2015, U of T in­vested in the Mars West Tower, tak­ing a 20% eq­uity share in the build­ing. The 780,000-square-foot tower is more than 99.8% full and is cur­rently home to more than 50 star­tups, as well as com­pa­nies such as PayPal, Au­todesk and the Vec­tor In­sti­tute for Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence.

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