In 2017, through our communication with Scaling Bitcoin sponsors and event participants about what problems they are experiencing that Scaling Bitcoin should focus on, we have received one message repeatedly - "Lack of talent". Organizations that want to participate in and integrate with the Bitcoin ecosystem face great difficulty recruiting developers with relevant expertise.
We launched a new initiative called "Bitcoin Edge" to address this talent deficit. This initiative ran for the first time in Silicon Valley as the Tutorial Track called "Dev++" alongside of the Scaling Bitcoin 2017 "Scaling the Edge". The second installment of Dev++ ran in 2018 at Keio University alongside of the Scaling Bitcoin 2018 "Kaizen". The third installment is taking place at the Tel Aviv University September 2019 alongside of the Scaling Bitcoin 2019 "Yesod".
Bitcoin Edge Dev++ Tutorial is meant to focus on scaling the development capacity of the ecosystem via education of developers in the field of cryptocurrency and helping the industry streamline the process of developer training. The primary focus of this tutorial is the basic first-principles introduction to cryptocurrency and cryptography as well as cryptocurrency-specific engineering methodologies, security practices, and standard operating procedures.
In 2019, Financial Stability Board (FSB) report produced on the subject of Crypto-Assets and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) has been references in the G20 Communique issued during the G20 Finance and Central Bank meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. To help gather much needed feedback on regulatory topics from the industry participants, we are running a Decentralized Financial Architecture - Workshop for Multistakeholders* - DFA-2019