HBCU Students Battle for the Cryptos


The FinTech Center and Binance. US are joining forces to present a pilot project "HBCU Students Battle for the Cryptos" this fall semester. We encourage all HBCU students to participate.  Student participants will receive funds in a Binance. US® wallet*  and use them to trade cryptocurrencies and compete for cash prizes. They will learn about cryptocurrency investing, trading, and portfolio management. First come first serve. Space is limited. Competition begins on September 14, 2020, and ends at midnight on November 8, 2020.  *Students will be required to provide identity and financial information to create a wallet in compliance with AML [...]

HBCU Students Battle for the Cryptos2020-09-11T12:25:52-04:00

BLOCKCHAIN IS HERE: Are you ready for the challenge?


  The FinTech Center presented Jessica Schultzman at The Graves School of Business on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Dr. Schultzman shared her knowledge of the "criminal activity" that may take place on the blockchain with MSU undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Schultzman is the Bureau Chief -Financial Crimes Unit for the District Attorney's office in Kingston, NY. She specializes in "Big Data", "AI", FinTech and Cryptocurrency. Member of the Blockchain Alliance - an organization of regulatory, industry and law enforcement professionals focused on minimizing criminal activity on the Blockchain.

BLOCKCHAIN IS HERE: Are you ready for the challenge?2020-06-24T11:40:35-04:00

The Fundamentals of Blockchain


    The FinTech Center presented Dawn Talbott at The Graves School of Business on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 1pm. Dr. Talbott has over 20 years of finance and technology experience. Most recently, Dawn joined the RiskSpan SmartLink Lab where she provides consulting on Blockchain and DLT implementation strategies. Prior to this, she analyzed emerging technical capabilities within the Freddie Mac Single Family Innovation Laboratory and establishing its “BlockLab”. As a FinTech expert, she is familiar with risk analytics, simulations and a wide range of debt, equity and derivative instruments designed for both public and private markets. Fundamentals of Blockchain Workshop Speaker Dawn Talbott [...]

The Fundamentals of Blockchain2020-06-24T11:11:45-04:00

Turbulent Times: Why Add Bitcoin to Your Portfolio Now


Brian Estes, CIO and Managing Partner at Off the Chain Capital, has helped finance, build, and mentor 4 blockchain companies whose combined value is over $10B today. Prior to his involvement in blockchain in 2014, Brian was a leading endowment and foundation asset manager, ranking in the top 1/10th of 1% of Morningstar asset managers. Brian has his BA from the University of Illinois and MBA with high honors from Washington University. Brian also studied at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. REGISTER HERE

Turbulent Times: Why Add Bitcoin to Your Portfolio Now2020-05-21T11:21:21-04:00

A Fireside Chat with Congressman Warren Davidson


Warren Davidson represents Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. Congressman Davidson first enlisted in the Army after high school. He was stationed in Germany and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Warren later earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated near the top of his class. After the Army, Congressman Davidson earned an MBA from Notre Dame, and spent fifteen years operating manufacturing companies in Ohio. REGISTER HERE

A Fireside Chat with Congressman Warren Davidson2020-05-21T11:18:51-04:00

Innovation Grant


Submit Your Application INNOVATION GRANT PROPOSAL GUIDELINES(Downloadable Word Doc) INNOVATION GRANT PROPOSAL GUIDELINES(Downloadable PDF) The Center for the Study of Blockchain and Financial Technology at Morgan State University is pleased to announce a competitive initiative to build awareness of and engagement with blockchain and FinTech at HBCUs. The FinTech Center is offering ten (10) competitive innovation grants of $10,000 each for developing and implementing innovative educational activities and programs on HBCU campuses. Only one grant per university will be awarded; however, multiple proposals may be submitted. We are seeking [...]

Innovation Grant2020-06-08T10:57:14-04:00

Morgan State’s HBCU Blockchain Summit convenes researchers to discuss future of fintech


Blockchain and cryptocurrency are still early in development, so those who are involved now can help shape where they’re going. That was among the messages delivered in Baltimore by Kevin Werbach, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of theUniversity of Pennsylvania who specializes in blockchain. He was speaking to a group of faculty and students from historically Black colleges and universities over the weekend. Morgan State University organized the first HBCU Blockchain Summit held May 3 to 4, which brought together 120 researchers from 35 universities across the country, as well as students. The Baltimore university’s Earl G. Graves School of [...]

Morgan State’s HBCU Blockchain Summit convenes researchers to discuss future of fintech2020-06-23T09:41:31-04:00

Morgan State University Announces Multi-Year Financial Technology Program With Silicon Valley-based Firm


Ripple Partners with MSU to Fund Education and Research in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity and Related FinTech Disciplines   Bolstering its position as a preeminent public urban research institution, Morgan State University (MSU) has received funding from Ripple, a leading Silicon Valley financial technology (“FinTech”) company. The funds will underwrite a five-year academic partnership bringing advanced education and research programs to the University. Morgan joins a select number of institutions now participating in Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), a global effort designed to further accelerate academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments. The UBRI program fosters increased engagement and participation [...]

Morgan State University Announces Multi-Year Financial Technology Program With Silicon Valley-based Firm2020-06-23T09:42:23-04:00

Morgan State’s first blockchain course finds use cases on campus


On Wednesday nights during the fall semester, students at Morgan State University got lessons on cryptocurrency from team members at New York–based ConsenSys , purchased ether and devised dApps. It was all part of the first-ever blockchain course held at the Baltimore HBCU. The course brought together academia and industry, as a final pitch event to close out the class last week showed. Along with team members from ConsenSys, a representative from payment protocol Ripple sat alongside university leaders such as Associate Dean Ali Emdad of Morgan’s School of Business and Management. Growing out of interest through a blockchain club and panel discussion, Baltimore technologist Yaya Fanusie proposed the course [...]

Morgan State’s first blockchain course finds use cases on campus2020-06-23T09:42:55-04:00
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