The National HBCU Blockchain Webinar Series


  As you move into the new world of distance teaching and learning, the Center for the Study of Blockchain and Financial Technology is right here with you. Please join us as we kick off our HBCU Blockchain Webinar Series. These virtual seminars will bring you some of the leading thinkers and leaders we were planning to have at our Second National HBCU Blockchain Summit sharing their insights into how our current situation will affect the future of HBCUs and the potential uses of blockchain and FinTech in this new reality. We invite you to spend your lunch break with us [...]

The National HBCU Blockchain Webinar Series2020-04-07T09:00:15-04:00

The Technical Aspects of Blockchain 2


Dr. Bina Ramamurthy Recipient of 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. She is the creator and instructor of a four-course blockchain specialization on Coursera online platform for a worldwide audience. She has written her own e-book on the technical and business aspects of blockchain, Blockchain in Action. Dr. Ramamurthy provided detailed information and hands-on experience: Building blocks of a blockchain using a live exploration of Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. Deploying and interacting with three decentralized applications (Dapps) with audience role-playing as peer participants. Blockchain curriculum development for teaching and undergraduate research. [...]

The Technical Aspects of Blockchain 22020-03-04T14:46:37-05:00

The 2nd National HBCU Blockchain Summit (POSTPONED)


The FinTech Center is hosting its 2nd National HBCU Blockchain Summit, April 15-17, 2020, at the historic landmark, Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore Maryland. We held our 1st National HBCU Blockchain Summit last May, featuring Devon Bryan of the Federal Reserve and companies such as Ripple and KPMG. The other speakers included representatives from the Wharton Business School and Georgetown University as well as start-up companies in the field. This is the only major blockchain conference for faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This invitation-only event will bring together close to 150 faculty and student representatives from more than 30 HBCUs [...]

The 2nd National HBCU Blockchain Summit (POSTPONED)2020-03-18T14:33:45-04:00

HBCU Blockchain Curriculum Development Institute 2019


Our HBCU Blockchain Curriculum Development Institute brought together 45 faculty from over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They synthesized the latest research, trends, and breakthroughs in the blockchain space by working with mentors, brainstorming and sharing resources.  As a result of the Institute, over 1,000 students will  be taught simultaneously about blockchain and FinTech in the  Spring Semester of 2020. Many thanks to our mentors: Lee Reiners, the Executive Director, Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law School Andrew Wu, Faculty Director, FinTech Initiative at the University of Michigan Luke Kowalski, Professor at UC Berkeley. [...]

HBCU Blockchain Curriculum Development Institute 20192019-11-18T12:18:45-05:00

UBRI Connect at UC Berkeley


Dr. Emdad, Dr. Bapna, and Dr. Ghodoosi presented at the first annual conference of UBRI Connect at the University of California, Berkeley.  Two other HBCUs, Southern University in New Orleans and Morehouse College were part of the FinTech Center delegation. The event featured 150 participants showcasing the activities of 30 worldwide universities through lectures, presentations, and chats amongst industry keynotes. We had the opportunity to network with fellow scholars and Ripple engineers to accelerate our research and curriculum development in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and FinTech. In February 2019, Morgan received a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant from Ripple, a Silicon Valley technology company and joined Ripple’s [...]

UBRI Connect at UC Berkeley2019-11-13T14:28:29-05:00

Inaugural Annual HBCU Blockchain Summit 2019 


Our Inaugural Annual HBCU Blockchain Summit 2019 attracted 130 faculty and students from more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The two-day conference included speakers from academia, government, and the private sector.  Participants heard from industry representatives including Conduent, Ripple, Ourobors, LLP, Vanimals and Pundi X. Our keynote speaker was Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust" Lee Reiners, the Executive Director of the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law School spoke about the laws [...]

Inaugural Annual HBCU Blockchain Summit 2019 2019-09-12T17:05:03-04:00

Student Blockchain Clubs 


The FinTech Center promotes and encourages students to get together and create student blockchain clubs on all of our network campuses. We seek to engage students on HBCUs in building the talent pool of the next generation of entrepreneurs to educate and empower students who are interested in and excited about learning more about blockchain technology. The Student Blockchain club at Morgan State University welcomes students from all majors. The Club meets on Mondays at 4:30 PM in room 207 of the Morgan Business Building The Morgan Student Blockchain club is a  student-run organization dedicated to engaging students and professors [...]

Student Blockchain Clubs 2019-09-12T16:40:33-04:00

Blockchain Ventures


The faculty has developed mini-cases that feature organizations using blockchain technology to innovate. Akon’s plans for a mobile-friendly cryptocurrency and platform for entrepreneurs in Africa to create, market and monetize their own decentralized applications or DApps A firm specializing in full-service supply chain management and compliance for the cannabis marketplace with tracking technology to ensure each seed, clone, tissue, vegetative and flowering plant, oil extract, and the derivative product is traceable A firm using blockchain technology to connect banks and payment providers via RippleNet to provide one frictionless experience for sending and receiving money globally For each mini [...]

Blockchain Ventures2019-09-12T14:41:45-04:00

Cryptoeconomic and Blockchain Panel Discussion


Morgan State University, March 1, 2018 A panel of national experts presented various perspectives on cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, the blockchain. The panelists included Aram Barnett, CEO of; Ms, Portia Burton, blockchain developer; Matthew Green, co-developer of Zerocash and Zerocoin and Johns Hopkins Professor of Computer Science. Yaya Fanusie, a Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, moderated the panel discussion. According to Dr. Fikru Boghossian, Dean of the Graves School of Business and Management, “One of our objectives is to help Morgan’s faculty integrate aspects of this new technology [...]

Cryptoeconomic and Blockchain Panel Discussion2019-09-30T09:47:01-04:00