Glasgow University Computing Science Students are set to use blockchain technology with MaidSafe’s SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) Network. Students within the computer science department, under the supervision of Dr Inah Omoronyia, Lecturer in Software Engineering and Information Security, will work with the MaidSafe team, led by Scottish Engineer David Irvine.
The students will have guidance in building apps on the platform, a decentralised data and communications network that replaces the global data centres and servers with the spare computing capacity of the networks users.
The SAFE Network provides a zero cost infrastructure for students and the current APIs enable the creation of storage and email applications. This functionality is laid out to developers in tutorials created by the company, and this will be expanded over the next few months as MaidSafe releases tutorials every 2 weeks, providing increasingly more complex functionality to application developers.
MaidSafe CEO, David Irvine commented: “We are delighted to be working with a university with such a rich heritage and we very much look forward to using the applications created by their students. Where better to push the envelope of evolutionary thinking than the country that Voltaire opined “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”. Glasgow University has an excellent opportunity to be at the forefront of research and development in the field of Internet technologies, alongside the likes of MIT, which will further enhance its reputation – and that of Scotland – as a source of cutting edge innovation.”
Omoronyia remarked: “It’s a great opportunity for our students at Glasgow University to get hands-on experience with building apps for the SAFE network. Security and privacy functions is now core to modern day software systems; our students are really excited to learn new ways of building such systems using cutting-edge technology.”