Blockchain research and development company IOHK has announced that it has successfully wrapped up its second programming school, ‘Haskell and Cryptocurrencies’. The eight-week school, held at the University of the West Indies in cryptocurrency-friendly Barbados, saw IOHK train 10 university students free of charge. The school provided the students with theoretical and hands-on experience in Haskell, a rigorous programming language used for mission-critical applications and protocols, including the Cardano blockchain. In a related announcement, IOHK will donate $10,000 USD to the department of Computer Science at the University of the West Indies, where the course was taught, as well as $5,000 USD to the university’s Housing Services, and $4,500 USD to two students in scholarships and living expenses.
Industry demand for developers using Haskell is growing due to its suitability for blockchain development. IOHK intends to offer the most promising graduates of the school full-time developer roles at IOHK. The Barbados school has seen the second time the course has run, after it was first offered in Athens, Greece last July. The course concluded on the 2nd of March, with a ceremony attended by leaders in government and industry.