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Algorand Centres of Excellence (ACE)

Algorand Centres of Excellence (ACE)
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Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the Algorand Centres of Excellence programme! Following a rigorous selection process, 10 multidisciplinary teams from top universities and research institutions from around the world qualify for the five-year programme.

ACE Locations

ACE Centres

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

CMU-ACE

ACE-CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) is an international, cross-campus collaboration between CMU, United States, and CMU-Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. Research foci include security, economics and usability, while education focuses on curriculum development for improving blockchain literacy and community outreach.

Monash University

Monash University

ACE-SIP

Focused on sustainability in the Pacific Region, ACE-SIP brings together nine teams working towards advancing blockchain know-how across informatics, education, and community.

NTU Singapore

NTU Singapore

ACE@NTU

ACE@NTU, the Algorand Centre of Excellence at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, focuses on education and research for advancing blockchain development and adoption in Singapore, ASEAN countries, and beyond.

Purdue University

Purdue University

MEGA-ACE

MEGA-ACE (Multi-disciplinary Educational Global Alliance for Algorand Centre of Excellence) is a comprehensive academic endeavour composed of 17 institutions across 6 continents, forming a powerhouse of multi-disciplinary blockchain research and education.

TU München

TU München

ACE-SUPPRA

ACE-SUPPRA (Security, Usability, Performance, and Privacy Research on Algorand) is an initiative from the Blockchain Research Cluster of Technical University of Munich (TUM) that brings together a network of interdisciplinary research groups to advance technical, economic and social aspects of blockchain technology and their applicability to the Algorand ecosystem.

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

ACE-BRIAC

A collaboration between the Berkeley Centre for Responsible Decentralised Intelligence (RDI) and Imperial College London creates the Berkeley RDI-Imperial Algorand Centre of Excellence (BRIAC).

Università Roma Tre

Università Roma Tre

ACE-BRAIN LAB

ACE-BRAIN (Blockchain Regulation And INnovation) is a collaboration between Roma Tre University, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, European University Institute, and Fondazione Ugo Bordoni. Its mission includes promoting blockchain technology as a pillar of the future EU Single Market, and as a foundation for a more democratic, resilient, and sustainable society in Europe and beyond.

University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town

ACE-FI

The ACE-FI (Algorand Centre of Excellence for Fintech Innovation) at the University of Cape Town leads rigorous research into digital currencies and blockchain-based finance fostering technological innovation and education in this space.

University of Florida

University of Florida

ACE-W3

Based at the University of Florida, and in collaboration with the University of Belgrade, ACE-W3's mission is to advance education and innovation in blockchain and Web3 applications, in particular those facilitated by Algorand's technology and its community.

Yale University

Yale University

ACE-PAVE

ACE-PAVE (Privacy, Accountability, Verification, and Economics of Blockchain systems), a US-Switzerland collaboration between Yale, Columbia, CCNY and EPFL, brings together researchers and educators in cryptography, economics and law to advance science and community outreach in the blockchain space.

ACE-SIP Blockchain Hackathon

Monash University

The international Monash Blockchain Hackathon is a joint initiative between the Blockchain Technology Centre of Monash University’s leading Faculty of Information Technology and the cutting-edge blockchain and fintech provider, Algorand Foundation.

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2-4 DEC 2022

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Hybrid (in-person and remote participation possible)

Sustainability Informatics for the Pacific (ACE-SIP) Summer School 2023

Monash University

Over two days, this summer school will feature keynotes by international leaders in the blockchain domain, interspersed with lectures by recognised leaders in the Asia Pacific blockchain and Algorand ecosystem.

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2-3 FEB 2023

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Monash University

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University of Stellenbosch

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Freie Universitat Berlin

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A pan-university initiative seeking to be a nexus for blockchain research, fostering a vibrant blockchain ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.

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University of Hong Kong

Economics

A pan-university initiative seeking to be a nexus for blockchain research, fostering a vibrant blockchain ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.

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East Asia

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Privacy

A pan-university initiative seeking to be a nexus for blockchain research, fostering a vibrant blockchain ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.

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Singapore Management University

Law

A pan-university initiative seeking to be a nexus for blockchain research, fostering a vibrant blockchain ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.

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Singapore Institute of Technology

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What is ACE?

Supporting blockchain innovation and research globally

Algorand Foundation is proud to support 10 ACE teams from all around the world. Partnering with top universities and vital non-profits, the ACE programme will help raise and nurture diverse, courageous generations of blockchain natives who can create, build, manage and innovate across all geographies.

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The research, education and community-driven ACE programme brings us closer to the vision for an inclusive ecosystem that provides an opportunity for everyone to harness the the potential of an equitable and truly borderless economy.

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Mission and Objectives

The ACE programme is a global network of blockchain and cryptocurrency research and education centres that advances collaborative, multidisciplinary, and cutting-edge knowledge and technology.

Research

The ACE programme’s mission is to advance interdisciplinary science and technology in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Subjects can range from the theoretical understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrency, to new applications and use cases, to topics specific to the Algorand protocol and tools.

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Standards

The ACE programme encourages applied research and education leading to the development of experimental and novel blockchain applications to advance interoperability and standards in the space, accelerate innovation and create sustainable, positive impact.

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Education

Algorand Foundation values inclusive education and diverse community engagement. Curriculum offerings  focus on many aspects of the blockchain and cryptocurrency space such as software and application development, protocol design, economics, social impact, regulatory or public sector policy, and more.

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Ecosystem and Community

The ACE programme embraces community building.  Courses aim to plan to build, nourish and advocate for a community that is engaged with blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation, and invested in driving the technology for the general good.

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Social Impact

ACE programs address concrete scientific, economic and societal challenges and find actionable and sustainable solutions in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Algorand Foundation’s vision for a thriving, global borderless economy.

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Diversity and Inclusion

ACE project teams represent the organisation’s community with its diverse backgrounds and experiences. collaboration plan and define commitments to build a diverse team, support an inclusive work environment and help create a workforce of professional blockchain innovators and implementers.

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Innovation

ACE course modules use  the Algorand platform for training purposes (e.g. homework, student projects, collaborative design and engineering experiences) as well as innovation in the use of Algorand technology and its applications.

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Algorand Foundation ACE Team

Hugo Krawczyk
Hugo Krawczyk
Head of ACE Programme

He is the recipient of numerous industry awards for his contributions to the theory and practice of cryptography.

Tal Rabin
Tal Rabin
Research Fellow

Evangelina Rodríguez
Evangelina Rodríguez
Student Engagement Lead

Evangelina is the Student Engagement Lead at Algorand Foundation. Evangelina manages the community of students globally and is responsible for the coordination of activities, relationships and initiatives related to universities and students.

Doro Unger-Lee
Doro Unger-Lee
Head of University Programmes

Doro Unger-Lee is the Head of University Programs at Algorand Foundation. Doro manages all university engagements at the Foundation.

What Our Investigators Say

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I am thrilled to start working with my talented colleagues from Yale, Columbia, CCNY, EPFL, and CertiK on advancing the objectives of PAVE, Yale’s Algorand Center of Excellence. We are grateful to the Algorand Foundation for providing support for a 5-year research, education and outreach program, and are excited to collaborate with them.

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It was the cryptographic and distributed computing community that created the technology on which blockchains are based: digital signatures, proofs of work, zero knowledge proofs, Byzantine agreement, pseudo random functions, secret sharing, you name it. I applaud the Algorand Foundation for going back to the roots and supporting this kind of research. The academic grants are going to stellar teams that will help grow the diverse and inclusive global community of blockchain researchers and educators.

Shafi Goldwasser
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With the help of the ACE programme my team at IIT Madras and I are not only able to pursue our research, but we are also able to develop courses and create blockchain learning opportunities for students together with our colleagues from across the globe. The ACE programme will benefit the academic blockchain landscape tremendously.

Shweta Agrawal
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The University of Cape Town is proud to be part of the global ACE programme network. With the help of the ACE program our Financial Innovation Hub is not only able to support local student talent with bursaries to pursue their graduate studies, but we can  also  build our accelerator program, develop blockchain education courses and much more.

Co-Pierre Georg

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Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

ACE@NTU

Centre Manager

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

ACE@NTU

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Technische Universität München (TU Munich)

ACE-SUPPRA

Video Editor and Course Production Specialist - UF Blockchain Lab

University of Florida (UF)

ACE-W3

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