As the demand for the Blockchain technology professionals goes sky-high after cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum among others became popular across the world, Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital technology, consulting, business reengineering services and solutions, has launched Tech Mahindra BlockGeeks Program in its Hyderabad campus to facilitate competency in the field of Blockchain Technology. In its first phase, the company will up-skill a batch of 20 candidates to make them Blockchain-ready and will gradually roll out the program across the world. Tech Mahindra will also set up a Blockchain Centre within its research & development arm Makers Lab to facilitate co-innovation in this space, developing enterprise grade solutions for customers across industries globally.
TechM BlockGeeks will impart students comprehensive training in the lab and after which they have to setup code, create smart contract and build solutions, thereby gaining technical proficiency in Blockchain Technology. Successful candidates will be awarded a badge and certification acknowledging the participant as an ‘Official TechM BlockGeek’.
Rajesh Dhuddu, Global Practice Leader, Blockchain at Tech Mahindra said, “As part of our reskilling initiative, Tech Mahindra is focusing on providing a comprehensive training to students to enable them leverage next-gen technologies and facilitate end-to-end blockchain-led transformation for our customers.”
“We are targeting around 3,000 blockgeeks to be trained by FY’19. Our R&D arm, Makers Lab will facilitate this collaboration between academia, research and partners, so that young tech enthusiasts can be trained on these disruptive technologies and become future ready.”
The Makers Lab is a research & development hub for co-innovation of solutions and services of the future with customers, partner companies, research institutions, universities, and start-ups. The development work carried out in the Makers Lab is focused on next-gen technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality, 5G – Network of the future. Tech Mahindra has Makers Labs across four locations in India – at Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, besides labs in the US, UK and Germany.
Tech Mahindra recently announced its partnership with Blockchain Technology Pioneer ChromaWay to deliver blockchain technology in India. ChromaWay is a Stockholm-based company which has been pioneering blockchain solutions in the public and private sector since 2014. Additionally, Tech Mahindra has also announced a strategic investment of CAD 100 million in Canada over next 5 years to establish a new ‘Center of Excellence’ (COE). This initiative will cater to the exponentially growing need for AI and Blockchain application especially in the ‘Fintech’ and ‘Smart Cities’ spaces. The COE will focus on jointly developing cutting-edge business solutions in Digital Technologies in close collaboration with the leading academic institutes, innovators and accelerators in the start-up ecosystem like the Vector Institute.