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Sneakers & Movies–and Blockchain and Web3?!

Writing that headline just doesn’t feel right: how could Blockchain and Web3 be disrupting the Sundance Film Festival and Nike running shoes?  Well, they are, and it’s further evidence that Goodland Tech’s Cloud & Crypto Computing Program students are preparing for a world far beyond cryptocurrency and NFTs.

The Sundance article is the easier of the two to understand: Blockchain was leveraged to crowdfund a movie, Fuzzy Head, that will premiere at this year’s Festival.  However, beyond the democratization of film funding, the article also points to creative NFT projects by some prominent actors.  The result is a film industry that, because of Blockchain applications, will be putting out different types of movie projects.

Most of the Nike article describes a creative promotional contest they’ve launched via its NFT platform, and there’s no question that it’s a way to leverage cutting-edge technologies to connect with different designers.  But there’s also a casual mention–the last sentence of the article–that Nike is now in its third year of connecting RFID to Blockchain to trace its supply chain.  So, more than just promotions, we see a long-term future for technical experts to use Blockchain, Web3, and Crypto skills at companies like Nike to improve the company’s operations and products.

So, the next time you’re catching a movie with friends or jogging your favorite trail, know that there may be a little Blockchain involved!

Blockchain Technology Needed for Visa Trademarks

A recent article highlighted Visa filing trademarks in the cryptocurrency space. The trademarks applications filed by Visa that are related to software will use blockchain technology to verify cryptocurrency transactions. One of the other trademark applications includes creating “collectible NFTs” and providing “virtual environments” for users.

Goodland Tech isn’t training lawyers to file patents, but the patents that Visa has filed tell us where they believe digital currency, blockchain, and cryptography are headed.  Goodland Tech trains software developers how to build the types of applications that Visa references, such as digital transactions, digital currency wallets, and cryptocurrency wallets.  Consider one area of the patent–“managing and verifying cryptocurrency transactions using blockchain technology”–and it’s easy to envision how graduates of NWKTC’s Cloud & Crypto Computing Program would be ideally suited for this work.  Consider just one specialization: a graduate of the “Blockchain” track would focus on distributed ledgers and would be uniquely qualified to guarantee the validity of information, data, and applications in any of the software products that Visa might develop.

Good Day Kansas Segment

Did you see this weekend’s Good Day Kansas segment about Goodland Tech? KSN’s Jillian Carroll came out for a tour of Goodland Tech and interviewed Ben Coumerilh about growth of the team here in Goodland and the Crypto Apprenticeship Program.

Ben shared how Goodland Tech was built to transform the lives of motivated people – educating, training, and building modern work teams around Crypto, Blockchain, and Web3 technologies in historically agricultural communities.

Gone are the days when you had to head off to Silicon Valley to build the future. The path to possible is right here in Kansas. Goodland Tech and Northwest Tech are training the next generation of cryptocurrency software developers.

Don’t miss our virtual information sessions or look for us at an event near you. The team is also always accessible via phone [785-734-0839] or email [].

Goodland Goes High Tech

We all hear how companies in the US are struggling to find high quality tech talent. Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large embraces distributed talent, not as a stopgap, but as a permanent viable solution for building and scaling their engineering teams. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 21.5% employment growth for software developers between 2019 and 2029 the landscape appears well-situated for Goodland Tech.

A recent article in Northwest Kansas Today explored how Goodland Tech is creating professional, high paying opportunities with those who no longer want to compromise on location when it comes to their career. NWKEICI Executive Director Scott Sproul was interviewed about their relationship with Goodland Tech’s approach to workforce development, “It’s an innovative approach to solving population decline and creating economic opportunities for people who may not have had that opportunity to stay here in the region.” 

Graduating with zero student debt and knowing you’ll have a job with Goodland Tech can positively impact your future and give you future financial independence.

The newly revised Crypto Computing Program prepares students for employment in software and app development. During the first half of the program, students complete classes introducing them to full stack development within five different pathways (DevOps, Backend, Frontend, Product Design & Product Management and Blockchain).

During year two, students pursue their chosen pathway as part of a full stack development team. They focus on real projects to enable accelerated learning while working on live projects with employers and clients.

With the highly tailored courses at Northwest Kansas Technical College and Goodland Tech’s ongoing commitment to training and development, our talented community is poised to offer one of the best talent pools in the country for businesses looking into partnerships to carry out their custom development needs.

When talking to Goodland Tech clients Ben Coumerilh often says, “The cost of living is considerably lower in Goodland; our people tend to value long-term relationships with, and commitment to, employers. We appreciate the opportunity to work on world-class, cutting-edge technologies, and value committed employer-employee relationships more than the opportunity to “jump ship” to the company down the street. In other words, Goodland Tech’s experts have world-class technical abilities but small town values.”

Goodland Tech recently launched virtual information sessions to help spread the word to interested families in Northwest Kansas; applications are still open to start this fall. The team is also always accessible via phone [ 785-734-0839 ] or email [ ].