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New Chair for blockchain with Capgemini

Capgemini, École Polytechnique and the École Polytechnique Foundation have launched a new Chair dedicated to studying the technological and economic implications of blockchain, with the goal of promoting higher education and research in this emerging field.

The blockchain market is expected to reach $11.7 billion by 2022. In response to this phenomenon and in order to meet the needs of businesses, l’X and its Foundation are teaming up with Capgemini to launch the "Blockchain & B2B Platforms Chair", with the objective of training future leaders and managers to meet the challenges of blockchain and its integration into company strategy. The Chair aims to promote top-quality teaching and research in blockchain and business-to-business platforms. These digital platforms allow companies to interact within a business ecosystem, facilitating the exchange of information and expertise between partners.

Education in tune with the needs of businesses

The teams from Capgemini will work with l’X students as part of "innovation cluster days". Bringing company partners and clients into direct contact with students, these sessions will allow for reflection on the use of blockchain and B2B platforms, in order to meet the job-oriented needs of sector-specific ecosystems selected for the project.

Collaboration with the l’X Research Center

Another goal of the Chair is to support academic research in economics and statistics at the Research Center (at CREST, a CNRS/École Polytechnique/GENES joint research unit) and blockchain research at the l’X Computer Science Laboratory. This Chair will be held by CNRS researcher and lecturer at École Polytechnique, Julien Prat, and senior research scientist at the INRIA research unit, Daniel Augot. The project will lead to the publication of co-authored research articles, particularly on the development of theories and good practice in optimizing blockchain uses, especially commercial uses. Through these various efforts, the Chair aims to improve the quality and quantity of application services offered by blockchain, and to provide the worlds of science and industry with more theoretical and operational perspectives, in France and worldwide.