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Ripple Renews Partnership With Morgan State University to Support Blockchain Innovators Across HBCUs




Ripple, a global payments and financial solutions provider, is intensifying blockchain education in the US through its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), renewing its $1.05 million partnership with Morgan State University to bolster blockchain innovators across America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Over the past six years, the Ripple UBRI has played a pivotal role in establishing a crucial foundation and learning environment for the next generation of blockchain engineers. The renewed funding provided to Morgan State will further deepen the progress achieved as a result of Ripple’s earlier grant to the university and create avenues for new programming and research opportunities for both students and faculty.

With a network of over 50 university partners spanning 26 countries, offering more than 600 new or expanded fintech courses and facilitating 1,500 academic blockchain research projects, UBRI has become the gold standard for blockchain education, research, and inclusive economic development.

Eric van Miltenburg, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Ripple, underscored the significance of this partnership, stating, “The demand for crypto and blockchain knowledge among our next generation is growing, and the HBCUs in the UBRI network are leading the charge to ensure that this interest is nurtured and supported. We are eager to witness how Morgan State continues to empower its students and spearhead ambitious projects that will diversify the XRP Ledger ecosystem for years to come.”

Building on Past Successes:
Since its inception in 2018, the partnership between Morgan State and UBRI has expanded its technological capabilities, set new standards for academic excellence, and fostered an environment of innovation. Notable achievements include the establishment of innovative programming such as the student-led MorganHacks, which attracted approximately 150 students from seven HBCUs this year and featured an XRP Ledger (XRPL) workshop and Finance Challenge Statement from Ripple. The winning project, CarbonKarma, utilizes decentralized, community-driven incentives to reward travelers for opting for sustainable options.

Looking Ahead:
With the latest grant, Morgan State aims to amplify its efforts, engage other HBCUs, and combine collaborative research with real-world applied learning opportunities to cultivate a pipeline of diverse, skilled, and highly trained professionals ready to excel in enterprise blockchain jobs. Proposed activities include cutting-edge research initiatives intersecting blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML), XRPL development workshops and programs, and an annual national blockchain and fintech conference.

Ali Emdad, Ph.D., Interim Dean for the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management and Director of the National FinTech Center at Morgan State, expressed gratitude for Ripple’s ongoing support through the UBRI grant, highlighting its transformative impact on Morgan’s National FinTech Center programs and its role in fostering an inclusive and creative educational environment.

Integrating New Technologies:
At the core of the partnership with UBRI is Morgan State’s National FinTech Center, serving as the hub of the HBCU Blockchain and FinTech Network. With the establishment of the National Center for the Study of Blockchain and FinTech Operations and the renewed UBRI grant, Morgan State aims to advance a cross-disciplinary approach that deeply integrates data analytics, AI, and ML into blockchain research and education.

Shaping the Future:
As blockchain continues to flourish within academia, UBRI remains committed to expanding its support for cutting-edge research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain and crypto on campuses worldwide. The renewed partnership with Morgan State will contribute to cultivating a new generation of leaders equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the evolving digital economy, ensuring that HBCUs remain at the forefront of innovation in finance and technology.


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Move and earn leader STEPN drops new app and gaming token




FSL, the global gaming and development studio behind web3 lifestyle app STEPN, NFT marketplace MOOAR, and social-strategy game Gas Hero, has officially announced the launch of STEPN GO. The new product is a social lifestyle app that rewards your daily movement and social interactions. Today marks an exciting milestone with the release of the STEPN GO Whitepaper and Tokenomic model. The game introduces a new token, GO GAME TOKEN (GGT), which users can earn by walking, jogging, and running with digital NFT Sneakers. There will also be a PvP game feature that allows users to earn GMT, the FSL Ecosystem token.

The original STEPN app was launched in 2021 and remains the world’s leading ‘Move and Earn’ application, pioneering the genre of gamified web3 fitness applications. With over 5.6 million registered users and over 1 million Sneaker NFTs owned by players, STEPN achieved monumental success, acquiring a global community. STEPN has partnered with prolific brands over the years including ASICS, Steve Aoki, and most recently adidas. STEPN was also the first blockchain gaming app to integrate Apple Pay, creating a seamless onboarding experience for web2 native users.

Yawn Rong, Co-Founder of FSL commented, “The STEPN community has been requesting social features within the app since the early days of STEPN. Therefore, we’re so excited to reveal these new features, which will propel STEPN GO into mainstream adoption. In addition to the Haus Mechanism and Interactive Map, we will also implement PvP elements within the app. Community is at the heart of everything we do at FSL, and we are ecstatic to announce this monumental milestone today, reinforcing our commitment to empowering and engaging our users.”

Building on the success of STEPN, FSL has designed unique social features within STEPN GO. The first key social element is the ‘Haus System’, which is a lending system that allows users to share their Sneaker NFTs with friends and family members who are new to the app, and split their earnings. This system will enable easy onboarding for new users to enjoy the app and kickstart their fitness journey. Another unique feature will be the ‘Interactive Map’, which will allow users to see other players’ avatars and even add them as friends within the platform. This Interactive Map will also allow users to drop messages that can be found by other players out doing STEPN GO runs.

Jerry Huang, Co-Founder of FSL added, “With STEPN GO, anyone can onboard their friends and family to web3 without needing to create a wallet or even buy NFTs. Exercise will be more fun and rewarding. We will combine fitness with many enjoyable experiences, including having your own customizable avatars with unique outfits!”

The Alpha Version of STEPN GO is set to launch by Q3 2024 with a Sneaker NFT Alpha Prize Draw lasting one month. A total of 3,000 Sneaker NFTs will be distributed within the app. To enter, users will be required to lock GMT. Access to the Alpha Prize Draw will be limited to FSL ID users, ensuring the most loyal FSL community members are rewarded. An additional 2,000 Sneakers will also be given away via the STEPN X account and STEPN GO Discord. Make sure to follow STEPN on X for your chance to win a Sneaker and gain early access.

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CBiGroup Completes $15M Series A Funding, Focuses on R&D




CBiGroup Completes $15M Series A Funding, Focuses on R&D

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Correction: CBiGroup Completes $15M Series A Funding, Focuses on R&D




CBiGroup Completes $15M Series A Funding, Focuses on R&D

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