Educating people about Bitcoin and digital currency still remains a struggle for the most part, even though techniques are being tweaked and refined regularly. One audience being heavily targeted for Bitcoin adoption are university students. SOme even taken upon themselves to form a Bitcoin Club.
The University of British Columbia now has its very own Bitcoin club, founded by Wilson Cross. The goal of this Bitcoin Club is educating other students about Bitcoin and digital currencies. Wilson firmly believes many customers will pay for a variety of things with Bitcoin in the future.
“Bitcoin doesn’t have necessarily the potential to be just a virtual currency, but we also believe it has the potential to be the future of finance,” Wilson Cross said during an interview yesterday.
So far, UBC’s Bitcoin Club consist of 15 members,following in the footsteps of Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, both of which have Bitcoin Clubs of their own .
In order to educate students about Bitcoin, UBC’s Bitcoin Club plans to organize digital currency literacy events, merchant adoption and mentorship programs, and a small business incubator funded by alumni and private investors. All of thise will hopefully lead to the University of British Columbia accepting Bitcoin payments for tuition and bookstore sales, not unlike the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The first Canadian university to accept Bitcoin payments, albeit it for donation purposes, was Simon Fraser University.Speaking of which, SFU is considering accepting Bitcoin payments at campus bookstores and dining services.
According to Wilson Cross, a lot of Bitcoin activity is taking place at several of the world’s top universities, including MIT and Pennsylvania State University. He feels it’s in the universities’ best interest to bridge the gap with the future and get with the times, so to speak.
“Bitcoin is a perfect fit for UBC because it lies at the intersection of many academic fields—such as computer science, economics, finance, law, and marketing—and communities.”
Wilson Cross – President of UBC’s Bitcoin Club
Bitcoin topics that will be discussed next by the Bitcoin Club include Bitcoin’s accessibility and convenience.