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Announcing the first online course in Digital Money, by the Digital Frontiers Institute

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:12 AM by Ignasi Mas

David Porteous, Gavin Krugel and I have teemed up to build capability in digital financial services and payments. We have now officially launched the Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI), as a non-profit.

Ultimately, our aim is to create:

  • For individuals with an interest in digital payments: an ongoing professional development journey, starting with initial training and certification;
  • For businesses operating in the space: options to offer professional growth paths to their employees, in order to ensure a shared knowledge base as well as reward more promising employees with expanded career options; and 
  • For development organizations and NGOs: a mechanism to create shared learning experiences involving key partners in the digital payments ecosystem.

Our first offering will be a 12-week online course in Digital Money, co-certified by our partner university, the Fletcher School. It will be offered for the first time next February, in English. This brochure describes the course in detail.

We are now accepting applications from individual students and organizations that want to sponsor a set of students. We have some scholarship funding which students can apply for as well. 


We are also seeking partners who can help us ‘blend’ the course, by hosting weekly physical discussion forums for local students in their offices, and possibly adding content of their own to the basic structure of the DFI Certificate course. These partners might be financial institutions and payments-related companies wanting to create an in-house training facility; consultants and industry vendors wanting to develop an ecosystem of like-minded customers and partners; business schools wanting to create their own digital money offering; NGOs; etc.