Horizon CTO Delivers ISE Blockchain Module to the University of Limerick

Dr. Andy Le Gear leads the Immersive Software Engineering (ISE) Blockchain Module at the University of Limerick. Horizon is the technology powering Upstream.

5 min readMay 24, 2024

By Anastasia Samaras

Dr. Andy Le Gear, Horizon’s Chief Technology Officer, wrote and delivered the ISE Blockchain Module. The course is for 2nd Year, Block 8 students on the ISE course at the University of Limerick, April-June 2024.

Those who are interested in the course materials for the ISE Blockchain Module can visit https://upstream.exchange/blockchainmodule?#coursematerial.

The course was founded by the Collison brothers from Stripe. Stripe, Inc. a popular Irish-American multinational payment processing platform.¹

As the technological landscape evolves, so does Horizon’s commitment to pioneering innovation and shaping the digital future. Horizon is the technology powering Upstream, and the values of education, accessibility, and fairness are all incorporated by design. We are dedicated to educating the upcoming generation of tech talent, which is why we’re excited to highlight the efforts of our CTO!

The blockchain course covers fundamental material, including:

  • Introduction to Blockchain
  • Cryptography on the Blockchain
  • Consensus Mechanisms
  • Blockchain Protocols
  • Advanced Topics
  • Legal, Ethical, Economic, and Technical Issues

Prioritizing education and community

Dr. Le Gear’s expertise, strategic thinking, and understanding of market trends enable him to play a vital role in driving innovation in the current blockchain ecosystem and his commitment to education reflects our core values. Growing a thriving technology community while offering the resources needed for future success is a win-win for us!

Dr. Le Gear previously worked as a software engineer for companies like Dell, Lehman Brothers, and Nomura. He additionally co-founded Juneberi Ltd., a research-driven software tech start-up. Dr. Le Gear has an equally exceptional academic background, having earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ireland’s University of Limerick in 2006, where he is now offering this course.

Do you want to learn more?

If you’re interested in learning more about Horizon and Upstream’s dedication to the tech community and our commitment to innovation, visit our website at https://upstream.exchange/.

We are encouraged to witness the first-hand influence that Dr. Le Gear’s teaching and knowledge will have on the upcoming generation of industry leaders, and we are honored to have him paving the way.


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