The Business of Blockchain
What You'll Learn
Want to learn what blockchains are all about? From theory to implementation, this course has you covered. With hands-on exercises, understand how to reframe your service or product using a blockchain.
Distill 6 months worth of independent research into 7 hours.
Blockchain technology represents a fundamental shift in how we add value to a system by removing the need for trusted third parties. This creates the opportunity to build organizations, governments, and social networks never thought of before. The internet allowed people around the world to connect digitally. Blockchain allows people to transact and pass data back and forth in a decentralized, more transparent, more secure way.
You'll leave this unique class with a solid foundation and understanding of how consensus is achieved in distributed systems, how smart contracts can facilitate automated business logic, the different types of blockchains available, and why this technology is going to disintermediate industries.
- Hands-on with bitcoin and wallets
- Using a blockchain explorer
- Technical overview: Hashing, Mining, Nonces and Difficulty
- Use cases of blockchains: Supply Chain, Insurance, Finance and More
- Varieties of blockchains: Public, Private, Hybrids
- Blockchain deficiencies
- Hands-on with blockchain products: OpenBazaar and Etherisc
- Launching your own blockchain on Microsoft Azure
- Group hands-on: Creating a blockchain service
Who Should Take This
Participants only need a willingness to learn. No previous blockchain knowledge is necessary.
Solomon Lederer Ph.D. has over 15 years of technical experience in computer system design and programming. He has been teaching about blockchain and Ethereum for 3 years and recently co-authored Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Developing Business, Law, and Technology Solutions. Prior to working on blockchain technology, he worked at The Wall Street Journal, Morgan Stanley and BAE Systems, where he held a DoD TS (top secret) clearance to develop a novel mobile ad-hoc network for the US Air Force.
Sean T. McKeough served as technical editor for the McGraw-Hill textbook, Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Developing Business, Law, and Technology Solutions. He has been teaching about blockchain for over a year.
We are proud to be in partnership with the upcoming conference DISCON, August 3rd and 4th in Boulder. DISCON is being built as a platform for new ideas and innovation in the digital currency and distributed web space. There will be two full days of talks, panels, music & more. Sign-up here!