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With the fast-paced development and growth in both the Blockchain and Bitcoin, public interest is exploding. We’ve seen it firsthand with the overwhelming interest in our past events covering Blockchain. These programs highlighted the diverse applications of this groundbreaking technology — from digital currencies to supply chain to digital rights management in music.
We believe that Blockchain will have a major impact across many industries. But, for entrepreneurs looking to identify new opportunities, or professionals trying to vet new partners for outsourcing, find efficiencies in internal processes, or track existential threats, there’s a definite need to build a solid understanding of how Blockchain technology actually works.
This series of workshops offers entrepreneurs, senior managers & executives and the Blockchain-curious--in finance and non-finance--an opportunity to ramp up their foundational knowledge of Blockchain technology and to dive into the various use-cases/applications.
Specifically, you’ll learn:
Extra von NotHaus, MBA, MSF, Co-developer and Co-teacher of the “Fintech: Disrupting the Finance & Insurance Services Industries,” the first graduate-level course on Fintech and Blockchains for the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.
This workshop has also been developed with Hugo Benedetti, a Ph.D candidate focusing on cryptocurrencies at Boston College and Dr. Steven R. Kursh, Ph.D, CSDP, CLP, Executive Professor of Finance at D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, who co-taught the Fintech course with Mr. von NotHaus.
Session 1: Blockchain Basics 1 – Tuesday, March 6
Blockchain & distributed/peer-to-peer network architecture & Node types/functions
Blockchain block structure, genesis block & linking blocks into the blockchain
Block headers & identifiers (header hash & block height)
Blockchains, mining/consensus & POW
Basic transaction types & Blockchain explorers
Session 2: Blockchain Basics 2 – Tuesday, March 13
Proof-of-stake & validating a new block
Blockchain forks and other internal risks
Decentralized consensus & consensus-related threats - Versioning, hard forks, & multiple chains
Blockchain applications within Financial Services
Blockchain applications outside Financial Services
Session 3: Blockchain Platforms & Use cases – Tuesday, March 20
Ethereum: Smart Contract & beyond Introduction to Bitcoin & Blockchain - Hyperledger: Fabric & other tools
Walmart, Unilever, & other real-life use cases/pilot programs - Alternative blockchains & cryptocurrencies
Alternative chains, meta-coin platforms & colored coins - Alt coins, types, uses & development lifecycle
Anonymous-centered Alt coins
Non-currency alt coins & blockchains
Session 4: Bitcoin – Tuesday, March 27
Economics of Bitcoin currency & creating new currency supply
Mining blocks, proof-of-work algorithm & rewards
Hashing difficulty, hashing rates & changing rates over time
Security of mining hash-rate & 51% attack potential
Funding/Venture Capital landscape for Bitcoin & Blockchain companies
Future technical issues/limitations/challenges for Bitcoin & Blockchain
Strategic alliances, partnerships & consortiums focused on Bitcoin & Blockchain
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