The blockchain is about to radically transform how humans and machines engage in economic activity, forever. While humans have been using formal institutions to reduce uncertainty in trade since the dawn of time, this technology is evolving this age-old model into something far more interesting: the distributed autonomous organization.
Say goodbye to the Information Superhighway and hello to the Decentralized Economy.
Even for the most informed technologists, this technology is complicated and often dense subject matter to internalize and understand fully. This course is here to help students unpack the ideas and better understand what the most important opportunities are in and around this new technology.
This course provides a grounded and organisationally relevant introduction to blockchain and related cryptocurrency technology. Starting from first principles, the course approaches the technology from some different perspectives providing foundational knowledge that will enable delegates to return to their organizations, or community projects, with a clear understanding of how this critical technology impacts the bottom line. The blockchain components are then supplemented with an overview of Alternative Finance.
Participants who fully attend this course and complete the test on the last day will receive a Strategic Axis Professional Certificate (SAPC). SAPC certificates are regionally recognized and can be quite valuable when applying for more senior roles within the organization or outside.
Why is blockchain so important? Benefits and pitfalls considered
How is blockchain used? High-level case studies
Alternative Finance – linkage to alternative payment solutions
Front to back – business process flows & making money – goods & services
Technology architecture – centralized vs. distributed
Banking and payments infrastructure
Central banking, correspondent banking, commercial banking, investment banking
Alternative finance frameworks
What is the interaction between organizations?
Supply and purchase
What is money and how does it acquire value?
The advent of the internet and the case for digital money
How central banks work within the broader economy
The world pre-bitcoin
Bitcoin and why study it?
The emergence of blockchain from Bitcoin – the BoE paper
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Today – Intro – Exchanges – CryptoCompare
The concept of a blockchain – multiple blockchains
What other blockchain, cryptocurrency platforms are there and what do they do?
Current examples and their application
The challenge of online money – issues related to the sending and receiving of money
The relationship between blockchain and cryptocurrency – separable
Enterprise-Grade – Public and Private Blockchains – High Level Use Cases
Digital signing and Public key encryption
Hashing (importance of)
The concept of identity
Example basic currencies
PRACTICAL EXERCISES – Understanding Wallets, Sending and Receiving Bitcoin
Centralized and decentralized networks
Consensus (and relationship to identity)
Building a blockchain – looking at a blockchain working
Rewarding participation – the need for a currency; private vs. public
Creating a currency
The synergy between a blockchain and cryptocurrency (and why is this beneficial)
A Bitcoin transaction and transaction fees
The DAO and Ethereum story
Regulatory and central banking perspectives
Legitimacy – what the law says
New York’s BitLicense
Disrupting your business model
Commercial perspectives – how do you engage a blockchain company?
What are the economics of issuing a cryptocurrency?
The broader narrative – what’s happening in blockchain?
Core technology components
Trust fabrics – hashing and Anti-Money Laundering solutions
Cryptocurrencies as utility vectors
Why Alternative Finance?
Metrics – Size, Players, Growth, Trends, Structure, Headlines
The challenge of interoperability
Peer to Peer Business Lending
Equity-Based Crowd Funding
Islamic Finance and Islamic Crowdfunding
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