Blockchain Fundamentals

During the course, you will learn more about the history, the most important blockchain concepts, the philosophy of decentralization behind blockchain, and the main discussions happening within the blockchain environment. In addition, you will learn about (potential) applications of blockchain and the impact it could have on the business world.

Acquired skills

  • The student will be able to comfortably discuss and describe the history, technology, and applications of Blockchain
  • Ability to assess Blockchain applications in a structured manner
  • Presenting Blockchain concepts clearly and persuasively
  • Creating an own Crypto token and own Initial Coin Offering (ICO)
  • Using cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets safely
  • Gaining familiarity with investing in Blockchain startups

General information

Course term: 312.08. - 23.08.

Free seats: 5

Price: 800 €

Category: Bussiness & Marketing

Status: Few places left

Deadline: 30.06.2019

Description

During the course, you will also do a group project in which you create a website for your fictional startup and conduct an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). This means that you will learn how to create your own crypto tokens. Don’t worry if you don’t have any coding experience. The course will be accessible enough that even those without a technical background in IT will be able to create a website, issue their own tokens, and conduct an ICO. We will also hold a competition in which we invest in each other’s’ projects with “European Summer School (ESS)” crypto tokens. The project with the most ESS tokens at the end of the course wins.

The learning goals of the Blockchain Fundamentals course consists of knowledge and practical skills components. We will work according to a ‘Flipped Learning’ methodology. This means that we will create a learning environment in which you, together with your peers, can actively develop your knowledge and skills. You will be put in charge of your own learning progress.

Schedule

  • Day 1A short explanation of Blockchain
  • Day 2Bitcoin and the role of money
  • Day 3Blockchain basics and deeper understanding of the Bitcoin consensus protocol
  • Day 4Blockchain philosophy, Hash cryptography, mining, and consensus
  • Day 5Blockchain applications and tokenization
  • Day 6Other consensus protocols and exchanges
  • Day 7Forks, nodes, proposals and attacks
  • Day 8Towards a decentralized society and business models, the current state of the Blockchain landscape
  • Day 9Assessing blockchain projects and how to safely engage in the blockchain world
  • Day 10Wrap-up and final presentations

Course is running: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00

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Lecturer

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Chhay Lin Lim

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Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Co-Founder at Serey and Lecturer/Researcher on Blockchain

Bio

Chhay Lin Lim is a Blockchain and Financial Technology lecturer/researcher at Saxion University in the Netherlands. Next to that, he is the co-founder of Serey.io – a blockchain project that includes a social media platform, a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, and an online market place.

Chhay: "I believe that creativity and self-development are indispensably linked to liberty. Without liberty, it would be impossible to be truly creative and to develop ourselves. My goal at this moment is to utilize the wonderful blockchain technology - which is essentially a social, political, and economic revolution - for its essential purpose: securing the rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and PROPERTY for all."

Course outline

Literature

  • Andreas Antonopoulos, The internet of money, 2016
  • Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey, The age of cryptocurrency, 2015

Assessments

  • Group presentations on pre-determined topics (50%)
  • Final presentation of a business project website that includes an ICO, a portfolio of what the students have learned, and a short reflection of the main take aways of the course (50%)
  • For every class that a student misses, the student has to make a substitute assignment

Credits

You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  2. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  3. Preparation = 65hours

Price

Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside of town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2019 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

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Accommodation

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Prerequisites

  • Required reading material will be provided during the course.
  • English level B1-B2
  • Accessible for students from any background who would like build a strong foundational knowledge of Blockchain