Internet Think Tank
Internet Think Tank
Blockchain Technology and Applications:
An Introduction to Blockchain Mechanics and Industry Uses

A Live Online Accelerated Course


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Start & End dates:
Starts May 4, 2019
Ends June 8, 2019
Time & Location:
Online sessions every
Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Course focus:
An introduction
to technology
and application areas
Course Fee:
$1,160
for early registration

by April 30, 2019

Course Overview

This accelerated blockchain course is designed to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to distributed ledger technology (DLT). Early in the course, we provide an overview of how blockchains work, which problems they can solve, and how blockchains change our fundamental trust assumptions. These early analyses provide a foundation for understanding cryptoeconomics and how blockchains are technically designed. The course also brings you up to date on the evolution of blockchains so you are proficient in the latest case studies.

The course builds on this foundation by taking deep dives into specific blockchain platforms, namely the Bitcoin Blockchain, Ethereum, MultiChain and Hyperledger. By focusing on these two public blockchains and two permissioned blockchains respectively, we build proficiency in setting up blockchains and deploying smart contracts.

We then take a close look into four key application areas for blockchains. The course utilizes the Internet Think Tank framework for blockchain use cases called APPS: Asset management, Payments, Public Records, and Supply chain management. We closely review case studies in each of these application categories to provide a rich understanding of how people are applying blockchains. As part of a full APPS review, we look at uses in FinTech, energy transfer, digital inheritance, music piracy and more.

Throughout the course, participants are given access to experiential learning tools that make understanding the blockchain more intuitive. Participants maintain access to these tools even after completing the course.


Course Details

• Access to experiential learning tools including the Blockchain Game
• Alumni maintain access to online course tools, fellow classmates, and Internet Think Tank staff
• Access lectures and materials completely online from anywhere with audio and screen share capabilities
• Course for 6 weeks starting May 4, 2019 and completing June 8, 2019
• Live online sessions each Saturday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST
• Each live session is recorded and made accessible to participants
• Review case studies of blockchain uses across numerous industries
• Gain exposure to smart contract programming
• Learn the latest research in the field
• Network with like-minded professionals
• Learn from other participants with unique perspectives on blockchain requirements
• Collaborate with classmates through live discussion boards
• Course requires participants have access to a computer with Internet access
• Participants will download various blockchain tools during the course
• Participants will not be required to write their own software but will review code for smart contracts



Curriculum

Orientation: Discuss course objectives, the course schedule, online classroom access, discussion boards, and assessments. We will discuss course pacing and expectations as we prepare to delve into the course material.
Module 1: A thorough analysis of what defines a blockchain and how blockchains work. Experience the blockchain through the Blockchain Game (a manual simlutation that takes you through the steps of blockchain mining). Discuss key concepts around trust assumptions and when to use a blockchain. Module 4: Review of MultiChain and Hyperledger permissioned blockchains. Review how to install and configure these two permissioned blockchains for business organizations and specific use cases.
Module 2: Explore the original paper by Satoshi Nakamoto outlining the Bitcoin digitial-cash system. Perform an analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain and its evolution to present day. Understand the various consensus protocols and how they affect blockchain designs. Module 5: A study of use cases following the APPS framework, this module covers blockchain uses in asset management, payments, energy transfer, digital inheritance, asset tokenization, secure payments, remittances, and other fintech applications.
Module 3: Study the Ethereum blockchain and creation of smart contracts. Utilize Ethereum tools and deploy smart contracts. Learn the key differences between the Bitcoin Blockchain and Ethereum. Review development of distributed applications (DApps) using Web integrated front-ends. Module 6: Continuing the use of the APPS framework, this module covers blockchains for public records, supply chain management, identity creation, blockchain-enabled voting (BEV), transparency of government grant awards, intellectual property protection, and shipment tracking.

About the Instructor

Instructor Hasshi Sudler Hasshi Sudler is Chairman and CEO of Internet Think Tank, a global technology consulting firm. He is also an adjunct professor of blockchain technology and cybersecurity at Villanova University and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Rutgers University Big Data Program. He has published numerous papers on blockchain technology, cybersecurity, online piracy and distance learning, and has received numerous awards for his research and business management. Hasshi Sudler earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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