Workshop: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

This workshop will explore blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, public and permissioned blockchains, ICOs, Central Banked Issued Digital currencies, and aspects of global regulations around cryptocurrencies and blockchain related securities.

All about blockchain technology by Robert Schwentker


Founding President of Blockchain University and blockchain educator Robert will show you the key parts of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) with the best practices.

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Description

Blockchain technology is being explored by all major financial institutions and major central governments world wide. In August of 2016 the World Economic Forum published a paper about how "Blockchain Will Become ‘Beating Heart’ of the Global Financial System." A key part of blockchain and distributed ledger tech (DLT) is cryptocurrency and tokens. To date the most robust and oldest public blockchain is that of Bitcoin. It holds over $70 billion (USD) in value. The system is based on a global network of computers. Anyone may join the network and be part of the bitcoin blockchain. It is based upon open source software has not ever been significantly hacked.

The Ethereum public blockchain network system was not built as a cryptocurrency but rather as platform for decentralized applications and organizations. Many token sales and ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) have been build on the system, which have raised 100s of millions of dollars in a kind of crowd sale. For instance the crowd sale of the Basic Attention Token by Brendan Eich raised $33 million dollars in 24 seconds.

There are also consortiums of institutions organized to explore permissioned distributed ledgers. Examples include R3 with ~80 global financial institutions, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance with over 150 members, and Hyperledger with over 130 members.

What You Will Learn

  • What is a blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT)
  • How Central Bank Issued Digital Currency may transform financial services
  • What is the difference between public versus permissioned Blockchains and examples of each
  • What are synergies between DLT and AI, AR/VR, IoT, and Quantum Computing
  • What are ICOs and Token Sales, and their impact on venture capital

About the trainer

Robert Schwentker is a technologist and blockchain educator based in Silicon Valley. He recently joined the UN Women Innovation team to explore how blockchain technologies may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international assistance for women refugees. He has extensive training, startup relations, programming & systems experience at financial service organizations like PayPal, American Express & Citigroup. As Founding President of Blockchain University & DLT Education, Robert has educated over 1,000 entrepreneurs & intrepreneurs, and inspired over 200 blockchain projects in the US, Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore & Japan. He serves as adviser to several VC funded blockchain startups, to Cisco's Blockchain Innovation Lab, and to the BSafe.network blockchain neutral research project for universities globally.

Workshop: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

This workshop is not only for exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, but also for understanding all about global regulations around cryptocurrencies and blockchain related securities.