Master's in Blockchain Technologies
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The Master in Blockchain Technologies is designed to help technical and business oriented profiles, as C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technicians and government officials, to better understand the Blockchain concepts and capabilities.
You will gain insights into blockchain architecture, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and legal implications. During the program, you will be able to choose between two paths, through a project, either implementing Blockchain Technologies to a business model or a software application.
Skills and Capabilities
Foundational knowledge of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for continued learning and professional development.
Identify the business case for Blockchain in any project, taking into account benefits, examining the drivers, functionality and characteristics of the problem to solve.
Ability to critically evaluate and adopt the more suitable blockchain technology for a particular project.
Hands-on experience developing a real blockchain project, going deeper into technical and business aspects of the technology
Blockchain is a continuous growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured. It is an open, distributed ledger than can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.
Blockchain technology has a large potential to transform business operating models. Blockchain distributed ledger technology could create new foundations for global economic and social systems. One of the most known Blockchain applications is related to virtual currencies (BTC is the most popular one with more than 130B$ CAP, bigger than the GBP of a lot of countries), the use of blockchain promises to bring significant efficiency to global supply chains, financial transactions, asset ledgers and decentralized social networking.
In an increasingly and competitive environment, challenges abound and there are no easy solutions. Better knowledge of Blockchain Technologies leads to better business decisions, and the best vectors to maximize the advantages out of the use of this technology can be achieved.
The master is offered online to students worldwide, combining theoretical sessions, with webinars and practical sessions. The participants will carry a final project on for developing a project that could be a blockchain application or a business model based on this technology.
“For 20 years we have got the Internet of information and now we have the Internet of value”
Introduction to Blockchain Fundamentals
Understand where blockchain comes from and why it has the power to change wide areas of our economic reality
M1. Blockchain and the Trust & Transparency Economy
- Introduction to blockchain and its ecosystem
- History of blockchain development to understand its roots
- Problems solved by blockchain give an overview of implications
- The trust and transparency economy: How blockchains build trust
M2. Cryptography & Security
- Introduction to Cryptography: The Little Crypto 101
- Cryptographic systems security: Hashs and their friends
- Cryptonomics: The Crypto Economy – Design of protocols
- Privacy protection in blockchains
- Organizational security and compliance: Cryptography implications for enterprises and institutions
M3. Basics of Blockchain Technology & Architecture
- Fundamentals of data and databases
- Distributed systems: Architecture of blockchain networks & protocols
- Ledger & authorities: Private & public networks
Deep Understanding of Blockchain Technology & Economics
Dive deep into the matter of blockchain and gain insights into blockchain architecture, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and legal implications
M4. Cryptocurrencies, Token Economy & ICOs
- Definition of money and how cryptocurrencies fit in
- International currency markets and open financial systems
- The cryptocurrency landscape and its stakeholders
- Introduction to Bitcoin, Ethereum & Ripple
M5. Legal & Regulation
- Blockchain in the different fields of law (transactional, corporate, commercial)
- Smart contract theory
- Smart contract management & innovation
- Regulation and regulatory environment
M6. Advanced Blockchain Technology & Architecture
- Fundamentals of crypto programming & architecture
- Assessment of protocols & networks
- Deployment architecture
- Further technology frameworks & interoperability
- Resource management in blockchain development
Application of Blockchain Technology
Learn how to apply blockchain technology into your projects and therefore choose between the business-focused path and the software development path
M7. Business Applications & Use Cases
- Determining how blockchain fits into your industry/business
- Blockchain cases in different industries (Finance, Legal, Travel&Transportation, Manufacturing, IoT, Supply Chain)
- Venture capital in the blockchain industry
M8-A. Lean Business Modeling for Blockchain
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- Blockchain-based innovation
- Business model canvas
- Business & finance plan
M9-A. Challenges, Scalability and the Future of Blockchain
- Economical implications of blockchain: New forms of economies and organizations
- Social and cultural implications
- Political implications of blockchain
- Change Mangement in the blockchain context
- Research & development in blockchain technologies
M8-B. Lean Blockchain Prototyping & Development
- Introduction to blockchain programming languages
- Agile development fundamentals
- Rapid prototyping and lifecycle management
- Quick deployment methods
- Introduction to Hyperledger Composer and Fabric
M9-B. Implementation of Blockchain Technology into Existing Enterprise Software Ecosystems
- Introduction to enterprise software ecosystems
- Business process logic programming
- Smart contract programming
- Fundamentals of blockchain migration
Final Project & Assessment
Now it’s your turn. Create your own blockchain project that makes a difference, either in form of a business plan or an application
Choose a blockchain business topic from a given list and create a business plan out of it
Take your own idea and create a business plan out of it
Founder of Acomodeo & Top 100 European Proptech
After working for IBM and Deutsche Telekom as a consultant, and at KPMG Hong Kong as an auditor, David dipped into the business travel industry in 2012. First as an analyst for Media Concierge and project manager for BCD travel, later as managing director and founder of EOS Project Service, a company which organized group travel solutions for media companies such as Associated Press, BBC, and Reuters. From 2013 to 2015 he also supported a joint-venture publishing company as founder and advisor (Next Level Interactive).
With his latest venture Acomodeo, David created the world’s leading digital provider for serviced apartments, offering enterprise software solutions for blue-chip clients such as Audi, Commerzbank, and Siemens. As a thought leader in the triangle of proptech , fintech and traveltech, David holds speeches and lectures all over Germany.
Lawyer, VC Investor, Disruption Disciple, Author, and Exponential Technologies Enthusiast
Considered to be one of the leading European Banking, Investment and Blockchain/Crypto Law advisors Guenther is also passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, rock music, custom bratstyle motorcycles, obstacle course racing, and vinyl records. As Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland, Guenther and his team are building the law firm of the future. Every day. He also is one of the seven members of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s 4000+ lawyers in 95 countries. Prior to this he was a successful Venture Capitalist, served as in-house counsel at an international hedge fund and practiced in court and with a leading business law firm.
Guenther holds a PhD in law from Johannes Kepler University (Austria), an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and has completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.
He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of ``Making Money out of Technology`` (2003), ``Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets`` (2007) and the upcoming ``Appetite for Disruption`` (2019).
He is privately invested and actively involved in numerous ventures and lectures at various universities. In 2018 his new video series „Appetite for Disruption“ launched with the promise to take the audience to the edge of innovation. And past it.
Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland | Advisory of Swiss LegalTech and Fintech Associations, Founder of Disruption Disciples
Top 30 German Economist, Professor
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is Head of the Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The expertise of Prof. Sandner, in particular, includes blockchain technology, crypto assets, initial coin offerings (ICOs), digital transformation and entrepreneurship.
The center advises companies concerning their blockchain activities, e.g. the first European crypto fund or startups in Consensys’ Token Foundry program. Prof. Sandner is a member of the FinTechRat of the Federal Ministry of Finance and also engaged in the Blockchain Observatory established by the European Union and, additionally, founding member of the German Blockchain Association e.V. and the Multichain Asset Managers Association.
Head of Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management | Top 30 German Economist
Emergent Technology CTO, Global Strategy Advisor - Blockchain AI FinTech, Social Impact, Keynote Speaker and Author
Recognised as a thought leader in emergent technology (Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, VR/AR), intrapreneurship, online media and navigating digital disruption and by working with authenticity, purpose and drive, Sally Eaves delivers sustainable business success, educational development and social impact outcomes.
Sally holds a number of directorships, undertakes bespoke consultancy projects and engages in innovative research and educational activities. She also is an international events speaker, an established author and has cultivated a highly engaged and cross-sector network both in person and across all leading social media channels.
Forbes Technology Council | Social Impact Lead at Government Blockchain Association | Strategic Advisory at Effect AI
Robin Weninger is Co-Founder & Managing Director of Sa. | shapingwork academy, the first executive academy based on practical philosophy, offering a radical new approach to corporate education by pairing the ``best-of-breed`` practices from leadership, management and execution with philosophy. In addition, he is the Director of Education at the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), Professor at Zigurat Innovation and Technology Business School in Barcelona, Lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the International School of Management as well as Coach in the Digital Product School in Munich.
He focuses on leading and guiding organizations through their challenges by forming internal vanguards of change. He does this by seeking new questions and plausible explanations through the development of new educational models to shape leaders to become “curators of compassion” and ``leaders of change”. Robin works closely together with universities, thought leaders and management thinkers to develop state-of-the-art management practices, frameworks and best practices for action-orientated management. He designs individual coaching and training programs, helps organizations create goal-setting frameworks and get into a strategic flow. He also deals with behavioral design and complex systems theory to better utilize networks to create fluid organizations through dialogue, collaboration and co-creation.
The World Economic Forum nominated Robin as a Global Shaper in 2015 and as a Digital Leader in 2017. Also, he is a trusted Advisory Board member to multiple EU funded projects under the H2020 framework. Robin is always keen and happy to support initiatives that change the world for the better and leave sustainable footprints for the future of education and work.
His credo is ``Sharing is not just caring, sharing is empowerment``
Co-Founder & Managing Director of shapingwork | Managing Director at GTEC | Global Shaper and European Digital Leader at World Economic Forum
Partner/Vice President and Head of Blockchain EMEA | Member of Blockchain Taskforce of the Swiss Federal Council
CEO of Edgecoin.io | Education on Blockchain Evangelist | Keynote Speaker | Digital Marketer
CEO of Solidified | Blockchain Security Expert | Founding Engineer at Glassdoor.com
Business Philosopher and Author
Top30 Emerging Thinkers (Thinkers 50 – The Oscar’s of Management Thinking). Recognised Global Thinker of the Month July/August 2018
“Our Leaders of today need the philosophy of the past, paired with the scientific knowledge and technology of tomorrow”
What is Blockchain?
“For 20 years we have got the Internet of information and now we have the Internet of value.”
Blockchain is a platform that allows anyone, whether individual or business, transact and move value, assets, money, money assets, without an intermediate as a bank or a government. Is the open-access, secure global platform on which BTC is based. In a world where, according to Alex, “It’s cheaper and faster to mail an anvil to China than it is to send $100,” blockchain facilitates an authenticated, peer-to-peer transfer of value without an intermediary (such as a bank), in a manner that is transparent, public, permanent — and completely anonymous.
Ethereum and ICO
Is technology a disruptive change?
A lot of business leaders in many industries understand that blockchain will be the disruptive technology, but often leaders from old paradigm have a very hard time embracing what’s new.