Master's in Blockchain Technologies

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START DATE:

March, 2019

METHODOLOGY:

100% Online

DIGITAL SUMMIT:

Barcelona Event (on-site)

LENGTH:

10 Months

LANGUAGE:

English

Take your business to the next level

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.

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Reasons Why

Skills and Capabilities

Foundations

Foundational knowledge of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for continued learning and professional development.

Identify

Identify the business case for Blockchain in any project, taking into account benefits, examining the drivers, functionality and characteristics of the problem to solve.

Evaluate

Ability to critically evaluate and adopt the more suitable blockchain technology for a particular project.

Develop

Hands-on experience developing a real blockchain project, going deeper into technical and business aspects of the technology

Overview

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”

Alex Tapscott

Academic Content

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

Business Path

M8-A. Lean Business Modeling for Blockchain

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Blockchain-based innovation
  • Business model canvas
  • Prototyping
  • 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

Technical Path

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

Option 1

Choose a blockchain business topic from a given list and create a business plan out of it

Option 2

Take your own idea and create a business plan out of it

Faculty Board

Academic Director

David Wohde

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.

Professors

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna

Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland
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.

Guenther Dobrauz

Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland | Advisory of Swiss LegalTech and Fintech Associations, Founder of Disruption Disciples

Dr. Philipp Sandner

Head of Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
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.

Philipp Sandner

Head of Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management | Top 30 German Economist

Sally Eaves

Social Impact Lead at Government Blockchain Association
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.

Sally Eaves

Forbes Technology Council | Social Impact Lead at Government Blockchain Association | Strategic Advisory at Effect AI

Robin Weninger

Co-Founder & Managing Director of shapingwork | Director Education at GTEC | Global Shaper and European Digital Leader at World Economic Forum

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``

Robin Weninger

Co-Founder & Managing Director of shapingwork | Managing Director at GTEC | Global Shaper and European Digital Leader at World Economic Forum

Daniel Diemers

Dr. Daniel Diemers is Partner at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton), serving clients in the financial services industry in development of successful growth strategies. His industry expertise covers retail and wholesale banking, private banking/ wealth management, consumer finance and insurance. Preferred themes are growth strategies, market entry/ regional expansion, digital innovation/ FinTech, operating model optimization, and risk & regulatory management. Prior to that, worked in other consultancy firms, advising major players in the financial services industry (banks, regulators, insurance companies) on questions of strategy, organization, and risk management. Daniel has worked with blue chip clients across Europe and the Middle East and is based in Zurich Switzerland. During his academic years, he has worked on collaborative, technology-enabled business models for knowledge management and early warning systems, and, more generally, on the social impact of new media, publishing his own books and articles, while speaking at conferences in Switzerland, Germany, Eastern Europe and the United States.

Daniel Diemers

Partner/Vice President and Head of Blockchain EMEA | Member of Blockchain Taskforce of the Swiss Federal Council

Kambiz Djafari

Kambiz Djafari is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Edgecoin.io, a blockchain tech start-up that aims to make education smart by bringing it on the blockchain. He is also the Head of Online Marketing and steering committee member in a German re-commerce company. Starting his career path more than ten years ago at Online Marketing, Web analytics, Growth Hacking and Event Management, he learned his ropes on various sides of the business world. As an early investor in Bitcoin, he studied the underlying technology of the blockchain for many years and made a name of himself in the industry also as keynote and panel speaker from Manila to Gibraltar. Kambiz started Edgecoin as a direct result of these studies with the goal to fundamentally disrupt education as we know it now. Equipped with the knowledge of the blockchain, the experience in Online Marketing and Web analytics and the will to change our flawed academic system, he decided to build something everlasting that will improve schools, universities and much more for the upcoming generations.

Kambiz Djafari

CEO of Edgecoin.io | Education on Blockchain Evangelist | Keynote Speaker | Digital Marketer

Eduard Kotysh

Eduard founded Solidified, a leading audit platform for smart contracts that helped secure over 50,000 ETH since 2017. After 10 years of Executive Leadership in Silicon Valley leading teams in distributed computing and security, he made a switch to the Blockchain sector to address the lack of security processes and shortage of quality auditors in the space. Panelist at Harvard Business School on Cryptocurrency and a guest speaker at numerous conferences. Eduard is currently co-authoring a book called ``Securing Ethereum Smart Contracts``.

Eduard Kotysh

CEO of Solidified | Blockchain Security Expert | Founding Engineer at Glassdoor.com

Guest Lecturer

Anders Indset

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.

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