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About the Course
Blockchain is one of the most significant technologies to impact business and law in many years. This interdisciplinary online course is designed to expose students and professionals to the strategic opportunities presented by blockchain and distributed systems. Participants will learn from top faculty at UC Berkeley, who have pioneered an interdisciplinary approach drawing from the business, law, and engineering schools to provide the most comprehensive survey of blockchain available today.
Learners will gain foundational knowledge of blockchain technology, an understanding of how it is being used by businesses, startups, and governments, and a framework for analyzing enterprise use cases.
This cohort-based program covers a new module each week. In addition to the 135+ video lectures and 15 interviews with industry experts, there will be weekly workshops throughout the course, assessments on the platform, and learners will have opportunities to engage and interact with the lead instructor. The course culminates with a capstone project, where participants explore ways to apply blockchain to their own enterprise or job function.
video lectures, short assessments, guest workshops, and a capstone project
Continuous project work alongside facilitators and faculty with live video office hours each week
Live, faculty-led case discussions and lectures
We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis until the registration deadline. Space in the class is capped to ensure a highly interactive experience, so we encourage you to apply early.
July 21, 2020 - August 28, 2020
Monetary Economics for the Blockchain World
Before plunging into the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain, we must first examine the impetus behind Bitcoin, which was to create a new form of money. This module also discusses how blockchain, breaks from the traditional monetary system and has thrown this revolutionary technology into the spotlight.
Systems of Payment And Exchange
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies offer many alternatives to the traditional methods of payment and exchange in our society today. This module features an in-depth analysis and discussion on these topics and offers some insight as to what further disruption many companies across practically all industries may soon face as a result of this new technology.
How Does Blockchain Actually Work?
In this module, we demystify blockchain technology. We start by covering the basic properties and intent of centralized/decentralized currency, including identity, transactions, record keeping, and consensus. Then, we introduce some of the more advanced concepts, such cryptography, privacy, and hashing, which will be expounded upon in the next module. We finish with an overview of blockchain networks, architectures, and applications.
Cryptofinance, Law, And Regulation
This module explores the vast and growing blockchain ecosystem, including a broad industry overview, an analysis of the of the new ICO business model, a primer on key infrastructural and blockchain products, recommendations on production blockchain architectures, and an overview of the laws and regulatory perspectives surrounding the space.
Diving Deeper Into Blockchain Technology
This module introduces some more advanced blockchain concepts, mechanisms, and technical applications. We examine cryptography in detail before discussing mining, consensus protocols, and transaction flow. The module wraps up with an in-depth look at of one of the most revolutionary and applicable aspects of blockchain technology: smart contracts.
Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts, and Supply Chains
The final week leverages the knowledge and intuition developed thus far to explore enterprise blockchain, blockchain infrastructure, and technical developments. We will examine the present and future impacts of this technology across several industries.
Project & Pitch
The course culminates with a capstone project, where students apply blockchain to their own enterprise or job function. Students will have the opportunity to submit their work to a funding committee and be evaluated on a project by project basis, with the chance of leveraging the Blockchain Center's network of resources for their concept.
We provide our students opportunities to attend networking events and live-streamed interviews with industry professionals to give them meaningful exposure to job opportunities in the growing blockchain industry. Every student will be admitted into the Blockchain Center's Alumni Network to stay engaged with the community after course completion.
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Pre-register for access to the course brochure as well as an exclusive discount for early applicants. Space in the course is capped to ensure a highly interactive experience, so we encourage you to register early.