Introduction to Digital Currencies and Blockchains

Objectives of the Course

The course will provide an introductory understanding of B&DLTs technologies with the case of decentralized digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) such as bitcoin. In particular, the course will survey the theory and principles by which B&DLTs (using the case of  cryptocurrencies) operate, practical examples of basic  cryptocurrency transactions in the framework of B&DLTs, the likely interaction of cryptocurrencies with the banking, financial, legal and regulatory systems, and how cryptocurrencies could be viewed within a framework of innovation and development.

The course will consist of five general topics:

  1. Theoretical introduction to B&DLTs and the case of digital currencies.
  2. Practical introduction to B&DLTs and the case of digital currencies.
  3. Banking, financial and regulatory implications of digital currencies.
  4. Innovation and development.
  5. Cross-value chain perspectives – B&DLTs applications beyond the Financial Sector.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the technology components of blockchain-based digital currencies, the process of currency issuance, and distributed ledger.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cryptocurrencies and be able to conduct P2P transactions through hands on exercises.
  • Understand more advanced uses of the blockchain such as escrow services, asset registration, attestation and smart contracts.
  • Be able to check the usage of blockchain technology through real-life use cases.
  • Understand alternatives to bitcoin, such as alt-coins, Ethereum.
  • Understand what parallels and differences cryptocurrencies have with the existing monetary and banking systems.
  • Be able to place blockchain technology in the context of disruptive innovations and understand their potential for growth or development.

All sessions are recorded and available on the course page for those not able to attend.

Day 1 (2hours): May 18th 11:00 – 13:00 CET - Sessions 1&2

Session 1:
  • Course Overview
  • Primary Functions of Currencies
  • The History of Money and Currency
  • The History of Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin as Currency
Session 2:
  • Ledgers, Transactions, Blocks, Blockchains
  • Types of Blockchains
  • Properties of Bitcoin Blockchain Networks
  • Blockchain Transactions
  • Example of Transactions

Day 2 (2hours): May 21st 11:00 – 13:00 CET - Sessions 3&4

Session 3:
  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and Cryptography / Bitcoin
  • Download a Wallet
  • Practical examples with wallets
  • Hands on exercises
Session 4:
  • P2P Transactions
  • Practical examples on P2P transactions
  • Hands on exercises

Day 3 (2hours): May 25th 11:00 – 13:00 CET - Sessions 5&6

Session 5:
  • Alternative Usages of Blockchain
    • ETH – Smart Contracts
    • Digital Rights Management
    • Real Estate Management
    • Academic Titles on Blockchain
  • Alternative Cryptocurrencies
  • Ethereum and EVM
Session 6:
  • Blockchain Use Cases:
    • Banking
    • Central Bank Digital Currencies
    • Supply Chain
    • Land registry
    • Blockchain verifiable certificates

Day 4 (2hours): May 28th 11:00 – 13:00 CET - Sessions 7&8

Session 7:
  • Principles of innovation
  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Why Bitcoin/Blockchain are innovations
  • Innovation in crowdfunding through Blockchain
  • Examples of innovative blockchain applications
Session 8:
  • Cryptoassets
  • Regulatory framework
  • Major concerns

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