Introduction to Blockchain Class

Originally developed as an introduction to Blockchain for a prominent Chicago based business school, this is a condensed version that brings the student from an awareness of Blockchain to a complete understanding of the component technologies of Blockchain, and how to apply it to solve business problems.

This class will be hosted by FinTank ( and consists of 8 2-hour sessions conducted over 8 weeks. It will occur on weekday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. The location is currently scheduled at the FinTank business offices. 333 S Wabash Ave, Ste 2700, Chicago IL 60604. The cost is $1520 for the class, and includes all materials required by the student, except for a computer. Portable PC or Apple computer is required for the labs.

Who would benefit from this class?

  • Students that want a clear understanding of Blockchain, its capabilities
  • Executives and IT personell that would like to understand how Blockchain might help their business
  • Executives and IT personell that want to understand how their business might be disrupted by Blockchain
  • Engineers and Decision Makers that want to understand when and why to use a blockchain in their business solutions
  • Investors that want to ‘cut through the fog’ of hype about Blockchain to better comprehend the true (disruptive) value of Blockchain

What does the class cover?

  • An overview of the grandios claims of the eventual effects of Blockchain technology
  • Existing transaction register technology overview (databases)
  • Blockchain technology – hands on demonstration and labs
  • Hashing
  • Cryptographic Keys
  • Building Blocks of transactions
  • Validation of Blocks (mining)
  • Distributed Consensus
  • Reading and Writing to a Blockchain
  • Blockchain variations
  • Bitcoin Blockchain
  • Blockchain V2: Ethereum
  • Open Source
  • Commercial Offerings
  • Turnkey ‘environment’ offerings and overview
  • Hands on CryptoCurrency example (buying, transactions, selling crypto)
  • Smart Contract Basics
  • Blockchain Decision Matrix: When and why to use a Blockchain Solution
  • 2 or 3 use cases of Blockchain: analysis and discussion

What you will learn:

  • You will have a clear understanding of Blockchain, variations, and when to use and how to identify ‘gaps’ of the technology
  • You will be able to understand what people are saying, and what they are omitting, when describing a blockchain based solution
  • You will be the most blockchain knowledgeable of your friends during the holiday cocktail party discussions
  • You will be able to make and independent assessment if someone’s claims are ‘real’ or ‘vaporware’
  • You will be able to build a requirements scope for a blockchain solution to your business problems.

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