According to a report by IBM, in 2020 blockchain will be used in production by 66% of all banks. Another report by MarketsandMarkets says the market for blockchain will be worth $2.3 billion by 2021.
But what exactly is blockchain & how can you effectively learn about it without wasting your time & energy?
In this for-beginners two-day intensive workshop we'll cover the basics. You'll be able to get answers to all of those important questions that you've wondered about but have been too afraid to ask. You'll even learn how to create & trade your own cryptocurrency using your laptop. No prior experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn.
Dec 8th 10am to 5pm, Dec 9th 10am to 5pm
WeWork Grand Central (Lex @ 45th)
In this workshop we will cover:
Going from fundamentals to deep dive without getting lost
Fundamentals of money
Relevant cryptography fundamentals
How Bitcoin actually works
What Ethereum is & how it actually works
Smart contracts & oracles
Privacy coins such as zCash & Dash
Taxonomy of blockchains
Sample use cases for blockchains
Clearinghouses & post-trade processing
Prediction markets (including insurance company replacement models)
Derivative securities such as options, & passive investment funds
Organizational/governance models such as voting
Ecosystem & regulatory environment
Utility tokens versus investment tokens
Initial coin offerings by U.S. citizens
Prominent trade groups
About your instructors:
James Cropcho has been building software applications-and organizations around those applications-for over a decade.
He spoke about blockchains at a national cybersecurity conference (Hackers on Planet Earth, 2016) & has traded cryptocurrencies since 2013.James is an adjunct professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, where he created the graduate course Web Development with Open Data.
James is the creator of the popular MongoDB schema analyzer Variety. He was a member of the two-person team which uncovered the first wide-scale breach of the secret ballot in American history, & was featured on National Public Radio.He furnished the source material for a Freakonomics blog post, helped to run a daylong workshop at South by Southwest, & was profiled in a video segment for BBC News.
Joe is trained as a computer scientist & has spent much of his career improving collaboration & communication within & between enterprises. Joe spent over 5 years as an executive director at ABB with global responsibility for communication & collaboration where he implemented one of the first & largest Lotus Notes rollout in 1992. Since 1995, he has worked on the development of three successful startups focusing on technology, software development, strategy & planning, business development, customer relationship management, product management; marketing, sales & distribution, channel development & management.
Most recently, he served as the CTO for Greenwave.org winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, Ashoka & one of TIME Magazine 25 Best Inventions of 2017. During his tenure he was selected as a Points of Light CivicX Fellow. In addition, he worked in partnership with the US Department of State in overseeing the 600% growth, across 3 years, of the Fishackathon as part of the Our Ocean Summit. Joe is also a Visiting Associate Professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where he assisted in the development of the Entrepreneurship curriculum for both undergraduate & graduate programs in addition to teaching computer science courses.
He has worked with clients & partners as diverse as Barclays, Coca Cola, IBM, Microsoft, SAP & Southern Company, among others.
After working in marketing at Apple Inc, Nate established himself within the New York tech & entrepreneurial community. His writing has appeared in Mashable & his book Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS & WordPress has been a bestseller in Programming: CSS books on Amazon.com. Nate has taught web development for Mediabistro, General Assembly, SVA, FIT, 92Y, Noble Desktop, Google, Amazon, & Wharton.
Benjamin C. Dean works at the intersection of technology, economics & public policy. Mr. Dean is President of Iconoclast Tech, which provides technology consulting services including the development of cyber risk models. He is presently a Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington DC where he provides policy advice relating to crypto-currencies.
Doug von Kohorn
Venture Partner,Wolfram Ventures,Director ConsenSysEthereum, smart contracts & decentralization
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