Background

Do you have the knowledge to utilise the transformative powers of Blockchain Business Models for your industry?

This Blockchain Summer School brings the world-renowned expertise of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT), together with the University of Nicosia (UNIC) and Cyprus Blockchain Technologies (CBT) to present some of the foremost thinkers in blockchain technologies globally to equip you with the INSIGHT, NETWORK and the TOOLs to guide your organisation on how to deal with disruptive blockchain technologies.

About the Blockchain Executive Summer School Programme

UCL’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT), University of Nicosia (UNIC) and Cyprus Blockchain Technologies (CBT) is launching one of the first in-person Executive Summer School programmes for business strategists, innovators, futurists and public-sector planners to gain a rigorous understanding of the impact of blockchains on industry and society, both today and in the future.

This executive education and networking programme runs between 3-5 October in Limassol, Cyprus. Instruction is provided by international thought-leaders and leading academics.

The programme consists of a mix of technical, academic and practical instruction and teaches foundational principles of blockchains so that the knowledge imparted will be applicable no matter what the current in-vogue aspects of blockchains are. We teach about how things were, how things are with early adoption of blockchain technology and how things may be in the future if the potential of blockchain technologies is realised. Feedback from previous programmes has been that participants prefer more practitioner case study led sessions over academic teaching. With this in mind at least 2 sessions should be devoted to practical case studies led by practitioners (possibly written with the help of academics to ensure effective teaching).

This programme is especially relevant to directors, managers and executives who need to make decisions about implementation of blockchains in their industries. It is also useful for those who wish to improve their career prospects through learning about this nascent and burgeoning technology. The venue for teaching will be facilities made available at the Grand Resort.

Classes will be held between approximately 9:00-17:00 with lunch, and snacks and beverages provided during breaks.

Introducing the Blockchain Summer School

  • Instruction by global thought leaders and academics
  • Unique executive collaboration and networking experience
  • Hybrid learning model: Foundational knowledge taught online before 3 days of in-person classroom sessions
Dr Paolo Tasca,
Course Convenor
“We stand on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. New technologies are dramatically transforming our economic systems, and our society in general, into something very different from what we were used to thinking about over the last few decades”

The Value This Programme Delivers to You

  • A comprehensive understanding of blockchains through a unique framework analysing the technologies and assessing economic, legal and regulatory implications
  • How to guide your organisation through adoption and deployment of distributed technologies like blockchain and how to overcome obstacles and hindrances
  • The ability to assess the opportunities and threats that blockchains may generate for your industry or those in your supply chain
  • Outstanding executive collaboration and networking experience with a community of highly regarded academics, guest speakers and interested peers
  • Access to the UCL CBT and their associates, including the latest research, newsletters and events, both during and after the programme
  • UCL Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours

Programme

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    Course Outline and What You Will Learn

    This course is designed to provide you with a framework for evaluating blockchains, both through use of technology and business applications and from a legal and regulatory perspective. The following outlines the main areas of teaching spread over three days:

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    Pre- Course Preparatory Material

    Before embarking on the 3 day in-person classroom experience, we present online material to help you build basic foundational knowledge to help you get the most out of your time with global blockchain thought leaders.

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    Day 1 – The Technology Behind Blockchains & Distributed Ledgers

    In the first part of this course, you learn about the underlying building blocks of what makes up a distributed ledger. How do distributed ledgers differ from existing technologies available? What are the benefits they bring? How many different distributed ledgers exist? How can we distinguish good ones from bad ones?

    You also learn about different blockchain applications, including Cryptocurrencies, Tokens, Asset Registry Technologies, Application Stacks, Asset Centric Technologies and Smart Contracts (including DApps and DAOs)

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    Day 2 – The Economic Implications and Business Applications of Blockchains

    In the second part of the course, we examine the economics of blockchains, business use-case models in different industries and socio-economic implications. We map out the different blockchain industry segments, study the dynamics of investments in blockchain-related businesses and the disruption created and the challenges and risks of adoption. ​

    We also examine the monetary and macroeconomics of cryptocurrencies and the use cases of smart contracts. We examine how the ICO, DAO and Token economies are evolving and where they fit in today’s world.

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    Day 3 – The Legal/Regulatory Implications of Blockchains & Real-World Case Studies

    In the final section, you learn about the legal and regulatory challenges faced with adopting blockchains and smart contracts, as well as the regulation of cryptocurrencies. In particular, we look at differences in the regulation of ICOs/DAOs and how security, debt, payment and utility tokens differ from a regulatory and legal perspective across different jurisdictions. We will examine the evolving nature of regulation in blockchain use and how blockchains can be used to streamline regulation and compliance (RegTech). With the support of real uses cases, you will learn how these technologies can be used for continuous auditing, AML/KYC verification, or automated tax filing.

    Equipped with an underlying framework of the technology, economics and legal aspects of blockchains, you will then look at real-world case studies of blockchains to discover how blockchains can be applied or not in your own industry and how transformative business models can be created.

Instructors

Prof. Tomaso Aste

Professor of Complexity Science, UCL

Richard Brown

CTO, R3

Henning Diedrich

CEO, Lexon Foundation

Prof George Giaglis

Professor of eBusiness, Athens University of Economics & Business and Director, Institute for the Future, UNIC

Dr Theodosis Mourouzis

Research Fellow, UCL CBT and Programme Director, Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM)

Dr Paolo Tasca

Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Nikhil Vadgama

Deputy Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

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Course Price

  • The Price of the Course - €3000
  • For group bookings please get in touch about pricing info@unicom.co.uk or call +44 1895 819 475.
  • After registration, you will receive an email containing information about various options for accommodation (if required) in Limassol, Cyprus. We have negotiated special rates with hotels in the area and can offer accommodation at rates between €150-€300 per room per night.
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