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
The Value This Programme Delivers to You
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:
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.
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)
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.
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.