Mastering Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

This course is given by Cyrus Fazel & Anthony Lesoismier-Geniaux.

Obtain all the competences and knowledge to really understand what is unique about Blockchain and how to invest safely in Cryptocurrencies.

This two-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary skills to understand what is the conceptual foundations you need to know how your industry will be disrupted through Blockchain and how to get involve by trading cryptocurrencies.

Participants will be able to integrate ideas from Blockchain in their own innovative projects and make sure that they do not miss the next new technology era.

After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Blockchain network.

  • Project managers or consultants wanting to prepare and to support an organization in the implementation of the new procedures and adoption of the new requisites of transactions, investment vehicles, asset class and regulatory changes and swarm intelligence;
  • Portfolio managers and analysts who need to understand and invest in this new asset class;
  • Auditors who wish to fully understand the efficiency of smart contracts and ledgers;
  • Risk Managers who need to understand the different underlying risks (political, technologic, volatility, counterparties);
  • Members of a lawyer firm who need to get into this new lucrative business and become Blockchain advocates;
  • Expert advisors in personal data protection and cyber security.
  • To understand the history and philosophy of Blockchain;
  • To gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, mechanics, methods and technical behind Blockchain;
  • To understand the differences between DAO, Dapps and legal foundations;
  • To acquire the necessary expertise to support an organization in assessing on the implementation of this new requirements;
  • To acquire the necessary expertise to manage a portfolio of cryptocurrencies;
  • To improve the capacity for analysis and decision making in the context of managing a portfolio in a risky environment.

Half day 1:

  • Introduction of Blockchain (45 min) – Learn Blockchains fundamentals: why, the what, the how and the who of world next tech era.
    • 1. Definition of Blockchain
    • 2. History of Blockchain
    • 3. Philosophy
    • 4. Community: Founders, Miners, Investors and users
    • 5. Key Concepts in Bitcoin
    • 6. The Value of Blockchain
    • 7. Cryptocurrency
    • 8. Digital Tokens
    • 9. Smart Contracts
    • 10. DAOs and Dapps
    • 11. Common Misconceptions
  • Introduction to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies (30 min) – Learn about cryptographic building blocks and reason about their security. Work through how these primitives can be used to construct simple cryptocurrencies.
    • 1. Cryptographic Hash Functions
    • 2. Hash Pointers and Data Structures
    • 3. Digital Signatures
    • 4. Public Keys as Identities
    • 5. A Simple Cryptocurrency
    • 6. future of Bitcoin mining
    • 7. What sets the price of a bitcoin?
  • How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization (20 min) – Learn Bitcoin’s consensus mechanism and reason about its security. Appreciate how security comes from a combination of technical methods and clever incentive engineering.
    • 1. Centralization vs. Decentralization
    • 2. Distributed Consensus
    • 3. Consensus without Identity: The Block Chain
    • 4. Incentives and Proof of Work
  • Mechanics of Bitcoin and Ethereum (30min) – Learn how the individual components of the Bitcoin protocol make the whole system tick: transactions, script, blocks, and the peer-to-peer network.
    • 1. Bitcoin and Ethereum Transactions
    • 2. Bitcoin and Ethereum Scripts
    • 3. Applications of Bitcoin and Ethereum Scripts
    • 4. Bitcoin and Ethereum Blocks
    • 5. The Bitcoin and Ethereum Network
    • 6. Limitations & Improvements
  • How to Store and Use Bitcoins and Ethereum wallet (30min) – Learn how to explore how using BTC and ETH works in practice: different ways of storing Bitcoin keys, security measures, and various types of services that allow you to trade and transact with Bitcoins and Ethers.
    • 1. How to Store and Use Bitcoins
    • 2. Hot and Cold Storage
    • 3. Splitting and Sharing Keys
    • 4. Online Wallets and Exchanges
    • 5. Payment Services
    • 6. Transaction Fees
    • 7. Currency Exchange Markets
  • Case Study: Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem (30min) – Hundreds of altcoins, or alternative cryptocurrencies, have been started, either to fix Bitcoin’s perceived flaws or to pursue different goals and properties. We’ll look at everything that goes into an altcoin and how they interact with Bitcoin.
    • 1. Short History of Altcoins
    • 2. Interaction Between Bitcoin and Altcoins
    • 3. What are the different Blockchains providers
    • 4. What are the pros and cons of each other
  • Case Study: Disrupt your industry by using Blockchain (30min) – The consensus will agree by picking one industry. Then, we will come up with a new solution how we could optimize the process by incorporating Blockchain.
    • 1. Pick an industry
    • 2. Find a business model
    • 3. Chose the right Technology and Blockchain
    • 4. Optimize with smart contracts
    • 5. Prepare elements for an internal presentation

Half day 2:

  • Introduction of Cryptocurrencies (30min) – Learn Cryptocurrencies fundamentals: why, what, how and who of world new asset class.
    • 1. Definition of the different classes of cryptos
    • 2. History of cryptos
    • 3. Philosophy
    • 4. Community: Founders, Miners, Investors and users
    • 5. Key Concepts in Cryptos
    • 6. The Value of Cryptos
  • Investing in Cryptos: (30min) – Learn how create your own wallet and the right set up
    • 1. Create a wallet
    • 2. Identify the right counterparties
    • 3. Making your 1st transaction from FIAT to BTC/ETH or others
    • 4. Getting the right data
    • 5. Looking at the important news
  • Trading cryptocurrencies (60min) – Learn how optimize your trading activities
    • 1. Portfolio management theories and strategies
    • 2. Creating an investment universe
    • 3. Top down analyzing by geographic and sectors
    • 4. Bottom up approach: Analyzing by crypto
    • 5. Being tactical with Technical analysis
    • 6. Invest in current funds
  • Invest in ICO/TGE (30min) – Learn how to identify winning Initial Coins Offering or Token Generation Events
    • 1. ICO definition
    • 2. ICO History
    • 3. Scams and pump in dump coins
    • 4. How to find legit ICOs
    • 5. How to find the best
    • 6. When to exit
  • Case Study: Launch your own ICO (90min) – The consensus will agree by picking 3 industries and create 3 teams. Each team will come up with a new Daap or DAO and present their ICO strategy.
    • 1. Pick an industry
    • 2. Find a business model
    • 3. Chose the right Technology and Blockchain
    • 4. Optimize with smart contracts
    • 5. Prepare elements for an ICO
    • 6. Write a short White paper
    • 7. Crowd sale structure
    • 8. ICO terms
    • 9. Distribution of Tokens
    • 10. Roadmap with milestones
    • 11. 5-minute presentation with 5 minutes Q&A

Basic understanding of technology and few financial terms.

  • Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases;
  • Practical exercises based on a full case study including role playings and oral
  • presentations;
  • Review exercises to assist the incorporation of Blockchain;
  • Practice test similar to cryptocurrency trading.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Consists 75 multiple choice questions
  • Writing a white paper

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