Blockchain Technology

Provided by University of California, Berkeley (BerkeleyX)
$99 USD
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Learn the fundamentals of blockchain technology and how it will power the economy of tomorrow.

Professional CertificateBlockchain Fundamentals
Course Format:Instructor-Led
Start Date:Sep 30, 2018

What you will learn

  • A formal definition of distributed consensus and foundational topics such as the CAP Theorem and the Byzantine Generals Problem.
  • The alternative consensus mechanisms to Bitcoin’s Proof-of-work, including Proof-of-Stake, voting-based consensus algorithms, and federated consensus.
  • The meaning and properties of cryptoeconomics as it relates to its two compositional fields: cryptography and economics, as well as the goals for cryptoeconomics with respect to distributed systems fundamentals
  • The various enterprise-level blockchain implementations, such as JP Morgan’s Quorum, Ripple, Tendermint, and HyperLedger, including the industry use cases for blockchain, ICOs, and the increasing regulations surrounding blockchain.
  • The challenges with scaling and obstacles to widespread blockchain adoption, as well as the possible solutions within vertical scaling  (e.g. blocksize increases, Segregated Witness, and the Lightning Network) and horizontal scaling (e.g. sidechains, sharding).
  • The measures that governments have taken to regulate and control blockchain technology e.g. Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations, anonymity goals, and government techniques for deanonymization of entities on blockchain.
  • An exploratory look into blockchain ventures today, such as venture capitalism, ICOs, and crowdfunding. 

Overview

Developed by Blockchain at Berkeley and faculty from UC Berkeley's premier Computer Science department, this course provides a wide overview of many of the topics relating to and building upon the foundation of Bitcoin and blockchain technology.

The course covers many key topics in the blockchain space. First, we take a look at distributed systems and alternative consensus mechanisms, as well as cryptoeconomic and proof-of-stake. We then move on to the fundamental applications of bitcoin and blockchain technology, including exploring enterprise blockchain implementations (JP Morgan’s Quorum, Ripple, Tendermint, and HyperLedger), the challenges and solutions around scaling blockchain adoption, and the measures that the government is taking to regulate and control blockchain technology. We wrap up the course by also taking a look at the various blockchain ventures today and conclude with a blockchain-based future thought experiment.

This course is open to anyone with any background. Whether you are planning your next career move as a blockchain developer, crypto trader, data analyst, researcher, or consultant, or are just looking for an introduction to Blockchain. This course will help you begin to develop the critical skills needed to future-proof your career.

This is the second course in the Blockchain Fundamentals Professional Certificate program.

Before you start

Students are expected to have taken the previous course in the series, Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin and the Crypto Space, or have similar experience and knowledge in this domain.
  • Instructor-Led: course contains assignments and exams that have specific due dates, and you complete the course within a defined time period.
  • Course ends: Dec 12, 2018

Learner Testimonial

“Blockchain fundamentals got me up to date with the basics of this phenomenal new technology and taught me what all the buzzwords really mean. It got my feet wet and made me feel confident enough to start really digging deep into this space.” - Medha Kothari, Fall 2017

FAQ

Q: Who is Blockchain at Berkeley?
A: We are a student-run organization at UC Berkeley dedicated to serving the crypto and blockchain communities. Our members include Berkeley students, alumni, community members, and blockchain enthusiasts from all educational and industrial backgrounds.

Q: Where can I get certified?
A: You can take this course for the verified certificate program.

Q: How can this course prepare me for a career in blockchain?
A: Gaining a strong understanding of the fundamentals of blockchain is immensely important. By grasping the underlying architecture and motivations of blockchain, one gains insight into what makes blockchain so powerful. This course provides the sturdy foundations for future learning and careers in blockchain.

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