Prague, Czech Republic

Blockchain and DeFi Fundamentals

when 5 August 2024 - 16 August 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 950

During the course, you will also do a group project in which you create a website for your fictional startup and conduct an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). This means that you will learn how to create your own crypto tokens. Don’t worry if you don’t have any coding experience. The course will be accessible enough that even those without a technical background in IT will be able to create a website, issue their own tokens, and conduct an ICO. We will also hold a competition in which we invest in each other’s’ projects with “European Summer School (ESS)” crypto tokens. The project with the most ESS tokens at the end of the course wins.

The learning goals of the Blockchain Fundamentals course consists of knowledge and practical skills components. We will work according to a ‘Flipped Learning’ methodology. This means that we will create a learning environment in which you, together with your peers, can actively develop your knowledge and skills. You will be put in charge of your own learning progress.

Course leader

Chhay Lin Lim

Chhay Lin Lim is a Blockchain and Financial Technology lecturer/researcher at Saxion University in the Netherlands. Next to that, he is the co-founder of – a blockchain project that includes a social media platform etc.

Target group

Young professionals and university students with an intermediary level of English

Course aim

Acquired skills:

The student will be able to comfortably discuss and describe the history, technology, and applications of Blockchain
The student will be able to assess Blockchain applications in a structured manner
The student will be able to present Blockchain concepts clearly and persuasively
The student will be able to create an own Crypto token
The student will be able to create an own Initial Coin Offering (ICO)
The student will be able to use cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets safely
The student will gain familiarity with investing in Blockchain startups

Day 1· A short, short explanation of Blockchain · Practical assignment 1: creating wallets and sending cryptocurrency · Practical assignment 2: starting a Wordpress website · Starting a fictional startup
Day 2 Bitcoin and the role of money · Bitcoin · The role of money in society · Introduction to Proof of Work · Practical assignment 3: creating your own crypto token
Day 3 Blockchain basics · Deeper understanding of the Bitcoin consensus protocol · ICOs and STOs · Practical assignment 4: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 4 Blockchain philosophy · Crypto-anarchism and cypherpunks · Libertarian anarchism · Hash cryptography, mining, and consensus · Practical assignment 5: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 5 Blockchain applications and tokenization · Smart contracts · Decentralized applications (dApps) · Tokenization · Practical assignment 6: creating your own token on BitShares test net · Practical assignment 7: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 6 Other consensus protocols and exchanges · Applications · Decentralized exchanges vs Centralized exchanges · Proof of Work · Practical assignment 8: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 7 Forks, nodes, proposals and attacks · Forks, nodes and improvement proposals · 51% attacks · Practical assignment 9: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 8 Towards a decentralized society and business models · Web1.0, Web2.0, and Web3.0 · The current state of the Blockchain landscape · The implications of decentralization · Blockchain business models · Practical assignment 10: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 9 Assessing blockchain projects and how to safely engage in the blockchain world · Valuations · Project assessments · Using the blockchain and wallets safely · Practical assignment 11: investing in ICOs with ESS coins
Day 10 Wrap-up and final presentations · Wrap-up of the course · Final presentations of fictional startup websites · Practical assignment 12: investing in ICOs with ESS coins · Awarding prizes

Credits info

5 EC
You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.

Fee info

EUR 950: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials, afternoon/evening social activities and events during the week and barbecue. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside the town over the weekend) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2024, there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.
EUR 247: Accommodation fee for a 13-night stay at Botic Student House starts at 19 EUR/night for a double bed room. Single bed is 25EUR/night.

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