Utrecht, Netherlands

FinTech: Practical Introduction to Blockchain and Machine Learning in Finance

when 1 August 2022 - 5 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 750

Financial technology, often shortened to FinTech, is an umbrella term for innovative technology in the financial sector. This summer course focuses on two disruptive technologies: blockchain and machine learning. It provides you with both the theoretical foundations as well as hands-on experience. Overall, it will be a pleasant mix of understanding the technologies and discussing the new possibilities that it has to offer to the financial sector.

The summer course will focus on Blockchain and Machine Learning. Blockchain stimulates people to create ecosystems without a trusted third party and thus revolutionizes the way organizations work. Machine Learning applications are increasingly developed. Examples in the financial sector include the prediction of the stock market, fraud detection and chatbots. This summer course provides you with both the theoretical foundations as well as hands-on experience. Overall, it will be a pleasant mix of understanding the technologies and discuss the new possibilities that it has to offer to the financial sector.

Students will learn how data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence impact day-to-day life and how this new-found ability of using data for smart applications has transformed and upended many businesses: from image recognition, to fraud detection, to smart assistants all the way to self-landing rockets and self-driving cars. You will learn how it impacts the FinTech industry and will work with it yourselves ("get your hands dirty wrangling some data").

Students will learn what Blockchain exactly is, how it works and what it could mean to daily life and (managers in) companies. We will cover ALL aspects of a working blockchain, including governance, legal, change management and costs.

We are currently planning on teaching this course in a physical setting. If this changes we will inform you via this page and via email.

Course leader

Dr. Guido Ongena

Target group

Any student that wants to stay on top of (technological) development in the financial workfield;

Any student that is interested in learning how Blockchain and Machine Learning impact organisations, processes, services and people in the financial sector.

Course aim

Learning outcomes:

What entails Blockchain and Machine Learning?
What are opportunities and challenges of Blockchain and Machine Learning in the financial field?
How does Blockchain and Machine Learning technically work?
What does the future hold for Blockchain and Machine Learning in the financial sector?

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials.
If you are a student you will receive a discount and pay a course fee of € 600
EUR 200: Housing fee (optional)