Msida, Malta

Malta Blockchain Summer School

when 17 July 2023 - 27 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 700

Blockchain emerged at the peak of the 2009 financial crisis, amidst the complete collapse of trust on established financial institutions. It has since revolutionised aspects of the financial sector, and has the potential to challenge many other sectors. It has questioned the power and supremacy of controlling entities, middlemen and intermediaries. It has elevated peer-to-peer trust to unprecedented heights and has questioned traditional notions of business deployment and development. The basic premise of blockchain systems, namely the creation of ‘trustless’ trust, is ongoing continual exploration and has only recently won mainstream attention. In that sense, the Blockchain space is in constant flux and represents an amazing unexplored universe that we want to visit, explain, analyse and demystify.

Talks will be given by an interdisciplinary team of computer science, economics, legal and other academics, as well as industry experts, blockchain professionals and creatives. We will, therefore, offer an immersive interdisciplinary experience, where the technology, philosophy, economics and the law of blockchain and related immersive technologies will unfold.

Beyond traditional lectures, we have prepared an active learning experience that includes workshops, hands on experimentation, invited talks, panel discussions and wider actions.

Some of the main topics we will cover include:

- Introduction to Blockchain

- Tokens and Tokenomics

- Smart Contract Programming

- Consensus Mechanisms

- Blockchain use cases and business models

- Markets in Cryptoassets Regulation (MiCA)

- The Law of Non-Fungible Tokens

Course leader

Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies, University of Malta

Target group

Students or professionals in one of the following areas: computer science, business & finance, economics, law and any other blockchain-related discipline

Course aim

At the end of the Malta Blockchain Summer School 2.0 you will be able to:

- Demonstrate your knowledge on the fundamentals of blockchain technology and how it goes beyond cryptocurrencies;

- Differentiate the way blockchain applications work as opposed to existing centralised systems;

- Compare and evaluate blockchain applications and their implications on standard work processes;

- Classify crypto-assets according to the taxonomy of the upcoming Markets in Crypto-assets Regulation (MiCA);

- Discuss the regulatory choices made by the EU in legislating on crypto-assets;

- Start investigating to program smart contracts;

- Demonstrate appropriate solutions to how DLTs can be used in various domains;

- List real-world solutions, initiatives, and challenges in the practical deployment of DLTs;

- Assess the legal and regulatory characteristics of Blockchain based applications.

Fee info

EUR 700: The tuition fee covers the cost of all the academic activities (classes, workshops, invited talks, panel discussions etc), as well as the final assessment, and the certificate.