Day One - Wednesday 29 March 2017

Course attendees will learn the basics of blockchain - how it is created, how it works, and what are the drivers for using blockchain technology in today's securities transaction landscape.

09:00 Registration and breakfast

09:30 Opening remarks

Bitcoin: the world's first blockchain application

  • Bitcoin's origin
    - A brief history of digital cryptocurrency
    - The early days of bitcoin (2008 - 2014)
    - Maturity of the bitcoin ecosystem
  • How does bitcoin work?
    - Bitcoin is created by mining and secured by the blockchain
    - Advantages of the bitcoin blockchain
    - The anatomy of a bitcoin transaction
  • How and where is bitcoin used?
    - Major bitcoin use cases
    - The bitcoin ecosystem
  • Bitcoin as an alternative asset
    - Bitcoin as an asset versus other asset classes
    - Bitcoin as an asset class
    - Bitcoin investment vehicles
    - How to invest in Bitcoin
  • Altcoins
    - Altcoins and other cryptocurrency initiatives
  • Bitcoin's challenges
    - Block size challenges and solutions
    - The PR problem and slowing adoption
    - Regulation

Blockchain explained

  • The blockchain boom explained
    - Market trends, trials and strategies

  • Blockchain in a nutshell
    - The blockchain and how does it works
    - Public versus permissioned blockchains
    - Benefits and limits of blockchain

  • Blockchain applications
    - For financial institutions
    - For non-financial applications

  • Blockchain assets
    - Different types of blockchain assets
    - How blockchain assets are created
    - Initial use cases for today's financial markets
    - What is smart security?
    - Equity case study
    - Debt case study
    - Commodity case study
    - Tokenization of society on the blockchain

Types of blockchain

  • Transactions and public blockchains
    - Major public blockchains
    - Ethereum: Blockchain based computing platform for decentralised applications
    - Ethereum vs bitcoin
    - Decentralised Applications (Dapps)
    - Initial Coin Offering (ICOs)
    - Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs)
    - The development of ‘Ripple' - global financial settlement solutions
    - Sidechain and elements
    - Decentralised platforms on the blockchain

  • Permissioned blockchains
    - What are permissioned blockchains
    - Consortium blockchains
    - Private blockchains
    - Who are building permissioned blockchains
    - China ledger, Shenzhen and Shanghai blockchain consortiums
    - Hyperledger

  • Private blockchains
    - Features of private blockchains
    - Why organisations are experimenting with private blockchains
    - Proposed used case vs a centralised database
    - Private blockchain

Blockchain cybersecurity and protection

  • How blockchain assets are stored and protected
    - Private key management
    - Hot wallets - desktop, web, mobile
    - Multi-signature wallets
    - Cold storage - hardware, paper, token and brain wallets
    - Causes of major exchange and wallet breaches
    - Security best practices for individuals and institutions
  • Identity on a blockchain
    - Pseudo-anonymity with bitcoin
    - Towards absolute privacy with Dash, Monero and Zcash
    - Blockchain mixing services
    - Blockchain identity management services

Smart contracts 101

  • What are smart contracts?
    - History of smart contracts
    - Blockchain based smart contracts
    - Advantages of blockchain based smart contracts
    - Potential smart contract applications - from simple to complex
    - Existing smart contract applications on ethereum and bitcoin blockchains
    - Current challenges and limitations of smart contracts
    - Alternative technologies and approaches

  • Smart contracts and the law
    - Are today's smart contracts legally binding
    - Building tomorrows smart contracts to fit existing legal structures
    - Self-enforcing smart contracts - the future lawyer's dilemma?

17:00 End of  Day One

Day Two - Thursday 30 March 2017

09:00 Registration and breakfast

09:30 Opening remarks

Why Blockchain for markets and banking?

  • Recap on bitcoin and blockchain
  • Payments
    - Remittances
    - Cross border payments
  • Investment banking
    - Post-trade
    - Derivatives
    - Reporting
  • A new landscape for markets and regulatory hurdles
    - Basel 3 and capital restrictions on banking activity
    - KYC, AML, CFT
    - Collateral management and concept of minting explained

Applications: use case examples

Supply chain logistics and trade finance
• Collateral and escrow management
• Structured products

Blockchain in governments and other industries

• Identity
• Land registry
• Intellectual property
• Metals

12:30 Lunch

Blockchain enabled technologies and Fintech tools

The emergence of Big Data for Blockchains
- Data convergence
- Real time analysis

AI running on the top of Blockchain
- A shared global registry of data & models
- Decentralised processing

Will Blockchain be the foundation of the IOT?
- Cybersecurity and single point of failures
- Data monetisation and smart contracts

Design a use case solution

  • What approach to use:
    - Problem statement
    - Blockchain-based solutions
    - SIPOC high level process map
    - Workflow mapping
    - User journey
    - Collaborative efforts of blockchain

Presentations: Selection of use cases by topic

  • Presentations of use cases

17:00 End of Bootcamp Day 2

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