Here is a tentative list of topics. The schedule is fluid in that I may spend longer on some topics and spillover to the next class. I might add or delete topics. I will also be interested in your input for topics. Guest speakers targeted are: Ripple, Coinbase, Circle, IBM (supply chain), Paradigm, Microsoft, True Tickets, Algorand, and Accenture.
Materials available after course:
[Note: Preassignment Due January 17.] Bring computer to class. Coinbase (or equivalent) wallet must be set up. Course requirements. Why me? Setting up MetaMask account. Introduction to blockchain.
Low-hanging fruit applications of blockchain technology. Another introduction to blockchain (including hashing, coinbase transactions, Proof-of-Work mining).
Blockchain Tech Big Picture. Key tech issues that are covered in the course. impmortant open questions. Introduction to Hashing. 2017 and 2018 innovation projects if time. [Note: Assignment #1 goes live (hashing).]
Introduction to ciphers and encryption. Exploring the four different classes of stablecoins. [Note: Assignment #2 goes live (the group presentations, targeting Feb 5, 8, 12).]
How do transactions work in Proof of Work blockchain. [Note: Assignment #3 goes live (video critique).]
Byzantine Generals Problem, Proof of Work, Proof of Stake, Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance, Federated Byzantine Fault Tolerance, other mechanisms. How to think about valuing cryptocurrencies.
Understanding ZKP and applications. Hot and cold wallets. Exchange hacks. QuadrigaCX. How to value cryptocurrencies.
IoT applications and others
Differences between Ethereum and other blockchains. Inside smart contracts. [Note: Assignment #4 goes live (smart contract deployment.]
Implications of micropayments
Legal environment. Regtech.
Nine minutes per presentation. Maximum eight slides (nine can be a cover page). Last 20 minutes for course evals. 6 groups in first hour. 3/4 groups after the break. Timer will be operational in front..