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This course is designed for professionals within the financial industry seeking to understand Blockchain better and its potential business applications. At present, blockchain-based applications have been implemented in payments and investment banking. More exploration is being done in applying blockchain technology to the securities transaction lifecycle.

All are welcome regardless of where you stand on the Bitcoin or blockchain knowledge spectrum.
Job functions that are relevant include, but are not limited to:

  • Business development and strategy
  • Payments and transaction banking
  • Clearing, custody and settlement
  • Product managers
  • Operations and technology
  • Investment banking
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What You Will Learn

  • Understanding Bitcoin: the world’s first blockchain application
  • Blockchain in a nutshell: assets, transactions and types of blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency: how blockchain assets are stored and protected
  • Smart contracts: what they are and how they are implemented
  • How blockchain applies to: payment transfers, investment banking and regulatory hurdles
  • Use case examples: trade finance, collateral management, structured products
  • The wider context: blockchain in voting, identity, land registry and intellectual property
  • Design a blockchain: use case – problem statement, workflow mapping and user journey

 

Bitcoin 101: The World’s First Blockchain Application

  • What is bitcoin?
  • Bitcoins main features and advantages
  • Popular Bitcoin myths
  • Bitcoin myth busting
  • 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 work
  • Public versus permissioned blockchains
  • Benefits and limits of blockchain
  • Blockchain applications in Australia
  • For financial institutions
  • 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

  • Public blockchains
  • Major public blockchains
  • Ethereum: Blockchain based computing platform for decentralized applications
  • Ethereum vs bitcoin
  • Decentralized Applications (Dapps)
  • Initial Coin Offering (ICOs)
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
  • Sidechain and elements
  • Decentralized 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 organizations are experimenting with private blockchains
  • Proposed used case vs a centralized 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?

 

Applications: Use Case Examples

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

 

Blockchain in Governments and Other Industries

  • Voting
  • Identity
  • Land registry
  • Intellectual property
  • Metals
  • NGO

 

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

Additional information

Course Duration

3 Day

Lab Count

12 Labs

Location

On-site, Remotely

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