There is an increasing buzz surrounding terms like blockchain, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Hyperledger, etc. With several billion dollars in venture capital invested in digital currency-related startups over the last several years and an even greater amount raised via ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies/tokens have become a fast-growing emerging technology. Open source blockchain projects such as Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance are gaining increased attention in industry. Industry consortia have been formed to leverage blockchain technology in various verticals, including banking, finance, healthcare, supply chain, and real estate to name just a few.
It is widely acknowledged that a distributed (synonymously, decentralized) ledger technology that blockchains provide will improve our ability to make and receive payments, increase transparency in government and financial markets, and increase the interoperability of our personal data like medical or educational records while also increasing our ability to control who has access to them. While some argue that digital currencies like Bitcoin are fundamentally flawed and will never achieve the widespread adoption that more centralized infrastructures currently enjoy, it is important to distinguish between blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency applications.
The goal of this course is to help you make decisions that are appropriate for you/your enterprise by enabling you to understand and work with blockchain technology.
Executives looking to better understand Blockchain technology and the opportunities that are emerging so as to connect corporate strategy to technology
Technologists and Entrepreneurs wanting to understand and explore the Blockchain ecosystem
Consultants and Professional Service Providers
There are no pre-requisites required for taking the course, except for a curiosity about blockchains and their impact on you and the world. A knowledge of systems and programming will enable you to participate in hackathons.
Dr. P. A. Subrahmanyam ("Subra") has been a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. He is also engaged in Management/Strategy/Technology consulting for startups, international corporations & investment firms (Venture Capital & Private Equity), and has served in various executive roles including Executive Chairman, CEO, CTO & CSO.
He was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Formal Methods in System Design, a premier journal in its field. He has also presented keynotes, tutorials and colloquia at conferences universities, & research laboratories worldwide.
Dr. Subrahmanyam has been a Chair/Co-Chair/member of several working groups, including Cloud Security Alliance Big Data WG; Cloud Infrastructure Security/Privacy & NIST SmartGrid working groups; the Wireless Innovation Forum (Handsets; Cognitive Radio); IFIP WG 10.2/10.5 on System Design. He has been a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society; and has served on several advisory boards, including the Princeton/New Jersey Center of Excellence for Embedded Systems and Systems-on-Chip design, IEEE, as well as boards of privately held corporations. Dr. Subrahmanyam is a Fellow of the IEEE.
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