Fall 2020 Fundamentals Webinar
Blockchain at Berkeley is offering a free, public version of our popular Blockchain Fundamentals course – which has taught over 160,000 people to date – now with updated content! Come join our live webinars every week from September 17 to December 3rd, and stop by our office hours for personalized enrichment! Lectures are held at 6 PM PST every Thursday, and we’re also hosting industry talks at 6 PM PST on Tuesdays.
Zoom links can be found in the logistics section below. Please register to receive email communication.
Previous Semesters: https://blockchain.berkeley.edu/courses/archive
Many people find it difficult to understand cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the product of coordination between many complex components; and it’s hard to see the full picture until all the individual components are fully understood. Furthermore, since the field is technical and relatively new, cryptocurrency-related discussion by nature is full of jargon. Therefore, it is easy to get lost trying to follow nearly any conversation on crypto/blockchain if you have not built up the right background.
The goal of this course is to surmount the steep learning curve of cryptocurrency. By the end of this course you will understand how cryptocurrencies work and the ideas, technologies, and organizations sprouting from it.
|Week||Topic||Lecture Slides||Lecture Recordings||Industry Talks|
|1||Bitcoin Protocol and Consensus: A High Level Overview||Week 1 Slides||Week 1 Recording|
|2||Bitcoin to Blockchain History||Week 2 Slides||Week 2 Recording|
|3||Bitcoin Mechanics and Optimizations - A Technical Overview||Week 3 Slides||Week 3 Recording||Catherine Coley|
|4||Interacting With Bitcoin: Wallets, Mining, and More||Week 4 Slides||Week 4 Recording|
|5||Bitcoin in the Wild: Game Theory and Attacks||Week 5 Slides||Week 5 Recording||Austin Griffith|
|6||Trust without Trust: Distributed Systems & Consensus||Week 6 Slides||Week 6 Recording|
|7||Ethereum and Smart Contracts: Enabling a Decentralized Future||Week 7 Slides||Week 7 Recording||Emre Tekisalp|
|8||Cryptocurrencies for the Masses: Scaling Blockchain||Week 8 Slides||Week 8 Recording|
|9||Conclusions: A Blockchain Powered Future||Week 9 Slides||Week 9 Recording|
Day and Time: Thursdays at 6 PM PST, Sep 17th to Dec 3rd
Course Staff: Erika Badalyan, Sehyun Chung, Andrew Kirillov, Janice Ng
Communication: Primarily through email. Course email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinars (Thurs, 6PM PST): https://zoom.us/j/91700255710?pwd=eGxhZ3dqN3ZLeC83T2FNcXRNeWZmQT09
Industry Talks (Tues, 6PM PST): https://zoom.us/j/91700255710?pwd=eGxhZ3dqN3ZLeC83T2FNcXRNeWZmQT09