Decoding Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

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10 Hour Online (Live) Certification Program.

Course Goals

  • Discover the new decentralized universe
  • Learn about cryptocurrencies and how they work
  • Understand blockchain technology
  • Explore current use cases of blockchain and tokens

Dates – 25th – 27th September

Global industry experts who will teach the course.

Prashanth Irudayaraj
Technologist, Ex-Tesla, Georgia Tech & Keep Network

Prashanth is a technologist with a keen interest in equitable and sustainable technologies. He has worked for Tesla where he won an award for his work on the Model S ramp up and helped accelerate the transition to sustainable transport. He was also a member of the research faculty at Georgia Tech, performing applied research in renewables for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, Coca Cola, and Southern Company. Most recently he led operations and research for Keep Network, a privacy layer for public blockchains.


Vikram Rangala
CMO, Zebpay (India’s largest and most used Crypto exchange)

Vikram Rangala is the Chief Marketing Officer of ZebPay, India’s oldest and most widely-used Bitcoin and crypto asset exchange. He came to this job from a non-traditional series of careers and not a typical marketing background. For 15 years he was an award-winning professor at the University of Florida in the US, teaching writing and communication to Honors and MBA students. In the private sector, he has worked as a financial analyst, communications director, and independent futures trader. An avid student of economics, his TEDx talk on reinventing capitalism led to his interest in Bitcoin and blockchain as tools for reducing poverty and inequality. In 2019, he joined his former student Rahul Pagidipati to help relaunch ZebPay as a social enterprise to bring financial opportunity and inclusion to millions.


Rahul Pagidipati
CEO, Zebpay

Rahul Pagidipati is CEO of ZebPay, India’s oldest and most widely-used Bitcoin and crypto asset exchange, and Managing Director of Ayon Capital, where he guides research and investment. Rahul co-founded Freedom Health, the largest private health insurance company in America until acquired by Anthem in 2018.  He and his family have invested in multiple “unicorn” healthcare companies in the US and India as well as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other blockchain projects. After acquiring a minority stake in ZebPay in 2017, he took over ownership and relaunched ZebPay in India in January 2020. In March, after India’s Supreme Court overturned a central bank restriction, ZebPay returned to a leading position. Rahul’s long-term vision is to build ZebPay into a social enterprise, like Bitcoin itself, to fight poverty and inequality and bring opportunity and financial inclusion to millions. He has a JD/MBA from the Northwestern School of Law and Kellogg School of Management.  He has been investing in blockchain and digital currencies since 2011. 


Corbin Pon
Co-founder, Thesis

Corbin Pon is the cofounder of Thesis, a venture production studio focusing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects. Corbin is a software developer and has worked with startups for over 10 years. He has also co-founded Fold, an app that allows users to purchase coffee and other everyday items with Bitcoin.


Ryan Watson
Director IT, Brave Software

Ryan Watson is a self taught IT professional who began his career at the tender age of 17. He is currently growing the global tech team for Brave. Prior to this, Ryan was at Mozilla for seven years, holding various and progressively higher IT roles. He is also on the board of directors for the Blockchain Association of the Cayman Islands and Digital Cayman; and gives local tech talks, including at the STEM CARIB 2019 Conference, held at the University College of the Cayman Islands in the fall, and as a guest on Radio Cayman.


Michael Gluzman
Head of Design, Thesis and Former Design Lead, Coca cola

Michael Gluzman is an Atlanta based designer, occasional filmmaker, and closet photographer. He is a former Coca Cola Senior Design Lead, where his work included visual identity design, packaging, photography, and a relentless fight to make the sprite can green again. He is currently the Head of Design at Thesis, a venture production studio focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain projects.


Olivia Lovenmark
Director of content, OKCoin

Olivia Lovenmark is the Director of Content at global cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin. She has been working in the crypto space since 2016, focused on communications and marketing for companies who are delivering innovative solutions to the cryptocurrency and financial industry. She has delivered talks on the tokenization of securities, cryptocurrency regulatory environment, and brand development. In 2013 Olivia completed her Canadian Securities designation, moving from the corporate world to support fintech startups looking to democratize finance.


Jaideep Reddy
Leading Technology Lawyer

Jaideep is a dual-qualified technology lawyer licensed to practice in India and California, U.S.A. His practice focuses on disruptive technologies and their interaction with the law. Jaideep represented the Internet and Mobile Association of India in a landmark Supreme Court case where a central bank restriction on virtual currencies was set aside. He also led the drafting of an independent submission made by Nishith Desai Associates to the Government of India’s committee on virtual currencies, and the committee invited him and the other authors of the paper to present the paper to it in person. He also led the drafting of a self-regulatory code of conduct for the Digital Asset and Blockchain Foundation of India (DABFI), which was a first-of-its-kind code in the country developed on international best practices and the country’s existing laws.

Course Structure

Day Content
Day 1 – 3 hrs

Introduction

  • The ethos of decentralization
  • The cypherpunk movement
  • Napster & Bittorrent

Practical Crypto

  • Bitcoin, a history – Vikram & Rahul
  • Ethereum, a History – Vikram & Rahul
  • Understanding wallets, transactions, and fees
  • Buy some bitcoin and Ethereum on an exchange – Rahul
  • Send Bitcoin and Ethereum to a friend
  • Warning – pump and dump scams, and other things to watch out for
Day 2 – 3 hrs

Behind the Scenes

  • What is a blockchain
  • Byzantine fault tolerance and the 51% attack
  • What is a smart contract
  • The anatomy of an ERC – 20 Token contract
  • What is a Distributed Autonomous Organisation (DAO)
Day 3 – 4 hrs

Putting it in context

  • Design principles for blockchain – Michael Gluzman
  • Rethinking digital advertising – Ryan Watson 
  • Crypto Regulation in the US – Olivia Lovenmark 
  • Crypto Regulation in India – Jaideep Reddy 

Final Thoughts –

  • Satyagraha – Vikram
  • Closing – Rahul & Prashanth

 

Timing (IST):

25th September: 5 PM – 8 PM

26th September: 5 PM – 8 PM

27th September: 9 AM – 1 PM

Fees: INR 1,690 + GST.

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