Blockchain Cases

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Blockchain Cases

Want to follow the success of blockchain games like CryptoKitties and bypass the failures of initiatives like the DAO? Blockchain Cases explains everything you need to know about public and private blockchains, presenting industry insights through the analysis of four cases. This course enables you to engage in industry-based events and situations confidently; evaluate the notable trends and technologies currently used in blockchain initiatives; and apply lessons learned from notable organizations to execute a blockchain initiative successfully.

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Public blockchain initiatives
Smart contract programming
Public and private blockchain platforms
Non-technical blockchain challenges
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8 Modules

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4-6 Work Hours Per Module

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Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini Trust Company

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Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini Trust Company

“There's a ton of new blockchains coming onto the market, ones that rethink how we do consensus, how we do smart contracts, how we do tokenization. They're all flooding onto the market around the same time. What do you think is going to be successful?”

Course Modules

This blockchain course is designed for learners who are familiar with the general concepts and platforms of blockchain and who want to gain more expertise in current cryptocurrency practices and applications. Immerse yourself in practical learning scenarios developed from real-world cases and learn to effectively analyze the challenges and pitfalls of smart contract programming.

Module 1: History and Evolution of Blockchain

Understand the origins of blockchain and the defining events of the first 10 years. Discuss the current trends and latest developments in blockchain.

Module 2: Cryptocurrencies and Public Blockchains

Compare and contrast the various public blockchain initiatives in terms of features, functionality, utility and efficacy. Understand current problems in the public blockchain cryptocurrency environment and how they are being addressed.

Module 3: The Failure of The DAO

Recognize the behaviors that led to the failure of the DAO. Analyze the decisions that the Ethereum community made after the failure.

Module 4: CryptoKitties

Discover how to create a game by combining a set of smart contracts and a dApp. Analyze the factors that led to CryptoKitties’ viral success.

Module 5: Smart Contracts in Depth

Synthesize the various practices available for smart contract development, including DAOs, oracles and tokenization. Analyze the challenges and pitfalls of smart contract programming and consider various solutions to those challenges.

Module 6: The State of Private Blockchains

Compare and contrast the features of current public and private blockchain platforms. Determine which platforms are best suited for specific business problems.

Module 7: Blockchain for Law Firms

Explore the non-technical challenges that impact blockchain adoption in business. Analyze how blockchain technology could benefit law firms and corporate legal departments.

Module 8: Video Game Royalties

Analyze how Ernst & Young and Microsoft decided whether or not a blockchain was worth implementing. Explore how Microsoft used a blockchain to streamline their video game royalties system.

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Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini Trust Company

Eric Winer, VP of Engineering at Gemini Trust Company, is dedicated to making blockchain accessible for consumers around the globe. In his five years building blockchain solutions at Gemini, Mr. Winer architected the world’s first fully licensed and regulated cryptocurrency exchange, and he has guided the rapid expansion of Gemini to over 150 employees, including recruiting and training over 50 blockchain-focused engineers. He has represented Gemini at the Litecoin Conference and recently received a patent for an innovation in blockchain and cryptocurrency application security.

Prior to his time at Gemini, Mr. Winer helped Bridgewater Associates overhaul internal systems used for economic research. Working directly with the company’s senior leadership team, he helped form the data-driven recruiting and management toolkit that is still used daily and is referenced in Ray Dalio’s “Principles.” Mr. Winer has also provided strategic consulting for a number of private projects.

Mr. Winer is a graduate of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering.