Blockchain for Beginners

Gain a theoretical understanding of the concepts and application of distributed ledger technology, plus practical experience of developing smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain.

What will you learn?

-The concepts underlying distributed ledger technology

-How the technology is currently being used and its potential scope.

-How to judge the applicability of DLT to real world problems.

-Gain experience developing applications on the Ethereum blockchain.

Dates and topics:

Thursday 31 October (5:30-7:30pm): Blockchain 101

Thursday 07 November (5:30-7:30pm): The roles of public and private blockchains

Thursday 14 November (5:30-7:30pm): How to code smart contracts PART 1

Thursday 21 November (5:30-7:30pm): How to code smart contracts PART 2

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No prior knowledge of blockchain is needed. For the last two practical sessions some experience of software development is needed, it is enough to have written a simple program in Python or Javascript but help will be provided.

Delivered in collaboration with Oxford Blockchain Society, Oxford Guild Business Society, Oxford Law Society, and Oxford Fintech & Smart Law Society.

Delivered by Laurence Kirk

After a successful 15 year career writing low latency financial applications Laurence moved to Oxford and set up Extropy.IO, a consultancy working with start-ups in the UK and overseas, developing blockchain solutions. He is passionate about community education, set up the Oxford Blockchain Society and the Oxford Ethereum meetup group, and for the last 3 years he has been running monthly workshops for developers wanting to learn about blockchain technology. Laurence holds a Physics degree from Durham University, and currently taking his MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford University. Why these are important for students from a diverse background ? DLT is seen as disruptive technology and may radically change the way we do business or function as a society. The global and open nature of public blockchains can increase participation in systems in ways that traditional technologies have failed to do. Although DLT has been associated with finance and cryptocurrencies, it is now also being used in areas as diverse as Healthcare, Entertainment, Legal Tech, Politics, and Energy. It has been used to help refugees, facilitate disaster relief and bring financial services to remote