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Certificate Course 1: Blockchain, Law, Regulation and Policy

The starting date for this course is February 10th, 2020 –

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About the Course

The course has a high level of specialization. Aiming to clarify themes that make sense for regulators, influencers and legal advisors. Like AML/KYC, taxation, market integrity, customer protection, money transfers, financial inclusion, compliance with regulatory frameworks and issues related to the use of smart contracts. Specific use cases from North America, EU, Asia and the Middle East form the basis of the course material.

What the Course Covers

The course begins with a brief overview of latest technologies designed for the control, storage and distribution of Digital Assets. Thereafter, a basic framework for regulation and the main actors are presented. A classification and a taxonomy of cypto-assets is then reported followed by the main themes of regulation, associated risks and regulatory concerns. Case studies from Europe, Asia, Middle East and US are presented and issues related to the use of smart contracts are analyzed.

Who Should Take This Course?

Legal advisors, regulators, compliance officers and policy makers. Currently in, or moving into, positions responsible for decisions relating to blockchain technology, Those seeking comprehensive review and analysis of current practice, recent developments in worldwide jurisdictions (North America, EU, Japan, China, Korea, Middle East). Learning from successes, mis-steps and reversals. Though basic questions about distributed ledgers will be discussed and answered, as a necessary part of the introduction to regulatory matters, the course is not an in-depth study of blockchain. For those not yet familiar with, but interested in an in-depth understanding of the technology, you might also consider taking the free MOOC (Massive, Open Online Course) offered by UNIC, or one of our shorter Professional education courses focused on specific aspects of this digital assets. (See others.)

What Will You Learn?

  • Quick review of technology (to blockchain, virtual currencies and crypto-assets) as it stands in 2019
  • Regulatory issues & Legal issues
  • Classification and Taxonomy of crypto-assets
  • Token taxonomy frameworks
  • Main themes of regulation
  • Main regulatory and policy actors
  • The international bodies
  • Risks and Regulatory Concerns
  • Money service businesses, money transfers
  • AML/KYC/CTF, Taxation, Consumer protection, Market integrity
  • Compliance with regulatory frameworks
  • Market regulators, Bank regulators, Legislatures
  • Regulation cases from Europe, US, Asia and Middle East
  • Smart Contracts and related issues

Who You Will Learn From

Mr. Jeff Bandman
Founder and Principal of Bandman Advisors
Former senior official of US Commodity Futures Trading Commission – FinTech Advisor to the Chairman
Founding Director and Architect of LabCFTC

At Yale he is a Lecturer in Global Affairs on Cryptoassets, Blockchain and Public Policy teaching a senior Capstone seminar in the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Mr. Bandman was a senior official at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. As FinTech Advisor to Chairman Giancarlo, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC, the CFTC’s hub for engagement with FinTech innovation. He established and chaired the CFTC blockchain, virtual currency and FinTech working group from inception. Mr. Bandman led FinTech and RegTech coordination with domestic and international regulators. He joined the CFTC as Special Counsel to Chairman Timothy G. Massad, then led the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs. He led the CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk, which oversees many of the world’s largest clearinghouses. He led negotiations resulting in “Clearinghouse Equivalence” with the European Commission.

Certificate Course 2: Security Token Strategy

The starting date for this course is February 10th, 2020 –

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About the Course

The course is designed for participants who want to enable their companies raise funds via a (security) token offering on a blockchain. It will equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop and execute company tailored security token strategy.

The target audience is at the executive level, and the structure is geared towards applying the concepts discussed. It consists of live lectures, self study materials and of assignments that gradually deepen participant’s understanding throughout the course and lead up to the final assignment. The final assignment is to develop the strategy for (or assess the strategy of) a specific security token, from a practitioner’s perspective.

The course also features interviews of top practitioners in the field, discussing their area of expertise and providing valuable insight.

What the Course Covers

The course is self-contained and does not require any specific prior knowledge. A basic understanding of mathematics and programming is helpful to understand some of the more advanced technical content. However, this content is not mandatory, and people of a less technical inclination can choose to ignore the more advanced technical topics.

What the Course Covers

The course covers the following areas:

  • Introduction to cryptography and blockchains; how blockchain-based architectures differ from traditional ones
  • Token technology and token standards (eg why they are needed, how they differ etc)
  • Securities, security valuation and basic corporate finance
  • Financial services and their regulations, in particular as they relate to securities and security offerings
  • Key strategic frameworks (eg design thinking, blue ocean, disruption) and how to apply them

The topics covered provide a solid basis for the participants to develop a strategy for a security offering of their own choosing, or to analyse the strategy of an existing offering.

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is developed for participants who have professional need of analysing, understanding or developing a strategy for a business that wants to make use of -- or is considering making use of -- tokens in their financing strategy:

  • Founders of innovative businesses who are considering to finance their venture via token offerings
  • CEOs and senior executives of established businesses who want to understand whether tokens are a threat or opportunity for their business model
  • Analysts and investors who need a better understanding of the opportunities and threats tokens pose to the companies they cover

As the name of the course implies, the focus of the course will be on security tokens but we will also discuss utility token strategies to the extent that they serve for financing the business.

From Whom You Will Learn From

Stefan Loesch

Author of “A Guide to Financial Regulation for Fintech Entrepreneurs” (Wiley 2018) and “Security Tokens”(forthcoming)

Stefan is a Managing Partner at LexByte, a boutique tokenisation advisory firm. Previously he worked as a consultant with McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Practice, a banker at J.P. Morgan, and a derivatives quant programmer at Paribas. The unique combination of expertise means that not only Stefan is a product expert who understands securities and their regulations in depth, but that he also has the bigger picture view that allows him to develop and analyse a company's strategy. Last but not least he is an experienced programmer who has hands-on experience in developing and deploying token code.

Stefan Loesch Interviews Yael Tamar

Yael Tamar
CMO and Partner
Solidblock
Yael has over a decade of experience as a marketing executive within the fintech, finance, telecom and energy industries, as well as a long track record as an entrepreneur.

Certificate Course 3: Applied Forecasting: Improving the Accuracy and Value of Your Predictions

The starting date for this course is February 10th, 2020 –

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About the Course

Forecasts are needed for setting up inventory levels, constructing production or delivery schedules and in all types of planning: from budgeting to strategic. This course covers all types of forecasts and offers concrete information to business executives on how to improve the accuracy of their predictions. Such information is based on the findings of the M Competitions organized by Spyros Makridakis, the initiator of the course.

What the Course Covers

The course covers all forecasting methods and focuses on how they can be used practically to improve forecasting accuracy and the realistic estimation of uncertainty in future predictions

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is designed for executives in charge of finance, marketing, selling and operations as well as consultants. Key applications covered in this course are from the above areas using case studies to illustrate their usage. Participants will acquire a practical understanding of how forecasting can help them to improve the accuracy of their predictions, and what they need to do in practice to reap maximum benefits.

What Will You Learn?

The course will last six weeks and cover among other topics the following:

  • Where to start and how to apply forecasting in your business
  • Estimating the future uncertainty in your predictions and taking concrete actions to deal with such uncertainty
  • Time Series forecasting and its use, utilizing available, free software programs
  • Using regression Models and its exploiting its planning value
  • Neural networks, deep learning and hybrid forecasting models and their usefulness
  • Improving forecasting accuracy through the combination of forecasts
  • Exploiting the findings of the M Competitions to improve the forecasting function of your organization
  • Using your own data and available/free software programs to forecast your own series
  • Finding out how to use such free software in your own firm

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Spyros Makridakis
and the other organizers of the M Competitions

Certificate Course 4: Blockchain and Energy

The starting date for this course is February 10th, 2020 –

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About the Course

This course aims to provide insights on the use cases and respective applications of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The course is self-contained and is designed and developed in such a way that it provides students with all the required notions and aspects related to blockchain technology, power systems and smart grids, as well as the respective applications in their crossroads.

What the Course Covers

The course initially establishes a common understanding of Blockchain Technology, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrencies. Then it explains how all these technologies can be utilized by the energy sector. New business models, new paradigms, and Blockchain energy projects in the real world are also discussed. The course closes with an examination of the regulatory challenges, the existing limitations and the future steps.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for business leaders, managers and influencers who seek to get knowledge to anticipate the effects of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The course is suitable for anyone in an executive, managerial or director position but also to those employees who are looking for future skills to change their career as well as those who have a keen interest in Blockchain technology and its application in the energy sector.

What Will You Learn?

  • An overview of Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Understanding Blockchain
  • Types of Blockchains used in the Energy Sector
  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies: An Energy Sector Perspective
  • Smart Contracts and ÐApps for Energy Applications
  • Blockchain in Action: Use Cases Overview
  • Blockchains in the Energy Sector
  • Blockchain in the Energy Sector: The New Paradigm
  • Blockchain Use Cases for Energy
  • Blockchain Platforms for Energy
  • Blockchain Energy Projects in the Real World
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • Limitations and the Future Steps

Who You Will Learn From

Dr Ioannis Vlachos
Blockchain in Energy expert

Certificate Course 5: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

The starting date for this course is February 10th, 2020 –

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About the Course

The aim of this course is to provide a deep understanding on Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the course introduces Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, assesses the disruptive nature of Blockchain, evaluates how various industry sectors are to be disrupted by this emerging technology, analyses issues related to cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based crowdfunding innovation and relevant regulation. It also presents important case studies from various industries and reports lessons learned.

What the Course Covers

The course is divided into three main areas namely cryptocurrencies, Blockchain technology and real-life Blockchain applications. It initially provides a common understanding on cryptocurrencies and explains their usage and how to become a cryptocurrency user. It then moves to Blockchain and analyzes its main components, discusses the differences between public and private blockchains, explains the importance of consensus mechanisms and it explores the significance and usage of smart contracts.  The third part of the course focuses on the disruptive nature of blockchain technology and presents exemplar cases from various industries. The course closes with a summary of lessons learned from Blockchain applications and a presentation of the challenges in the area of Blockchain.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course creates an excellent level of knowledge on cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology. The course is suitable for anyone in an executive, managerial or director position but also to those employees who would like to understand what Blockchain technology is and how this can be used and applied in their business environment.

What Will You Learn?

  • History of money
  • Introduction to cryptocurrencies
  • Become a cryptocurrency user
  • Cryptocurrency wallets and wallet protection
  • Cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin
  • Introduction to Blockchains
  • Byzantine Generals Problem
  • Mining in Blockchain
  • Consensus mechanisms
  • Public Vs private Blockchains
  • Smart contracts and their importance
  • Blockchain cases (public domain, healthcare, supply chain, energy, education, shipping etc.)
  • Lessons learned
  • Existing challenges, limitations and future steps

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Marinos Themistocleous
Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia
Prof. George Giaglis
General Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia
Antonis Polemitis
CEO, University of Nicosia

Certificate Course 6: Bitcoin, Blockchain y Criptomonedas (Español)

The starting date for this course is February 10th, 2020 –

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Acerca del curso - About the Course

El objetivo del curso es proveer un entendimiento profundo sobre Bitcoin, la tecnología Blockchain, y las Criptomonedas. Al hacerlo, el curso introduce a cómo funciona el sistema de Bitcoin en profundidad, a la Tecnología Blockchain y a las Criptomonedas, abarcando el tema de la naturaleza disruptiva de Blockchain, y evalúa cómo varios sectores de diferentes industrias podrían ser afectados por esta tecnología emergente. El curso provee también un excelente entendimiento sobre los problemas de escalabilidad de esta tecnología, como así también casos de usos actuales.

¿Qué cubre el curso? - What the course covers

El curso está dividido en tres principales áreas: Inicialmente proveemos un estudio de los inicios del dinero, conceptos de valor y centralización del sistema financiero actual. Posteriormente pasamos a entender Bitcoin como solución, cómo se logra su descentralización estudiando en profundidad las diferentes tecnologías detrás de Bitcoin para lograrla. Además aplicaremos todos los conceptos aprendidos analizando el White Paper de Bitcoin (papel blanco). Desarrollar esta base de conocimientos en primer lugar, es esencial para luego estudiar el resto de las criptomonedas y tener perspectiva en el mercado. En la segunda parte del curso, proseguimos a entender qué es una Blockchain analizando sus principales componentes, explicamos las diferencias entre blockchains públicas y privadas. Aquí aprenderemos también qué es un Contrato Inteligente (Smart Contract), qué son los ICOs, y los diferentes tipos de tokens que existen actualmente. La tercera parte del curso se enfoca en la naturaleza disruptiva de la tecnología Blockchain y presenta casos de uso de varias industrias. El curso cierra con una presentación sobre los desafíos en el área de Blockchain, como los problemas de escalabilidad y las posibles soluciones en desarrollo.

¿Quién debería tomar este curso? - Who should take this course and previous knowledge required

Este curso crea un excelente nivel de conocimiento sobre Bitcoin en particular, las criptomonedas y la tecnología Blockchain. El curso es adecuado para cualquiera profesional que tenga como objetivo desarrollar estas habilidades y conocimiento para aplicarlos al área que se desempeña. Puede ser personas en un cargo ejecutivo, gerencial o de dirección, pero también para aquellos empleados que desean entender qué es la tecnología Blockchain y como ésta puede ser usada y aplicada en un ambiente de negocios. Está diseñado para personas que parten de cero o con conocimientos muy básicos.

¿Qué aprenderá? - What will you learn

  • Historia del dinero: concepto de valor. Centralización del sistema Monetario Internacional.
  • Historia de Bitcoin y cómo surge.
  • Definición de Bitcoin y sus características.
  • Cómo se logra la Descentralización en Bitcoin.
  • Proceso de la Minería (Proof of work)
  • Mecanismo de Consenso (Problema de los Generales Bizantinos)
  • Criptografía de Public key.
  • Análisis del White Paper de Bitcoin (Papel Blanco de Bitcoin)
  • Transacciones en Bitcoin, Inputs y Outputs, Cambio, UTXO, Firmas Digitales.
  • Qué es una Blockchain, y los diferentes tipos.
  • Seguridad Práctica para sus Criptomonedas: tipos de Billeteras
  • Cómo obtener Criptomonedas
  • Criptomonedas más allá de Bitcoin
  • Contratos inteligentes y su importancia
  • ICOs, tokens de seguridad y utilidad.
  • Casos de uso de la Tecnología Blockchain
  • Desafíos existentes y limitaciones.
  • Soluciones en desarrollo: Sidechains (Cadenas laterales) y Drivechains

Course Weekly Information

Semana 1

  • Historia del dinero, concepto de valor,
  • Funciones del Dinero: definiciones.
  • Centralización del sistema monetario Internacional: Bancos Centrales
  • Definition de Bitcoin aplicando estos conceptos, Bitcoin como solución.
  • Historia de Bitcoin e intentos previos
  • Conclusiones

Who You Will Learn From

Catalina Castro
Educator/ Content Creator

Spanish: Con un doble diplomado en Gerenciamiento económico intercultural de la Universidad de Passau en Alemania (Kultur & Wirtschaft), Catalina Castro es una de las educadoras más reconocidas en el Mercado Cripto de habla hispana. Su foco principal es el de comunicación y educación en las redes sociales. Es la creadora de su famoso canal educativo “Tech con Catalina” donde provee videos sobre los fundamentos de la tecnología Blockchain (Open Blockchains), como así también tutoriales y entrevistas. Adicionalmente, Catalina trabaja actualmente en el sector de Marketing para una empresa del ambiente muy reconocida: rsk y rif, y dicta cursos presenciales en su propia academia en el centro de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

English: With a doble degree in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau in Germany, Catalina Castro is one of the most recognized educators about Blockchain Technology in the Spanish speaking market. Her main focus is Communication and Education on Social Media. She created her own Youtube channel in Spanish called "Tech Con Catalina" where she provides educational videos about the fundamentals of Open Blockchains, tutorials and interviews. Moreover, Catalina is currently working in the marketing department of a very recognized company in the space: rsk/rif, and teaches courses in her own academy in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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