Blockchain - A Practical, Strategic & Commercial Guide

Developments in the FinTech space are transforming financial services and blockchain and distributed ledger technology is at the forefront of this revolution. Both The Wall Street Journal and The Economist have described it as technology that could change the world.

Blockchain offers banks, asset managers and other organisations the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience in relation to their payment and payment execution systems. These are developments that no senior executive can afford to ignore. Gaining a foothold at this early stage is vital in shaping the technology strategies of the future.

This course provides a grounded and organisationally relevant introduction to blockchain and related cryptocurrency technology. Starting from first principles, the course approaches the technology from a number of different perspectives providing foundational knowledge that will enable delegates to return to their own organisations with a clear understanding of how this important technology impacts the bottom line.

This course is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using blockchain technology, and through practical demonstrations and examples, will leave people with real sense of what’s possible. 

Who should attend

Analysts, Managers and Directors, covering line and project roles working in Technology, Operations and Finance

Commercial, Legal, Compliance and Procurement Teams


Background and Introductions

Course Structure

Why is blockchain so important?

How is blockchain used? Sector Examples

Market dynamics


How organisations work and examples:

Front to back | Business process flows & making money | Goods & services

Technology architecture | Centralised vs. Distributed

Supply and purchase

The emergence of cryptocurrencies (and the blockchain) 


What is money and how does it acquire value?

Banking and payments infrastructure

Central banking and regulation

The advent of the internet and the case for digital money

History of Cryptocurrencies

The world pre-bitcoin

The challenge of digital money | Sending and Receiving Money Online

Bitcoin and why study it?

The emergence of blockchain from BitcoinBitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Today

Digital currencies - Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, Dash, Litecoin, Zcash, Monero etc

Understanding Wallets, Sending and Receiving Bitcoin

High Level - How blockchains and cryptocurrencies work?

Cryptographic primitives

The hash function | SHA 256 and examples

Digital signing

Public / private key infrastructure

The concept of identity and wallets

Transactions and Consensus Protocols

Digital Currency Trading Exercise

The Blockchain Game - Compete to Mine A Digital Currency

Decentralised Applications - Open Software and Smart Contracts

Ethereum and EOS

Smart Contracts

Using Smart Contracts

Market Overview

Currency Segmentation

Market trends

Initial Coin Offerings and capital raising

Digital Currency Trading Exercise

Introduction to digital currency trading and currency exchanges

Example trading indicators - MACD, Moving Averages, Relative Strength

Cyber security

Corporate Structures

Digital currency companies


Distributed Autonomous Organisations

Regulatory, Tax and Compliance

Government Perspectives

Regulalory Framework

Tax Treatment

Money Laundering - KYC and AML

Workshop Session: Using blockchain and digital currency technology

Opportunity Assessments

Proof of Concept

Blockchain Strategies

Commercial Perspectives - how do you engage a blockchain company?

Blockchain Technologies By Sector and Function

Sector Review - Financial Services, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, Media

Functional Review - Provenance, Procurement, Payments, Sales and Identity

Beyond Blockchain Technology

Challenges with Blockchain Technology


The Future

Where next for blockchain technology?

Vision and Opportunities




Program Details
Duration 2 Days
Capacity Max 12 Persons
Training Type Classroom / Virtual Classroom

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