Introduction To BlockChain, Bitcoin & Technology

    Module 1:

    Bitcoin Concepts and Basic Use – Demo: buying a digital video online – What gives Bitcoin value? – Big Ideas: openness, privacy, decentralized, cryptocurrency, programmable – Basic structure: a collectively maintained ledger – Transactions: how money is sent in Bitcoin – Smart Contract example: crowdfunding – Getting Bitcoin: exchange, ATM, in person, pros / cons – Demo: buying Bitcoin on an exchange – Wallets: How to store and use Bitcoin, mobile, online, hardware, cold storage – Demo: using a hardware wallet – Bitcoin mining – Demo: accepting Bitcoin on a website with BitPay

    Module 2:

    How Bitcoin Works Under the Hood – Bitcoin software universe: from wallets and libraries to full nodes – Demo: Installing Bitcore, javascript Bitcoin library, create Bitcoin address – Digital Signatures, – Bitcoin addresses – Transaction structure, UTXOs, scripts – Demo: creating and sending a transaction on testnet with Bitcore – Ledger consensus (voting) & security – Cryptographic hashes – The blockchain: structure that holds transactions – Coin creation, double spend attacks – SPV (Simplified Payment Verification) Wallets

    Module 3:

    Advanced Bitcoin – HD (Hierarchical Deterministic) Wallets – Mnemonic codes (human friendly private key storage) – Demo: derive Bitcoin HD addresses securely on public server without private keys using Bitcore – Multisignature Addresses for shared wallets & backup – Low trust escrow with multisignature addresses – Bitcoin challenges: centralization due to mining & software control, blocksize debate – Soft vs Hard Forks (software upgrade procedures) – Segregated Witnesses – Payment Channels & Lightning Networks (secure, off-chain transactions) – Check Lock Time Verify (time-based script logic) – Replace by Fee (update stuck transactions) – Payment Protocol (secure payment address delivery) – CoinJoin (mixing transactions for privacy)

    Module 4:

    Beyond Bitcoin – Altcoins, metacoins, colored coins & side chains – Comparison metrics – Byzantine General’s problem – Proof-of-Work Consensus Alternatives (Primecoin, Foldingcoin) – Proof-of-Stake (Peercoin, NXT, future Ethereum, Bitshares delegated Proof-of-Stake) – Permissioned / Private blockchains for banking, enterprise (distributed database or something more? Multichain, R3) – Seeking high performance blockchains (Tendermint, Ripple, BigChainDB) – Privacy procotols & projects – why needed? (Monero, Ring Signatures, Stealth Addresses) – Zero Knowledge Proofs & Zerocash – Stability coins: Digix, Tether, BitUSD, Nubits, MakerDAO – Ethereum – Open, Decentralized Computer for Smart Contracts – Demo: create and use Smart Contract (create your own token) on Ethereum – Prediction Markets & Augur – IoT (Internet of Things) and DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations), with – Decentralized Storage with Storj & IPFS (Interplanatary File System) – Decentralized Identity and Reputation (Namecoin, Identify & Onename)

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