Multi-Disciplinary Hands-on Blockchain Workshop Geared for Women
New York City, Thursday & Friday May 16 - 17, 8:30 am - 5 pm EST
In this two-day workshop students learn about and engage with many aspects of distributed ledger technologies including code, cryptocurrencies, tokens, and cryptoeconomics. These aspects will be examined from the disciplines of technology & code, economics, law, and education. As the underpinnings of blockchains are highly technical and require intense focus to comprehend, we encourage all students to be active learners and delve into technical aspects, including trying out crypto wallets, test nets, smart contracts & non-fungible tokens. Technical lab exercises will be done in groups with both technical and non-technical students working together.
All students will receive a Ledger Nano S cryptocurrency hardware wallet - compliments of Ledger!
This workshop is designed for executives and those seeking to shift careers; from all backgrounds and industries where blockchain technologies may have an impact, especially in the areas for financial services, insurance, health care and supply chain management. The content will be applicable to both beginning and intermediate levels. There will be a mix of technical and non-technical students. We expect that this workshop will include a broad range of persons and will provide a rich networking environment. Some graduates of our programs have moved into blockchain roles at their companies, and other graduates have founded blockchain startups.
As there is a lack of women with DLT knowledge and skills, we will allow a majority of the students to be women. Men please apply here: bit.ly/dlt-mens-application. All genders are welcome to attend.
After completing this course, beginning students will be able to:
Understand leading blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and the ecosystem
Describe what are blockchain platforms, applications and the key technologies upon which to build
Navigate a blockchain browser and cryptocurrency wallet
Distinguish between public, private and hybrid ledgers
Describe motivating factors behind different ledger types
Understand basic consensus algorithms at a high level
Describe what is a 'smart contract' & 'ico' and understand how to test them in a lab context
Learning methodologies include lecture, discussion, breakout sessions and hands-on exercises both technical and non-technical.
Instructor Track - Train The Trainer
As there is a lack of qualified blockchain instructors, DLT Education will be launching an instructor lab in parallel for those seeking to gain skills to teach these technologies. The instructor lab will commence on Wednesday afternoon and conclude late-afternoon on Saturday: May 15 - 18. Check event tickets for pricing. If interested and for schedule details: bit.ly/dlt-instructor-application
DLT Education's instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, have experience with corporate and entrepreneurial education, and fare from large corporations as well as from blockchain startups.
If requested students and instructors who successfully complete the course will receive digital certificates of course completion.
AGENDA TOPICS (content subject to change)
Robert Schwentker: Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Landscape & Overview
Staff: Examine Blockchain Structures and Contents
Staff: Cryptocurrency Software, Cloud & Hardware Wallets
Staff: Cryptocurrency Workshop Lab
Emi Yoshikawa: Ripple Platform and Roadmap
Tim Swanson: Central Bank Digital Currencies
Josh Klayman: Smart Contracts and ICOs
Nathalie Salami: Regulatory Challenges for Public & Permissioned DLTs
Matt Law: Overview of Convergence Ecosystem - DLT meets AI, IoT, VR/AR & Quantum Computing
William Entriken: Hands on Lab with ERC-721 Digital Assets
Bradley Miles: Complementary Currencies & Community Tokens
Real World Blockchain Impact Use Cases
CyberCode Twins: What is a Decentralized Exchange and EOS Overview
Jeff Flowers: Proof of Stake Lab with Ledger Wallets
Ocean Boulais: Token Success Factors based on Developer Engagement
Navroop Sahdev: CryptoEconomics: ICO & Token Models
Taariq Lewis: Ecosystem Overview & DNA of a DLT Unicorn Startup
GUEST SPEAKERS AND DLT EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS
Emi Yoshikawa is the Sr. Director of Global Operations at Ripple. She is responsible for managing joint venture partnership in Asia and leads strategic market entry initiatives. Earlier in her career, she managed the development of investment analytics solutions as a product manager at MSCI, previously part of Morgan Stanley. With almost 10 years of experience in the financial technology industry, she was selected as a top-50 "Women in Fintech" Influencer by Onalytica in 2017. Emi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a CFA charterholder.
Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partnersas one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally, Ms. Klayman co-founded and has led since its inception MoFo’s global Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, which she Co-Chaired and which includes over 70 lawyers. Ms. Klayman is the Chair of the prominent Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group and is a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank. In addition, she has been appointed by the Delaware Secretary of State to serve on Delaware’s Blockchain Strategy Committee, founded the Blockchain Legislation Project and frequently speaks with regulators from around the world regarding Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. Ms. Klayman works collaboratively with Blockchain leaders from other law firms, clients and the broader community to advance the industry, anticipate and address regulatory concerns and seize strategic opportunities.
Navroop works at the cutting edge of the Financial Services industry, vertical technologies (like Blockchain) and Economic theory (drawing upon Innovation, Networks theory and Complex Systems), creating valuable Business Intelligence. Her experience includes scientific research, business development, team building and business strategy. She holds a host of leadership roles in the DLT space, both as a practitioner as well as a researcher, and speaks regularly at FinTech and blockchain conferences. She also serves on the advisory boards of a tech-driven companies, across industries. Navroop was a contributing author for DLT Education instructor's Hyperledger online edX mooc.
Crystal Stranger, EA, author of The Small Business Tax Guide, has more than 15 years of tax experience, with a focus in international tax. She has been writing about cryptocurrency tax and regulatory issues since 2014. She’s the founder and CEO of PeaCounts, a blockchain payroll technology company. This new, transparent payroll will promote fair wages and eliminate the need for black market labor.
Nathalie Gachot is an experienced attorney focused on regulatory compliance for emerging technology companies. She co-founded HitFin, an Ethereum based startup incubated at the Draper FinTech incubator. As a former startup founder herself, she understands the legal needs of growing technology companies. At Founders Equity Partners, she currently looks for investment opportunities in growth-stage companies working on cybersecurity, data analytics, or cloud infrastructure. She earned her degree from UCLA School of Law, specializing in the Business Law and Policy Program with an emphasis on tax. She is also a DLT Education instructor who led the business use case sections of the Hyperledger online edX mooc.
Founder of SHEQ+, Qrypto Queens,, Krypto 4 Kids, and Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL, the world's largest digital media platform focused on Women & Investing with a special focus on Blockchain. Launched in December 2014, WIIW Digital includes over 1,000,000+ followers on FaceBook across 120 countries; the “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls” Radio show on Voice America Kids/Podcast Series on Apple ITUNES, The State of Women Radio Network in partnership with Star Worldwide Network, and the WIIW Global Summit & Women in Private Equity Roundtable Series. Prior to founding WIIW DIGITAL, Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S. Department of Commerce Private Equity/Venture Capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests. Her specialties include international business development for private equity professionals, women in private equity, women in philanthropy, high-growth women entrepreneurs, Angel Networks/Angel Capital, crowd-funding, blockchain, and cryptocurrency initiatives focused on women.
Océane is a citizen technologist & researcher in the Viral Communications group at the MIT Media Lab - Digital Currency Initiative (DCI). She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelors in electrical engineering + computer science. She also was a graduate of DLT Education's Cryptocurrency Bootcamp at the DCI, and an intern at Facebook. These days she thinks a lot about the why’s and how’s behind building effective organizing tools for small communities, provenance + conservation of organisms, and applied distributed ledger technology.
The CyberCode Twins (America and Penelope Lopez) have been competing from Beijing to Barcelona and have received various awards in tech competitions and hackathons, such as the NASA International SpaceApps Challenge, IBM Global Innovators Challenge, Intel’s US-China Maker Competition, Money2020, Capitol360, Hack4LA, and more. They are currently part of the Intel Software Innovators Program. They are also part of the shEOS team which is comprised of an international group of female entrepreneurs, investors and engineers – an EOS Block Producer candidate. Additionally America was a full scholarship recipient for MIT Media Lab's CryptoCurrency Bootcamp powered by DLT Education.
Co-Founder & CEO of Turing - a stealth blockchain protocol startup in incubation at Techstars NYC. Strategically placed at the intersection of emerging technology and venture capital, he led the State of Blockchain 2017 research report for CoinDesk, an industry-wide account of digital currencies such as bitcoin, and their underlying technology – the blockchain. His work can be seen in Fortune, Bloomberg, Quartz, and Bank Innovation.
Blockchain developer contributing to the Ethereum project focused on language design and interoperability. Lead author of ERC-721 for non-fungible assets. Also working on corporate development and security research.
William will lead a hands-on workshop to explore digital collectibles and guide students to build ones own Ethereum ERC-721 Registry of digital collectibles. ERC-721 may be best know for CryptoKitties. Students will examine the ERC-721 smart contract, its functions and events. Students will leverage contract code to first setup the registry, and then learn how to transfer digital collectibles.
CEO & Co-Founder at Promise Software
For global businesses that want to conduct confidential, cross-border, business transactions on a public blockchain, Promise delivers complete post-quantum privacy with non-interactive, zero knowledge proofs. This blockchain is designed with credit and payment automation features with proxy re-signing cryptography not available on any other chain today.
At Outlier Ventures Matt Law partners with talented founders building the next generation of internet services working across our investing thesis of the Convergence of decentralisation with AI, blockchain, and IoT, to form a new software stack for Web 3.0. Prior to Outlier, Matt worked in innovation advisory during the first two waves of the internet revolution, seeing the dotcom boom up close, and then enjoyed web 2.0 with the rise of mobile and social web. A qualified leadership performance coach from Henley Business School, a mentor for developing talent, and has experience in advisory roles across both industry bodies and startups. He is a speaker and occasional writer on innovation and emerging technology.
Tim Swanson is the founder and director of research at Post Oak Labs. He is the author of three books and based in Dallas. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences as well as at Sim Kee Boon Institute at Singapore Management University. He worked in East Asia for more than six years and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. His 2015 paper: “Consensus-as-a-service: a brief report on the emergence of permissioned, distributed ledger systems” popularized the term “permissioned” blockchain (or ledger), a topic which remains a mainstay at fintech conferences globally. He is currently an advisor to Elm Labs, Clearmatics, and Blockseer (acquired by DMG), and was an advisor to Hyperledger (acquired by DAH). He was previously the Director of Market Research at R3.
DLT Education President. Robert has 25+ years in technical education services. Previously, he led developer and startup programs at PayPal and American Express, and was co-founder and operator of Blockchain University. Robert has educated over 2,000 entrepreneurs & intrepreneurs, both technical and non-technical, and worked with over 300 blockchain projects in the US, Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore & Japan. Graduates from his courses have created startups, joined incubators like Plug & Play, Draper Fintech, and have become employees of companies like Coinbase, Blockstream and PwC.
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DLT Education and sponsors are providing scholarships to persons with financial challenges. Please apply here: bit.ly/DLT-Workshop-Scholarship-Application
The event will be supported by several volunteers. Volunteer activities include support with registration, lunch setup and breakdown, end of the day clean up. Other roles include video taping, scribing & social media. Please apply here: bit.ly/dlt-ed-volunteer-application
Sponsorships are designed to support the event and also to provide full scholarships to women and persons with financial need.
If interested in sponsoring this workshop, please contact [email protected]
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Men students interested in attending this event: bit.ly/dlt-mens-application
Instructor Track: bit.ly/dlt-instructor-application
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