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This one day seminar is designed for anyone who wants to understand what blockchains are, what they are capable of and how they work. Technical content is not removed but explained in a way that non-technical people can understand. Specifically the course will cover the following:

1 What is a Blockchain?
2 A framework for judging Blockchain use-cases
3 Bitcoin and Ethereum - how do they work ?
4 Mining, Exchanges and how to invest in Crypto-currencies
5 What are smart contracts?
6 Public & Private chains, Hyperledger and R3
7 Use cases of Blockchains studied in detail:
- Energy
- Digital Assets and Asset Management
- Manufacturing and Healthcare
- Insurance
- International Supply Chain
8 Initial Coin Offerings
- What is a token?
- The history of ICO's
- Regulation and problems
9 The Bitcoin fork and scalability
10 Building a PoC
11 When Blockchains go bad.

This is an interactive course designed to answer your questions about Blockchains and discussions are encouraged throughout the seminar.

Our Course Instructors:

Nick Zeeb

Nick is a passionate advocate for Blockchain Technology and loves teaching technical concepts in an understandable way. He was previously the Lead Engineer at Clearmatics (http://www.clearmatics.com/), a renowned London Blockchain financial start-up and has worked as a senior software engineer at an exchange, an investment bank and a hedge fund. Nick holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and has years of experience giving understandable technology talks.

Laurence Kirk

Laurence is a senior Blockchain Developer and Founder of Extropy.io (http://extropy.io/). After a successful career writing low latency financial applications in the City of London, Laurence was captivated by the potential of Blockchain Technology, and in particular smart contracts. Two years ago, Laurence moved to Oxford and set up Extropy.io (http://extropy.io/), a consultancy working with start-ups in the UK and overseas, developing applications on the Ethereum platform. He brings with him a wealth of real world experience that he loves to share with those new to this area in a way that business and non-technical users can understand.

Laurence hold a Physics degree from Durham University, and currently taking his MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford University. In addition to giving talks, mentoring at hackathons, and running groups about Blockchain Technology, Laurence also organise Artificial Intelligence and Data Science groups in Oxford.

Stephen Jackson

Stephen has been a professional Software Developer for 10 years. During that time, Stephen has worked at some of the world’s largest companies and gained a breadth of experience; from developing websites that are clicked on millions of times per day through to working on applications that help Portfolio Managers manage portfolios containing $100's million of assets.

Stephen first became aware of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology at the end of 2013 when it was thrust into mainstream news as it reached, then, unprecedented highs. From that point in history, he has been researching more into the underlying technology and attending Blockchain Hackathons and workshops. At the beginning of 2017, Stephen joined a leading Blockchain Consultancy called Extropy.io (http://extropy.io/) working with international clients, where he has been helping to produced research papers about ICO regulation and digital currencies, write, build and deploy Smart Contracts and create web-based Decentralized Applications.

Our organiser

Antonio Sabado

Antonio is a founder of The Blockchain Connector (https://www.theblockchainconnector.com/), a company focusing on recruiting and training Blockchain professionals. Antonio has 10 plus years experience working closely with global Investment Banks placing highly skilled eTrading Technology professionals. He brings with him an extensive network, ranging from mid to senior level technology and business professionals across the financial sector. Hands-on in winning new business, developing and managing on-going client relationships. Very successful in building repeat business based upon building strong relationship with clients and understanding their requirements. Antonio is an organiser of several Blockchain focused events in London aimed at business users and software developers.

If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please contact the organiser on antonio@theblockchainconnector.com

The Blockchain Connector "Our goal is to simply build a Blockchain Developer community whereby we help regular Application Developers become Blockchain Developers and simplify the recruitment process by connecting developers with start-ups and global firms working on Blockchain projects. Join us and be part of our growing developer community. In addition to building a developer community, we offer Blockchain focused seminars aimed at business leaders and non-technical users. Visit our main Eventbrite page to view our future events and workshops by clicking HERE (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-blockchain-connector-12888307012)"

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