EDUCATION PORTAL

The Blockchain Institute was founded with the purpose of providing accessible education on blockchain technology and its applications. Our courses are offered both in-person and online and provide training in a wide range of blockchain and cryptocurrency skills.

Whether you’re an educational organization or a blockchain related corporation, it’s our mission to help guide the conversation and ensure reliable content. Please visit our downloads centre and links page for online resources.

Our flagship location will be opening in Uptown Chicago in early 2019, but in the mean time please contact us to schedule an on-site seminar for your organization.

Introductory COURSES

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BLOCKCHAIN FOR BUSINESS

Blockchains are a rapidly evolving technology that can offer business professionals the tools to address the changing problems of their industry. This course will provide basic knowledge of concepts and applications to inform a business professional on all things blockchain, allowing navigation of the changing technological landscape.
Blockchain Fundamentals
Understanding Decentralization
Blockchain for Business
Blockchains: Truth or Fiction

II

BLOCKCHAIN FOR DEVELOPERS

The demand for blockchain savvy developers has skyrocketed. This course will give developers the tools they need to integrate blockchain technology into their existing platforms. Develop an understanding of how blockchain transactions work, learning how to utilize data from a blockchain, and communicate with a blockchain via smart contracts.

Setup and run a node
Understand Bitcoin transaction structure
Integrate Bitcoin payments
Learn to write smart contracts

INTERMEDIATE COURSES

I

TAX AND LAW

Unlike other assets such as real estate, physical goods, or traditional ownership shares, cryptographic assets are controlled by cryptography alone. This course will cover the general background of the space and prepare you to manage your blockchain holdings.
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ASSETS
THE NEW REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
HANDLING TAXATION INFORMATION
INHERITANCE PLANNING

II

INTRODUCTION TO MINING

Blockchain networks are maintained by networks of nodes called miners. A miner verifies new additions to a blockchain and earns a reward for doing so. In this course you’ll learn how you can participate in building the network and how to generate revenue at the same time.
GPU vs. ASIC MINING
PROFITABILITY CALCULATIONS
MINING POOLS
NETWORK UPGRADES AND FORKS

III

BEYOND BLOCKCHAIN – APPLICATIONS

As blockchain systems evolve, it’s important to understand how they can interact with other technologies to produce optimal results. This module covers several ways that blockchains can be used which do not require the entire software platform to run on-chain.

FEDERATED SYSTEMS
DECENTRALIZED APPLICATIONS
SUPPLY CHAIN VERIFICATION
DELEGATED PROOF OF STAKE
IDENTIFYING APPROPRIATE USE CASES
 

advanced COURSES

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CONSENSUS SYSTEMS

One of the major advantages of blockchains is their ability to allow a wide network of users to have consensus without trust. Since the Bitcoin blockchain, a wide range of new algorithms have evolved to provide alternatives. Each has it’s own advantages. This module may be helpful for those seeking to build decentralized systems as they select a blockchain to work with.

Proof of Work
Proof of AUTHORITY
Proof of STAKE
DELEGATED PROOF OF STAKE
FUTURE SYSTEMS
 

II

DECENTRALIZED COMPUTING

In this developer focused module you’ll learn how the Ethereum network can run software on a decentralized network, and how to write your own basic smart contract. We’ll also cover the other projects that have evolved from this concept and give you the tools you need to get started with their software.

DECENTRALIZED ARCHITECTURE
ETHEREUM SMART CONTRACTS
DECENTRALIZED NETWORKS (EOS, NEO, GOLem, & MORE)
CONSENSUS ALGORITHMS & DECENTRALIZED SYSTEMS
 

III

DECENTRALIZED STORAGE

In this module we’ll explore how decentralized computing networks can implement storage capabilities, and help you get started with IPFS. We’ll also cover the background of how this technology evolved from torrents, and explore the other projects in the space and how they differ from IPFS.

Torrents – How they work
IPFS BASICS (NODE STRUCTURE AND ADDRESSING)
EVOLVING PROJECTS (FILECOIN, SWARM, STORJ, & MORE)
CONSENSUS IN STORAGE NETWORKS