What is blockchain?
Blockchain is the technology used to record and control cryptocurrency transactions. It is a system designed to create secure, decentralized public databases in which things of value can be stored. This ability used to only be held by governments and monarchies. But with the blockchain, it is held by society.
What will we learn?
This course teaches students how to:
- Understand the mechanics of how blockchains work.
- Understanding when and where blockchains will work.
- Learn what the app layer looks like and which tech to use.
- Learn about how cryptocurrencies use blockchain.
Who will be teaching this class?
Chandler de Kock will be the Head Teacher for this class. Chandler has several years of experience in the blockchain space, currently serving in a senior role at Astaria. He previously worked at New York-based UMA, where he was a senior growth strategist, after a lengthy period at Luno, a major blockchain technology company innovating in the security and storage of cryptocurrencies. Prior to his time at Luno, he was Chief of Product at Registree, a business focused on solving employment and education frictions in a privacy-preserving way.
What is a hybrid on-campus model?
Students will travel to a US college campus – for Blockchain, that campus is Fordham University, New York City. They’ll stay in a real college dorm, eat in the dining hall, and get to know like-minded students from all over the world. Their classes will be held online over Zoom in the mornings, with afternoons free for excursions, enrichment activities, and plenty of fun and exploring.
What is a micro-internship?
Each programme takes part in a group micro-internship project, in which they tackle a real-world business problem using the skills they have learned in their course. This is a great chance to get real-world work experience within the safety of a learning environment. Last year, Summer Springboard students did their micro-internship with the Ethereum Foundation, exploring the next blockchain project for the organisation. Each group wrote a white paper and a presentation on their suggestions for the Ethereum Foundation. Their experience gave them a great advantage in college applications and gave them a clear idea of what it could be like working in the blockchain industry.