Blockchain: Technologies and Applications for Business

Haas School of Business

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  • 2 months
  • online

Haas School of Business


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Who should attend

Progressive leaders in both the public and private sectors that need to understand what new digital technologies such as blockchain can and can’t do for their organizations. Representative roles and industries that can benefit include:

  • Business/technology strategists and consultants
  • Entrepreneurs who are interested in launching new ventures relating to blockchain or cryptocurrencies
  • Financial and banking professionals, including those in risk management and regulatory roles
  • Government officials, policy makers, and civil servants from around the globe, as this program takes a truly global perspective
  • Insurance and real estate professionals
  • Investors who want to understand the developing blockchain ecosystem to inform investment decisions
  • IT and security professionals
  • Supply chain management professionals

About the course

During this online journey, you’ll connect with UC Berkeley Executive Education's faculty, industry leaders, and peers from every corner of the globe, taking a deep dive into the applications of blockchain technology for business and society. Taking a case-based approach featuring use cases from finance, healthcare, supply chain management, and consumer products, you’ll collaborate through moderated discussion boards and join faculty for live interviews with industry leaders, including Q&A. In addition, there are live office hours to supplement the live and recorded sessions.

Overview of Blockchain Technology and the Cryptocurrency Network

Gain a comprehensive overview of blockchain as a technology and 1,000+ cryptocurrencies

Strategically Apply Blockchain Technology to your Business Practices

Learn how companies have strategically used blockchain for business opportunities and solutions

Understand the Evolving Blockchain Market

Learn the latest regulatory, policy developments, and governance of blockchain in major economies

Future Trends of Blockchain

Discover what trends of blockchain you should look out for

Program Topics

Starting with the fundamentals of what blockchain technology is, this program takes participants on an interactive journey through many different applications of blockchain — and what the future could hold for this technology

*Module 1: Overview of Blockchain Technology *

Begin with an overview of where blockchain came from, who governs it, who owns it, who manages it; compare blockchain vs. Bitcoin; explore the broader implications for business, society, and governments; and select a capstone blockchain strategy.

Module 2: The Cryptocurrency Network

Learn how a cryptocurrency is created; gain an overview of major cryptocurrencies; explore what makes them secure, volatile, and popular; identify exchanges for ratings, trading, and liquidity; and create your own digital wallet.

Module 3: Strategic Applications of Blockchain Technology in Existing Businesses

Explore applications of blockchain technologies in supply chain, healthcare, and consumer goods; examine how companies use blockchain to gain efficiencies and expand into new markets; and complete the ETH funds claim in the digital wallet.

Module 4: Entrepreneurial Ventures Using Blockchain

Delve into the strengths and weaknesses of the blockchain entrepreneurial ecosystem, from service providers to initial coin offerings; identify opportunities in the blockchain ecosystem; and create your own cryptocurrency.

Module 5: Regulatory and Policy Considerations of Blockchain Technology

Learn about the governance of blockchain in major economies and regulatory and policy developments in their use; and gain a deeper understanding of smart contracts and reasons for their popularity in the marketplace.

Module 6: Blockchain for Good

Examine how and why for-profit companies, startups, nonprofits, and governments are using blockchain to drive social good; and discover the sectors recording the highest penetration and their impacts and beneficiaries, both current and expected.

Module 7: Privacy and Risks in Using Blockchain Technology

Understand the privacy and security risks inherent in blockchain, including hacking concerns; and plan how to mitigate risks if your organization adopts a blockchain strategy.

Module 8: Future of Blockchain Technology

Analyze what’s next for blockchain and cryptocurrency; explain how your capstone blockchain would solve a real-world problem; present the value proposition and strategy of your blockchain; and learn how your global peers are using blockchain.

Technical Workshops and Weekly Technical Deep Dives

Berkeley Faculty, in conjunction with industry experts, take participants through technical workshops and deep dives to bring them up to speed with years of research by developers. The sessions are designed to make daunting ideas in the world of blockchain technology easily understandable. This is done by immersing participants in real-life applications and examples. Since blockchain and its applications evolve fast, the sessions allow participants to understand the relevance of such technology to their own industries and businesses. These sessions are powerful pedagogical tools to demystify complex terminologies, technologies and applications. Given below is a list of technical workshops and deep dives covered in each module:

  • Module 1: Blockchain Explorers
  • Module 2: Create your own cryptocurrency wallet
  • Module 3: Receive and work with real Ethereum
  • Module 4: Make your own cryptocurrency
  • Module 5: Make your own Blockchain
  • Module 6: Understanding the DApp ecosystem and tools

Live Sessions

This course brings the live classroom experience to you through regular sessions with Berkeley faculty. Participants can interact with and take advantage of the faculty’s vast experience by engaging them in conversations around what matters to the participants. It is a great space to delve deeper into concepts that may need further discussion or elaboration in addition to the usual course contents. Participants can also take advantage of the sessions to speak about specific examples they have been dealing with or trying to understand. The live sessions are similar to office hours where the course content can be elaborated in the directions that matter to students and participants.


Maura O'Neill

Maura was appointed by President Obama to be the first Chief Innovation Officer of the US Agency for International Development, where she had responsibility for inspiring and leading breakthrough innovations in foreign assistance and development worldwide. Maura served as a member of the White H...

Devadutta Ghat

Devadutta Ghat is the CTO at Live Planet, a next generation virtual reality video platform that allows users to stream live from anywhere they have cell service. He is also the Chief Architect for VideoCoin Network, where he brings over a decade of experience to a highly technical team responsibl...

Wesley Graham

Wesley Graham is Software Engineer at BitGo, Co-Founder of FourthState Labs. Head of Consulting at Blockchain at Berkeley. Previously at Galaxy Digital. He works on distributed systems, asset transfers, web PKI, layer 2 blockchain scalability, and prediction market problems. Wesley previously led...

Hamdi Allam

My name is Hamdi, a Berkeley Engineering graduate and currently a Software Engineer at Twitter. My experiences ranges from Data Science to the Blockchain, always excited about new and emerging Technologies. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I am looking forward to assisting you in yo...

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