The course delivers an insight into the Ethereum and Hyperledger frameworks among others; you will develop an in-depth understanding of cryptocurrencies and the full range of potential Blockchain use cases, projects and business models. This programme has been set up in cooperation with the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center which is a think tank and research center that investigates implications of the Blockchain technology for companies and their business models. The examination takes the form of a written term paper, which is expected to be completed within eight weeks.
The course consists of two 4-day weeks. You may also choose not to take part in the full certification course, but to book the first week only (modules 1–4). In this case, you will not be required to write a paper; instead you will receive a certificate of attendance.
The course is held in English.
Blockchain fundamentals (Module 1)
The participants will learn about blockchain fundamentals. Basic technological building blocks will be presented in an overview over the technology. Participants will learn about transactions, blocks and pseudonymity in public blockchain systems. Furthermore, this module will provide basic knowledge in cryptography, mining and consensus algorithms.
Public blockchains (Module 2)
In this module, the participants will learn about security and integrity of public blockchains. Additionally, students will learn about the scalability of blockchains and alternatives to the energy intensive proof-of-work. Smart contracts and Dapps will be introduced which allow use cases beyond payment. One use case will be discussed in detail.
Consensus and private blockchains (Module 3)
In this module, the participants will learn about different consensus protocols and enterprise blockchains. These address the specific requirements of business which are generally not provided by public blockchains. The goal is to discuss use cases and the potential impact of blockchain technology with the participants.
Blockchain frameworks: Ethereum etc. (Module 4)
The goal of the first part of the course is to explain Ethereum, one of the largest development frameworks. Ethereum works in the public domain and can also be utilised in private settings. The participants will learn how to interact with the Ethereum Virtual Machine through many hands-on examples. For this purpose, a virtual machine has been configured so that the participants can practice with smart contracts and coding. In the second part of the course the Hyperledger framework will be presented. Hyperledger is one of the largest blockchain development frameworks used with both companies and in a B2B context. It is mostly applied in consortia with a broad range of use cases. With the help of many practical hands-on examples, the participants will learn how to interact with Hyperledger. For this purpose, a virtual machine has been configured so that the participants can practice with smart contracts and writing Chaincode.
Use cases and projects in finance, banking and insurance (Module 5)
Participants learn about the application of blockchain technology in business. To this end, use cases from finance, banking and insurance will be presented and explained. The technology stack used for these examples will be explained in detail.
Use cases and applications in logistics and industrie 4.0 (Module 6)
Participants will learn about the application of technology in non-financial fields such as logisticsand Industrie 4.0. Of course, these use cases also involve financial transactions and smart contracts. However, in ecosystems related to logistics and manufacturing, finance will only be one aspect to consider. The participants will also learn to the technology stack and learn how to evaluate use cases.
Token Economy (Module 7)
Through this module, participants will learn about the “tokenization of everything”. We will have a look at the underlying protocols fueling the Token Economy, like Ethereum or Liquid, a sidechain of Bitcoin.
The concepts of smart contracts, oracles and the oracle problem will be explained. Furthermore we will explore existing token standards on Ethereum, have a look into so-called Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and its applications as well as Security Token Offerings (STOs) and the overall Security Token Market. An overview will be given of where the market is standing at the moment and who are the main players currently (Issuance Platforms, Secondary Marketplaces, …).
Legal Issues (Module 8)
This module covers how blockchain-applications can be qualified from a legal perspective. Participants will learn how blockchain technology fits in the current scope of the German and European legal framework and what approaches for new legislation are currently discussed. The fields of law discussed during the module will have a focus on financial regulatory law, such as banking regulation, anti-money laundering law as well as capital markets law. In addition to that, the participants will also discuss how blockchain-tokens can be qualified under German private law and how GDPR applies to public blockchains. Data protection is an important facet of IT systems, and therefore has to be aligned with blockchain technology.
Certified Blockchain Expert (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)
Innovation managers, CIOs and CDOs, IT strategists, executive managers and experts in business administration, as well as individuals who would like to learn more about blockchain technology.
In-house events for groups from companies are also possible on other dates. Feel free to contact us - we will prepare a tailor-made offer for you.
A basic knowledge of IT is required. While a knowledge of programming and IT development is not required, it would be helpful. All participants should bring laptops with them to work on practical exercises during the course.
First compact course: 21.03. - 24.03.2022
Second compact course: 02.05. - 05.05.2022
First compact course: 31.08. - 03.09.2022
Second compact course: 24.10. - 27.10.2022
Total fee: EUR 6,950 (8 days). The fee covers the first and second compact course, course registration (EUR 100), the examination (EUR 450) and final certification.
First compact course only: EUR 3,650 (4 days)
Course fees are exempt from VAT.
The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is the first university in Germany to offer blockchain-based certificates. With this new technology, it is possible to create fraud-resistant certificates and statements. One can also make them permanently available without restriction – and in compliance with data regulations. For this pilot project, the business school cooperates with Consensys, one of the leading software companies in the field of blockchain. Consensys developed a decentralized app (dApp) for so-called “Self- Sovereign Identities“: An identity created by the user that is stored on the blockchain and thus tamper-proof. Data and degrees can be administered by the user.