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Advanced Blockchain Architectures

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Overview

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The Advanced Blockchain Architectures course is ideal for individuals with a basic understanding of digital technology as well as developers or security professionals wishing to expand their blockchain knowledge. It provides an in-depth exploration of Blockchain architecture, emphasizing technical components and complex features like cryptography and node management. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of crucial aspects such as the integral parts of Blockchain, proof of concept for a private blockchain, privacy issues, and security measures. The course also delves into the interoperability between different blockchains, the scalability of blockchain solutions, and the environmental impacts of blockchain technology. After completing this course, you should be able to: - Describe the process of delivering a blockchain solution - Explain how to design and implement a proof of concept - Conduct a needs analysis - Identify limitation and concerns for enterprise blockchain adoption - Explain the technical implementations of self-sovereign identity on blockchains - Describe how decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials can empower users - List some techniques for integrating blockchain networks with other blockchains - Explain how to architect interoperable blockchain ecosystems - Explain the eWaste from hardware turnover and the threat of quantum computing

Syllabus

  • Advanced Blockchain Architectures
    • This course provides an in-depth exploration of Blockchain architecture, emphasizing technical components and complex features like cryptography and node management. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of crucial aspects such as the integral parts of blockchain, proof of concept for a private blockchain, privacy issues, and security measures. We will also explore the inoperability between different blockchains, the scalability of blockchain solutions, and the environmental impacts of blockchain technology.
  • Module 1: The Lifecycle of a Blockchain Solution
    • This module provides an overview of the end-to-end process of delivering a blockchain solution. It starts with techniques for conducting a needs analysis and identifying appropriate use cases for blockchain technology. Students learn how to design and implement a proof of concept, including network topology, consensus mechanisms, and smart contract programming. The module covers best practices for transitioning a successful proof of concept into a minimum viable product suitable for live deployment. Students gain hands-on experience taking a blockchain solution from conception through production rollout.
  • Module 2: Consumer vs Enterprise Blockchain Use and Adoption
    • This module analyzes the distinct landscapes of blockchain adoption for consumers versus enterprises. It uses the "blockchain iceberg" analogy to illustrate the high visibility of consumer-facing applications compared to enterprise blockchain projects. The module outlines key enterprise use cases in finance, supply chain, credentialing etc. It also covers limitations and concerns for enterprise blockchain adoption including integration, security, governance and more. Students will be able to articulate strategic considerations for blockchain adoption tailored to consumer vs enterprise contexts.
  • Module 3: Identity Management and the Blockchain
    • Introduces the concept of self-sovereign identity and its importance for security, privacy and interoperability of blockchain solutions. It explains how blockchain approaches like decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials can empower users to own and control their digital identities without centralized authorities. Students will grasp technical implementations of self-sovereign identity on blockchains and why it represents a paradigm shift for identity management on the internet.
  • Module 4: Web 2.5
    • Contextualizes blockchain technology in the evolution from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0. It provides students with a nuanced perspective on the gradual transition taking place rather than a disruptive shift to a wholly new paradigm. The module outlines the key technical and cultural elements of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 models. It discusses how integrating aspects of both models serves as a bridge to the future capabilities of Web 3.0.
  • Module 5: Blockchain Interoperability Deep-Dive
    • Provides students with an in-depth understanding of techniques for integrating blockchain networks with other blockchains as well as legacy centralized systems. It covers atomic swaps, hash time locked contracts, sidechains/relays, and decentralized oracles. Students will be able to architect interoperable blockchain ecosystems.
  • Module 6: Blockchain Sustainability
    • Analyzes key sustainability considerations pertaining to blockchain technology. It examines the carbon footprint of mining and consensus protocols along with eWaste from hardware turnover. Other topics include geopolitical issues around cryptocurrencies, quantum computing risks, and the long-term viability of cryptoassets. Students will develop a nuanced perspective on blockchain sustainability.
  • Module 7: Course Wrap-up: Where to go from here?
    • This module equips students with resources for launching their blockchain journeys. It provides guidance on certification programs, in-demand skills, and the blockchain job market. Students will identify their goals and chart a path forward with the knowledge, tools and recommendations provided.

Taught by

Kris Bennett

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