Subjects in Blockchain Technology (SBT)
The term blockchain encompasses decentralised peer-to-peer systems maintaining a joint ledger (log of events) without central control or privileged platform providers or users, as well as applications conceived for and made possible by such technology.
Blockchain has gained much interest due to the growing interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. However, the potential of blockchain technology is not limited to transfers of cryptocurrencies but expands to a variety of smart contracts. Some believe it has the potential to revolutionise the world just like the internet did.
We will engage in a "blockchain summer of code'', 4 weeks of software development where we will have a compact introduction to state-of-the-art blockchain technology, followed by implementing a prototype in a team to solve a real-world problem using blockchain technology. Examples of potential projects are contract management languages, identity (Know-Your-Customer, data mining), reporting and applications such as backup, bill of lading and resource tracking. Each team can choose a blockchain platform (such as the Ethereum network or R3 Corda) that is adequate for the particular use case.
We look for diversified groups of participants from different technical disciplines including computer science, economics, mathematics, engineering, etc.) as the project will depend not only on the technology but also on the usability of the solutions.
- A distributed ledger (= blockchain) platform supporting
executing programs ("smart contracts") such as Ethereum
Important characteristics of and corresponding techniques for implementing distributed ledgers
Potential of distributed ledger technology for solving real-world problems
- Design, analyse, implement and test smart contract code on a
state-of-the-art distributed ledger platform
- Set up and deploy prototype smart contract code on a
distributed ledger test system
- Analyse suitability of applications for implementation on a particular distributed ledger system
Design basic distributed ledger-based solutions to real-world problems
Produce rapid prototypes of distributed ledger applications
Report and present findings of a group project
The blockchain summer school will include 2 days of full
introductory classes, followed by 48 hours hackathon to build a
prototype of your group initial project (the rest of the course
will work on extending this case study project). The 5th day would
include feedback on your group hackathon project + participation in
the 5th Nordic Blockchain Summit.
This intensive week will be followed up with a group project with weekly status assessment and possibilities to ask questions to further your group project.
Please see blockchainschool.eu for more details.
A reading list of relevant up-to-date articles that will be distributed to the participants at the start of the course.
If you wish to prepare a before the course we would suggest looking into these three generalised ledgers:
- Hyperledger Fabric
Some programming experience in e.g. Python or Java is
recommended. Furthermore, we recommend looking into Solidity
programming in advance.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
If you are not a student at The Faculty of Science at The University of Copenhagen click here.
For guest students: we hope to offer the Blockchain summer school for free and in Copenhagen. Please see blockchainschool.eu for more details.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignmentOral examination, 20minutes
- Type of assessment details
- Specifically, the exam consists of two parts:
1. A group report (written assignment) based on the group project.
2. An individual oral examination (without preparation) based on the group report.
The written and oral examination are not weighted, why only one overall assessment is provided for the entire exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
See Learning Outcome
Single subject courses (day)
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
The course will run full time for 3 weeks in August 2019. At the beginning of the course a detailed study plan will be sent to all participants.
In August full time for 3 weeks.
- 40 students out of which 15 spaces are reserved for students
from other technical disciplines than computer science (e.g.
industry participants, mathematics, engineering, etc.).
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Computer Science
- Faculty of Science
- Omry Ross (4-7270756c43676c316e7831676e)
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