World Business StrategiesServing the Global Financial Community since 2000

MODULE ONE: Distributed Ledger Architecture

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 2nd May
Week 1:  Introduction to Cryptography                                                   
  • Intro:                                                                   
    • About the course
    • About me
    • Schedule, rules and materials
  • Introduction to Cryptography                     
    • Hash Functions
    • Hash Pointers and data structure
    • Digital Signature
  • Simple Cryptocurrency     
    • Centralized currency model
    • Decentralized currency model
  • Bitcoin Consensus Mechanism
  • Bitcoin Mining                                                   
    • Incentives and Proof of work
    • Hash puzzles

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 9th May
Week 2:  Decentralization and Smart Contracts                                   
  • Previous lecture recap:
  • Possible attacks                                                 
    • Double spend
    • 51%
  • Bitcoin Economy
  • Bitcoin internal scripting mechanism
    • Turing completeness
    • Ethereum
    • Ethereum Virtual Machine
  • Smart Contracts
  • Decentralized applications                     

Massimo Morini:

Head of Interest Rate and Credit Models, Banca IMI

Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rate and Credit Models, Banca IMI

Massimo Morini is also Coordinator of Model Research. Massimo is Professor at Bocconi University and MSc Director at Milan Polytechnic, and he was Research Fellow at Cass Business School, London. He has published papers in journals including Risk Magazine, Mathematical Finance, and the Journal of Derivatives, and is the author of “Understanding and Managing Model Risk: A Practical Guide for Quants, Traders and Validators” and other books on credit, funding and interest rate modelling. Massimo holds a PhD in Mathematics.

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 16th May
Week 3:  Network Architecture                                                                   
  • Previous lecture recap
  • Further development 
    • Segregated Witness
    • Lightning network
    • Sharding
    • State channels
    • Block size
  • Consensus mechanisms: 
    • Proof of Work
    • Proof of Stake
    • Hybrid models
  • Network governance structures   
    • Community decision making
    • Code ownership
    • Development incentives
    • Validation incentives

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 23rd May
Week 4: Blockchain Architecture

Home Assignment: white paper analysis for every student

Amrit Kumar:

Cofounder and Head of Research, Zilliqa

Amrit Kumar: Cofounder and Head of Research, Zilliqa

Amrit is the Head of Research for Zilliqa. He holds a PhD from Université Grenoble-Alpes, France and was hosted at Inria’s Grenoble center. Prior to his PhD, he obtained an Engineer’s diploma from Ecole Polytechnique, France, where he studied Computer Science and Mathematics. His research interests broadly span security, privacy and applied cryptography.

MODULE TWO: DLT Domain Projects Review, Research and Classification

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 30th May
Week 5: DLT Domain Projects Overview and Research
  • Previous module recap
  • Module intro
  • Internet of value
  • Types of tokens: 
    • Currency token
    • Utility token
    • Security token
  • Project classification:    
    • Currency
    • Platform
    • Marketplace
    • Private Blockchains
    • Scalability/Interoperability
    • Stablecoin
  • Project examples from every class: 
    • Bitcoin/Litecoin/Monero
    • Ethereum/Zilliqa/EOS
    • 0x/Loopring
    • Hyperledger/Ripple
    • COSMOS/Interledger/Lightning Network
    • Tether/Stasis 

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 6th June
Week 6:  DLT Projects Business Models                                                     
  • Previous lecture recap:
  • Public blockchain
  • Private blockchain
  • Blockchain as a Service
  • Marketplaces 
    • Centralized
    • Decentralized
    • Hybrid
  • Distributed Ledger as an enterprise solution
    • Finance
    • Trade
    • Logistics
    • Property
    • LegalTech
    • GovTech 

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 13th June
Week 7:  Market Dynamics
  • Previous lecture recap
  • Bitcoin as a starting point
  • Financial bubbles review & explanation
  • ICO market dynamics
  • Other indicators  
    • Bitcoin dominance index
    • Relative asset valuations
    • Capital circulation
    • DCF model in crypto 

Guest Lecture: Due Diligence For ICOs and STOs

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

On Yavin:

Founder and CEO, Cointelligence

On Yavin: Founder and CEO, Cointelligence

On Yavin is the founder and CEO at Cointelligence, a company that conducts data research and analysis for the crypto economy. On has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep, hands-on experience and knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for ICOs/STOs, crypto, and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association.

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 20th June
Week 8: Guest Lectures

Blockchain Business Use-Cases and Business Strategies 

Home Assignment: Due-diligence for a chosen project

MODULE THREE: DLT and Fintech Regulation

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 27th June
Week 9:  Fintech Policy Overview (US, UK, EU, Malta)                    
  • Previous module recap
  • Module intro
  • FinTech definition
  • Brief history of FinTech
  • Regulatory challenges faced by Fintech companies
  • Regulatory infrastructure of different jurisdictions   

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 4th July
Week 10: Cryptocurrency Regulation (US, UK, EU, Malta)              
  • Previous lecture recap
  • Cryptocurrency as money
  • Cryptocurrency as commodity
  • Cryptocurrency as property
  • ICO Regulation  
    • Howey Test
    • DAO example 

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 11th July
Week 11: Guest Lecture

Crypto Regulation (esp. Malta) and Stablecons

Home Assignment: DLT use-case idea research and pitch

Gregory Klumov:

CEO & Founder, STASIS

Gregory Klumov: CEO & Founder, STASIS

Gregory started his career at the age of 15 as an entrepreneur when he founded a high-speed Internet Service Provider, subsequently moving from IT into finance. He brings more than 15 years of experience in alternatives investment management, that helped him to recognize investment potential of digital assets in the early stages of Blockchain revolution.

18.00 - 20.00
Thursday 18th July
Week 12: Final Project Review Seminar

Final Project: write a white-paper or business plan for a new DLT project or automation of a business process within an existing business.

Dmytro Pershyn:

Head of Faculty: DLT Certificate & Founder of Quantlife LTD

Dmytro Pershyn is a founder of Quantlife LTD – consulting company that focuses on DLT startups.

Dmytro is early crypto adopter and Distributed Ledger Technology professional. He works as a Business Analyst, IT consultant and Investor with DLT startups and corporate innovators, in particular:
• London Block Exchange
• Zilliqa (top-40 by marketcap)
• Venture Capital funds (NDA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pershyndmytro/

Thursday 25th July: Distributed Ledger Technology in Finance Certificate (DLT) Examination

The final examination is taken globally, via our network of test centres.

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