Blockchain for Business Schools: Workshop

Matthew Lucas


The World Economic Forum predicts that 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchains or blockchain related technology by 2025. It is rare for a technology to have interest from the C-suite to the developer community. In this workshop for business schools we will tell you what you need to know:

* What blockchain (distributed ledger technology) is and why it is important
* Common use-cases, patterns and pitfalls
* How to get started on a first project: the costs, tasks and expected returns
* Where the technology is headed, and its potential for business transformation

We will focus on the use of distributed ledgers in business scenarios, and will thus take into account the various privacy and confidentiality requirements that organisations face, and the various other regulatory frameworks that govern business today. It will not focus on the use of anonymous blockchains, or the use of blockchains for (and investment in) cryptocurrencies.

The course is perfect for those with a business studies or economics background. It will allow attendees to understand what is necessary to implement blockchain solutions without diving into the engineering, and thus will give attendees a feel for the costs and benefits associated with getting started on this new technology.

Note: The timing and content of this workshop can be customized depending on the time available; it has previously been delivered in anything from a one hour overview to a five day hands-on course.


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Matt leads IBM's enablement and education initiatives for blockchain world-wide. He is responsible for ensuring that clients, business partners, students and IBMers understand blockchain technologies and apply them correctly. His team authors and presentations much of IBM's blockchain material, including presentations, tutorials and courses. One particular focus area is developing scenarios that show how traditional enterprise architectures (that use automation, application and integration middleware, for example) can be enhanced with blockchain, and producing collateral that supports these scenarios.
Matt is an advisor for the British Blockchain Association and, since joining the blockchain team in 2015, Matt has guest lectured at over 20 different universities, and has written and delivered two courses at the University of Oxford, where he is an Associate Tutor.
He is based in IBM’s Hursley development laboratory in the United Kingdom and has worked with IBM for over 20 years on a variety of integration middleware technologies.

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