Applied Blockchain

With over $1 billion in venture capital funding and more than 200 billion in market capitalization, blockchain has become one of the fast-growing technologies.

Decentralized peer-to-peer networks and blockchain have the potential to improve our ability to make and receive payments, increase transparency in government and financial markets, and increase the interoperability of our personal data.

This course features hands-on experience with simulations and exercises. The emphasis is on application of blockchain, from both business and technological points of view. Participants will be able to recognize which application is suited to their unique situations and be able to help their companies improve their efficiency, safety, contracts, and payment processes. 

Lead Instructor(s): 

John R. Williams
Abel Sanchez


Jun 24, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019

Course Length: 

5 Days

Course Fee: 





  • Open
Registration for this course will close by June 1

Participant Takeaways: 

Participants of this course will be able to:

  • Describe blockchain key principles
  • Describe cryptocurrency key principles
  • Describe cybersecurity of cryptocurrencies
  • Describe applications of blockchain to banking
  • Describe blockchain applications to fields other than banking
  • Describe legal and regulatory aspects of blockchain technology
  • Make effective decisions taking into account the key trends of blockchain technology implementation
  • Describe the implementation of financial tools for the cryptocurrencies
  • Create smart contracts
  • Create blockchain transactions
  • Create tokens
  • Create cryptocurrencies

Who Should Attend: 

This course is ideal for C-suite and decision makers in a wide variety of industries including finance, law, education, and government.

Computer requirements:

A laptop or Chromebook with which you have administrative privileges is required for this course.

Program Outline: 

Session Title

Session Description

Program overview

Blockchain trends, fundamentals, and course overview

One Hour Blockchain

Build a one hour "naive blockchain" to explore components and principles

Blockchain in Financial Markets

Software, architectures, and applications of blockchain to financial markets

Blockchain platforms

Leading blockchain tools, open source, platforms, and ecosystems

Blockchain in Energy Markets

Software, architectures, and applications of blockchain to energy markets


Initial coin offerings, token sales, or crowdsales


Digital tokens designed to work as a medium of exchange

Permissioned, Private, Blockchains

Blockchain permissioned networks, identity, and custom rules

Blockchain in Supply Chain

Software, architectures, and applications of blockchain to supply chains


Blockchain Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

Consensus Mechanisms

Blockchain consensus protocols & algorithms

Smart Contracts

Computer programs to facilitate, verify, or enforce contract performance

Blockchain Challenges

Blockchain scalability, mining, and centralization


Blockchain technology applications to cybersecurity


Legal and regulatory aspects of blockchain and smart contracts


Forks, leadership, and governance

Course Schedule: 

View 2019 schedule (pdf)

This course meets 9:00 am - 5:00 Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am - 4:30 pm on Friday.



This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.


Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (30%) 30
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (20%) 20
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (50%) 50

Delivery Methods: 


Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (50%) 50
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (30%) 30
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (20%) 20


Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (30%) 30
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (60%) 60
Advanced: In-depth exlorations at the graduate level (10%) 10