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Cesc 2017 - Cryptoeconomics And Security Conference

Cesc 2017 - Cryptoeconomics And Security Conference

Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well. This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other topics related to crypto-economics security, and to foster collaborations among researchers and practitioners working on these topics. Cryptoeconomics is a formal discipline that focuses on the design and characterization of protocols that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a decentralized digital economy. UC Berkeley's First Blockchain Conference We're hosting an amazing conference in Pauley Ballroom, on the top floor of the Martin Luther King building on campus. Attendees: Pauley Ballroom is located on the third floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union, located on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Avenue. The third floor is accessible by elevator, or from the staircase in the main lobby on the second floor The following parking lots are all within 10 minutes walking distance from the Student Union: Lower Sproul Parking Garage (Bancroft Ave. between Dana St. and Telegraph Ave.) Underhill Parking Garage (Channing Way between Bowditch St. and College Ave.) Software Engineer, Consensys and Casper Development, Ethereum Foundation Karl is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation working on Casper Proof of Stake. Professor of Economics, Tel Aviv University Professor Gandal has published numerous empirical papers in the economics of information technology, the economics of the software and internet industries, and the economics of cybersecurity. Rosario Continue reading >>

Berkeley, California City To Open Up A Cryptocurrency Ico Token Sale

Berkeley, California City To Open Up A Cryptocurrency Ico Token Sale

Cryptocurrency Altcoin Initial Coin Offerings Berkeley, California City To Open Up A Cryptocurrency ICO Token Sale Berkeley, California City To Open Up A Cryptocurrency ICO Token Sale In a somewhat unsurprising move, the city of Berkeley announced their ambition to explore the use of blockchain technology to raise funding. An official of the city council was on record mentioning their chances of starting an ICO to get people into financing public projects through the sale of municipal bonds on the blockchain. Ordinarily, governments are in charge of selling municipal bonds, but this project aims to create more appeal to millennials and the tech-savvy generation. However, the creation of a Berkeley Coin comes at a time when the city is facing a backlash from the White House on its immigration and freedom of speech stand. It is on record the city has retained its sanctuary status for refugees and illegal immigrants, a policy which does not go down well with the government. As a result, Trump is taking measures to make good his threats to cut federal funding for cities which don't comply with the immigration policies. Nonetheless, the city has a reputation for resilience and resistance and is now set to become the first city to have an ICO and a token, which will rely on bonds to get funds. Rather than the typical initial coin offering, the launch is getting the name initial community offering. That is not the unique thing about this project, as the tokens will probably be the first coin with a municipal bond as its backing. The launch will come in May, although there is little detail on the project's roadmap. Additionally, the funds from the ICO will go into funding public projects which are most important. First and foremost, the city expects to support new affordable h Continue reading >>

To Fund The Resistance, Berkeley Turns To Cryptocurrency

To Fund The Resistance, Berkeley Turns To Cryptocurrency

Berkeley has been the site of several progressive protestslike this one, after Donald Trump's election in 2016. Now, that resistance is turning to digital funding. Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters To Fund the Resistance, Berkeley Turns to Cryptocurrency The city of Berkeley is planning on developing its own cryptocurrency, to fill affordable housing funding gaps left by the federal government. The camera company Kodak pivoted to KodakCoins; Long Island Iced Tea Corp. started mining bitcoins. Russias considering the crypto-ruble ; and Venezuela proposed the Petro . It seems like every day, another currency or corporation goes crypto. Now, liberal U.S. cities are following. This spring, Berkeley, California, might become the first to develop its own digital currency for buying municipal bonds. This crypto-impact project is the brainchild of Berkeley city councilman Ben Bartlett and Berkeley mayor Jesse Arregun, who are championing an initiative to launch an initial coin offering, or ICO, later this springor, as Bartlett likes to call it, an initial community offering. They have partnered with the UCBerkeley Blockchain Lab and Neighborly , an online municipal finance group, to develop the underlying blockchain technology that will support it. We do what we always do: We get creative. We make something from nothing. Berkeleys initiative was born out of fear that, after tax breaks at the federal level, the city would not have a funding mechanism to mitigate the effects of rising housing prices on its poorest residents. Essentially, we would like to explore some new ways of financing because we have terrific needs, said Bartlett. And we are concerned about our ability to fulfill our moral and legal obligations for our residents here. The resistance, he said, requires a coin. Federal Continue reading >>

Cs 294-144: Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, And The Future Of Technology, Business And Law

Cs 294-144: Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, And The Future Of Technology, Business And Law

CS 294-144: Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law Location: Lectures in Chou N570, Guest Panels in Boalt 110 To receive announcements on information about the course, including distinguished guest speakers and blockchain-related talks at Berkeley, please sign up for the public mailing list mailing list for future announcements. Some classes will be open to the public and will be announced on this list. You can add yourself to the list by clicking the link and Join group. Be sure to be signed in to your Google account. If you are in the course, you may sign up on Piazza . Blockchain is one of the most significant technologies to impact law and business in many years. Blockchain is also one of the most interdisciplinary areas, bringing together new questions and opportunities at the intersection of technology, business and law. This course is designed to employ this interdisciplinary nature. We will provide an overview of the technology behind blockchain and explore current and potential real-world applications in technology, business, and law. This is a lecture, discussion, and project oriented class. Each lecture will focus on one of the topics, including a survey of the state-of-the-art in the area and an in-depth discussion of the topic. Each week, students are expected to complete reading assignments before class and participate actively in class discussion. Students will also form project groups (6 people per group: 2 from EECS, 2 from Haas, 2 from Boalt) and complete a high-impact class project. The final project/deliverable will be small team presentation on a new application of blockchain (with a legal and business analysis). Enrollment is very limited. If you would like to enroll in the class, please follow the instructions Continue reading >>

The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101

The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101

The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101 The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101 The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101 On a clear, warm night earlier this year, several dozen students at the University of California, Berkeley, folded themselves into gray chairs for a three-hour class on how to think like blockchain entrepreneurs. The evenings challenge, presented by Berkeley city councilmember Ben Bartlett, was to brainstorm how blockchain technology might be used to alleviate the citys growing homeless problem. We have at least 1,400 homeless people in our city, and that includes many right here at UC Berkeley, Bartlett told the class. So how can we use blockchain to fund a new prosperity? Thats a challenge Id like you to take on. The course, taught by visiting professor and former venture capitalist Po Chi Wu, is among a growing number of classes and research initiatives on blockchain technology emerging at universities. Blockchaina method for creating and maintaining a global ledger of transactions that doesnt require a third-party middleman such as a bank, government, or corporationis best known for its role in powering the virtual currency bitcoin . But applications are springing up in other areas as well, including retail, humanitarian aid, real estate, and finance . Although some analysts believe blockchain won't gain widespread adoption for another five or 10 years , companies like IBM , Facebook , and Google are investing heavily in the technologyand universities are taking note. New York University, Georgetown, and Stanford are among the institutions that offer blockchain technology courses to get students thinking about its potential uses and to better prepare them for the workforce. Job postings requiring blockchain skills ballooned Continue reading >>

New Online Course Will Make Blockchain So Clear You Can Explain It To Your Grandma

New Online Course Will Make Blockchain So Clear You Can Explain It To Your Grandma

New online course will make blockchain so clear you can explain it to your grandma UC Berkeleys new online Blockchain Fundamentals course goes live on July 8. A second course will open to the public in September. (Courtesy edX ) A popular UC Berkeley course on blockchain the complex, bewildering technology that underpins things like bitcoin will soon be a public online course accessible to anyone across the world eager to learn about the decentralized bookkeeping method that many believe could be the future of the digital economy. [Read more: Berkeley offers its fastest-growing course data science online, for free ] The course, offered through edX , will be a reformatted online version of Berkeleys popular Blockchain Fundamentals DeCal course, a class designed and led by students. Last semester, more than 300 students competed for 100 spaces in the course, which is taught by two members of the Blockchain at Berkeley student group. Starting next month, the six-week course Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies will be available online for free. A second course on Blockchain Technology will go live in September. For a $180 fee, both courses will offer a professional certificate to graduates. Blockchain sounds like a very niche technology, and it doesnt sound relevant, but if you take the time to understand it, you can see it will soon relate to everything, said Gloria Wang, 21, a senior majoring in environmental economics who is an instructor of the online course. Some people have compared blockchain in 2018 to a web browser in 1994: It is a technology with little utility, but fantastic potential. Blockchain, its proponents say, could eventually be used to securely swap housing deeds, or monitor the pharmaceutical supply chain. But for all the potential, the field has also attract Continue reading >>

Uc Berkeley Puts Blockchain Training Online; Thousands Sign Up

Uc Berkeley Puts Blockchain Training Online; Thousands Sign Up

UC Berkeley puts blockchain training online; thousands sign up After teaching an on-campus course about cryptocurrencies, UC Berkeley is planning to launch a two-part, online course aimed at educating students around to globe about cryptocurrencies and business-scale blockchain networks. Use commas to separate multiple email addresses UC Berkeley in 2016 saw the potential for teaching about blockchain with a primary focus on bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies the technology underpins. At the time, about 70 students signed up. Next month, the university will kick off an online professional certificate program for blockchain, a three-month, two-part course focusing on cryptocurrencies and permissioned blockchains aimed at equipping students for careers in developing the distributed ledger technology for businesses. [ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] "We've had other online courses that have done well, mainly STEM-related content... but I'd say this course's early results show very impressive enrollments," said Suzanne Harrison, director of design and development at UC Berkeley. It's the first time Berkeley has opened its blockchain education program to students globally through an online learning platform. The blockchain employment market is red hot. The job of developing blockchain distributed ledgers for businesses was recently ranked first among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills ; postings for workers with those skills grew more than 200% last year. In high-tech regions of the U.S. such as Silicon Valley, New York City or Boston, a blockchain developer has a median annual salary of $158,000 - an $18,000 premium over salaries for general software developers. UpWork, a freelance job website, has placed blockchain as the Continue reading >>

Uc Berkeley Ranks 2nd-best Blockchain University In Us

Uc Berkeley Ranks 2nd-best Blockchain University In Us

UC Berkeley ranks 2nd-best blockchain university in US Departments, students at UC Berkeley collaborate to create indigenous language revitalization program UC Berkeley ranked second Oct. 2 in the CoinDesk list of this years top 10 U.S. blockchain universities. Stanford University was ranked first in the CoinDesk list, and UC Berkeley was the only public university listed. CoinDesk is a news site specializing in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology community. According to the website, the methodology of the ranking focused on the number of blockchain-related courses and organizations at each university without assessing the effectiveness of the programs. The methodology also assessed the schools level of access to the blockchain technology industry. Students at Berkeley were early to realize the potential of blockchain technology, and they were great at organizing themselves around this interest, Data-X Lab Research Director Alexander Fred-Ojala said in an email. This type of grass root activity has paved the way for faculty and departments to embrace this interest so that we now offer some of the best classes in the world on blockchain technology. As the only public university listed, UC Berkeley demonstrates that universities can remain at the forefront of emerging technologies without charging high tuitions, according to the CoinDesk website. UC Berkeleys effort to offer interdisciplinary courses that draw professors from computer science, law and business enhanced the universitys position as a leading educator in blockchain technology, the ranking said. UC Berkeley offers several interdisciplinary courses related to blockchain, including the course Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law.The course aims to provide an over Continue reading >>

Fortune 500s Skip Big Consultancies And Ask College Clubs For Crypto Advice Instead

Fortune 500s Skip Big Consultancies And Ask College Clubs For Crypto Advice Instead

sign up today to receive our daily news briefs featuring a handful of the most important stories in business, tech, and life EMAILED ON February 22, 2018 BY THE HUSTLE Fortune 500s skip big consultancies and ask college clubs for crypto advice instead Enterprise companies are finally jumping on the blockchain bandwagon. But, without traditional experts to turn to for help, big business is heading back to school to learn how not to be a (blockchain) fool. Founded in 2014, a student group called Blockchain at Berkeley is beating out giants like IBM, Accenture and McKinsey to consult for companies like Qualcomm, Mercedes Benz, and Airbus. Thats what we love about crypto-geniuses We keep gettin older, they stay the same age A 2017 study found that 28% of large enterprises are considering blockchain technology, yet only 3% are actually using it in part, because no one actually knows how. But who actually understands blockchain? Answer: college kids. In fact, when announcing new blockchain regulations, the SEC turned to Blockchain at Berkeley, which consists mostly of sleep-deprived undergrads working between classes for the experience, to host its conference. Blockchain may be on the 5-year plan, but it will graduate eventually While college blockchain clubs may be the best option for businesses today, blockchain-specific consultancies many of them founded by [emailprotected] alums are beginning to fill the void. In addition to UC Berkeleys pioneering program, schools like Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Duke are also establishing blockchain programs in an effort to send their students to join Berkeley at the helm of a new generation of blockchain consultancies. Get news (like this) delivered by email every morning Continue reading >>

Uc Berkeley To Offer Blockchain Certificate Program

Uc Berkeley To Offer Blockchain Certificate Program

UC Berkeley To Offer Blockchain Certificate Program Starting next month, the University of California, Berkeley, will join the ranks of other educational institutions by offering an online professional certificate program focused on blockchain technology. With the ever-expanding reach of crypto, individuals and businesses alike seek to develop their literacy of blockchain technology. Berkeley's online program aims to do just that equip technical and non-technical professionals with the knowledge needed to enter a blockchain career. According to the program description , the certificate "is accessible by anyone, with any background." The description lists a wide array of potential careers the program is appropriate for, namely, "blockchain developer, crypto trader, data analyst, researcher, or consultant." In order to earn the certificate, students must complete a two-part course over three months, with each part lasting six weeks. The course covers bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well as the systems and mechanisms underlying blockchain technology. Berkeley has partnered with the massive online open course provider edX to deliver the program for less than $200. There are 7,400 students enrolled so far. The first part of the course, Bitcoin and Crytocurrencies , provides a look into the fundamentals of the bitcoin and cryptocurrency space. Specific topics include the history and intent of a virtual currency, the basics of cryptography and hash functions, wallets, mining, and the properties of Ethereum (with discussion of the differences between the Bitcoin and Ethereum protocols). The second part of the course, Blockchain Technology , delves into the mechanics and applications of blockchain technology. In this part, students learn about consensus algorithms and mec Continue reading >>

Blockchain At Berkeley

Blockchain At Berkeley

A blockchain is a data structure that makes it possible to create a digital ledger of transactions and share it among a distributed network of computers. It uses cryptography to allow each participant on the network to manipulate the ledger in a secure way without the need for a central authority. We're a student-run organization at UC Berkeley dedicated to serving the Berkeley and greater East Bay crypto and blockchain communities. Our members include Berkeley students, alumni, community members, and blockchain enthusiasts from all educational and industrial backgrounds. Our team consists of undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Economics, Business, and more. We host a range of events and programs to promote blockchain in the East Bay communities and beyond, largely centered around education, consulting, and innovation. We teach an open-source undergraduate cyptocurrency course, organize the largest crypto meetup in the East Bay and host tech talks, developer tutorials, workshops and more. We work with companies to develop strategic approaches to implement blockchain technologies. We build Proof of Concepts, and translate new developments into use cases and novel approaches. We build side projects and do research with cutting-edge blockchain and crypto technologies. Our projects have won first prizes at collegeiate hackathons like TreeHacks and CalHacks. All of our work is open-source. Are you interested in the blockchain but unsure how to implement it? Blockchain at Berkeley can help you develop a strategic approach to applying blockchain to your company and advise you on the different applications and possibilities implementing this technology. We will analyze your problems and utilize our technical knowledge to r Continue reading >>

Meet The Hottest Blockchain Consultancy: A Berkeley Student Group

Meet The Hottest Blockchain Consultancy: A Berkeley Student Group

In the spring of last year, a consulting group emailed Airbus out of the blue to see if the aircraft maker wanted help with blockchain technology. The consultants talked up their experience doing blockchain projects and explained how Airbus could use the technology. Airbus ended up working with the consultants to develop a way to track jet plane parts using blockchain, among other things. It did take a little convincing, however. The consultants werent from a blue-chip firm like McKinsey or Accenture. Instead, they were a bunch of college students from UC Berkeley who have banded together in a group called Blockchain at Berkeley. Airbus was its first big consulting contract. Since then, the Berkeley group says it has worked with companies like Qualcomm and Mercedes Benz, fitting in work between classes and sleep. It charges $40,000 to $50,000 for projects that typically last 10 to 12 weeks. Blockchain at Berkeley's Andrew Tu, Anthony DiPrinzio and Cliff Ahn. Photo by Anne Wernikoff Continue reading >>

What I Learned In Uc Berkeleys Blockchain Class

What I Learned In Uc Berkeleys Blockchain Class

CS 294144: Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law The class just kicked off and it was standing room only in the Haas Schools brand new Chou Hall. In my last semester as a student at Cal, I was super fortunate to get into this class. Only one in four students that applied got in. Over 200 students from the law, business, and engineering schools in Chou Hall at UCBerkeley This is also the first triple cross-listed class at the College of Engineering, Haas School of Business, and Berkeley Law as far as I know. Ive had the opportunity to interact a lot with electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) students at Berkeley through Dorm Room Fund , but this will be the first time Ive ever taken a class with EECS students. I think since students in this class are from such different backgrounds, people have a lot of different things they want to get out of the class. I think this must be why the instructors structured the class with a project deliverable where we can pick our own projects and pursue what interests us most. For the main class project we divide into small teams with students from each school. Were supposed to pursue a new application of blockchain technology. The instructors all bring different skills to the table. Dawn Song is a CS professor in the College of Engineering, Raymond Cheng is a CS postdoc, Greg La Blanc is part of the faculty at Haas, and Adam Sterling is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Law Center for Law and Business . They all have impressive resumes, numerous degrees, and a ton of accomplishments in the worlds of teaching, research, and business. Co-taught classes can sometimes be a mess but Im optimistic that the teaching team has structured the class in a way that having all of them together Continue reading >>

Haas Fintech Club

Haas Fintech Club

The Haas FinTech Club aims to develop the next generation of fintech business leaders by providing them with the network and knowledge to pursue careers in fintech. The club was founded by students in fall of 2016 and now has more than 150 members from across Haas's full-time and part-time MBA programs. We held 16 events in the 2016-17 school year and are set up to double this in 2017-18. Our mission rests on three pillars: Career: Connect students with career opportunities and prepare them to succeed as leaders in the FinTech space. Sample events include company treks and career panels. Network: Connect students to build relationships with potential employers, Haas alumni, and thought leaders. Sample events include company treks, panels, alumni mixers and speaker series. Education: Showcase the variety of sectors in fintech, including payments, lending, blockchain, investment management, and social impact. If your organization is interested in sponsorship or recruitment opportunities, please reach out to Bosun Adebaki For all others inquiries, please reach out to Ryan Dingler or Annie Sept Continue reading >>

Top Schools Like Wharton Seeing Demand For Bitcoin, Blockchain Classes

Top Schools Like Wharton Seeing Demand For Bitcoin, Blockchain Classes

Source:UC Berkeley photo by Hulda Nelson A meeting for the group Blockchain at Berkeley fills an auditorium. Last spring, Associate Professor of Computer Science Emin Gn Sirer was scheduled to teach a 600-level course on blockchain technology at Cornell University, an advanced class intended for PhD students. "Usually when you have five to a dozen students in such a class, you're teaching a popular class," Sirer tells CNBC Make It with a laugh. But when Sirer arrived on the first day to teach, he was shocked: 88 students had shown up. "It was pretty interesting to see that level of interest," Sirer says of the students, most of whom were undergraduates. Those Cornell students aren't an anomaly: At other top universities across the country, students are anxious to enroll in courses focused on the proliferation of blockchain, a decentralized ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. According to a new survey of 675 U.S. undergraduate students by cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Qriously, 9 percent of students have already taken a class related to blockchain or cryptocurrency and 26 percent want to take one. Among courses on blockchain, the University of Pennsylvania offers " Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Distributed Ledger Technology ," taught by Kevin Werbach and engineering professor David Crosbie; University of California at Berkeley offers " Blockchain and CryptoEconomics ," taught by computer science professor Dawn Song; and Cornell offers a course on Cryptography. Last year, Song had around 100 students from her department competing to nab one of 25 available seats in a blockchain class she co-taught with faculty from the business and law schools on campus. This year, she's still seeing high demand for her blockchain course. "It's still Continue reading >>

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