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Uc Berkeley Launches Blockchain Accelerator

Uc Berkeley Launches Blockchain Accelerator

UC Berkeley Launches Blockchain Accelerator UC Berkeley Launches Blockchain Accelerator Renowned U.S. public university UC Berkeley is launching an accelerator for blockchain projects called the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. The accelerator came to life thanks to a collaboration between Berkeley Engineerings Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Blockchain at Berkeley, and the Haas School of Business. The 12-week program seeks to provide entrepreneurs in the blockchain space with key insight on building a tech startup, with the benefit of working with UC Berkeleys extensive network of educators, entrepreneurs and investors. The accelerator is open to blockchain projects globally, and they can apply to the program through an online form . After the 12-week accelerator, the projects will hold a demonstration for their products. Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, Sutardja Centers founding director commented on the new project: Currently, there is a lot of hype in the space, but we believe that this new accelerator will give innovators the tools they need to separate hype from reality and pursue ideas that solve pressing business problems and create valuable new ventures. Recently, UC Berkeley also partnered with fintech and blockchain startup Ripple to take part in the companys University Blockchain Research Initiative. Other prestigious universities besides UC Berkeley are hosting programs to provide support for blockchain projects that are looking to take their business to the next level. In November, Columbia University teamed up with IBM to launch two accelerator programs . Keep track of your holdings and explore over 5,000 cryptocurrencies Top 3 Coins to Watch May 13 - May 19, 2019 As we move further into Q2, this weeks choices are set to benefit from increased 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 >>

Berkeley's Bold Bet On Bitcoin

Berkeley's Bold Bet On Bitcoin

The California city, known for its out-there policies, will be the nation's first to issue municipal bonds using cryptocurrency. Berkeley, Calif., has always had an independent streak. It was named after Irish philosopher George Berkeley, who advanced the theory of immaterialism or the belief that material things have no objective existence. Located across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley has long attracted people and ideas outside of the mainstream. In the 1960s, it was the birthplace of the free speech movement and hippie counterculture. In the 1990s, an advocacy group tried to bring back the bartering system in protest of economic globalization. And in the 2000s, voters overwhelmingly approved the nations first-ever soda tax to counteract the damage done by high-sugar drinks. But now this city known for its out-there policies is taking perhaps its biggest risk yet: Later this year, it plans on becoming the first municipality in the country to issue municipal bonds using the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrency. The project is the brainchild of Mayor Jesse Arregun and Vice Mayor Ben Bartlett and is being billed as a way to make investing in municipal bonds more accessible than ever. Thats because, unlike the minimum $5,000 bond denomination common today, cryptobonds can be issued in denominations as low as $5 or $10. The bonds also have the potential to open up a whole new way for the city to raise money for housing. This is an acute issue since the Trump administration has slashed the budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, cut funding for Section 8 housing credits and targeted sanctuary cities such as Berkeley for federal funding cuts. In the crypto world, issuing a digital currency to raise capital is whats called an ICO Continue reading >>

Fire (and Lots Of It): Berkeley Researcher On The Only Way To Fix Cryptocurrency

Fire (and Lots Of It): Berkeley Researcher On The Only Way To Fix Cryptocurrency

Sign up or login to join the discussions! Fire (and lots of it): Berkeley researcher on the only way to fix cryptocurrency Nicholas Weaver says bitcoin and other digital coins recapitulate 500 years of failure. Nicholas Weaver made no bones about it: he really, really dislikes cryptocurrencies. Speaking at the Enigma security conference in Burlingame, California, last week, the researcher at UC Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute characterized bitcoin and its many follow-on digital currencies as energy-sucking leeches with no redeeming qualities. Their chief, if not only, function, he said, is to fund ransomware campaigns, online drug bazaars, and other criminal enterprises. Meanwhile, Weaver said, there's no basis for the promises that cryptocurrencies' decentralized structure and blockchain basis will fundamentally transform commerce or economics. That means the sky-high valuations spawned by those false promises are completely unjustified. He also said investors' irrational exuberance just adds to the unviability of cryptocurrency. Summarizing a talk titled "Cryptocurrency: Burn it with Fire," Weaver told an audience of security and privacy experts: In conclusion, it is a dismal space. Private and permissioned blockchains are an old ideaa good ideajust with a new buzzword on it. The public blockchains are grossly inefficient. The cryptocurrencies don't work to provide anything against drugs and ransoms and stuff like that. Smart contracts are an unmitigated disaster unless you like comedy gold. And the field is just recapitulating 500 years of failures. So in the end, the only winning move is not to playunless you like playing with flamethrowers. To support that conclusion, Weaver recited an oft-repeated list of supposed benefits of cryptocurrencies 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 >>

Blockchain In 2019: How We Got Here And Where Were Going 2/14 - Haas Fintech Club

Blockchain In 2019: How We Got Here And Where Were Going 2/14 - Haas Fintech Club

2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States Registration is now closed (this event already took place). The blockchain industry has undergone massive change, both good and bad, since the inception of Bitcoin in 2009. While there has been a Cambrian explosion of over 2,000 cryptoassets, many of these are, or will be, failed experiments. Despite setbacks, the industry continues to innovate on scalability solutions, use-cases, and user adoption. Come learn from the worlds leading crypto investors how the landscape has developed over the last decade, the state of the industry today, and how it will evolve in 2019 and beyond. Brought to you with generous support from the Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative and by the FinTech Club and [email protected] Jake is Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund, a blockchain-focused cryptofund founded three years ago as one of the worlds very first diversified portfolios of cryptoassets, regarding cryptocurrencies and tokens as a radically new asset class. CoinFund invests and works with companies of all stages in accelerating cryptoeconomic business models. In 2018, CoinFund announced a strategic partnership with Venrock to help evaluate, invest, and accelerate companies in the blockchain space. Jake has worked as an advisor to companies like Kik Interactive and YouNow, the first major VC-backed technology companies to take on blockchain-based business models, as well as decentralization-focused projects like Decentraland, Aragon, and Cent. Previously, Jake was Partner & CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at Amazon.com, and spent five years as a financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management and as a quantitative researcher at Kohera. Jake has nine years of experience in pure and financ Continue reading >>

Blockchain For Social Impact Panel At Uc Berkeley

Blockchain For Social Impact Panel At Uc Berkeley

1. Alex Gladstein - Human Rights Foundation 5. Faris Natour - Article One, Human Rights and Business Initiative at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley Haas Moderator: Gloria Zhao - President of Blockchain at Berkeley Blockchain and decentralized technologies stem from ideologies of personal freedom and equality; naturally, their potential for social good is vast and has been explored by many humanitarian organizations. Examples include energy and the environment, democracy and governance, agriculture including ethical sourcing, financial inclusion, and digital identity. However, with such a nascent technology, many challenges must be overcome before true impact is possible, and the blockchain space is constantly evolving with new advancements and breakthroughs every day. Our goal is to get an idea of what has been made possible by blockchain so far, what problems need to be solved to make more progress in social issues, and what we can expect in another ten years. Our panel is comprised of people on a spectrum ranging from more work in social impact and less in blockchain to blockchain technical expert interested in social issues. Light food and drink will be provided thanks to The Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative. Directions to Wells Fargo Room: The room is located on the fourth floor of Cheit Hall (Cheit Building, Floor 4, C420). 2220 Piedmont Ave. Berkeley CA 94720. Parking is available along Bancroft Street and in a parking structure across from Haas Business School (next to memorial stadium). 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 >>

Uc Berkeley Launches An Accelerator Program For Blockchain Startups

Uc Berkeley Launches An Accelerator Program For Blockchain Startups

UC Berkeley Launches an Accelerator Program for Blockchain Startups The University of California, Berkley , has launched a 12 week accelerator program to support blockchain projects that are in their early stages of development. The program aims at taking founders through crucial elements of building a successful technology startup. UC Berkeley will offer its vast expertise through its network of serial entrepreneurs, alumni, faculty, seasoned investors and capable students who will dedicate their time as mentors and advisors for those admitted to the program. Dubbed Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, applications are currently being accepted till the 28th of this month for the Spring session. The program is a joint venture betweenBerkeley Engineerings Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Blockchain at Berkeley, and the Haas School of Business. Selected teams will be eligible to the following perks . SCET Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship and Blockchain at Berkeley training Mentorship with notable blockchain and startup advisors Network connections to Silicon Valley venture and funding expertise Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, founder and director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, explained how the accelerator will solve real life problems in a conducive environment. UC Berkeley, Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area have become the worldwide hub for the development of blockchain technology. Currently, there is a lot of hype in the space, but we believe that this new accelerator will give innovators the tools they need to separate hype from reality and pursue ideas that solve pressing business problems and create valuable new ventures. His sentiments were echoed by the President of Blockchain at the institutio Continue reading >>

Courses | Blockchain At Berkeley

Courses | Blockchain At Berkeley

Blockchain is a transformative technology with massive potential, and despite the huge demand from nearly all types of companies, there is a distinct shortage of developers see this article about how blockchain developers are being offered salaries of 250k. Blockchain at Berkeley offers this course with the aim of fulfilling this demand and giving students with minimal blockchain knowledge a chance to prepare themselves for the industry. We aim to deliver a holistic experience for different types of blockchain development. The course will emphasize the ins and outs of Bitcoin and Ethereum from a developer perspective along with smart contract security and best practices. Our spring 2018 offering focused mostly on Ethereum, but we have plans to offer more Bitcoin related material in order to provide a proper survey of engineering in the Blockchain space. This course presents the tools needed to become a full-stack blockchain developer. It is targeted at students with a programming background. It focuses on getting individuals up to speed with developing technical solutions on the blockchain; ramping up from prototyping to the testing and deployment stages at a breakneck pace. There is a strong focus on smart contract development with the Ethereum platform in addition to a deep dive into Ethereums tech stack. Join 73,000 students from around the world in taking one of our free online courses hosted on edX. Our edX courses currently include BerkeleyXCS198.1x Bitcoin and CryptocurrenciesandCS198.2x Blockchain Technology, two superset courses of the original Blockchain Fundamentals curriculum. An updated developer course is currently in development with a Summer 2019 launch date. 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 >>

Blockchain Accelerator Launched By Uc Berkeley

Blockchain Accelerator Launched By Uc Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is launching a new accelerator that will help entrepreneurs pursue ventures in the blockchain space. Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, the program is a joint venture between Berkeley Engineerings Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Blockchain at Berkeley, and the Haas School of Business. The goal of the program, which has been partly sponsored by venture capital fund Berkeley X-Lab Fund, is to build a blockchain and technology ecosystem to further UC Berkeleys mission of education and mentorship in the blockchain space. The 2-week accelerator program will allow early-stage blockchain projects to tap into the vast resources of UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley, and receive expert industry guidance. UC Berkeleys network of serial entrepreneurs, alumni, faculty, seasoned investors and capable students will be available as mentors and advisors for the selected portfolio companies to guide them through the program and prepare them for demo day. Portfolio companies will also receive access to office space, funding and partnership resources.Interested blockchain teams can send their applications until February 28 for the spring 2019 batch. UC Berkeley, Silicon Valley, and the Bay Area have become the worldwide hub for the development of blockchain technology, said Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, founder and director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Currently, there is a lot of hype in the space, but we believe that this new accelerator will give innovators the tools they need to separate hype from reality and pursue ideas that solve pressing business problems and create valuable new ventures. With such a nascent technology as blockchain, we see that a lot of subject matter experts and people m Continue reading >>

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 >>

Uc Berkeley Launches Accelerator For Early Stage Blockchain Startups

Uc Berkeley Launches Accelerator For Early Stage Blockchain Startups

UC Berkeley Launches Accelerator for Early Stage Blockchain Startups The prestigious United States public school has launched a 12-week accelerator program for early stage blockchain startups. The prestigious United States public school, University of California, Berkeley, has launched a 12-week accelerator program for early stage blockchain startups Prestigious United States public school University of California , Berkeley (UC Berkeley) has launched a 12-week accelerator program for early stage blockchain startups. The launch was reported in an official announcement published on Jan. 28. The Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is partly sponsored by venture capital fund Berkeley X-Lab Fund and is reportedly the result of cooperation between Berkeley Engineerings Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Haas School of Business and Blockchain at Berkeley. The latter is a student-run organization for blockchain innovation comprised of over 100 Berkeley students as well as figures from industry and academia which has reportedly designed and taught multiple blockchain and crypto-related for-credit courses, signing up over 70,000 tutees online to date. It has also reportedly developed blockchain proofs-of-concepts (PoCs) for a number of unspecified Fortune 100 firms. Gloria Zhao, president of Blockchain at Berkeley, outlined the rationale behind an academia-housed accelerator program, proposing that: With such a nascent technology as blockchain, we see that a lot of subject matter experts and people making an impact in the blockchain space are students. Blockchain at Berkeley strives to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in our students, so we are excited to help lead this initiative and assist the next generation of blockchain innovators. The accelerator program Continue reading >>

Free Online Course: Blockchain Technology From Edx | Class Central

Free Online Course: Blockchain Technology From Edx | Class Central

Developed by Blockchain at Berkeley and faculty from UC Berkeley's premier Computer Science department, this course provides a wide overview of many of the topics relating to and building upon the foundation of Bitcoin and blockchain technology. The course covers many key topics in the blockchain space. First, we take a look at distributed systems and alternative consensus mechanisms, as well as cryptoeconomic and proof-of-stake. We then move on to the fundamental applications of bitcoin and blockchain technology, including exploring enterprise blockchain implementations (JP Morgans Quorum, Ripple, Tendermint, and HyperLedger), the challenges and solutions around scaling blockchain adoption, and the measures that the government is taking to regulate and control blockchain technology. We wrap up the course by also taking a look at the various blockchain ventures today and conclude with a blockchain-based future thought experiment. This course is open to anyone with any background. Whether you are planning your next career move as a blockchain developer, crypto trader, data analyst, researcher, or consultant, or are just looking for an introduction to Blockchain.This course will help you beginto develop the critical skills needed to future-proof your career. This is the second course in the Blockchain Fundamentals Professional Certificate program. Distributed Systems and Alternative Consensus Blockchain architecture is built on the foundation of decades of computer science and distributed systems literature. We start out by providing a formal definition of distributed consensus and presenting foundational theoretical computer science topics such as the CAP Theorem and the Byzantine Generals Problem. We then explore alternative consensus mechanisms to Bitcoins Proof-of-wo Continue reading >>

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