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York University Blockchain Lab

The Blockchain Hub

The Blockchain Hub

This is an advanced program which will guide the candidates through the concepts of Blockchain, while helping them gain significant hands on experience of developing on Ethereum alongside learning the latest technologies to develop the front end and apis that construct the major components of any production ready Blockchain Application.By completing the program, participants will be able to understand how to build solidity smart contracts; while also deep diving into how to connect them with other components like APIs and UI and explore the endless opportunities of building Enterprise Blockchain Applications end to end. SIX DAYS (Two Weekends) intensive training and ONE WEEK capstone project Access to BlockchainHUB incubation program (C-lab) and facilities across the YorkU Campus Certification:You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment/exam and the capstone project to receive a certificate. Once the certificate is granted, it will be hashed on the Ethereum blockchain and is globally accessible for further verification. Location: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, York University This is a hands-on program that will guide the candidates through the concepts of Hyperledger Fabric, while helping them master the back-end programming of this permission Blockchain. By completing the program, participants will be able to build and deploy Hyperledger single and multi-networks; and query the network. Participants will learn how to write chaincodes (smart contracts) and deploy them to a private cloud instance. They will explore the theory behind public vs. private blockchains and the tokenization of a private Blockchain. They will also understand the dynami Continue reading >>

Blockchains, Smart Contracts And The Law

Blockchains, Smart Contracts And The Law

Home > Programs on Demand > Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law The future of Blockchain is now. Be a part of it. Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law delivers one of Torontos most important and productive learning days on the Blockchain calendar. Its where leaders representing the legal and tech industries - come to discover the latest and most important legal issues, seize new ideas, and concentrate on the fundamentals in a relaxed environment. This one day program is a forest rather than the trees approach to learning about blockchains, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, tokens, settlement systems, litigation and the law. Suitable for any lawyer, entrepreneur, investor or consumer, this program will help delegates recognize and understand common themes and precipitate understanding of the topics under discussion. With an unparalleled speaker roster, Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law delivers an exemplary experience highlighting the boldest and the best of the industry. This program has been developed as a resource to help lawyers, entrepreneurs, investors and consumers learn about the rapidly emerging field of blockchain technologies and its intersection with law. Join top legal, tech and financial industry experts to discuss key issues and the biggest legal questions facing blockchain technologies, including: Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts and Transaction Costs Opportunities for Blockchain in the Settlement System Initial Coin Offerings and Characterizing Blockchain Tokens Competently Lawyering Through Blockchain Innovation Analyzing the Nature of Blockchain Transactions and Differences in Business Models The Essential Blockchain Primer A Session on the Technical Aspects of Blockchain (with Question & Answer period) Donald B. Johnston, Legal Educ Continue reading >>

Blockchainhub Meetup

Blockchainhub Meetup

On July 20th, over 300 inquisitive minds from the York and Toronto technology community came together to find out about a technology that is going to have a profound impact on education, technology, and society Blockchain. The Blockchain meet up at York was the inaugural meeting of the BlockchainHub, an initiative from the BEST Lab, with many others in the York University community, design to create networking, collaboration and research opportunities, between multiple different interest groups at York, specifically those in Lassonde, Osgoode and Schulich. BlockchainHub will connect those involved in Blockchain research, education and commercialization inside the university with the broader technology community, as York University builds innovative multi faculty initiatives to impact innovation in our local ecosystem, creating innovative impact for Ontario, Canada, and beyond. The event included an amazing lineup of speakers from BlockchainHub, ICOs, Blockchain Lab, Blockchain Canada, Innovation York and the IBM Blockchain practice, including: Nilay Guyal, who is leading LaunchYU, Henry Kim and Marek Laskowski, head of the Blockchain research Lab, at Schulich, Omid Sadeghi , Director of the BlockchainHub and Peter Patterson, head of IBM Canada Blockchain Practice, and commercialization. At the meet up, BlockchainHub announced the Blockchain Academy, a new educational program based at York, offering executive education courses in the various technical, legal and business aspects of Blockchain. We are so grateful to all who made this inaugural meeting so successful. If you want to invite out more about the BlockChainHub, BlockChain Lab, BlockChain Academy or BlockChain Canada, please check our web site where you can also sign up to find out about forthcoming events. Continue reading >>

Deloitte Launches Blockchain Lab In New York, Increasing Focus On Key Technology In Make-or-break Year

Deloitte Launches Blockchain Lab In New York, Increasing Focus On Key Technology In Make-or-break Year

Deloitte Launches Blockchain Lab in New York, Increasing Focus on Key Technology in Make-or-Break Year The lab will be staffed by more than 20 developers and designers, part of a broader strategic investment around digital transformation and innovation efforts in financial services space. NEW YORK, January 12, 2017 Deloitte, which works with 90 percent of the largest financial institutions across its audit, tax, consulting and advisory businesses globally, has announced it has opened a client-focused blockchain lab in New Yorks Wall Street district. Innovation is a top priority for Deloitte we continue to strategically invest in our capabilities to help clients adapt to a world where success or survival depends heavily on innovation, said Joe Guastella , a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and global financial services consulting leader. Our ecosystem for education, ideation, strategy, application prototyping and development is there to support Deloittes clients and practitioners across industries in harnessing the opportunities and capabilities that blockchain technology has to offer. This builds on Deloittes broader digital transformation and innovation efforts, called Grid by Deloitte, which constitutes a network of labs around the world, among other initiatives. Deloitte Ireland opened the first blockchain lab in May, making the New York lab at 140 Broadway the second formal hub in Deloittes global network. While a number of centers of expertise for blockchain have organically grown within Deloittes network over the last two years, Deloitte expects to announce additional formal labs in 2017. The Americas blockchain lab has a dedicated team of more than 20 blockchain developers and designers. The team will focus on developing strategic blockchain capabilities a Continue reading >>

Publications | Blockchain.lab

Publications | Blockchain.lab

Kim, Henry M., and Marek Laskowski (2016). Towards an Ontology-Driven Blockchain Design for Supply Chain Provenance, Proceedings of the26th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS), Dublin, Ireland, December 15-16. [ PDF ] [ Intro Video ] [ Technical Video ][ Source Code ] Marek Laskowski (2017). A Blockchain-Enabled Participatory Decision Support Framework, Technical Report, SSRN. [ PDF ] [ Video ] [ Source Code ] Management Perspectives of the Blockchain Kim, Henry M. and Marek Laskowski (2017). A Perspective on Blockchain Smart Contracts: Reducing Uncertainty and Complexity in Value Exchange, Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Workshop on Privacy, Security, Trust & Blockchain Technologies, August 3, Vancouver, BC. [ PDF ] Karajovic, Maria, Henry M. Kim, and Marek Laskowski (2017). Thinking Outside the Block: Projected Phases of Blockchain Integration in the Accounting Industry, To Be Submitted to: Accounting Horizons. [ PDF ] Mehar, Muhammad Izhar, Charlie Shier, Alana Giambattista, Elgar Gong, Gabrielle Fletcher, Henry M. Kim and Marek Laskowski (2017).Understanding a Revolutionary and Flawed Grand Experiment in Blockchain: The DAO Attack, Submitted to: Journal of Cases on Information Technology. [ PDF ] Karajovic, Maria,Harleen Narula,Kartiki Pandya,Janvi Patel, andIbnoor Warring (2016).Blockchain: A Manager's Guide, Technical Report, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Ontario Canada. [ PDF ] Continue reading >>

Deloitte Exec Departs To Launch Tokenized Blockchain Research Lab

Deloitte Exec Departs To Launch Tokenized Blockchain Research Lab

Deloitte Exec Departs to Launch Tokenized Blockchain Research Lab May 21, 2017 at 22:11 UTC|UpdatedJun 1, 2017 at 14:52 UTC Back when Iliana Oris Valiente first started pitching her colleagues at Deloitte on the possible benefits of bitcoin, she was cautioned by a senior level executive that she might be doing damage to her reputation. Now, one of the co-founders of Deloitte 's influential Rubix blockchain initiative is well-known for helping push the professional services firm to the forefront of distributed ledger consulting and development. That is, until last Friday, when she completed her final day atthe firm. Revealed today exclusively to CoinDesk, Valiente is now launching two startups in the research and development space. The first, is a an open-source, crowdfunded, crowdsourced applied research and development hub. The second is an educational enterprise designed to shorten the learning curve for recent computer science grads seekingto make meaningful contributions to the blockchain industry. The co-founder of Rubix by Deloitte, and former strategy and execution lead, told CoinDesk she views her new customers as the very same people who will help her pull off the endeavor: open-source researchers, startup employees and corporate executives. "This has value to all those groups of stakeholders, whether you're talking about the research and development hub or the educational initiative, and I want to continue playing that role as a translator and a liaison between these various communities." First revealed today as part of her trip to CoinDesk's Consensus 2017 conference, the research and development hub called ColliderX takes its name from the CERN particle collider in Switzerland, which leverages researchers, scientists and academics to make technological disc Continue reading >>

The Blockchain Hub

The Blockchain Hub

Blockchain Education, Research, and Commercialization The First Peer-to-Peer Community-based Incubation Program for Blockchain Startups C-Lab supports visionary entrepreneurs providing disruptive solutions to real-world problems using Blockchain technology.Through a 3-month-program, we help you to establish your venture, design your customer centric product, develop your blockchain solution and access to investment options and grants. C-Lab empowers entrepreneurs by providing access to BlockchainHub partner organizations, a community of 1500 Blockchainers and 15000 entrepreneurs across the Greater Toronto Area. Free space: Access to the state of art space at the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University (Toronto - Canada). In-house experts: Provided business mentoring in different stages (Ideation, business development, MVP, implementation and commercialization). The founders club: Networking opportunity with your peers at C-Lab, BEST Lab and LaunchYU to discuss progress, share ideas and best practices. Human resources: Whether you are looking for a co-founder, developer, sales person or any type of profile, we have a pool of highly skilled BlockchainHub Professional Network members you can choose from. Product building:Access to top-notch Blockchain architects and developers that help you build the right product for your customer segment, a product that is secure, viable and scalable. Build-measure-learn: C-Lab is the first in its kind to provide access to highly qualified beta testers with Blockchain knowledge to try your MVP at an early stage and provide you with feedback that will enhance your learning experience and allow you to improve your product before the implementation phase. Funding: Providing guidance through funding processes, help acq Continue reading >>

Initiative In Canada To Support Blockchain Start-ups

Initiative In Canada To Support Blockchain Start-ups

Initiative in Canada to support blockchain start-ups One of the main challenges confronting new blockchain start-ups is to findresources and expertise in supporting them so that they convert their ideas to viable andsustainable projects.Initiated by Toronto-based York Universitys BlockchainHub, C-Lab was launched late to provide free space, in-house experts, networking opportunity, human resources, product building, beta testing, as well as funding opportunities. All the services are provided free of charge and help the community to grow here in Canada and internationally. ISOC-BSIG Mohamed El Kandri, who is the program lead of the C-Lab team members, describes C-Lab as is the first peer-to-peer community based incubation program for Blockchain start-ups by The BlockchainHub at York University and supports visionary entrepreneurs providing disruptive solutions to real-world problems using Blockchain technology. As for the steps required to take to benefit from the service, El Kandri indicates that C-Lab provides a 3-month-program to help entrepreneurs establish their venture, design their customer centric product, develop their blockchain solution and access investment options and grants. There is a selection program that starts with an online application on the official website www.theblockchainhub.com, then the applications goes through a pre-selection process, the shortlisted applications are invited to pitch their idea in front of a selection committee of industry and academic experts to make the final decision after which the the winning projects get the support through an extensive program. At the end of the program, the start-ups are connected to a pool of investors looking for blockchain ventures. It is noteworthy that unlike traditional venture capitals and ot Continue reading >>

The Blockchain Hub

The Blockchain Hub

"Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence,York University" Which Industry Our Candidates Coming From This program consists of three days intensive training course and one week of group work on a capstone project.You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the capstone project and final exam to receive a certificate. Once the certificate is granted, it will be hashed on the Ethereum blockchain and is globally accessible for further verification. Module1-Intensive Training Module (3 days) Day 1 : Introduction to Ethereum Blockchain Development From cryptography to distributed/decentralized networks, participants will learn the basic concepts underlying most Blockchains. They will understand the basic evolution of Blockchains from Bitcoin to Ethereum. How and why this evolution took place, as well as understanding the historical context. There will be a main focus on how Ethereum works programmatically. We will be exploring Ethereum Theory, focusing on crypto-economics, token design and ICO's. Day 2: How to code an Ethereum Blockchain This module will focus on the programming aspects of Ethereum. Participants will learn the nuances of Solidity in the context of traditional web development. following this module, they will be able to set up a development environment and code their own specific smart contracts. Day 3: Ethereum Blockchain Development in practice This module will focus on the hands-on programming of an Ethereum Blockchain. Participants will code their own smart contracts as well as building an ICO. Module2-Capstone Project Submission (7 days) Your capstone project is 1 or more smart contracts designed for a use case of your choice. It is due one week after finishing the Continue reading >>

10 Universities That Offer Blockchain Courses

10 Universities That Offer Blockchain Courses

10 Universities That Offer Blockchain Courses The increasing demand for blockchain skills from various sectors makes blockchain an attractive subject and urges universities to add blockchain to their course list. To this end, several universities have already launched blockchain courses. We have put together a list of universities where you can learn about blockchain technology and Bitcoin, and make yourself more marketable in the eyes of potential employers. Universities That Offer Blockchain Courses In 2014 New York University started offering blockchain classes, the first course opened was The Law and Business of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies . This course is still available and explains Bitcoin and other alternative payments mechanisms. NYU students can also sign up for Digital Currency: Revolution in Money and Payments? This course introduces participants to digital currencies and emerging mobile payment systems. Duke University , situated in Durham County of North Carolina, also offers blockchain courses. Its pioneer cryptocurrency course Innovation, Disruption and Cryptoventures does not simply explore transactions in Bitcoin. The idea of the course is to understand a disruptive technology and to assess its implications on how business will be conducted in the future. New Jerseys Princeton University offers a blockchain related course called Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies . This online course offered via Coursera and addresses important questions about Bitcoin. If you are interested in knowing answers to following questions, we recommend considering it: How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What mig Continue reading >>

Blockchain Opportunities Summit Canada

Blockchain Opportunities Summit Canada

Understanding new opportunities in a fast-evolving Blockchain is the new buzz word in the technology industry, but is it the real deal or another fad? Stats and application potential suggests it is the real deal. The global Blockchain market was valued at $216.1 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $9.6 billion by 2024. The private Blockchain segment led the global Blockchain market by holding nearly 70% of the total market share. North American blockchain market held a revenue share of more than 40% of the global market in 2016. Blockchain Industry is expected to grow by 61% CAGR by 2021 The Government of Canada is running a competition to establish a supercluster. Toronto and Waterloo submitted a proposal that could see a large portion of $950 million invested in blockchain technologies. The objective of this summit is to bring together professionals from innovative and established private sector players to discuss opportunities and risks that this technological revolution presents. Identify areas and sectors that have the biggest potential for Blockchain technology, including: This peer to peer learning event brings together a cross-industry of Blockchain leaders to share strategies for transforming various sectors. At this summit, you will hear from experts about how Blockchain technology can be beneficial for the Canadian economy and how it will change various sectors. At the Blockchain Opportunities Summit Canada, a cross-industry mix of innovative executives will share their strategies for incorporating distributed ledger systems to improve contracts, financial transactions, identity management and many other facets of business. The conference is being Co-Organized by The Blockchain Hub Canada which is part of York University, one of the few providing Bloc Continue reading >>

More On Blockchain.lab

More On Blockchain.lab

At the blockchain.lab at York University, we are investigating research questions that have real-life management and entrepreneurial applications of blockchains. A blockchain is a distributed or decentralized database that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records secured from tampering and revision. This cryptographic technology offers a way for people who do not know or trust each other to create a record of who owns what that will compel the assent of everyone concerned. Originally developed to underpin the bitcoin cryptocurrency network, the blockchain has many enthusiastic supporters who see its potential beyond cash and currency. The potential for blockchain to enable a distributed ledger of digital assets is the source of their enthusiasm. The following is a catalogue ofresearch projects from blockchain.laband affiliated York researchers The classic definition of a computational ontology is that it is an explicit specification of a conceptualization. For us, a "conceptualization" is the set of ontologies required to ensure common interpretation of data from one or more shared databases. Ontologies can be informal or light-weight (e.g. North American Industry Classification System [NAICS]); formal, like the TOVE Ontologies that are represented in first-order logic; or be somewhere in between (i.e. semi-formal like medical ontologies that classify and relate medical terms). In order to understand data in a distributed database, or ledger, across numerous organizations, there must be common interpretation of data across these organizations. This interpretation can be informally enforced via use of common data standardsi.e. models, dictionaries, and conventionsand via business practices and processes that support adoption of data standards by human devel Continue reading >>

Blockchain Conference

Blockchain Conference

27 th February, 2018 Toronto, Canada Venue: Hotel Novotel Centre Blockchain truly is a revolutionary mechanism to bring everyone to the highest degree of accountability. Above anything else, the most critical application of Blockchain technology is to guarantee the validity of a transaction by recording it on a distributed system of registers, all of which are interconnected through a secure time-stamped mechanism. In today's digital information age,Blockchain represents a critical intersection between the financial world, social networking, and powerful decentralized networks. Stakeholders must formulate careful legal and business strategies that factor in the technology and infrastructure, as well as the corresponding market appetite and regulatory structures in rapidly evolving global markets. This Blockchain Technology Conference to be held on Feb 27, 2018 in Toronto aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Blockchain technology by focusing on how to address the implementation challenges, make best use of the opportunities and benefit from the innovation and disruption that this technology brings along. The conference features industry experts sharing real time experiences and thought leadership on some of the vital and latest topics in the Agile Testing domain. Their presentation topic and level of industry experience fills a specific gap in making it easier to understand the major Agile testing challenges and know how to overcome them. Continue reading >>

Henry M. Kim | Blockchain.lab

Henry M. Kim | Blockchain.lab

Associate Professor of Decision Technologies Schulich School of Business, York University Prof. Kim is a leading expert in the development of ontologies for enterprise modelling. He gained expertise conducting research on the Toronto Virtual Enterprise (TOVE) project, a world-renowned investigation into developing Artificial Intelligence based enterprise systems involving global partners like BHP Steel, Bombardier, and Oracle. Before and while completing his dissertation on Ontologies for Quality Management, Prof. Kim worked in Canada for Hewlett Packard, as well as in Silicon Valley for a startup software services firm that is now part of JDA Software. After receiving his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, he joined the faculty of the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto Canada. He is currently an Associate Professor of Decision Technologies there, and has taught MBA, undergraduate, and executive courses in Information Systems, Data Science, and Complex Adaptive Systems. Prof. Kim has received over $500,000 in external research funding and currently holds multipleNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Grants. In addition, he has received numerous research awards from sources including IBM Canada, York University, BHP Steel, BT Telecom in the UK, and the Santa Fe Institute. He has authored nearly 50 refereed publications in journals such as the Communications of the ACM, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, and Information Technology and Management. He sits on the Editorial Boards of INFORMS Service Science, International Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems, and Decision Analytics. Prof. Kim has been involved in consulting and professional services engagements with cl Continue reading >>

Why I Started The Columbia Blockchain Lab

Why I Started The Columbia Blockchain Lab

Blockchain Enthusiast| Blockchain Analyst at Reciprocal Ventures Why I Started the Columbia Blockchain Lab This semester, classes have almost become a side project for me as I undertake one of the most exciting endevours of my college career. On September 19th, several amazing friends and I launched the Columbia Blockchain Lab with the idea of providing a centralized community for all blockchain activity at Columbia University. Originally I was introduced to blockchain through Bitcoin mining in high school, but as I entered college, my Bitcoin days were left behind. About a year ago, Ethereum peaked my interest and reignited my curiosity for the space. I spent months learning as much as I could and making as many connections as possible in the blockchain world, skipping school if needed to travel for conferrences. Unfortunately, very rarely did I find any resources at Columbia. MIT | Business of Blockchain Conference | April 18th,2017 The idea for the lab started last semester when I attended a blockchain event on campus featuring Pete Rizzo from CoinDesk and Joseph Lubin of ConsenSys. Even with these big-name speakers, only about thirty students were at the event. Many of the students who came ended up walked out half way through after realizing the panel wouldnt be about Bitcoin. Talking with Joe after the event, I starting thinking of a way to inform students at Columbia about this next wave of technology at our doorsteps. Its not that I couldnt find people intersted in or knowledgeable about blockchain. From cryptographic schemes designed in the Computer Science department to new ICO regulations being crafted in the School of International and Pubic Affairs, blockchain was everywhere. The problem was that none of these professors talked to each other. The situation Continue reading >>

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