Courses

Summer school: Blockchain Tech

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology have the potential to disruptively change and further automate the way we do (financial) transactions, supply-chain flows, and even governance. However, the topic of blockchain and cryptocurrencies is surrounded with a lot of hype.

In this course we will teach you the relevant concepts surrounding blockchain technology such that you can cut through the hype and judge for yourself when the application of blockchain technology does or doesn’t make sense. This technical course will include both (interactive) lectures, tutorials for hands-on experience, and collaborative project work.

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Topics

  • Blockchain overview and cryptographic building blocks
  • Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Smart contracts and Dapps
  • Consensus protocols and permissioned blockchains
  • Confidentiality, privacy & anonymity in blockchains
  • Scaling blockchains
  • Blockchain governance, ecosystems, and applications
  • Society and blockchain

prerequisites

  • Good understanding of the English language.
  • Computer Science background (i.e., programming experience, some knowledge of algorithms and data structures).
  • Some knowledge on cryptography is helpful, but not required.

Learning outcomes

After following this course, you will:

  • Be able explain the inner workings of common blockchain platforms, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  • Be able to navigate the blockchain technical landscape and have the ability to judge blockchain projects on their technical merits.
  • Have hands-on experience with both public, permissionless blockchains (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) and permissioned blockchain.
  • Have a firm understanding what problems are and are not suitable for the application of blockchain technology.
  • Be able to articulate the open issues in blockchain research.
  • Be able to create simple smart contracts.

course leader

Dr. Maarten Everts is a part-time assistant professor at the University of Twente and also employed at the research institute TNO.  The last few years his research at both the UT and TNO has focused on blockchain technology. His research interests include blockchain technology, applied cryptography, identity management, and privacy-enhancing technology.

Course leader
Maarten dr.
Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

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COURSE DETAILS

  • Methods: Lab work projects, interactive lectures
  • Course level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year with an interest in blockchain technology
  • Required knowledge: Basic understanding of engineering
  • Course leader: dr. Maarten Everts
  • Credits: 2 ECTS credits for successfully completing the summer school

Festival schedule

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Day
Band night & karaoke
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent!

Blockchain Scaling, Governance & Society
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Consensus mechanisms & permissioned blockchains
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 18-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Blockchain micro hackathon
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Edwin Dertien
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspiration speaker over breakfast. 

Privacy & blockchain
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the topic.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Bart Klaassen
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspiration speach!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Cryptographic Building Blocks
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: VR Parachute
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch, you will have the chance to experience VR parachute, are you ready ?

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Blockchain overview
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be an introduction to the topic.

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Lunch: Graffiti workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting and do some graffiti!

Project pitch & wrap-up
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course. In this last afternoon you are going to present your pitches and have a closure of the course.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2018 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Blockchain micro hackathon
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. A small hackathon will also take place during this day.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00


Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Meet your Buddy
Time:20:00 - 21:30
Day:Sun. 12-08

Meet your CuriousU buddy!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speaker Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. Parya Pasha ZadeMonajjemih. Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi, a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in geo-visual analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.  

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

Together with your team you can join the Beach volleyball tournament!

Lunch: Lab tours
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch you can go an our famous (university) lab tour.

Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies (1)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some a pitch.

Dinner: BBQ buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

We serve you a fantastic BBQ!

Hackathon intro + pitch theory
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Escape rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

Play a games in our fascinating escape rooms!

Breakfast & keynote: Stefan Kuhlmann
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Stefan Kuhlmann over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Ethereum & smart contracts(1)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols! A famous CuriousU event :-)

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

We will serve buffet tonight!

Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies (2)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the topic.

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 16-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment @ Grolsch summer sounds

Blockchain applications & ideation
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Jochem Goldberg
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: C- your future & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.During this lunch you'll get introduced to the programmes (MSc and BSc) that are being teached at the University of Twente. Furthermore we will have the change to experience a latin american tradition and break a pinata.

Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 16-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Ethereum & smart contracts(2)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the topic.

More information

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