Education in Blockchain and DLT: How to Acquire the Necessary Knowledge in 10 Days

Introduction

Figure 1: How to acquire blockchain knowledge with a workload of 10 days?

How to gain knowledge?

What is the level of understanding that should be acquired?

Purchasing and transferring crypto currencies

  • Open an account e.g. on Coinbase or Bison; further alternatives: Bitstamp, Bitrex, Binance, Bitfinex, etc.
  • Buy Ether and Bitcoin for 10 Euro. Please be aware that in case of making mistakes with public or private keys, this money can be lost irreversibly. So, following these steps is, of course, everybody’s own decision.
  • Open a second account (examples above).
  • Obtain a wallet address from the second account which looks similar to 0xd42899dcC146d4788649e6aa5B09f129fC269127 for Ethereum.
  • In the first step, transfer a fraction of Ether or Bitcoin you have purchased to this address. Note that addresses for Ether and Bitcoin are different, so be cautious and do not mix them up.
  • Now, you can see that value can be sent around the world just within a couple of seconds (Ether) or minutes (Bitcoin).
  • A more advanced step but extremely helpful to understand blockchain: Add the plug-in MetaMask to the Google Chrome internet browser to access the Ethereum network directly and to store your Ether in your own wallet. Thereafter, open an account and generate your own wallet address. Then, transfer some of your Ether from the earlier steps to this newly generated wallet.

Listen to podcasts

  • Block 52: The hosts (Katharina Gehra, Philipp Sandner) provide weekly interviews with experts in the field of blockchain in Germany, e.g., around DeFi, NFTs, and blockchain technology in general.
  • Bitcoin, Fiat & Rock’n’Roll: The hosts (Jonas Gross, Alexander Bechtel, Manuel Klein, Michael Blaschke) focus on financial applications and discuss topics around digital money, such as cryptocurrencies, stablecoins, or CBDCs.
  • Irgendwas mit Krypto: The hosts (Johannes Blassl, Simon Seiter, Philipp Sandner) comment on current developments with a focus on the German market. This includes for example sentiment of the market, projects by specific companies, impact of new laws in the crypto space.
  • Digital Euro Podcast: This podcast by the Digital Euro Association discusses topics around digital money (i.e., digital euro, digital dollar, stablecoins, CBDCs) with worldwide thought-leaders.

Read important white papers

Watch videos, e.g. on YouTube

Networking and meet people

  • Regional Meetups: There are also various regional blockchain meetups as in Berlin, Zürich, Frankfurt, or Munich. They provide an easy way to discuss your thoughts and questions with blockchain enthusiasts nearby. Research on Google here and here.
  • Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) Events: Attending blockchain events organized by the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) is another possibility to approach blockchain technology. The FSBC organizes various conferences related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as the Crypto Assets Conference every year. Furthermore, discussions about current topics such as digital securities, the digital euro, DeFi, and NFT are offered. To be up-to-date about FSBC events see www.fs-blockchain.de — here you can subscribe to the newsletter.
  • Twitter: A lot — really a lot — of knowledge is disseminated on Twitter. Sometimes, Twitter users compile lists of other users to follow. It is highly recommended to not just open a Twitter user account but also to follow crypto experts on Twitter — and even network with them.

Online courses, e.g. on smart contracts

  • Udemy smart contracts course: The Udemy course on smart contracts offers a great introduction — in our view the best — into programming smart contracts. Keep in mind that just watching the course is not sufficient — practical programming is key to “feel it” ;-) To learn programming basic, e.g. JavaScript, other Udemy courses could also be helpful.
  • Talents’ programs of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center: DLT Talents program to empower women in the blockchain space, and the DeFi Talents program for education in the DeFi sector. as well as the NFT Talents for leadership in the NFT space.
  • Academy of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center: In the Blockchain Academy of the FSBC you find the Playlist Tokenization or Playlist Crypto Assets, two compilations which include the state of the art in these fields.
  • Cryptozombies: The application Cryptozombies is a great (and gamified) way to study technological aspects of blockchain technology and smart contracts.

Articles and websites

Bitcoin, Crypto Assets, and Inflation

DeFi — Decentralized Finance

Tokenization and Industrial Use Cases

DLT-Based Capital Market and Digital Securities

Books for the broader overview

Scientific and academic papers

Blockchain-related study programs and workshops

And now?

Remarks

Authors

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Jonas Gross is Chairman of the Digital Euro Association (DEA) and Head of Digital Assets and Currencies at etonec. Further, Jonas holds a PhD in Economics.

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Jonas Gross is Chairman of the Digital Euro Association (DEA) and Head of Digital Assets and Currencies at etonec. Further, Jonas holds a PhD in Economics.