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Business Applications of Blockchain

Identify the right problems to solve with blockchain

Anne Griffin

Blockchain has been a buzzword in recent years, and its cryptocurrency applications have dominated headlines. However, there is much more to blockchain beyond crypto and the headlines; more organizations are looking to use blockchain to solve real problems within their business. You will be at the forefront of understanding good applications of blockchain technology and how your company may use this technology in the immediate or near future.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • What is blockchain (and how it not synonymous with cryptocurrency)
  • Framework for identifying good applications of blockchain
  • Applications of blockchain across industries
  • Overview of the blockchain landscape
  • Blockchain economics and business models

This training course is for you because...

  • You are interested in applying blockchain to your business
  • Your company is building–or considering building–an application based on blockchain
  • You are interested in learning more about real world applications of blockchain besides cryptocurrency

Prerequisites

Recommended reading before the course

Recommended Follow-up

About your instructor

  • Anne is a Product Manager and Product Coach, and formerly the Lead Product Manager at OpenLaw, blockchain-based protocol and markup language to prepare, manage, and execute smart legal agreements. Her focus is on growth and emerging technologies with a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. She is passionate about the practical human aspects of technology and building AI and blockchain products rooted in the realities of the human experience. She is also an Emerging Tech Correspondent for Tech 2025, a platform and community for learning about, and discussing emerging technologies. Additionally, she serves on the Rutgers University Big Data Certificate program Advisory Board and has guest lectured at Morgan State University and the University of Montreal on blockchain.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Section 1: Blockchain Basics

Length: 40 min

  • Training overview

  • What is blockchain?

  • How does blockchain work?

  • Beyond cryptocurrency: How cryptocurrency relates to blockchain and why blockchain is more than just crypto

Break and Q&A

Section 2: Framework for Picking the Right Problems to Solve with Blockchain

Length: 20 min

  • Problems that need immutable record
  • When are existing technologies enough
  • Cost using blockchain

Section 3: Blockchain Economics & Business Models Length: 40 min

  • Non-token business models

  • Token business models (benefits and pitfalls)

  • Regulation considerations
  • Supply and demand in token models

Break and Q&A

Section 4: Blockchain Landscape Length: 30 min

  • Overview of the landscape

  • Ethereum

  • HyperLedger

  • Bitcoin

  • Ripple

Break and Q&A

Section 5: Industry Examples

Length: 1 hour 15 min

  • Overview of examples

  • Travel

  • Agriculture + Supply Chain

  • HR

  • Legal

  • Financial (Libra)

Q&A