Fundamentals of Blockchain and Ethereum

Challenge: Learning the Fundamentals of Ethereum-based DApps (Decentralized Apps) Development

This Collider will follow the format of a two-day intensive seminar where students will explore the fundamentals of blockchain technology, its history, and its evolution. Sessions will cover cryptocurrencies, proof of work/storage concepts, Ethereum, DApp (Decentralized Application) development, and what’s next with blockchain

Application Deadline

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Program Dates

Friday, November 17th, 2017:  12:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, November 18th, 2017:  9:30am - 5:00pm



Understanding the fundamentals of blockchain, and in particular Ethereum, provides the foundation for the development of a host of decentralized computing applications. Historically, we have relied on the server/client model of computing. However, blockchain is not stored in a central location or managed by a single entity – thus opening an enormous opportunity to leverage peer to peer networks to distribute tasks. Decentralized Apps (DApps) are tackling challenges in financial integrity, privacy, political transparency and accountability, product sourcing and provenance, and more.


Students taking this Collider for academic credit will be required to complete a coding exercise that demonstrates their understanding of basic Ethereum DApp or Bitcoin Mining.


Steve Chen is a co-founder of the Berkeley Blockchain Lab and advisory board member at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering. He is also the founder of the EchoLink blockchain project and founding member of the Cheetah Mobile US Engineering Team.


Undergraduate students majoring in EECS, CS, Math, Stats, IEOR, or simply a demonstrated interest in blockchain, bitcoin mining, cybersecurity, decentralized computing, Ethereum, or fintech are encouraged to apply.  Prior coding experience is helpful but not required.


Friday, November 17th, 2017:  12:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, November 18th, 2017:  9:30am - 5:00pm


Interested students should follow the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page.
Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of Thursday, November 2nd.
Please note that space is limited to 25 students.
Deadline to apply is Saturday, October 28th.

Students can take this Collider for 1 unit of credit:
INDENG 190C Advanced Topics: Innovation Collider
Class # 36331
Academic Units: 1
Pass/No Pass

Note: If you registered for INDENG 190C and are not eligible or cannot participate in the project, you will be required to drop the course.

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