Blockchain Summer School


3rd – 5th October 2018


3 Days


Limassol, Cyprus



Do you have the knowledge to utilise the transformative powers of Blockchain Business Models for your industry?

This Blockchain Summer School brings the world-renowned expertise of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT), together with the University of Nicosia (UNIC) and Cyprus Blockchain Technologies (CBT) to present some of the the foremost thinkers in blockchain technologies globally to equip you with the INSIGHTNETWORK and the TOOLs to guide your organisation on how to deal with disruptive blockchain technologies.

Introducing the Blockchain Summer School

  • Instruction by global thought leaders and academics
  • Unique executive collaboration and networking experience
  • Hybrid learning model: Foundational knowledge taught online before 3 days of in-person classroom sessions

“We stand on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. New technologies are dramatically transforming our economic systems, and our society in general, into something very different from what we were used to thinking about over the last few decades”

Dr Paolo Tasca, Course Convenor

The Value This Programme Delivers To You

  • A comprehensive understanding of blockchains through a unique framework analysing the technologies and assessing economic, legal and regulatory implications
  • How to guide your organisation through adoption and deployment of distributed technologies like blockchain and how to overcome obstacles and hindrances
  • The ability to assess the opportunities and threats that blockchains may generate for your industry or those in your supply chain
  • Outstanding executive collaboration and networking experience with a community of highly regarded academics, guest speakers and interested peers
  • Access to the UCL CBT and their associates, including the latest research, newsletters and events, both during and after the programme
  • UCL Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours

What You Will Learn

This course is designed to provide you with a framework for evaluating blockchains, both through use of technology and business applications and from a legal and regulatory perspective. The following outlines the main areas of teaching spread over three days:

Pre- Course Preparatory Material

Before embarking on the 3 day in-person classroom experience, we present online material to help you build basic foundational knowledge to help you get the most out of your time with global blockchain thought leaders.

Day 1 – The Technology Behind Blockchains & Distributed Ledgers

In the first part of this course, you learn about the underlying building blocks of what makes up a distributed ledger. How do distributed ledgers differ from existing technologies available? What are the benefits they bring? How many different distributed ledgers exist? How can we distinguish good ones from bad ones?

You also learn about different blockchain applications, including Cryptocurrencies, Tokens, Asset Registry Technologies, Application Stacks, Asset Centric Technologies and Smart Contracts (including DApps and DAOs)

Day 2 – The Economic Implications and Business Applications of Blockchains

In the second part of the course, we examine the economics of blockchains, business use-case models in different industries and socio-economic implications. We map out the different blockchain industry segments, study the dynamics of investments in blockchain-related businesses and the disruption created and the challenges and risks of adoption.​

We also examine the monetary and macroeconomics of cryptocurrencies and the use cases of smart contracts. We examine how the ICO, DAO and Token economies are evolving and where they fit in today’s world.

Day 3 – The Legal/Regulatory Implications of Blockchains & Real World Case Studies

In the final section, you learn about the legal and regulatory challenges faced with adopting blockchains and smart contracts, as well as the regulation of cryptocurrencies. In particular, we look at differences in the regulation of ICOs/DAOs and how security, debt, payment and utility tokens differ from a regulatory and legal perspective across different jurisdictions.

We will examine the evolving nature of regulation in blockchain use and how blockchains can be used to streamline regulation and compliance (RegTech). With the support of real uses cases, you will learn how these technologies can be used for continuous auditing, AML/KYC verification, or automated tax filing.

Equipped with an underlying framework of the technology, economics and legal aspects of blockchains, you will then look at real-world case studies of blockchains to discover how blockchains can be applied or not in your own industry and how transformative business models can be created.

Your Instructors – Global experts who will share their experiences and in-depth subject knowledge of the core elements of the programme

Dr Paolo Tasca is the Executive Director of the UCL CBT and a Digital Economist specialising in P2P financial systems. He is an advisor on blockchain technologies for different tech companies and international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations and was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Prof. Tomaso Aste is professor of complexity science at UCL. He has substantially contributed to research in financial systems modelling, complex data analytics and machine learning. He is passionate in the investigation of the effect of technologies on society, and currently, focuses on the application of Blockchain Technologies to domains beyond digital currencies.

Prof George Giaglis is a professor of eBusiness at Athens University of Economics and Business and Director, Institute for the Future at UNIC. He is an active researcher in blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented & virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, robotics and the internet of things. He has published more than 10 books and 150 papers in the areas of social network analytics, mobile apps, e-commerce, and information systems.

Dr Theodosis Mourouzis is a Research Fellow at the UCL CBT and Programme Director of the MSc in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). He is also the Managing Director of Cyprus Blockchain Technologies LTD. He has experience working with both private and governmental organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group, Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE).

Mr Nikhil Vadgama is the Deputy Executive Director of the UCL CBT. His experience has spanned multiple sectors including Education, Real Estate and FinTech. Most recently he has been involved in commercialisation of academic research in the AI and Blockchain domains. He was previously an Investment Banker with HSBC. Nikhil has an MBA from INSEAD, an MPhys from Oxford University and has passed all three levels of the CFA programme.

Your Blockchain Practitioners – They will provide you with their frontline experiences of the practicalities of implementing blockchains in industry

For this programme Mr Richard Brown, CTO R3 and Mr Henning Diedrich, CEO Lexon Foundation will be teaching about their experiences on the frontline of developments in the blockchain industry.

Find out more about them and some of the other individuals who have taught in our previous programmes:

Dr Julio Faura, Chairman Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Dr Julio Faura is the chairman of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, the chairman of Spain’s Alastria network, and a member of the board of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He was previously the Head of R&D (Blockchain) at Santander. A passionate entrepreneur, he has founded internal startups and Joint Ventures, focusing on eCommerce, digital financial services, alternative (online) lending platforms and marketplaces, and mobile payments.

Mr Henning Diedrich, CEO Lexon Foundation

Henning is the founder and CEO of the Lexon Foundation. He was the first architect of Hyperledger at IBM and served as a Director for blockchain at the Boston Consulting Group, Digital Ventures. For the European Commission, Henning lead a small, global posse of core crypto devs giving advice about what is and what isn’t possible in regtech using smart contracts. Henning also lead the technical architecting of DeBeer’s blockchain supply chain solution for the diamond industry with data protection.

Mr Richard Brown, CTO R3

Mr Richard Brown is the CTO at R3 and is one of the world’s leading authorities on distributed ledger systems and architectures. Previously Richard was Executive Architect for Banking and Financial Markets industry innovation at IBM UK for whom he worked for almost fifteen years.

Mr Peter Todd, Applied Cryptography Consultant

Mr Peter Todd is an Applied Cryptography Consultant and a core developer for the Bitcoin protocol. He has worked on prooftrains and treechains, with permissionless development, decentralized mining, and scalability.  He is the maintainer of the python-bitcoinlib and OpenTimestamps projects. He has worked with numerous blockchain companies including, Coinkite, Dark Wallet, MasterCoin and Verisart.

Lars Schlichting, CEO Eidoo Group

Mr Lars Schlichting is an expert in the regulatory and legal aspects of blockchains. He is currently CEO of Eidoo Group, a Multicurrency Wallet and Hybrid Exchange, and a Partner at Kellerhals-Carrard, a Global Law firm. He has also previously been a Partner at KPMG Switzerland and worked as an Attorney for the Swiss Federal Banking Commission.


  • Registrations after 1 September are at the full price of €3000.

  • For multiple purchases please get in touch about pricing.

  • After registration, you will receive an email containing information about various options for accommodation (if required) in Limmasol, Cyprus. We have negotiated special rates with hotels in the area and can offer accommodation at rates between €150-€300 per room per night.

Limassol, Cyprus

The Blockchain Summer School in 2018 will be held in Limassol, Cyprus’ second-largest city.  Lying on the southern coast of Cyprus, it appeals to a wide range of tourists, from those interested in sun and sand vacations to those who prefer to delve into the island’s culture at its museums and sites of archaeological interest. Known for the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artefacts from the Neolithic to the Roman periods.

This large seaside resort on Akrotiri Bay on the sunny southern coast offers lively nightlife and a slew of energetic festivals. A cornucopia of cafes and bars lines the bustling seafront. Enjoy the splendour of the town in the evenings after classroom sessions and stay on the weekend after the programme finishes.