Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application Online Short Course

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Program Description

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Discover the economic opportunities of blockchain.

The MIT Sloan Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application online short course examines blockchain technology from a business perspective, as it draws on the work of leading MIT faculty and crypto-economics expert Professor Christian Catalini. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of how blockchain technology works, as you discover its potential and limitations. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll also explore opportunities to apply it in the context of your own organization.

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the implications of blockchain and the possibilities it holds for your business.
  • Knowledge of two key costs significantly lowered by blockchain technology: the cost of verification and the cost of networking.
  • A blockchain-based solution to address a business problem within your own organization.

Course structure

The MIT Sloan School of Management is collaborating with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to create a new class of learning experience — one that is immersive, collaborative, and accessible. Take advantage of the part-time learning model (5-8 hours per week) and the support of a Head Learning Facilitator on the Online Learning Campus, as you earn a certificate of completion from MIT Sloan.

Through an engaging mix of resources, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how blockchain technology can facilitate a new kind of marketplace without traditional intermediaries. You’ll also explore the effects of blockchain technology on market power in digital platforms, privacy, and trust. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learnings and create a proposal for a blockchain-based solution to a problem your organization faces.

Modules are released weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • An Introduction to Blockchain Technology
  • Bitcoin and the Curse of the Double-Spending Problem
  • Costless Verification
  • Bootstrapping Network Effects Through Blockchain Technology and Cryptoeconomics
  • Using Tokens to Design New Types of Digital Platforms
  • The Future of Blockchain Technology, AI, and Digital Privacy

Who would benefit?

This program is designed for professionals interested in the impact and uses of blockchain technologies. Whether you’re a start-up business owner looking to integrate blockchain into your business plan, or you’re in an industry such as retail or finance and wanting to understand the current and future impact of the technology, this program will benefit you.

How to register

There are no formal prerequisites to join this program. The online short course is available to working professionals, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. While there are no acceptance criteria or registration fee, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

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FAQs

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Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

The MIT Sloan School of Management emphasizes innovative research that enhances management practice. Its focus on action learning means that students are able to apply concepts learned in the classroo ... Read More

The MIT Sloan School of Management emphasizes innovative research that enhances management practice. Its focus on action learning means that students are able to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world business settings. Read less