In contrast to the three successful Blockchain Summer Schools in 2016 to 2018, this year we will lift it to the next level by establishing three parallel tracks on Wednesday and Thursday:

  1. Basic: this track will be the continuation the successful format from previous years. In addition to this, students will work together with case organisations from industry and public sector on developing blockchain prototypes in a hackathon.
  2. Advanced: this track will offer the opportunity for students with prior experience around blockchain prototyping to work with organisations which have already prototypes developed. The intention in the included hackathon is to further improve demonstrators, or design them anew, to meet the more advanced requirements and level of know-how among participating students as well as organisations.
  3. Improving blockchain / DLT systems as a technology: this track is the protocol track where technical issues in existing blockchain / DLT systems are discussed and potential solutions are developed. This track will include a makerthon, where not necessarily code is written, but where potential solutions are developed conceptually.

All students will be encouraged to further improve their work in form of academic papers coached by the summer school organisers.

This is a draft program for the 2019 Blockchain Summer School. Further details on speakers, locations, etc. will be added as we go along.

Day 1Monday, August 12th - Opening intro lecturesVer. 2019-03-28
08:00Registration and light breakfastDR
Introduction to the summer school (ITU, CBS, KU)DR Studio 2
09.15Presentation by Fritz Henglein (KU) and Peter Sestoft (ITU) about "the essence of blockchain" from a Computer Science perspective DR Studio 2
10:15Blockchain Economics and Market Engineering by Roman Beck (ITU)DR Studio 2
11.30Lunch breakDR
13:30Blockchain key technical development trends by Boris Düder or Omri Ross (KU) DR Studio 2
15:00Coffee breakDR
15.30Blockchain Smart Contracts: Opportunities & Challenges by Boris Düder or Omri Ross (KU) DR Studio 2
18:00Social Event (Sponsor Reception and Dinner) ScrollBar at ITU
19:00End of day 1
Day 2Tuesday, August 13th - Joined lectures 
08:00Light breakfastDR
09:00Blockchain and Organizational Implications by Michel Avital (CBS)DR Studio 2
10:00Introduction into the different use cases and challenges from track 1 to 3 by Roman Beck (ITU)DR Studio 2
10:15Track 1 use cases presentation and discussionDR Studio 2
11:30Lunch breakDR
13:30Track 2 use cases presentation and discussionDR Studio 2
14:45Track 3 blockchain challenges presentation and discussion DR Studio 2
16:00Coffee breakDR
16:30Group splits up into the three tracks. The mentors from the universities as well as the coaches from the participating organizations go into more details and discuss the tasks with the teams that are formed to work together.ITU Group Rooms
17:00Get together (Sponsor Reception and Dinner) ScrollBar at ITU
Day 3Wednesday, August 14th - Track hackatons 
08:00Light breakfastITU ScrollBar
09:00Tracks 1 to 3 in parallel sessions ITU Group Rooms
12:00Lunch breakITU ScrollBar
13:30Tracks 1 to 3 in parallel sessionsITU Group Rooms
Open endFood and drinks will be provided, the rooms stay open during the hackathon night ITU ScrollBar
Day 4Thursday, August 15th - Track hackatons 
08:00Light breakfast ITU ScrollBar
09:00Tracks 1 to 3 in parallel sessions ITU Group Rooms
12:00Lunch break ITU ScrollBar
13:30Tracks 1 to 3 in parallel sessions ITU Group Rooms
17:00End of Day and time to socialize ITU ScrollBar
Day 5Thursday, August 16th - Hackaton presentations, awards and Nordic Blockchain Summit 
09:00 The teams complete their development and work on the demonstrator / presentationDR Studio 2
10:30Presentation of the results to the industrial and academic coachesDR Studio 2
11:30 Lunch breakDR
13:00 4th Nordic Blockchain Summit (in cooperation with our sponsors) DR Studio 2
2 International Top Keynote speakersDR Studio 2
Presentation of ITU, CBS, and KU speakers for the industry audience (same speakers and content as before, students still finalize their prototypes and presentations) DR Studio 2
15:30 Coffee breakDR
Top level panel with CXOs, discussing the potential of Blockchain DR Studio 2
Presentation of the prototypes by the student and audience voting DR Studio 2
Award ceremony for the best Blockchain Summer School ideas and winners DR Studio 2
17:00 End of Day

The program in PDF will be available soon.

Required reading 

You can download the list of required readings HERE