Introduction to Blockchain (W00c)
The recent rise in the price of bitcoin created renewed interest in the underlying technology that drives bitcoin called blockchain. Although there is a lot of interest and potential in blockchain technologies, there is also a lot of hype and opportunism that has accompanied this technology. Art Nicewick will provide a workshop on understanding what the blockchain actually is, where it can provide great benefits, and where it may be inappropriate. A wide range of topics will be discussed, including types of blockchains, decentralized ledgers, coins and tokens, consensus processing, digital signatures, smart contracts, and bitcoin mining.