Blockchain Unlocked

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey of how blockchain is being used by businesses, startups, and governments, and a precise framework for analyzing blockchain use cases. Attendees will also learn about the state-of-the-art enterprise blockchain platforms, present-day challenges, and leading areas of research. Guest speakers include Joey Krug, co-founder of Augur and co-CIO of Pantera Capital and Ian Lee, Executive in Residence at IDEO CoLab and co-founder of CitiConnect for Blockchain, Elizabeth Stark, CEO of Lightning Labs, and Alexander Pack, Director of Network Investing at Bain Capital Ventures.


(Blockchain Unlocked will be offered again in Spring 2018)

Presented by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, Blockchain at Berkeley and UC Berkeley Extension Corporate Education.

Program Details


The inaugural three-day program will be held from Friday, November 10, 2017 through Sunday, November 12, 2017 on the UC Berkeley campus.

Who should apply

Business leaders, managers, attorneys (this course has been approved for 18.75 hours of MCLE credit), and executives who want to learn how blockchain technology can be applied to optimize and enable functions in their businesses today. No prior experience with blockchain is required!


The program fee is $4,500 per person ($3,900 for UC Berkeley alumni) and covers all tuition, course materials, and meals during the event. This is a special inaugural academy rate. Travel and accommodation are not included.


We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.

Program Objectives

Blockchain Unlocked aims to provide the most pragmatic, comprehensive, and actionable introduction to blockchain technology and its business applications. The program is suitable for executives interested in learning how blockchain might benefit their company, for builders ready to hit the ground running with a blockchain application, for innovators looking to see how blockchain can be applied to real world problems, for attorneys working in the technology space, or for enthusiasts simply looking for a unique introduction and perspective on the industry.

Our Approach

Blockchain Unlocked differentiates itself from other programs by emphasizing the practical business implications of blockchain and does not require a technical background or experience with the technology. This allows us to maintain a high quality curriculum while still keeping the course accessible to participants of all backgrounds.

What to Expect

Over three days, academy participants will immerse in blockchain and distributed ledger technology and uncover its capabilities for their industries and businesses.

Day 1: Intro to Blockchain and Use Cases

The first day introduces blockchain technology in a way useful for business analyses, dives into use cases spanning multiple industries, and differentiates between the current state-of-the-art enterprise blockchain platforms and consensus algorithms.


  • Welcome/introductions
  • Intro to Bitcoin and Blockchain
  • Blockchain in Business: Use Case Theory and Analysis
  • Enterprise Blockchain: Platforms and Consensus Algorithms
  • Use Case Workshop: Seeing Past the Hype

Day 2: Blockchain in Production

The second day explores the vast and growing blockchain ecosystem, including a broad industry overview, an analysis of the of the new ICO business model, a primer on key infrastructural and blockchain products, recommendations on production blockchain architectures, and an overview of the laws and regulatory perspectives surrounding the space.


  • State of the Industry
  • ICOs and Token-Based Business Models
  • Ecosystem Infrastructure and Technical Implementation
  • Regulation of Blockchain: Present and Future

Day 3: Advanced Use Case Analysis

The final day takes all the knowledge and intuition developed thus far to hone a sharp analytical framework for blockchain in business, featuring a basic introduction to cryptography as a baseline to measure proposed blockchain use cases against, an overview of active research areas, a candid discussion of the limitations of blockchain, and a conclusion that generalizes where the core innovation of blockchain lies.

The program concludes with a use case brainstorming session wherein participants are encouraged to develop and present ideas to the lecturers and other participants as an opportunity to receive feedback.


  • The Unappreciated Tech of Today: Cryptography and SQL
  • The Blockchains of Tomorrow: Active Areas of Research
  • Challenges to Adoption & Conclusions
  • Use Case Workshop: Decentralized versus Centralized Systems
  • Use Case Brainstorming Session


(Blockchain Unlocked will be offered again in Spring 2018)