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.


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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.

Instructors include leading faculty from the University of California, Berkeley. Past guest speakers have included Joey Krug, co-founder of Augur and co-CIO of Pantera Capital, 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.


Presented by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business).

Program Details


March 8-10, 2019

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!


General Ticket

UC Berkeley Alumni:

Early Bird (until January 11, 2019):
General: $5,400
UC Berkeley Alumni: $5,000

This covers all tuition, course materials, and meals during the event. Travel and accommodation are not included. Government, nonprofit, and university employees may request a reduced rate.


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.

“The Blockchain Unlocked instructors are clearly subject matter experts and the sessions were very substantive. I loved  the focus on business applications instead of just technical details.”
— Katie Jo Keeling, November 2017 Blockchain Unlocked Participant

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

The first day introduces blockchain technology in a way useful for business analyses.

Modules include:

  • Welcome/introductions
  • The History of Money – Paving the Way for Bitcoin and Blockchain
  • Technical Introduction to Bitcoin and Blockchain

Day 2: Blockchain in Industry

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.

Modules include:

  • Cryptofinance (ICOs and Token-Based Business Models)
  • Regulation of Blockchain: Present and Future
  • Blockchain in Practice

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. 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.

Modules include:

  • Enterprise Blockchain
  • Blockchain Infrastructure and Technical Development
  • Industry Highlight – Blockchain and Payments
  • Use Case Workshop