Blockchain: a Practical, Strategic & Commercial Guide

2 days 11-12 Sep 2017, London UK £2,795.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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Developments in the FinTech space are transforming financial services and blockchain and distributed ledger technology is at the forefront of this revolution. Both The Wall Street Journal and The Economist have described it as technology that could change the world.

Blockchain offers banks, asset managers and other organisations the potential to achieve considerable cost savings, efficiencies and resilience in relation to their payment and payment execution systems. These are developments that no senior executive can afford to ignore. Gaining a foothold at this early stage is vital in shaping the technology strategies of the future.  

This course provides a grounded and organisationally relevant introduction to blockchain and related cryptocurrency technology. Starting from first principles, the course approaches the technology from a number of different perspectives providing foundational knowledge that will enable delegates to return to their own organisations with a clear understanding of how this important technology impacts the bottom line.

This course is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using blockchain technology, and through practical demonstrations and examples, will leave people with real sense of what’s possible.    

Who should attend

  • Analysts, Managers and Directors, covering line and project roles working in Technology, Operations and Finance

  • Commercial, Legal, Compliance and Procurement Teams


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Haydn Jones

Haydn has over 20 years’ commercial, operational and technical experience working for commercial/investment banks (UBS/Deutsche Bank), a central bank (the Bank of England), a management consultancy firm (A.T. Kearney) and a global technology company (Fujitsu). He brings depth in terms of operational knowledge, and breadth in terms of sector knowledge.

As to roles, Haydn has held front and back office roles in global investment banks, senior operations and technology strategy roles, and he was a General Manager at Fujitsu. He has worked in architecturally complex environments, grappling with the challenge of reconciling legacy and leading edge technologies. Operationally, he has run large, client sensitive platforms demanding high levels of availability.

He is currently the Founder and Managing Director of Blockchain Hub, a specialist FinTech strategy consultancy.

Haydn trained as an engineer at Manchester University, and was called to the English Bar.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Course Structure
  • Why is blockchain so important? Benefits and pitfalls considered
  • How is blockchain used? High level case studies

How organisations work and examples

  • Front to back - business process flows & making money - goods & services
  • Technology architecture - centralised vs. distributed
  • Banking and payments infrastructure
  • Central banking, correspondent banking, commercial banking, investment banking
  • Alternative finance frameworks
  • What is the interaction between organisations?
  • Supply and purchase
The emergence of Cryptocurrencies (and the blockchain)


  • What is money and how does it acquire value?
  • The advent of the internet and the case for digital money
  • How central banks work within the broader economy

History of Cryptocurrencies

  • The world pre-bitcoin
  • Bitcoin and why study it?
  • The emergence of blockchain from Bitcoin - the BoE paper
  • Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Today - Intro - Exchanges - CryptoCompare
  • The concept of a blockchain - multiple blockchains
  • What other blockchain, cryptocurrency platforms are there and what do they do?
  • Current examples and their application

High Level - How blockchains (and cryptocurrencies) work?

  • Simple explanation
  • The challenge of digital money – issues related to the sending and receiving of money online
  • The relationship between blockchain and cryptocurrency - separable
  • Enterprise Grade - Public and Private Blockchains - High Level Use Cases

Key Technical Components

Part 1 - Cryptography - The Basics
  • Digital signing
  • Public key encryption
  • Hashing (importance of)
  • The concept of identity
  • Example basic currencies

[PRACTICAL EXERCISES – Understanding Wallets, Sending and Receiving Bitcoin]

Part 2 - Building the Blockchain 
  • Centralised and decentralised networks
  • Consensus (and relationship to identity)
  • Consensus algorithms
  • Building a blockchain - looking at a blockchain working
  • Rewarding participation - the need for a currency; private vs. public
Part 3 - Using a Blockchain
  • Creating a currency
  • The synergy between a blockchain and cryptocurrency (and why is this beneficial)
  • Smart contracts
  • A Bitcoin transaction and transaction fees
Part 4 - The Community and Governance


  • The DAO and Ethereum story
  • Technology governance
  • Regulatory and central banking perspectives
  • Government perspectives
Part 5 - Regulation and the Law
  • Legitimacy - what the law says
  • Tax Treatment
  • Money Laundering
  • New York’s BitLicense
Part 6 - Application
  • Disrupting your business model
  • Commercial perspectives - how do you engage a blockchain company?
  • What are the economics of issuing a cryptocurrency?
  • The broader narrative - what’s happening in blockchain?


  • Core technology components
  • Trust fabrics - hashing and Anti-Money Laundering solutions
  • Blockchains
  • Cryptocurrencies as utility vectors
  • Smart contracts

Case Studies: What’s happening in the real world?

  • Trust fabrics
  • Blockchain providers
  • Clever crypto solutions and platforms
  • Cryptocurrency features

The Relevance of Blockchain to Your Own Organisation

  • Workshop sessions - how could this work for you as an organisation?

Being Practical 

  • Applying Blockchain Across Multiple Organisations
  • Recap on context
  • Opportunity assessment
  • Proof of concept
  • Building a community of critical mass
  • Blockchain broker

The future
Where next for blockchain technology?

  • Vision and opportunities
  • Barriers
Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product