• Ethereum Crash Course

    March 25th, 10am-4pm

    Important Information

    Deadline to register: March 22nd. Link here

    Location: Social Sciences 139 (419 Chapel Drive) (Note location change)

    Speakers: ConsenSys, Circle, LO3 Energy (Bios below)

    Skill Level: Beginners to blockchain with some knowledge of scripting languages such as Python, R, or MatLab

    Open to all Duke students, alumni, and faculty

    About Ethereurm

    Ethereum (ETH) is an open-source, public blockchain-based computing platform that has smart contract (scripting) capabilities that, unlike Bitcoin, allows for applications beyond currency. Applications for smart contracts include real estate, decentralized businesses like the DAO, medical records, insurance and more. The Ethereum blockchain uses the proof-of-stake (as opposed to proof-of-work used by Bitcoin) algorithm to secure transactions.


    10am -10:30am: Keynote "Digital Systems for Community Stewardship" by Ashley Brooke Taylor (LO3 Energy)

    10:45am - 11:30am: "What is Ethereum?" taught by Jared Pereira and Brent Xu (ConsenSys)

    11:45am- 12:30pm: “Getting to know INFURA, Metamask and Truffle” taught by Michael Wuehler (ConsenSys)

    12:30pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch with Speakers

    1:30pm - 3pm: "Building your First DApp" taught by Michael Wuehler and Jared Pereira (ConsenSys)

    3:15pm - 4:00pm: Closing "Smart Financial Contracts" by Anders Brownworth (Circle)

    Required Preparation Materials

    Found here.

  • Speakers

    Meet our industry leaders and shakers!

    Ashley Brooke Taylor

    Community Microgrid Specialist, LO3 Energy

    Opening Speaker

    Ashley is a researcher and activist focusing on systemic interventions that yield equality and sustainability. She is a Community Microgrid Specialist with LO3 Energy who are piloting a blockchain-based community solar platform in Brooklyn. She is also the co-founder of Future Culture, a nonprofit focused on intelligent activism in the new data paradigm. In the past she was the first employee and Chief Culture Officer of a cryptocurrency company ConsenSys. She has worked with Office for Creative Research, a group of multimedia artists exploring the human side of data, and was a founding member of Center for Planetary Culture, a think tank researching economic models. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Visual & Media Studies at Duke University. She is also a student and teacher of yoga for backcare and scoliosis, practices the harp, creatively transforms waste stream materials, community gardens, and is learning Farsi.


    Anders Brownworth

    Chief Evangelist, Circle

    Closing Speaker

    Anders Brownworth is Chief Evangelist at Circle where he champions the Spark smart contract platform. Previously he taught blockchain technology at MIT and helped create and launch Republic Wireless, a WiFi / cellular hybrid smartphone service.

    Circle is making it as easy to move money as it is to share text, photos and videos on the Internet. Using our experience in internet technology and global finance (like helping to found and build the Allaire Corporation and Brightcove, and honing our skills at places like Square, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Adobe and Amazon), we’re making online payments easier to use, safer and more convenient than ever.

    Michael Wuehler

    Blockchain and Smart Contract Professional, Consensys

    Session Instructor

    Michael began his career at an Internet startup in the late 90s where he built out and supported early web infrastructure components. After the dotcom bubble burst, he shifted to the Enterprise where he developed a broad-based background spanning technical and business infrastructure, transformation, and operations. Previous to ConsenSys, Michael was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America in the CTO organization where among other roles he ran Middleware and Messaging globally for the Global Markets line-of-business and most recently served as COO for the Engineering teams working on Software-Defined Infrastructure. Michael has over 20 years of experience as a Business and Information Systems leader with a proven ability to envision and develop business solutions, provide thought leadership and influence on business, technical, and organizational strategy. Michael has a Masters Degree in Information Systems Management and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

    Jared Pereira

    Developer, Consensys

    Session Instructor

    Jared Pereira is a developer working on building protocols for a new educational paradigm. He discovered Ethereum as a means to build systems that can be the first truly universal infrastructure for a digital society, and immediately dove into it and its community. He's a firm believer in the power and importance of decentralized systems and hopes to wield them for good.

    Brent Xu

    Head of Structured Finance, Consensys

    Session Instructor

    Brent Xu has an extensive background in entrepreneurship, capital markets, real estate, biomedical research, and insurance. Brent discovered Ethereum and ConsenSys while attending a class taught by Professor Campbell Harvey on Innovations and Cryptoventures. Brent’s current role at ConsenSys involves enterprise business development along with China expansion. As Head of Structured Finance, he leads a team tasked with utilizing blockchain technology to research and facilitate the creation of multiple debt products through blockchain based securitization. Brent received his Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Philosophy from Duke University. He also received his Master’s in Management Science from the Duke Fuqua School of Business. He is currently very supportive of the Duke Blockchain lab and finding the best ways to allocate Ethereum to the lab in various capacities.

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