WT Crypto Academy – From Zero to Hero
We are delighted to invite you to our unique WT Crypto Academy, which will deal with the technological and economic aspects of crypto assets and blockchains. The lecturer is a well-known expert in this field and has a wealth of hands-on experience. He will help you to assess the opportunities and risks of this new technology and to get a head start into this seemingly arcane topic. A particular focus of the WT Crypto Academy will be on practical applications. Level up now, there has never been a better time!
The sessions will be hosted from 18 – 22 September 2023 (14:00-16:00 CET) as well as from 25 – 29 September 2023 (14:00-16:00 CET). The price tag for all sessions (in total twenty hours of condensed information) is EUR 600 incl. VAT. The lecturer’s past performance in similar events is possibly indicative of future results. Here is what you’ll learn in this live 20-hour webinar “from zero to hero”:
- Origins, history and concepts of Bitcoin:
The most important terms used in connection with Bitcoin (address, private key, wallet and blockchain), the origins and early history of Bitcoin, a comparison of Bitcoin and fiat money, the most important features of Bitcoin (finite supply, divisibility, irreversibility and pseudonymity), acquiring Bitcoins (in particular, through ATMs and exchanges), losing Bitcoins.
- Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT):
The basic mechanics of the blockchain, the usage of block explorers, the difference between blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).
- Exchanges, wallets and security:
Some well-known crypto exchanges, the criteria for picking a safe exchange, “not your keys, not your crypto”, hacks of exchanges, the most important wallets (in particular, mobile and hardware wallets), the difference between custodial and non-custodial wallets, mathematical generation of addresses and private keys, deterministic wallets, seed phrases, famous bitcoin addresses.
- Ethereum as a smart contract platform:
The difference between Bitcoin and Ethereum, the difference between Ethereum and Ether (ETH), smart contracts and their pros/cons, oracles such as Chainlink, the MetaMask browser extension, Web3, tokens and token contracts, token-gated communities, “Ethereum killers” such as Fantom, Avalanche, Polkadot and BNB Chain.
- Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs):
The definition of an ICO, the typical ICO process, the amount of funds raised in ICOs, regulatory hurdles, the classification of security/utility/payment tokens, VC funding in comparison to an ICO, ICO scams, STOs/IEOs/IDOs, airdrops.
The definition of stablecoins, fiat collateralized stablecoins such as Tether (USDT) or USD Coin (USDC), crypto collateralized stablecoins such as Dai (DAI), not collateralized stablecoins such as Ampleforth (AMPL), risks assopciated with stablecoins, “breaking the peg”, TerraUSD (UST) implosion.
- Decentralized Finance (DeFi):
The definition of DeFi, advantages and disadvantages of DeFi, lending and borrowing on platforms such as AAVE and Compound, use cases of such platforms, yield bouncers, flash loans, liquidity mining, yield farming, decentralized exchanges (DEXs) such as UniSwap, operation of automated market makers (AMMs) in comparison to the traditional order book model, DEX aggregators such as 1Inch, insurance against smart contract failure such as on Nexus Mutual, synthetic assets such as those on Synthetix, decentralized investment funds such as on TokenSets, decentralized transfers such as on Sablier, the concept of composability (“money legos”), DeFi forks and vampire attacks, DeFi exploits and rug pulls, degenerate finance, regulation of DeFi, gas prices on Ethereum, DeFi on other blockchains such as Solana, Avalanche etc, DeFi dashboards such as Zapper and Debank.
- Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs):
Standards for token contracts, ERC-20, ERC-721, the definition of an NFT, Cryptokitties, a few prominent example of NFTs issued by artists, newspapers and fashion brands, typology of NFTs, NFTs in the domain of arts and culture, Beeple’s collage “Everydays”, NFTs as collectibles, Cryptopunks, Bored Apes, Meebits, NBA Top Shots, Art Blocks, NFTs as in-game assets, Axie Infinity, Play-to-Earn, NFTs as assets in the metaverse, Decentraland, The Sandbox, Ethereum Name Service (ENS), marketplaces for NFTs, analysis and valuation of NFTs, floor price, rarity score, scams, drops, hype, fractionalization of NFTs, Partybid, Charged Particles, right-click savers, minting NFTs, showing off NFTs, environmental aspects of NFTs.
- Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAOs):
The definition of a DAO, The DAO as the first example, typology of DAOs, investment DAOs such as MetaCartel Ventures, DuckDao or BitDAO, DAOs funding projects such as Uniswap Grants or GitcoinDAO, DAOs collecting objects such PleasrDAO, Constitution DAO or Whale, DAOs in the domain of DeFi such as Sushi or Olympus.
- Investing in crypto assets:
Important terminology, value and price of Bitcoin, Bitcoin price history, Bitcoin price prediction models, Bitcoin volatility, the correlation of Bitcoin and other (crypto) assets, leading and lagging indicators for crypto price movements, Silicon Valley’s attitudes to crypto, the stock-to-flow ratio, challenges for institutional investors, third party custodians, traditional investment products linking to crypto assets, the crypto fear & greed index, crypto arbitrage, the richest people in crypto, operations security.
- SWOT analysis of crypto:
Opportunities (lack of trust, negative interest rates, monetary policy, privacy and internet penetration) and threats (reputation, crime and scams, power consumption, ESG concerns regarding proof of work, 51% attacks, whales, scalability, the blockchain trilemma, regulation, crypto bans, hackers, complexity, governance and lack of effective usage).
- Mining and staking:
Consensus mechanisms, proof of work, proof of stake, Bitcoin’s emission schedule, hashrate, mining difficulty, mining hardware, ASICs, cloud mining, mining pools, mining farms, location of miners, the cost of Bitcoin transactions, staking, staking rewards.
- Sources of information on crypto:
Websites, newsletters, blogs, documentaries, X (former twitter), telegram groups, calendars, indexes, rating systems.
- The 100 most important coins and tokens:
Coins, tokens, altcoins, forks, network effects, market cap, market share, Coingecko, Coinmarketcap, Bitcoin dominance, the flippening, Bitcoin maximalism, typology of crypto assets.
Here are some reviews of past events:
“Amazing breadth of knowledge. A topic I knew virtually nothing about a few days ago and I feel like I have a good base of knowledge now. Very well presented. Easy to follow. Informative slides and great use of websites to illustrate points and back up the theory with real-world application.”
“The whole approach is imbibed with Niklas’ infectious enthusiasm and excellent command of the topic. The breadth and depth of the content is well designed to cater to a range of participants according to their particular knowledge level and requirements. The intensity of some of the topics is made palatable by well-placed topical anecdotes and Niklas’ self-effacing, superb sense of humour.”
“I loved the fact that the presentation covered a lot of ground that is usually not included in workshops about blockchain/crypto, particularly DeFi and mining. Niklas is an enthusiastic speaker who clearly knows his topic well.”
- Niklas Schmidt, Partner, Wolf Theiss, Vienna
When & Where:
Date: 18 – 22 September & 25 – 29 September 2023
Start: 14:00 CET (each)
End: 16:00 CET (each)