Introduction to Blockchain


Blockchain technologies are coming back into the spotlight for good reasons.

On the one hand, the EU will soon enact its long-awaited “Markets in Crypto-Assets” (MiCA) regulation which gives legitimacy to the most popular blockchain applications, the crypto-assets. Large institutional actors are expected to enter the new economic domain that this legislation opens up, which should reveal new problems to solve and create new blockchain related jobs and opportunities.

On the other hand, the vast developments in AI in the past years threaten to upend our societies by tearing at the fabric of trust on which human interaction is built. With AI becoming more capable of imitating human output by the day, we will soon have trouble telling the truth apart from fabrication. As the “trust machine”, blockchain is ideally positioned to be the essential ingredient in future applications that will tame potentially “runaway, rogue AI”

The course is designed for a broad audience of professionals looking to acquire a solid general understanding of blockchain technologies and their potential impact going forward. The course aims to provide the intellectual tools needed to assess various blockchain technologies and their suitability for solving a spectrum of business problems both in established contexts (big organisations) and in innovative settings (start-ups).

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Start date

September 19, 2023

End date

October 26, 2023

Language(s) of the training


Languages spoken by the coach(es)

English, French


M. Wim Stalmans, M. Sorin Cristescu


Blockchain, permissions, applications, smart contracts, role of decentralisation


To allow the participants to develop a broad understanding of blockchain technologies and their current applications from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training, participants will be able to:

• Break down how blockchains function, what are the roles of their functional elements and
understand the concept of “design goal”.
• Explain notions of trust, value, money and credit and the role of institutions in society and
• Explore the primary determinants of human cooperation in a game-theoretical framework and
understand state-based and stateless collaboration, and argue how Blockchain alters the trust
function in a society and economy
• Describe the role of decentralisation in a Blockchain system and its consequences for
consensus formation, governance and socio-economic transactions.
• Recognise how blockchains create and enforce property rights and enable the exchange of
value, and enumerate the characteristics of decentralised Blockchain ledgers and what they
enable for individuals, businesses, the economy, and society.
• Critique and respond to a broad spectrum of blockchain critiques, from the political to the
• Use a variety of blockchain applications and explain the reason for their novelty.
• Argue the implications of digital wallets and decentralised digital identities and explain their
connection with Blockchain.
• Recognise the possibilities of smart contracts and decentralised applications. Distinguish the
various existing blockchain technologies and summarise their differences.
• Associate blockchain design goals with existing business processes.
• Describe the potential benefits of Blockchain for public sector processes.
• Imagine and draw the design of essential applications that integrate Blockchain principles and
characteristics and fulfil specific requirements.


This course has a total duration of 24 hours and takes place over 12 days

  • 19-09-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 21-09-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 26-09-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 28-09-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 03-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 05-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 10-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 12-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 17-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 19-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 24-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30
  • 26-10-2023: 18:30 – 20:30

Format and Location

This course takes place ON-SITE
Terres Rouges building
14, porte de France
L-4360 Esch/Alzette




No prerequisites necessary

Additional Info

This course is offered in collaboration with Luxembourg Blockchain Lab



This training does not have any assessment or exams; a certificate of participation will be issued to participants.

Esco Skills

assess ICT knowledge, keep up to date with subject knowledge, business knowledge

Esco Occupations

product and services manager, business service manager, chief executive officer, chief operating officer, business developer, corporate lawyer, legal assistant, legal service manager, legal administrative assistant, legal policy officer, regulatory affairs manager, central bank governor