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The Blockchain Summer School

ASTRATUM and the Management Academy ADG invited to the Blockchain Summer School BSS18.


The Management Academy ADG 

The ADG is the Academy of German Cooperatives, being the management academy of 5600 cooperative banks and organizations, with over 19 mio. members. Since 2009, ADG has been a full member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Brussels. It is part of the exclusive circle of the world's leading management academies, business schools and economics colleges from more than 80 countries. These include, for example, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Insead Fontainebleau, Oxford University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge or the University of St. Gallen.

Over thirty participants received during three days an introduction to the theoretical basics of blockchain, complemented with practical “hands-on” exercises, presentations from and discussions with experienced subject matter experts. After the introduction and hands-on introductions, we had working groups, which developed and presented a blockchain strategy or an own concept.

Three Days Theory and Practice

Our lecturer provided theoretical and practical blockchain know-how transfer and its direct applications via an exciting learning process.

The participants were executives from large groups, managing directors from banks and other financial institutions, lecturers from international universities, asset managers and family offices, lawyers and entrepreneurs. People came from all over Germany, but also nearby Belgium, Luxemburg and some came from New York, using their holidays in Germany to catch up with blockchain technology and use cases.

We hosted blockchain experts from the ADG, the German Blockchain Association Bundesblock, the international Real Estate Association FIBREE, Automotive Group Daimler, the international law office DWF, Fashion Group HUGO BOSS, the telecommunication provider Vodafone, the law office Winheller, and blockchain startups like nodes51, KI Decentralized and Eigenheads. 

A Unique Location: The Castle Montabaur

The BSS18 was held in July 2018 in the splendid Castle Montabaur, located between Frankfurt/Main and Cologne. It is located within 45mins from the Frankfurt and Cologne Airports with the high speed train ICE.

The participants stayed in a top hotel in the castle, and enjoyed an all-in menu, enjoying summer in the evening in the beautiful terrace at the top of the castle and a view on the beautiful countryside.

The Agenda of the Blockchain Summer School

Below is the 3-day agenda. Most of the lectures took place in German, with a few selected ones in English.

Agenda Day 1 (09:00–18:00)

  • 09:00–09:15 Introduction in Program and Outlook Day 1

  • 09:15–10:00 Blockchain I: Basics: Ledger, Smart Contracts, Tokens

  • 10:15–11:00 Blockchain II: Ecosystem, new organizational forms like DAOs and DACs, ICOs as new form of fund raising

  • 11:00–12:00 Blockchain Workshop: Theory and practice

  • 12:00–13:00 Lunch break

  • 13:00–14:30 Blockchain III: Use cases of various industries

  • 15:00–16:30 Smart Contract workshop: Theory and practice

  • 16:30–17:00 Expert discussion and Q&A

Agenda Day 2 (09:00–18:00)

  • 09:00–09:15 Recap of day 1 and outlook day 2

  • 09:15–09:30 Token and ecosystem with new value chains, 
     new organizational structures and use cases

  • 09:30–10:30 Token workshop: Token concept, token and cryptoeconomics and new business models

  • 11:00–11:30 Technology Convergence: Blockchain and AI, 3D Print, IoT, Big Data, Virtual/Augmented Reality

  • 11:30–12:00 Legal and Tax: Germany, Europe and beyond

  • 12:00–13:00 Lunch break

  • 13:00–14:30 Work group I to develop blockchain strategy or concept

  • 15:00–16:30 Work group II to develop blockchain strategy or concept

  • 16:30–17:00 Expert discussion and Q&A

Agenda Day 3 (09:00–16:00)

  • 09:00–09:15 Recap of day 2 and outlook day 3

  • 09:15–10:00 Review of developed strategy/concept with best practice

  • 10:00–12:00 Work group III to develop/finetune their concept

  • 12:00–13:00 Lunch break

  • 13:00–14:00 Presentation of results by working group I-III

  • 14:00–15:00 Review and discussion of presented strategies and concepts by panel of subject matter experts

  • 15:00–16:00 Expert discussion and Q&A.

All participants, who successfully completed the class, received a blockchain registered certificate, which authenticity can be verified by third parties.

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