Break into the Blockchain space! Hands-on Blockchain Developer Workshop.


Due to popular demand and positive feedback from our students during our March 2017 workshop, we are pleased to offer further training in London during May 24th and 25th. Join our two-day Blockchain Developer hands-on workshop and be at the very forefront of this new technology. Our workshop consists of topics that all future Blockchain Developers must know and we incorporate plenty of hands-on development sessions. Our goal is to help regular Application Developers become Blockchain Developers.

Day 1

Intro to Blockchains, Bitcoin, Proof of Work and Mining

Intro to Ethereum and Smart Contracts

Hands-on development on Ethereum Solidity and Smart Contracts

Day 2

Smart Contracts Security and Ethereum Internals - Cryptography, Consensus, EVM, Privacy

What to know as a Blockchain Developer

Hands-on development on Ethereum Solidity and Smart Contracts

One month of continued on-line support via a dedicated Gitter channel

After the workshop, we hope our students will continue coding, learning and exploring the Ethereum platform, and in good time, we hope our students will have the opportunity to work professionally in the Blockchain space.  With this in mind, to help our students succeed, we are providing a dedicated Gitter channel after the workshop where our students have up to a month to ask further questions in relation to Ethereum, smart contracts etc.

Recommended development experience

Minimum of 6 months development experience is recommended

We have a great line up of trainers that will help you break into the Blockchain space.

Matthew Di Ferrante

Matthew is a Software Engineer with a passion for Information Security, Cryptography, and Distributed Networks. He has worked in many different areas, from hardware, embedded and kernel programming, to data mining, analytics, and network / systems programming. He first started learning programming at 12 years old, and is completely self taught, both on the practical side of programming, and on the theoretical side of computer science, mathematics, and cryptography. Matthew was first exposed to Bitcoin in late 2010 due to his interest in information security, as Bitcoin was first mainly used on darknets/Silk Road, and got fully involved in the Blockchain space around the time Ethereum started to exist - beginning his foray while living with Vitalik Buterin and long time friend Vlad Zamfir (Creator of Ethereum's Casper Protocol) in London for a few months.

Matthew currently works as a Technical Lead at Clearmatics, developing Blockchain Technology for financial use cases. In his free time, Matthew works on personal hardware projects, gives Information Security and Blockchain related talks at various events, and organise one of the largest monthly Information Security events in the North-West. Matthew’s design for a Secure Oracles Reputation System on Ethereum recently won first place for Smart Contract Security at the Thomson Reuters HackETHon.

Matthew will be introducing developers to the way the Blockchain works technically, and what its potential applications could be.  He will cover the workings and history of the Bitcoin Blockchain, as well as Ethereum and its concept of smart contracts that allow Turing complete code to execute on a virtual machine on the Blockchain. 

Matthew will also talk about Smart Contracts Security and Ethereum Internals. He will discuss the most important areas to know as a Blockchain Developer. Matthew will hold a Q&A session after each topic.

Laurence Kirk

After a successful career writing low latency financial applications in the City of London, Laurence was captivated by the potential of Blockchain Technology, and in particular smart contracts.

Two years ago, Laurence moved to Oxford and set up, a consultancy working with start-ups in the UK and overseas, developing applications on the Ethereum platform. He brings with him a wealth of real world experience that he loves to share with those new to this area.

Laurence hold a Physics degree from Durham University, and currently taking his MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford University. In addition to giving talks, mentoring at hackathons, and running groups about Blockchain Technology, Laurence also organise Artificial Intelligence and Data Science groups in Oxford.

During the workshop, Laurence will be teaching Solidity (an object-oriented programming language for writing smart contracts) from the simplest smart contract up to interacting with a web application. The focus is very much the practical techniques that are needed when developing on Ethereum. The sessions will be very hands on, encouraging students to practice and explore Ethereum and raise any questions students might have regarding the Ethereum platform.

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson is a Senior Software Engineer and has been working in the software engineering space for the past 16 years. Nick is currently working as a Software Engineer for the Ethereum Foundation and prior to this, he worked at Google for a number of years.

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Solidity that he loves to share and will be teaching how to write and develop smart contracts during the hands-on development session, and will give students the opportunity to ask questions in relation to the Ethereum platform.

Nick comes from a Computer Science academic background having gained his BSc degree from the University of Canterbury.

There will be plenty of Q&A throughout the whole two day workshop.

Date:  Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th of May, 2017

Time: 08:30 to 17:00

Workshop Location: Rise London, 41 Luke Street, EC2A 4PD, London

Secure your ticket early as spaces are limited. Please present your ticket confirmation receipt upon arrival.

*Breakfast and lunch are provided during the workshop on both days.

For further details on our workshop, please email us on or contact us on 0044 (07)923 521 833.

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Venue Sponsor:

A special thank you go out to Rise London for sponsoring our venue. Rise London, in partnership with Barclays, is an exclusive place for start-ups to develop, collaborate, scale and innovate together. Rise London, the home of fintech and Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars, is the place where great minds co-create the future of financial services. Visit Rise London website to find out more. Follow Rise London on Twitter.