Blockchain Technologies Workshop - 2 days March 23 & 30, 2019


Blockchain Technlogies Workshop

This two day workshop explores the foundations, architecture and applications of Blockchain Technologies.


Workshop Dates - Workshop has been rescheduled - future date to be announced

Saturday, March 23 & Saturday, March 30, 2019

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Northwestern Polytechnic University

East Buidling, Room 150

105 Fouier Ave, Fremont, CA 94539


How do I register?

Online registration will be live once the rescheduled workshop date has been announced.


How Much Does the Workshop Cost?


Payment due at the time of registration.


Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is interested in understanding Blockchain Technology and its promising applications.

No coding experience needed.

Please bring your laptop or tablet to the workshop for maximum productivity.


Topics Covered

  • What is Blockchain
  • Why we need Blockchain
  • Structure of Blockchain
  • Types of Blockchain Networks
  • Accessing Blockchain Network (Hands-on)
  • Blockchain Demo (Hands-on)
  • Cryptocurrency (Hands-on)
  • Smart Contracts (Hands-on)
  • Proof of Work and Proof of Stake concepts
  • Steps of implementation of Blockchain
  • Challenges facing Blockchain
  • Myths about Blockchain
  • Skills needed for Blockchain
  • Applications of Blockchain
  • Future of Blockchain


2019 is the year of Blockchain applications with several ongoing use-cases coming to realization. The vendor landscape also gained more depth and a better structure after years of press and vendor hype, fueled equally by commercial self-interest and a genuine desire for innovation.


This workshop explores the foundations, architecture and applications of Blockchain technology. The transparent, secure, immutable and distributed ledger used currently as the underlying technology for cryptocurrency in financial services. In addition, we will look at security in logistics, operations, supply chain management and in national security as an identity verification tool.


In this workshop you will learn about the decentralized peer-to-peer network, distributed ledger and the trust model that defines Blockchain technology. This workshop will explain components of Blockchain (transaction, block, block header, and the chain) its operations (hashing, verification, validation, and consensus model) underlying algorithms, and essentials of trust (hard fork and soft fork).


The types of Blockchain including private and public Blockchain networks similar to Bitcoin and Ethereum will be introduced. Concepts of smart contracts, proof of work and proof of stake will be explained. The relationship between Blockchain technology, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation will be explored. Myths about Blockchain will be discussed. Participants will also gain hands-on experience in how to access Blockchain test networks, and use crypto currency. Demo of Blockchain operations will be presented with hands-on practices. The workshop will introduce you to the workings and applications of this disruptive technology and its potential impact on all aspects of business world and society.


Instructor Biography


Professor. Ahmed Banafa has extensive experience in research, operations and management, with focus on IoT, Blockchain, Cybersecurity and AI. He is a reviewer and a technical contributor for the publication of several technical books. He served as an instructor at well-known universities and colleges, including the Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley; California State University-East Bay; San Jose State University; and University of Massachusetts. He is the recipient of several awards, including Distinguished Tenured Staff Award, Instructor of the year for 4 years in a row, and Certificate of Honor from the City and County of San Francisco. He was named as No.1 tech voice to follow, technology fortune teller and influencer by LinkedIn in 2018 with 35,000 professional followers. His research is featured on many reputable websites and in magazines including Forbes, IEEE and MIT Technology Review. He has contributed and been interviewed by ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, and Fox TV and numerous radio stations. He is a member of MIT Technology Review Global Panel. He studied Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University, Cybersecurity at Harvard University and Digital Transformation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In November 2018, his book “Secure and Smart Internet of Things (IoT) using Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)” was published by River Publishers in their Series in Informatoin Science and Technology.