Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, AI, and Beyond (Online)

Level:
Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
Session:
II - July 21–August 7, 2020
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 –11:00 a.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.
Teacher(s):
Lindsley Medlin; Anne Griffin, Maureen L. Murat, George Pullen, Samson Williams

“[I gained] a new understanding of the future of our world.” — From a program course evaluation 

Course Description

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the future of finance, technology, AI, and the evolution of money. Beginning with an exploration of FinTech (financial technology), we explore technology’s impact on everything from banking, real estate, and Wall Street to how we communicate, move, and stay connected. Additionally, we explore how artificial intelligence (AI) will automate and reduce the need for human programmers and coders, as AI, Fintech, and other technologies are combined to automate everything.

After gaining a solid understanding of the real-world use cases of Fintech and the everyday ways it impacts the economy, social justice, and our lives, students take a journey of discovery into the world of Bitcoin, blockchain, and AI. Since Bitcoin’s launch in 2009, cryptocurrency and decentralized ledger technology, aka blockchain, have emerged as an economic force majeure, disrupting the fundamentals of how people interact and how they perceive money. In addition to pushing the evolution of money, blockchain technology is now poised to disrupt how we organize businesses and the future of work. Course participants explore the organizational impacts and transformations caused by blockchain and cryptocurrencies and role-play what this will mean to them as future CEOs and global business and thought leaders, from a legal and regulatory perspective.

The course concludes by exploring the perspective of entrepreneurs and innovators, further examining how blockchain, tokenomics, and AI can come together to form the businesses, disruptive technologies, and methodologies of the 21st Century. Students walk away with a fundamental understanding of what tokens and cryptocurrencies are; the framework for starting a business that leverages blockchain technology, AI, and other FinTech applications; and how digital transformation impacts societal interactions.

Teacher(s)

Lindsley Medlin

Lindsley Medlin is an executive with over thirty years of experience developing and operating businesses. He has built companies in six countries and was part of a management team that organically grew a business from $20 million to $1.5 billion in nine years; the business went public and spun off a separate public subsidiary. Lindsley holds a bachelor of arts in economics and an MBA in marketing, both from Rutgers University, as well as a Graduate Marketing Certificate from the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas. He is a Certified Blockchain Professional™, the Founder of the New Jersey Blockchain Center, and a speaker, consultant, and published author.

Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin built her product management career working with organizations such as Microsoft, Comcast, Mercedes-Benz, and Priceline. She currently works at Priceline as a Product Manager and as the Chief Product & Curriculum Officer of Tech 2025, a platform and community for learning about and engaging with emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI, and exploring their impact. Additionally, Anne is the owner and Chief Product Coach of Griffin Product & Growth Coaching, where she coaches and advises emerging tech-focused startups and small and medium sized businesses. West Point, the University of Montreal, and Morgan State University are a few of the universities where she has guest lectured. She teaches her own course on Business Applications of Blockchain through O'Reilly Media. Anne holds a degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

Maureen L. Murat

Maureen L. Murat is an Assistant General Counsel with the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking, where she provides legal advice and guidance on regulatory matters relating to banking, finance, and fintech. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce School of Law, where she co-teaches Tokenomics and Cryptocurrency Regulations and Smart Cities, Smart Government. Maureen serves as principal of Crowdie Advisors, LLC, a business consulting firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses form business entities, transact business (strategy, planning, and problem-solving), and obtain financing via equity crowdfunding. She is also a partner with Axes and Eggs, a blockchain think tank and digital advisory firm that focuses on blockchain consulting, education courses for executives, and digital advisory services.

George Pullen

George Pullen is a free-market economist who for the last decade has been refining his economic philosophies as a senior economist at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the CFTC and launching the Milky Way Economy, LLC, he learned his craft serving as a banker, broker, hedge fund trader, economist, and lecturer. His areas of market expertise, research, and publishing include healthcare finance, energy speculation, blockchain policy, rare earths, derivatives trading, defense innovation, AI/ML, risk modeling, fourth industrial revolution tech, equity crowdfunding, and space economics. George holds an M.Sc. in economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Samson Williams

Samson Williams is a serial entrepreneur and global lecturer on blockchain, emerging technology, organizational culture, and the future of work. He began his career at the State of Florida Department of Economic Self-Sufficiency, used those skill sets to navigate the political environment of Fannie Mae in Washington, DC, 2008-2016, and now advises financial firm executives in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and throughout the Middle East on the interface of technology and cultural transformation.

Highlights of Samson’s career:

  • Adjunct professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & the Law Certification Program
  • Instructor, LEORON Institute, Dubai, "Certified Fintech & Blockchain Professional"
  • Curriculum Developer, London School of Business & Finance: FinTech, Blockchain, Cash Mgmt, Digital Transformation
  • Board Member, Washington DC, Dept of Health, Institutional Review Board
  • Board Member, Crowdfunding Association Professional Blockchain and Real Estate committee

Samson holds a master’s degree in emergency management from American Military University and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Florida State University.

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