Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, AI, and Beyond

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.
Instructor(s):
Samson Williams

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. Part of this role-play will include creating your own cryptocurrency. Understanding of basic coding principles is beneficial but not required.

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.

Instructor(s)

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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