Blockchain Technologies and Applications for Business

Innovation and collaboration can solve the world’s most pressing problems

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Course Dates


March 18, 2021

Course Duration


2 months, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Duration

Is Blockchain Part of Your Solution?

The velocity of technological change is staggering. It’s a little bit like watching a parade in a small town: don’t blink, or else you’ll miss it. In this case, the digital revolution is marching through industry at a fast clip and blockchain is part of the spectacle.


The business value-add of blockchain will grow to slightly more than $176 billion by 2025, and it will exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030.



In a PwC survey of 600 executives from 15 territories, 84 percent say their organizations have at least some involvement with blockchain technology.



In the same survey, 48 percent of respondents cite regulatory uncertainty as the biggest barrier to blockchain adoption.


Who is This Program For?

Progressive leaders in both the public and private sectors need to understand what new digital technologies such as blockchain can and can’t do for their organizations. If you find yourself asking what the opportunities and the limitations of blockchain are, then this program is for you. Representative roles and industries that can benefit include:

  • Business/technology strategists and consultants
  • Entrepreneurs who are interested in launching new ventures relating to blockchain or cryptocurrencies
  • Financial and banking professionals, including those in risk management and regulatory roles
  • Government officials, policy makers, and civil servants from around the globe, as this program takes a truly global perspective
  • Insurance and real estate professionals
  • Investors who want to understand the developing blockchain ecosystem to inform investment decisions
  • IT and security professionals
  • Supply chain management professionals
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Your Learning Journey

During this online journey, you’ll connect with UC Berkeley Executive Education's faculty, industry leaders, and peers from every corner of the globe, taking a deep dive into the applications of blockchain technology for business and society. Taking a case-based approach featuring use cases from finance, healthcare, supply chain management, and consumer products, you’ll collaborate through moderated discussion boards and join faculty for live interviews with industry leaders, including Q&A. In addition, there are live office hours to supplement the live and recorded sessions.

Program Topics

Starting with the fundamentals of what blockchain technology is, this program takes participants on an interactive journey through many different applications of blockchain — and what the future could hold for this technology.

Module 1:

Overview of Blockchain Technology

Module 2:

The Cryptocurrency Network

Module 3:

Strategic Applications of Blockchain Technology in Existing Businesses

Module 4:

Entrepreneurial Ventures Using Blockchain

Module 5:

Regulatory and Policy Considerations of Blockchain Technology

Module 6:

Blockchain for Good

Module 7:

Privacy and Risks in Using Blockchain Technology

Module 8:

Future of Blockchain Technology

Module 1:

Overview of Blockchain Technology

Module 5:

Regulatory and Policy Considerations of Blockchain Technology

Module 2:

The Cryptocurrency Network

Module 6:

Blockchain for Good

Module 3:

Strategic Applications of Blockchain Technology in Existing Businesses

Module 7:

Privacy and Risks in Using Blockchain Technology

Module 4:

Entrepreneurial Ventures Using Blockchain

Module 8:

Future of Blockchain Technology
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Technical Workshops and Weekly Technical Deep Dives

Berkeley Faculty, in conjunction with industry experts, take participants through technical workshops and deep dives to bring them up to speed with years of research by developers. The sessions are designed to make daunting ideas in the world of blockchain technology easily understandable. This is done by immersing participants in real-life applications and examples. Since blockchain and its applications evolve fast, the sessions allow participants to understand the relevance of such technology to their own industries and businesses. These sessions are powerful pedagogical tools to demystify complex terminologies, technologies and applications. Given below is a list of technical workshops and deep dives covered in each module:
Module 1: Blockchain Explorers
Module 2: Create your own cryptocurrency wallet
Module 3: Receive and work with real Ethereum
Module 4: Make your own cryptocurrency
Module 5: Make your own Blockchain
Module 6: Understanding the DApp ecosystem and tools

Live Sessions

This course brings the live classroom experience to you through regular sessions with Berkeley faculty. Participants can interact with and take advantage of the faculty’s vast experience by engaging them in conversations around what matters to the participants. It is a great space to delve deeper into concepts that may need further discussion or elaboration in addition to the usual course contents. Participants can also take advantage of the sessions to speak about specific examples they have been dealing with or trying to understand. The live sessions are similar to office hours where the course content can be elaborated in the directions that matter to students and participants.

Featured Speakers

Brian Forde

Why is Decentralized Web Hosting Important? To Mitigate Risk. Check out Filecoin

Featuring Brian Forde, named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the ten most influential people in bitcoin and blockchain and a former adviser on mobile and data innovation to the Obama White House.

Doug Galen

How to Identify a Real ‘Blockchain for Good’ Opportunity? Doug Shares the 4 Key Factors

Doug Galen is the Co-Founder and CEO of RippleWorks, a private Foundation that accelerates the growth of ventures whose product or service improves lives. He was GM of new ventures at eBay and helped lead E-LOAN through a successful IPO.

Elizabeth Rossiello

BitPesa: See How Blockchain Solves a Liquidity Challenge in Emerging Financial Markets

Elizabeth Rossiello is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of digital payments platform BitPesa. She is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Blockchain and the Global Blockchain Business Council.

Tomicah Tillemann

What is the Cost to Establish Trust? Blockchain Lowers that Price

Tomicah Tillemann serves as co-founder and Director of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator at New America, Chairman of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and an advisor to the BitFury Group, VoxGov, and other blockchain companies.

Case Studies

Financial Case: Deutsche Bank

How does a financial institution with $1.7 trillion in assets under management begin to assess the opportunities that blockchain technology may offer? Learn how Deutsche Bank is executing its strategy to become a more digital bank by harnessing innovation in its internal incubator, Deutsche Bank Labs. Deutsche Bank is experimenting with blockchain technology to deploy "smart contracts" to make the life cycle of corporate bonds more efficient.

Supply Chain Case: Maersk

Could blockchain be the holy grail for the largest shipping company in the world? Could this technology help to eliminate onerous paperwork and reduce fraud and shipping delays? Should Maersk create an industry platform for all shippers or go at it alone?


The healthcare industry is 2.5 times as likely to be the target of a data security breach. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies can help the healthcare system to be more secure with applications such as: Keeping patient records secure Ensuring that pharmaceuticals are genuine quality Reducing insurance fraud in public and private healthcare markets

Social Impact: Rippleworks

Could blockchain be used for massive good in society? The founders of Ripple, one of the top traded cryptocurrencies in the world, set up a foundation with a significant amount of its holdings with the goal to fund Blockchain for Social Impact.

Note: All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Participant Profile

Representative functions and industries of past participants include:

  • Business Manager, Advertising
  • President & CEO, Banking & Financial Services
  • Chief Technologist, Consulting
  • Managing Director, Education
  • Global Portfolio Services Manager, Electronics / Hardware
  • Service Advisor, Energy
  • CTO, IT Products
  • Executive VP, Telecommunications
  • Lead Consultant, Healthcare
  • Finance Manager, Retail

Program Faculty

Maura O'Neill

Lecturer, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Entrepreneurship

Maura is a lecturer and distinguished teaching fellow in entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley. In 2016, she received the UC Berkeley Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching.... More info

Devadutta Ghat

CTO, Live Planet Inc

Devadutta Ghat is the CTO at Live Planet, where he builds VideoCoin Network - a blockchain powered video infrastructure platform. He brings over a decade of experience... More info

Wesley Graham

Co-Founder of FourthState Labs

Wesley Graham is the Co-Founder of FourthState Labs - an Ethereum-backed blockchain research team. Wesley was previously the Head of Consulting at Blockchain at Berkeley... More info

Hamdi Allam

Software Engineer at Twitter

Hello! My name is Hamdi, a Berkeley Engineering graduate and currently a Software Engineer at Twitter. My experiences ranges from Data Science to the Blockchain... More info

Participant Testimonials

"This course was broken down into pieces that was manageable to learn with my busy schedule! The clarity that Dev, instructor Maura and other facilitators Wesley and Hamdi brought to the class was amazing. Industry case studies, Capstone project to apply strategic needs and hands-on coding along the way made it relevant. Would absolutely recommend this course to others! THANK YOU!"

— Yogaraj Jayaprakasam, Vice President - Enterprise Platforms, American Express

"As a payment professional it was very valuable for me to learn more about Blockchain, a technology that is disrupting all types of industries. The Berkeley Executive Education Blockchain for Business class produces a very professional, well thought and extremely organized course.

The professors and mentors are Blockchain experts and entrepreneurs, very well prepared and knowledgeable, know how to teach the essential content, in a progression and order that will very quickly help you comprehend the subject and make you feel like an authority.
I highly recommend the Berkeley Executive Education Blockchain for Business certification!!"

— Raul Leyva, Sr. Director Digital Products at Visa Inc.

"A great overview of the Blockchain Technologies and Applications. For me, it was an enlightening experience to learn how an old concept is shaping the future in a new way. The course provided me with a great understanding of the blockchain concepts, applications, and solutions. My class project was on my investment firm and the course has equipped me with the right tools to further explore this option. I am very positive that it will work. The course content was just perfect, Dr. Maura O’Neil and SMEs (subject matter experts) were great throughout the course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it."

— Vinki Loomba, Founder & CEO Loomba Investment Group LLC
Adjunct Professor, Cal State East Bay

"Berkeley HAAS Blockchain class was life changing. It allowed me to develop my strategy for Southern California Edison, the city of Los Angeles (Mayor Garcetti's Green New Deal), Los Angeles Water and Power LADWP, US Department of Energy DOD, US Department of Homeland Security, US Treasury, US Secrete Service, Tesla, SpaceX, Oracle, Microsoft, C3_AI, US State Department, Tom Siebel, US Department of Defense. I am very humbled to be part of this initiative and have created a new coin after the DOD project "Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure" (JEDI). Thank you Berkeley HAAS, Maura O'Neal, Devadutta Ghat, and the rest of the team!"

— Colin M Campbell, Owner of Adapps Inc



Get recognized! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 80 percent to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

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Pillar(s): Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Finance & Business Acumen

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