Discover the business potential of Blockchain – Blockchain training for managers – Ghent


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Content of this training

Introduction to course

  • Purpose and format of course
  • Welcome and introductions

Introduction to blockchain

  • Where did blockchain come from? Bitcoin, altcoins and why were they created?
  • Blockchain: a missing layer of the internet
  • Blockchains and distributed ledgers
  • What impact has blockchain had until now?

Blockchain basics – Part 1

  • What are hashing, ledgers and distributed networks and how do they fit together?
  • Reaching distributed consensus
  • The cryptography involved
  • Wallets, public and private keys

Blockchain basics – Part 2

  • Blockchain technology vs traditional data storage
  • Key attributes: Immutability, Transparency, Security
  • Architecture: private vs public networks

Blockchain basics – Part 3

  • What are smart contracts?
  • What are distributed autonomous investment funds?
  • Open source vs proprietary blockchains
  • Key advantages of blockchains
  • Key constraints of blockchains

Discussion and questions

Attributes of existing technologies


  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • MultiChain
  • BigChainDB
  • Hyperledger
  • Corda

Blockchain applications in industry

  • Identity Management and KYC/KYB
  • Land registration
  • Voting
  • Prediction markets
  • Procurement
  • IoT data: storage and monetization

Government and healthcare use cases

  • Which governments are engaging and how so?
  • How can blockchain be used by governments?
  • How can blockchain be used in healthcare?

The regulators’ perspectives

  • How do regulators react to and view blockchain technology?
  • How can blockchain enhance regulation and what are the use cases?
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • North America

Discussion and questions

Applying blockchain – 4 examples

Example 1: IoT Data – Smart Cities and Smart Buildings

  • Secure data storage
  • Permissioned data sharing
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Monetization of IoT data
  • Examples in practice

Example 2: Blockchain government services

  • Which countries are taking the lead? Why? How?
  • Healthcare applications
  • Documents and attestations
  • Land registration
  • Voting

Example 3: Procurement and Supply chain – authenticity and efficiency

  • Efficiency advantages
  • Smart contracts for workflow management
  • Storing sensitive data on-chain
  • Interacting with non-blockchain sources

Example 4: Self-Sovereign Identity – citizen centric identification management

  • User driven identity management
  • Smart contracts for access control
  • GDPR proof solutions

Discussion and questions

  • Open discussion: How fit for purpose are the solutions presented? Where do they tick the boxes, where do they fall short?
  • Open discussion: How can these solutions support your organization?

Breakout session: making blockchain a reality in financial services

In this session course attendees will breakout into groups to begin to put into practice some of the lessons learned in the day’s training. Each group will discuss the problems their businesses face and how blockchain could help to address them. Our expert trainers will guide discussion and provide practical assistance so course attendees will have taken the first steps towards implementing blockchain at work before they walk out the door.

Wrap-up from break-out session

  • Each break-out group to present back to overall group
  • Share and discuss the key lessons to take away from each break-out group

Course summary and conclusions

  • Brief summary of what has been learned during course
  • Final opportunity to ask questions

We go for a personal approach, so the number of participants is limited.

Program of the day

8.30 am – 9 am: Welcome coffee
9 am – 10.30 am: Training part 1
10.30 am – 11 am: Coffee break
11 am – 12.30 am: Training part 2
12.30 am – 1.30 pm: Lunch
1.30 – 3.30 pm: Training part 3
3.30 pm – 4 pm: Coffee break
4 pm – 5.30 pm: Training part 4


Matthew Van Niekerk, CEO of SettleMint

In 2016 and after several years of self-study and experimentation with blockchain technologies, Matthew set up his own company, SettleMint, offering a set of modular middleware solutions that abstract away the complexity of the blockchain journey for clients.

Prior to this, Matthew made Belgium his home in 2006, where he worked at KBC first as an internal management and operations consultant, later as COO for the Belgian Consumer Finance business and finally as the Head of Platform Innovation at KBC Securities Bolero where he was responsible for the technical side of the online retail brokerage platform ‘Bolero’ and the equity crowdfunding platform ‘Bolero Crowdfunding’. Bolero Crowdfunding was the first bank/broker in Europe to launch a publicly available blockchain application in Europe.

A Canadian by origin and an Economist (Western) and MBA (Vlerick) by education, Matthew spent the first 7 years of his international career in Tokyo, where he worked in the FX business and launched several online retailing companies.

Language of the trainer

Registration fee

Early bird rate (until July 31, 2017 included): 440 EUR, ex. VAT

Standard rate: 550 EUR, ex. VAT

About the catering

Welcome coffee, coffee breaks with pastries & fruit and a buffet style lunch are included.

Any questions about this training?

Please contact:

Els Meyvaert
Program Director

+32 476 999 539

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