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851-0591-01L  BETH - Blockchain for Sustainability

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersD. Helbing
Periodicityyearly recurring course
CourseDoes not take place this semester.
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 200

Particularly suitable for students of D-INFK, D-MTEC, D-ITET, D-MAVT,D-PHYS



Catalogue data

AbstractBlockchain and Internet of Things technologies hold the promise to transform our societies and economies. While IoT devices allow us to measure all kinds of activity by humans and machines, the blockchain allows us to securely time-stamp and value this data and even give it a price to trade it on (new) markets. We explore this potential with a specific focus on sustainable development.
ObjectiveThe course provides opportunities to gain fundamental understanding of promising new technologies as well as develop creative decentralized solutions for societal challenges using these technologies.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of blockchain technology, its mechanisms, design parameters and potential for decentralized solutions. Those with software development skills will then further explore the blockchain to develop hands-on decentralized applications and smart contracts. Non-coding participants will further explore how these technologies could be used to design new economic systems. These new cryptoeconomic systems should give citizens multiple incentives to increase cooperation, health, recycling, or education and other positive externalities and to decrease emissions, waste, noise, or stress and other negative externalities. During the hackathon, participants will work in mixed teams on concrete challenges addressing some of the pressing global challenges our societies face, like climate change, financial instability, energy, or mass migration, etc. The aim is to develop decentralized approaches towards a sustainable, sharing circular economy using blockchain and IoT technologies.
Teams will produce a short report (about 10 pages), demonstrate their hackathon prototype based on blockchain technology (Ethereum platform) and present to a interdisciplinary jury on the last day. Throughout the course, participants will hone their critical thinking abilities by leaving their own discipline and discussing best approaches to solve global complex challenges in an international, multi-disciplinary setting with invited subject matter experts and peers from all around the world.
We encourage students with no programming experience, who are interested in the potential of blockchain and IoT to address global challenges, to apply as well!

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. M. Dapp, D. Helbing
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationStudents work in teams. Together, they develop a demonstrator during the hackathon and a brief report over the rest of the semester. Details will be given on the first day.

Learning materials

 
RecordingBETH – Blockchain School for Sustainability (Blockkurs ETH)
Only public learning materials are listed.

Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
851-0591-01 GBETH - Blockchain for Sustainability
Does not take place this semester.
56s hrsD. Helbing

Groups

No information on groups available.

Restrictions

Places200 at the most
Waiting listuntil 01.03.2020

Offered in

ProgrammeSectionType
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-INFKWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveSociologyWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-ITETWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-MTECWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-MAVTWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-PHYSWInformation