Demystifying Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

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4 weeks, starting 12th December 
Mondays, Thursdays (7PM – 9PM)

What you’ll learn

  • Develop a solid conceptual foundation in how cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies work
  • Gain exposure to the economic worldview behind these innovations and a sense of their ongoing economic and social impact
  • Gain a rigorous understanding of the core strengths and key limitations of these technologies
  • Develop a sense of the utility of these technologies to existing businesses, workflows, and other real-world cases
  • Gain a broad familiarity with how these technologies are evolving

About this Course

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have taken the world by storm. What started as an underground experiment by a handful of programmers, Bitcoin is now the best-performing asset class of the decade, and cryptocurrencies represent a trillion-dollar ecosystem. Bitcoin, at its peak, exceeded the market cap of companies like Tesla and Facebook, and was significantly bigger than payment giants Mastercard, PayPal and Visa put together.

This month-long course is a non-technical and application-centric introduction to this exciting new paradigm. The emphasis will be on communicating the fundamental intuition and core concepts behind these systems and highlighting their unique properties and applications.

The course will include immersive thought exercises, extensive reading, and discussion sessions. We will also explore case studies of select applications in education, pharmaceuticals, etc.

Who is this course for?

This course is primarily concept-driven and is suitable for a general audience. There are no technical prerequisites.
It will be of interest to technologists, executives, policymakers, business owners, and layman enthusiasts – anyone interested in exploring these new technologies and their potential impact on society.


Dr. Taha Ali is Assistant Professor at NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He obtained his PhD from the University of New South Wales in Australia, followed by two research fellowships, including one at Newcastle University, UK, where he specifically worked on cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and secure electronic voting. He has published impactful research in these domains. His work on malicious applications of cryptocurrencies has featured prominently on Forbes.

Since 2017, Dr. Taha has been teaching an MS course at NUST on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. This course, the first of its kind in Pakistan, is popular with students and continues to run.

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