Welcome to the Bitcoin Academy

Training financial institutions, corporates, developers, entrepreneurs, startups, schools, government and interested individuals on bitcoin and the blockchain technology in South Africa.

Our next course is the Bitcoin for Developers Course on the 7 June 2016 in Cape Town.

What we do

The Bitcoin Academy provides training for financial institutions, corporates, developers, entrepreneurs, startups, schools and government. We train attendees on what bitcoin and the blockchain is and how to use this technology in order to innovate and better prepare for the future.

Training takes place over a full day and is tailored to meet the needs of different target audiences with sessions directed at market professionals; finance, operations & treasury; legal, compliance & accounting; and technology professionals. Each attendee will receive a Bitcoin Academy Certificate of Completion.

ONSITE TRAINING

Training solutions for individuals and groups at your convenience and location.

TRAINING IN OUR CLASSROOM

Training solutions for individuals and groups at our offices at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town or at our office in Sandton, Johannesburg.

ONLINE TRAINING

Learn at your own pace, and practise with the instructor's files while you watch and listen.
Coming soon.

OUR COURSES

The Bitcoin Academy offers 3 courses, namely the Bitcoin Beginner Course, Bitcoin Advanced Course and the Bitcoin For Developers Course. We also tailor-make courses specifically according to your requirements, so please contact us and let us know how we can help!

Bitcoin Beginner Course

Cape Town: 24 June 2016 / Johannesburg: 5 July 2016

This course is for individuals who are new to digital currencies and blockchain technology. The course covers the basics of money, bitcoin and the blockchain, bitcoin and wallet security, compliance and regulation and highlights the future of this space as well as the companies and institutions globally and locally that are currently using this technology.

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There is a lot of excitement globally around the opportunities that digital currencies such as bitcoin and its underlying technology the blockchain offer both financial and non-financial institutions. At the same time, a lot of confusion exists around what it is and how it works.

The outcome of this course is to provide the delegate with a general overview of bitcoin and the blockchain. Delegates will learn more about what bitcoin is, its history, how to use bitcoin: storing bitcoin in a wallet, buying and selling bitcoin on an online exchange, as well as sending and receiving bitcoin from one person to another without the need for a trusted third party.

The course also provides an overview of the blockchain: how transactions are stored on the blockchain, how mining works through consensus, the differences between permissioned and permissionless blockchains and why these differences are important.

The course further explains current use cases and opportunities this technology provides in terms of include smart contracts, payment rails, immutable ledger, proof of ownership, remittances and micro-transactions. It slaps discussed alternatives to bitcoin and the bitcoin blockchain.

The course touches on current regulation and compliance globally and in South Africa.

This course provides delegates with an insight into the future of this technology in terms of innovation and disruption of existing traditional systems and processes.

  1. Module 1: Introduction

    • Money and currency
    • Digital currencies explained
    • History of Bitcoin
  2. Module 2: The Blockchain

    • 101 of the Blockchain
    • How are transactions stored on the Blockchain
    • What is Bitcoin mining
    • Permissioned and Permissionless Blockchains
    • Side chains
  3. Module 3: Using Bitcoin

    • Where and how to get bitcoins
    • How to store bitcoins in a wallet
    • How to send and receive bitcoins
    • How to trade bitcoins on on-line exchanges
    • Bitcoin pricing and volatility
  4. Module 4: Bitcoin Security

    • Security issues and the pseudo-anonymity of Bitcoin
    • Security measures such as multi-signature transactions
    • Backing up and restoring wallets
  5. Module 5: Bitcoin Compliance, Regulation and Tax

    • Regulation globally and in South Africa
    • Bitcoin compliance
    • Money laundering and fraud
  6. Module 6: The Future of Bitcoin

    • Bitcoin for remittances in emerging economies
    • Digital currencies and financial institutions
    • Digital currencies and innovation
    • The value of Bitcoin and the Blockchain as a technology
    • Alternatives to Bitcoin and the Blockchain

Bitcoin Advanced Course

Cape Town: 12 July 2016 / Johannesburg: 30 May 2016

This course is for individuals who understand the basics of digital currencies such as bitcoin and the blockchain technology. The course delves deeper into the concepts covered in the Bitcoin Beginner course.

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There is a lot of excitement globally around the opportunities that digital currencies such as bitcoin and its underlying technology the blockchain offer both financial and non-financial institutions. At the same time, a lot of confusion exists around what it is and how it works.

The Bitcoin Advanced course provides a more in-depth understanding of bitcoin and the blockchain and delves deeper into the concepts covered in the Bitcoin Beginner course. It is not essential for attendees to have attended the Bitcoin Beginner course, however the Bitcoin Advanced course does require attendees to already have a basic understanding of bitcoin and the blockhain.

The course goes further into bitcoin mining, mining pools, bitcoin transactions on the blockchain, software clients and front-ends, service providers that provide wallet services, APIs, payment gateways, explorer services and blockchain as a service.

The course covers many Bitcoin 2.0 topics such as smart contracts, smart property, side chains, decentralised services, world computers, and other exciting and innovative services and opportunities currently being used around the world.

Course attendees will gain an insight into the future of this technology in terms of innovation and disruption of existing traditional systems and processes.

  1. Module 1: Introduction

    • Digital Assets
    • Distributed Ledgers
    • Byzantine Generals' Problem
  2. Module 2: Mining and Transactions

    • Networks
    • Nodes
    • Cryptography
    • Proof and Distributed Consensus
    • Pools
    • Scripting
  3. Module 3: Software

    • Clients
    • Front ends
    • Software
    • Web services / APIs
  4. Module 4: Service Providers

    • Explorers
    • Wallets
    • APIs
    • Payment Gateways and Providers
    • Blockchain as a Service
  5. Module 5: Bitcoin 2.0

    • Side Chains
    • Smart Contracts
    • Smart Property
    • World Computers
    • Open Asset Protocol
    • Decentralised Services
    • Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

Bitcoin For Developers Course

Cape Town: 7 June 2016 / Johannesburg: 14 June 2016

This course is for developers who understand the basics of programming. The course will provide the information you need to understand bitcoin, the blockchain and how to start building blockchain-based applications. It also includes examples of applications that have been built using the blockchain, in South Africa as well as internationally.

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  1. Module 1: Basic Concepts

    • Cryptographic Hash Functions
    • Example
    • Cryptographic Signatures
    • Blockchain
    • Transactions
    • Addresses
    • Wallets
  2. Module 2: Getting Started

    • Setting up the Development Environment
    • Development runtime and languages
    • Node.js
  3. Module 3: Bitcoin Core

    • Installing Bitcoin Core on Windows
    • Installing Bitcoin Core on Ubuntu
    • Bitcoin Core GUI
    • Bitcoin Core Daemon
    • Command Line Interface
  4. Module 4: 3rd Party Bitcoin Libraries and Web APIs

    • Web APIs
    • Libraries

Tailor-made Course

Date: On request

Is there something specific you want to know about bitcoin, other digital currencies and blockchain technology? We provide tailor-made courses on digital currencies and blockchain technology. Complete the form below with your requirements so we can create a tailor-made course for you.

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OUR TEAM

Sonya Kuhnel

Sonya Kuhnel

Sonya is the Founder & Managing Director of the Bitcoin Academy. Sonya has been involved in bitcoin for over three years. She started a bitcoin payment company in 2013. Sonya is the Co-founder of Bitcoin Events which hosts the Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conferences in South Africa. She is also the co-organiser of the Bitcoin Cape Town Meetup group and is passionate about educating people on the benefits of digital currencies and blockchain technology.

Gail Weiner

Gail Weiner

Gail is the Sales and Marketing Manager at the Bitcoin Academy. She has been involved in bitcoin for a few years and firmly believes that bitcoin and the blockchain is one of the most innovative developments of this century. Gail is all about connecting people with innovative and disruptive technology.

Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien is the Training Director of the Bitcoin Academy. He has written integration software for Bitcoin ATMs and is credited with developing the world's first blockchain-aware smart metering solution. He is a full stack architect and engineer, and experienced in design, development, implementation and testing.

Pricing

Training takes place over one day and is tailored to meet the needs of different target audiences. We also offer private training at your office should you prefer to have a more personalized training session. Please contact us for pricing on personalized training. We accept bitcoin!

Bitcoin Beginner Course

  • Full day session
  • Catering included
  • Bitcoin Academy classroom
  • Course material provided
  • No laptop required
  • Bitcoin Academy Certificate of Completion
  • No prior knowledge or experience of bitcoin or the blockchain is required

R1,450.00 per person

Bitcoin Advanced Course

  • Full day session
  • Catering included
  • Bitcoin Academy classroom
  • Course material provided
  • No laptop required
  • Bitcoin Academy Certificate of Completion
  • Moderate knowledge of bitcoin and the blockchain required

R2,450.00 per person

Bitcoin For Developers Course

  • Full day session
  • Catering included
  • Bitcoin Academy classroom
  • Course material provided
  • Laptop required
  • Bitcoin Academy Certificate of Completion
  • For junior and senior developers

R2,450.00 per person

Tailor-made Course

  • Full day session
  • Catering included
  • Bitcoin Academy classroom
  • Course material provided
  • Laptop required: depends on course content
  • Bitcoin Academy Certificate of Completion
  • Prior knowledge or experience of bitcoin: depends on course content

From R2,450.00 per person

*Prices are based on training in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Pricing differs for private training so please contact us if you need more information on this. We also offer discounted rates for students.

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Bitcoin Beginner Course - September 2015, ABSA, Johannesburg

Bitcoin Beginner Course - September 2015, ABSA, Johannesburg

Bitcoin Beginner Course - September 2015, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Cowboy & Aliens ABSA

Bitcoin for Developers Course - October 2015, Cowboy & Aliens - ABSA, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, Barclays, Johannesburg

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, Strate, Johannesburg

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien Gamaroff - Training Director

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - December 2015, The Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Lorien Gamaroff - Training Director

Sonya Kuhnel, Managing Director handing certificate to delegate

Two delegates receiving their certificate of completion for the Bitcoin beginner Course

Sonya Kuhnel, Managing Director handing certificate to delegate

Speaking at the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Workshop at BitX's offices in Cape Town: Erik Wilgenhof-Plante (BitX Chief Compliance Office) Lorien Gamaroff

Lorien Gamaroff speaking at AlphaCode Club about Bitcoin & Blockchain - 2016, AlphaCode Club, Johannesburg

Bitcoin Beginner Course - February 2016, Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - February 2016, Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - February 2016, Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Bitcoin Beginner Course - February 2016, Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Lorien Gamaroff on the panel at the Silicon Cape Blockchain & Bitcoin Event - February 2016, Workshop17, Waterfront, Cape Town

Sonya Kuhnel speaking about the Academy at the Silicon Cape Blockchain & Bitcoin Event - February 2016, Workshop17, Waterfront, Cape Town

Bitcoin Advanced Course - March 2016, AlphaCode Club, Johannesburg

Bitcoin Advanced Course - March 2016, AlphaCode Club, Johannesburg

Caveat Legal - Bitcoin Beginner Course - April 2016, Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Caveat Legal - Bitcoin Beginner Course - April 2016, Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town

Contact us

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Partners

The Bitcoin Academy has partnered with BitHub and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) to provide training at the Bandwidth Barn, in Woodstock, Cape Town.

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