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Blockchain Summer School 2019

The European Blockchain Center invites PhD and Master students to a week-long summer school focusing on blockchain technology and applications.

Blockchain is one of the most promising drivers of innovation in many industries. But the technology is still in its infancy. In order to create successful blockchain-based solutions that create value to business and society, several types of skills and considerations are required.

The Blockchain Summer School is an initiative by the European Blockchain Center and runs for the fourth year in a row as a collaboration between researchers from the IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen.

About the Blockchain Summer School

While blockchain-based applications such as Bitcoin are still in their infancy, a dramatic increase in industrial and academic interest in blockchain technology is evident. In addition, start-ups, as well as industry initiatives, are presently working intensely on blockchain-based innovations, making the technology one of the most promising drivers of innovation in many sectors and industries.

However, the design and implementation of blockchain-based systems requires know-how in several areas, as well as mindful consideration of larger economic and societal issues. These objectives provide the starting point for this summer school.

In this fourth blockchain summer school organized by the European Blockchain Center, we will focus on educating students in blockchain technology to develop solutions within different industries. The participants will learn how blockchain technology is disrupting existing business models and will gain insights in paradigmatic changes occurring from economic, organisational and computer science viewpoints.

As learning outcomes, the participants will be submerged into computer science, information systems, and business knowledge background in order to analyse existing business processes and their potential to convert them into blockchain-based solutions. In so doing, they will be able to co-create new blockchain-based systems, taking into consideration both cryptographic and economic aspects.

Within the summer school, participants will learn how to set up a development environment and how to work with proven platforms such as Ethereum, NEO and others. They will be able to design and implement their own smart contracts and will code their own Dapps (decentralized apps).

Once basic blockchain elements have been introduced, participants will work on their own blockchain development projects, supported by the participating industry partners. The outcomes will be functioning demonstrators, as well as a written documentation and reports that illustrate the business process or mechanism realized in a blockchain implementation and how, in so doing, a real-world challenge is addressed.

In contrast to the three successful Blockchain Summer Schools in 2016 to 2018, this year we will lift it to the next level by establishing three parallel tracks: Basic (track 1), Advanced (track 2) and Improving blockchain / DLT systems as a technology (track 3).

Academic credits

An amount of 5 ECTS will be provided to PhD students who successfully pass the exam.


Participants will present their blockchain solutions at the end of the summer school and defend these. In addition, they will produce 15 pages of report after the summer school and/or write a paper that is to be submitted to an academic outlet, such as conference or journal, coached by the summer school organisers. The presentation, report as well as the working paper are mandatory deliverables and after they have been assessed at a satisfactory level, the ECTS points will be granted and a certificate issued.

Independently, all participants will receive a certificate that they participate in the summer school.


The number of participants in the summer school is limited and we accept applications on an ongoing basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. See more information here: How to Apply.

August 12, 2019 8:00 AM – August 16, 2019 5:00 PM

IT University of Copenhagen / University of Copenhagen

Read ITU’s press release here.

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