Taming the Blockchain with Ethereum

Bitcoin has roundly entered the public consciousness, but it is limited in its use beyond the specific constraints of the cryptocurrency. Ethereum is a new platform that has enabled developers to innovate in creating their own cryptocurrencies, platforms, smart contracts and more.

This talk will introduce the larger concepts of blockchains and decentralized applications as well as details on how to build running applications on the Ethereum platform.

These ideas and tools will help innovators disrupt organizations, markets, entire industries and even aspects of society. It's sounds like science fiction, but these thing are already happening. Come learn how.

We will cover:

  • The basics of Bitcoin and blockchains
  • Smart contracts
  • The Solidity Contract Language
  • Setting up Ethereum clients
  • Running private networks for development and testing
  • Sample Decentralized Applications (DApps)

About Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.

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