Bitcoin, CryptoCurrency and BlockChain - a two day seminar

Who's it for?

This course is for you if:

  • You are interested in Crypto currencies
  • You want to learn about the BlockChain technology
  • Want to understand all the new terms
  • You are looking for learn more about Bitcoin, Ethereum or other currencies
  • You are a thinking of investing or trading in these coins or tokens
  • You are service provider (e.g. programmer, lawyer,regulator, accountant) in this space
  • You want to find out if your funds are secure
  • CPE Credits Available

Your Agenda

What you will learn:

  • What makes the crypto's secure
  • Digital signature system as used in crypto 
  • Ways to"open an account" to trade
  • When to buy and when to sell
  • The different futures exchanges
  • What is mining
  • How owning Bitcoins means others think you own them
  • The difference between a coin and a token
  • The "wallet" solutions
  • What is a "fork"
  • And much more...

This course in very practical

Examples will be given for every concept. Workshops and Excel spreadsheets will illustrate all concepts.

Useful tools and actual trading examples will be shown. 

Your Instructor

 Izzy Nelken is the President and Founder of Super Computer Consulting, Inc. (SuperCC). His firm specializes in the research, application, implementation, and exposition of complex derivatives, structured products, risk management, and hedge funds. Since its founding in 1997, Izzy's firm has had many consulting clients globally, including several regulatory bodies, major broker-dealers, large and medium-sized banks, as well as hedge funds. Izzy has extensive experience with complex financial instruments, and is adept at explaining their intricacies to wide ranging audiences. Over the years, he has taught 1000's of delegates in all areas of financial products. He has authored/edited eight books in the area and, for 18 years, was an instructor at the University of Chicago M.Sc. program in Financial Mathematics.  Izzy is a member of the Product Development Committee at CBOE one the options exchanges bringing Bitcoin futures to market.  

Day 1 - Investing in Cryptos

A brief history

  • Satoshi Nakamoto - the mystery person
  • The solution to the double spending problem
  • The amazing trajectory of Bitcoin and other digital currencies
  • What's next


  • Examining a few of the 4500 crypto currencies
  • Coin vs. Toke
  • ICO's
  • How to open an account
  • What are the available avenues
  • How to trade


  • What is actually stored
  • Storage of coins: pros and cons of solutions
  • On a computer
  • On an iPhone/Android device
  • On a USB
  • Wallets – encrypted USB’s
  • On a third-party website
  • Paper wallet or bank card

Analysis of crypto currencies as an investment

  • Return, volatility and Sharpe-ratio
  • Correlation between currencies and other financial instruments
  • Should I add cryptos to my portfolio? 


  • When to buy and when to sell
  • Active trading vs. buy and hold (“Hodl”)
  • Useful tools and trading signals
  • How to look at the markets
  • Allegations of insider trading in the crypto markets 


  • Putting on a live trade

Futures and Options

  • Futures exchanges (e.g. CBOE CME) 
  • CBOE futures implementation 
  • CME futures implementation 
  • Nasdaq bitcoin futures 
  • Options exchanges (e.g. Ledger-X)
  • How the settlement differs between the exchanges 


  • Soft fork vs. hard forks
  • Is a "fork" free money?
  • How to ensure you get your money and not an exchange


  • How to look at ICO's
  • The risk and rewards in the ICO market
  • Detailed analysis of several ICO's


  • Delegates will analyze an ICO or a digital currency 

Day 2 - Math, the Blockchain and its applications

Crypto 101

  • The concept of a ledger 
  • Private ledger vs. a public ledger
  • Adding records to a public ledger 
  • Hash functions 
  • Private key, public key - the RSA algorithm 
  • Digital signature 
  • The procedure for digitally signing documents 


  • Hash function demo
  • Encrypt and decipher messages
  • Sign documents and validate signatures

The “double spending” problem and mining

  • What is the double spending problem?
  • How the Bitcoin protocol addresses this issue
  • Blocks
  • Chaining blocks
  • The blockchain
  • Mining economics
  • Proof of work and nonce 
  • The longest blockchain
  • Why the number of confirmations is important


  • View blocks on the block chain
  • Understand a transaction
  • Transaction fees and mining rewards
  • Finding a nonce workshop

Advanced Topics

  • What are Elliptic curves?
  • ECC as used in crypto-currencies
  • What are Merkle trees
  • How are they used


  • Elliptic curves demo
  • Multiplication on the elliptic curve
  • Encrypt and decipher messages
  • Sign documents and validate signatures
  • Merkle tree demo


A few interesting blockchain applications

  • Other potential blockchain applications
  • Examining a few projects

What's next?

  • Consolidation
  • Where is this going?

Registration Details


Northfield, IL


The seminar just ended (Jan 20-21, 2018) with great success!

The next date will be announce4ed soon


  8:30 AM Registration

  9:00 AM Session 

10:30 AM Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 AM Session

12:30 PM Lunch

  1:30 PM Session

  3:00 PM Coffee & Networking Break

  3:30 PM Session

  5:00 PM End of Day


Delegates will get electronic copies of all materials 

Highly personal seminar

The number of delegates is strictly limited so everyone can get personal attention. To ensure your spot and avoid disappointments, please register early.


Seminar Fee $999

Including: two full days, all materials and documentation. Also included are CPE credits.

Bitcoin, CryptoCurrency and BlockChain Seminar

(847) 562-0600