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

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.  


  • Examining a few of the 4500 crypto currencies
  • Coin vs. Token
  • ICO's

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

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    


  • Encrypt and decipher messages
  • Add points in the elliptic curve
  • Multiplication on the elliptic curve
  • 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 


  • The mechanism used to maintain the anonymity of transactions
  • Bitcoin address and the public key of the receiver


  • 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


  • When to buy and when to sell
  • Useful tools and trading signals
  • How to look at the markets


  • We will put on a live trade during the course

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 the 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 

Optional module: Advanced Topics

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

What's next

  • Consolidation
  • Where is this going?

Registration Details


Northfield, IL


Saturday and Sunday

January 20-21, 2018


  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 $1,199

Early Bird Specials

Register before December 31, 2017 - pay only $999

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Bitcoin, CryptoCurrency and BlockChain Seminar

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