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International Summer School – Deep Dive into Blockchain 2023

DDiB ’23 proved to be an absolute blast, leaving everyone thrilled. We look ahead with great anticipation to DDiB ’24

Course Description

This summer school programme will give you a complete immersion into the topic of blockchain from world-leading experts and practitioners in the field at Europe’s No. 1 university in Blockchain education (ranking by CoinDesk 2022 and 2021). Blockchain-based systems, with cryptocurrencies as the most prominent example, have disrupted and reshaped the way we now think about digital finance and other similar applications, such as supply chains. Blockchain and related technologies allow to store sequential, trustful information without enforced consensus by central authorities or trustees.

For a full understanding of Blockchain, with all its implications and potential for application in practice, it is absolutely crucial to look at it from a multidisciplinary perspective. This is exactly what the UZH Blockchain Center offers during the three weeks of this course: you will understand the three key pillars of blockchain systems, namely the technology, the economics and the legal aspects behind it. Building on this, we will then explore other fields of application, such as forensics and data analytics.

Date2 – 21 July 2023
FormatOn-Campus / Online
Hosting InstituteUZH Blockchain Center
Course DirectorProf. Dr Claudio J. Tessone
Language of InstructionEnglish
Open toAdv Bachelor and Master students
Credits6 ECTS
GradingPass or Fail
Tuition Fee On-Campus(incl. housing)3,450 Swiss Francs(excl. discounts)
Tuition Fee Online1,000 Swiss Francs (excl. discounts)

The course is taught by different professors and lecturers from UZH and other leading universities worldwide, as well as top practitioners from various fields.

Further, the program is highly interactive, with hands-on practice sessions incorporating the most advanced and promising blockchain-based platforms.

This program will also be available for online participation. If you would like to attend the program virtually, please note the information regarding online participation on this webpage.

Read here about the 2023 program of Deepdive into Blockchain!

*UZH students please consult the UZH Course Catalogue for more information on how to apply to this module.

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Key Information

Learning Outcomes

In this Summer School, you will:

Get to know how blockchain-based systems work.

Understand the economic incentives as the basis of blockchain-based systems.

Learn to assess the decisions taken when designing blockchain technologies critically.

Learn from experts in academia and industry

Obtain hands-on experience in both established and advancing technologies from our high profile industry partners: Cardano, Hedera, BNB Chain, Ethereum Foundation, Polygon, and others!

Entry Requirements

To participate in this summer school, you should meet the following entry requirements:

Study Level:

Talented Bachelor students, who have completed their first year of study, as well as Master students. Other applicants might be admitted to the program “sur dossier”.

Subject Areas:

This course is of particular interest to students from the fields of Economics, Finance, Business, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Law. Students from other fields of study with a strong interest in the topic and Data Science who have a strong technical and analytical background are also welcome to apply.

Prior/Specific Knowledge:

Basic knowledge of programming is not required, but desirable.

English Language Requirements:

Applicants must possess a sufficient command of English (broadly CEFR B2 or equivalent) to be able to actively contribute to classes. This needs to be visible from your motivation letter, previous studies or work experience.

Fees and Discounts

The regular fee for this summer school is 3,450 Swiss Francs (incl. accommodation).*

The tuition fee includes: all teaching lessons (incl. live sessions, podcasts, group assignments etc.) and the final assessment; accommodation; a comprehensive social program that will foster your intercultural competence; a final certificate and a transcript indicating the credits earned in the program

Scholarships: Generous discounts are available for students from certain partner universities. Once we have received your full application, we will notify you of any potential discounts available to you.

*Please let us know in your motivation letter if you would like to arrange your own accommodation. The fee for the summer school will be adjusted accordingly.

Schedule and Classes

Lessons will be held daily (Monday – Friday) in the form of interactive classes, lecture sessions and podcasts. Attendance and active participation in sessions is mandatory to successfully pass the program. Beside the lectures and workshops, you will also work in groups on your final project.

Estimated workload per day: 2 hours of lectures, 1 hour of Q&A session, 4-6 hours of selfpaced learning/homework (individually or in groups)
Estimated workload per week: 30 – 35 hours
We aim at offering you an course that is as interactive as possible.
Make sure that you have caught up with all required course work for the specific day before the hands-on sessions and the Q&A.

Please also take into account that you will have to prepare properly for the course before the start of the program. Instructions and reasing list will be sent by the end of May to all enrolled students


You will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Transcript of Records (stating your grade with “pass” or “fail”) at the end of the summer school. In order to get the 6 ECTS credits for this summer school, you will have to:

Prepare properly before the start of the program (estimated workload: max. 20 hours). Instructions and a reading list will be sent to you by the end of May.

Participate actively in the daily interactive sessions (hands-on sessions / Q&A / mentoring and wrap-up sesssions).

Watch all podcast sessions in accordance with the schedule.

Engage actively in your study group.

Hand in your final project in time.

Industry Participants

Speakers – Academic/Theory Section

Lecturer on Financial Markets, UZH
Lecturer on Business Models, UZH
Lecturer on Regulations, UZH
Lecturer on Blockchain Technology
Senior Research Associate
Senior Research Associate
Senior Research Associate
Associate Professor, UCL CBT
Assistant professor, Bilkent University
Partner at PLL Legal & CBP
University of Zurich
Imperial College London
University College London
University of Luzern
Swiss Economics
University of Zurich
University of Zurich
Senor Research Fellow, DLT Science Foundation
Founder and Director, DLT Science Foundation

Speakers – Industry Section

Senior Research Scientist, DFINITY
Chief Economist, Algorand Foundation
Head of Education and Grants, Web3 Foundation
Senior Solution Architect, BNB Chain
Co-CEO, Swirlds Labs
President Of The Board Of Director, The Hashgraph Association
Techlead, The Hashgraph Association
 Program Manager, Filecoin Foundation
Founder | System Architect, Intmax
VP of Growth and Business Development, Phala Network
Lead Researcher, Phala Network
Outreach Development officer, Cardano Foundation
Co-founder, Polygon
Finance Manager, NEAR
Co-founder, Meta Pool

Course Organisers

Course Director,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Informatics,
University of Zurich
Senior Research Associate,
Department of Informatics,
University of Zurich
Research Associate,
Department of Business Administration,
University of Zurich
Research Assistant,
Department of Informatics, University of Zurich


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