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Thursday, August 29 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Visualizing Proof of Work Algorithms with MicroProcessors

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The proof-of-work algorithm is at the core of Bitcoin’s security model, allowing consensus without the need to trust an intermediary. Every Bitcoin user can benefit from understanding proof-of-work, but the underlying mechanisms including cryptographic hashes, binary numbers, and probability are difficult to understand without a computer science background. In this session, we’ll explore a way to visually understand proof-of-work using a microprocessor with LEDs and a toy algorithm.

What will students learn?
You'll learn the computation and economics behind proof-of-work without needing the requisite computer science knowledge. You'll learn how difficulty effects proof-of-work (probability).

This course is appropriate for people new to the industry, professionals, and developers who want to better understand how proof-of-work works.

Prerequisite: none

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Josh McIntyre

Software Engineer, Cryptocurrency Tutor, Microsoft & chaintuts
Josh McIntyre is an avid learner and explainer, especially when it comes to cryptocurrency topics. He is employed full time at Microsoft in Pittsburgh, PA. As his side project and labor of love, he runs a website called chaintuts, providing articles, videos, and code projects that... Read More →

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Angie Gallagher

Director of Business Development, BurstIQ
I thrive on startup energy because I love entrepreneurship. At BurstIQ (blockchain) I can offer startups a free license to build on our platform while my bigger job is to connect companies (like yours) on a world-wide basis to form mutually beneficial partnerships. Please feel free... Read More →

Thursday August 29, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
  Basics, Introductory