Blockchain Fundamentals started off as the Cryptocurrency DeCal Opens in new window (Democratic Education at Cal, student run) course on UC Berkeley campus in Fall 2016, taking inspiration from existing courses, videos, and textbooks. From the beginning, the vision was to lower the barrier of entry and provide a survey into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space — to explain concepts from the ground up, as clearly and concisely as possible.
Each semester since then, we have had many student volunteers take time out of their already hectic schedules to help develop and fine-tune content, to make Blockchain Fundamentals what it is today.
Blockchain Fundamentals is constantly being improved, in terms of new information as well as course design, but its vision has remained constant. Here are some of the major contributors to Blockchain Fundamentals, who have not already been featured on the previous page.
Max was the longtime President of Blockchain at Berkeley, and co-wrote the original Cryptocurrency Decal course (later rebranded to Blockchain Fundamentals) while studying Computer Science and Economics at UC Berkeley. Max Fang is now an adjunct professor at Berkeley Law and cofounder of Dekrypt Education. Previously, he worked on developer advocacy for Lightning Labs, core product development at ChangeTip, and research on decentralized Bitcoin mixing and Bitcoin game theory.
Philip Hayes is a UC Berkeley EECS graduate and does Proof-of-Stake cryptoeconomic research under Professor Gireeja Ranade. Previously, Philip designed and founded the Blockchain Fundamentals course taught at UC Berkeley, and presented research on Distributed Bitcoin Mixing, Proof-of-Work Game Theory, and Bitcoin Network Attacks. Philip is also a Lightning Network (lnd) contributor.
Sunny joined the Bitcoin Association of Berkeley as a freshman in Fall 2015, where he co-created the Blockchain Fundamentals Decal with Max Fang and Phillip Hayes during the summer of 2016. Following the success of the pilot run of the course that Fall, he helped co-found the Blockchain at Berkeley organization and ran the R&D department. He dropped out of Berkeley after his sophomore year to focus full time on self-learning and pushing forward the blockchain ecosystem. He is currently a full-time researcher and core developer at Tendermint/Cosmos focusing on Proof of Stake and blockchain interoperability. He also co-hosts the weekly Epicenter podcast and still acts as an advisor to Blockchain at Berkeley.
Aparna was the Head of Education of Blockchain at Berkeley. She studied Computer Science at Berkeley. She is now a Thiel Fellow and the co founder of Mechanism Labs – an open source blockchain research lab. She is also a Researcher at ThunderCore and a UC Berkeley Blockchain Lab Grant Recipient. She is currently working on a Meta-analysis of Alternative Consensus Protocols and other cryptoeconomics research.
Gloria is a second-year student at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Psychology. She taught and developed materials for the university Blockchain Fundamentals course in Fall 2017. Passionate about social issues, she hopes to help build a blockchain-enabled future of ethical consumerism and environmental responsibility. She is currently taking a year off to focus on her health and personal goals.
Gillian Chu is a Computer Science and Bioengineering student at UC Berkeley, and is currently Head of Education for Blockchain at Berkeley. She was a Head Lecturer for the Blockchain Fundamentals course at Berkeley, and taught several workshops and advised several working groups. Gillian has also previously been a consultant developer on external projects to major Fortune 500 companies, and is currently collaborating with the Standard Bounties initiative in Consensys.
Brian is a current third-year undergrad at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS). On campus, He’s heavily involved with Blockchain at Berkeley and its education side, helping lead a course on Blockchain Fundamentals which covers a variety of topics in cryptocurrency and the wider blockchain space. Some of things he’s particularly interested in include cybersecurity, cryptoeconomics, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs aka CryptoKitties). While He’s not busy coding away on his computer, you might find him napping (99% of the time), (still) playing Pokemon Go, drooling over food/cooking videos (Buzzfeed/Tasty videos anyone?), or clicking “Going” to random events on Facebook.