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Blockchain for Modern Businesses in Digital Transformational Era


Blockchain is a distributed electronic ledger of digital records, events, or transactions that are cryptographically secure, extremely hard to forge, and updateable through a consensus protocol agreeable to all connected nodes. This technology has revolutionized decentralized systems, and has provided secure decentralized transaction processing while ensuring data privacy and authenticity. Blockchain plays a significant role in bringing innovation across various sectors, such as agriculture, healthcare, banking, energy, and transportation. This training leverages the power of blockchain to equip participants with core principles of blockchain, allowing them to streamline business processes. The training will empower participants to apply blockchain principles and off-the-shelf tools for generating creative and innovative products and services, hence improving customer experience and increasing revenue stream.

The goal of the training is to equip participants with in-depth knowledge and practical skills to leverage the potential of blockchain for business transformation and innovation. Specifically, the training will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Introduce fundamental principles and mechanics of blockchain;
  2. Discuss, with practical examples, how blockchain has transformed businesses;
  3. Overview regulatory requirements, including governance, security, and privacy, of blockchain;
  4. Discuss applications, use cases, and perspectives of blockchain across various industries.

Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to gain the following capabilities:

  1. Critically evaluate the core principles and security implications of blockchain technology;
  2. Identify and analyze strategic applications of blockchain for increased efficiency, security, and disintermediation;
  3. Design and implement a basic smart contract to address a simplified business use case;
  4. Differentiate between public, private, and consortium blockchains, including smart contract deployment scenarios, for informed decision-making; and
  5. Assess the potential impact of blockchain and smart contracts on existing business models and the broader social and economic landscape.

Module 1: Blockchain Fundamentals for Business

    • Defining blockchain and its business value.
    • Blockchain properties and components.
    • Participants within a blockchain system.
    • Quantifying business benefits.


Module 2: Mechanics of Blockchain for Business

    • Cryptography's role in securing business transactions on a blockchain.
    • Key cryptography terms and concepts relevant to business applications.
    • Understanding Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) and Merkle trees in the context of privacy and data security.
    • Transparency and immutability of blockchain records for enhanced business process auditability.


Module 3: How Blockchain Transforms Business

    • Smart contracts: definition, operation, and their potential to automate business processes and agreements.
    • Comparison of blockchain security to traditional security methods, highlighting advantages for businesses.
    • Analysis of blockchain transaction flows for specific business use cases.
    • Consensus mechanisms in blockchain systems and their implications for business applications.


Module 4: Governance, Security & Privacy for Blockchains

    • Blockchain governance models (public vs. private) and their suitability for different business scenarios.
    • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and their potential applications in business governance.
    • Identifying and mitigating potential security risks associated with blockchain for businesses.
    • Smart contract security audits and best practices for secure smart contract development in a business context.
    • Overview of current regulations on blockchain and potential implications for businesses


Module 5: Business Applications and Future of Blockchain

    • Exploring the concept of smart contract autonomy and its implications for business process automation and disintermediation.
    • In-depth analysis of business use cases across various industries.
    • Emerging blockchain-based technologies with potential to disrupt and transform business models.


The course is designed for municipalities, organizations, and industries, and mostly focuses on directors, managers, ICT experts, human resources officers, accountants, auditors, policymakers, regulators, service & solution providers, academia, and any other technology enthusiast interested to gain knowledge on blockchain.

Each registered participant will receive a copy of instructors’ slides and other materials.

Participants will be awarded certificates of attendance by the University of Dar es Salaam.

TZS 1,500,000

All payments should be made centrally through Control Numbers provided by the University of Dar es Salaam. After registration, a Control Number and invoice will be emailed to you using information you have provided in the registration system.