Hands-on Blockchain Developer Workshop

This workshop is your entry point to Blockchain development and is ideal for an organisation looking to cross-train their existing development team and train new recruits, and ideal for any developer looking to make that leap into the Blockchain ecosystem.

The ecosystem continues to grow at a rapid pace with a tonne of innovation taking place, from start-ups to global corporations. Almost every company involved in this space are hiring for Blockchain developers. However, there is currently a short supply of talent. This is good news for developers wanting to break into this space.

The workshop is very hands-on and you will be taught by leading experts currently working in the Blockchain space. If you are a developer looking to break into this area, this workshop is for you. The two day programme provide a thorough introduction to Blockchains, Bitcoin, Byzantine Fault Tolerant Networks, Mining, Ethereum, Smart Contracts Security and Ethereum Internals such as Cryptography, Consensus, EVM, Privacy and much more. You will be taught on what it takes to become a Blockchain Developer. The focus for this workshop is the practical techniques that are needed when developing and building decentralized applications on Ethereum. Students will explore the Ethereum platform and have the opportunity to raise any questions throughout the whole session. We provide our students one month of on-line support via our own private Gitter channel.

Meet our team:


Patrick McCorry

Patrick McCorry is a Research Associate at University College London and he will soon join King’s College London as an Assistant Professor. His focus is cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, cryptography and decentralised systems. Patrick is the UK’s first PhD graduate in Cryptocurrencies and his work has recently appeared at Devcon3, Scaling Bitcoin 2017, Breaking Bitcoin 2017 and BPASE 2018 alongside numerous academic venues.


Matthew Di Ferrante

Matthew is a Software Engineer with a passion for Information Security, Cryptography, and Distributed Networks. He has worked in many different areas, from hardware, embedded and kernel programming, to data mining, analytics, and network / systems programming. He first started learning programming at 12 years old, and is completely self taught, both on the practical side of programming, and on the theoretical side of computer science, mathematics, and cryptography. Matthew was first exposed to Bitcoin in late 2010 due to his interest in information security, as Bitcoin was first mainly used on darknets/Silk Road, and got fully involved in the Blockchain space around the time Ethereum started to exist – beginning his foray while living with Vitalik Buterin and long time friend Vlad Zamfir (Creator of Ethereum’s Casper Protocol) in London for a few months.

Matthew previously worked as a Technical Lead at Clearmatics, developing Blockchain Technology for financial use cases. Matthew is part of the Security team at the Ethereum Foundation and a founder of ZK Labs, a smart contracts auditing company. In his free time, Matthew works on personal hardware projects, gives Information Security and Blockchain related talks at various events, and organise one of the largest monthly Information Security events in the North-West. Matthew’s design for a Secure Oracles Reputation System on Ethereum recently won first place for Smart Contract Security at the Thomson Reuters HackETHon.

Matthew will talk about Smart Contracts Security and Ethereum Internals. He will discuss the most important areas to know as a Blockchain Developer. Matthew will hold a Q&A session after each topic.

Laurence Kirk

After a successful career writing low latency financial applications in the City of London, Laurence was captivated by the potential of Blockchain Technology, and in particular smart contracts.

Two years ago, Laurence moved to Oxford and set up Extropy.io, a consultancy working with start-ups in the UK and overseas, developing applications on the Ethereum platform. He brings with him a wealth of real world experience that he loves to share with those new to this area.

Laurence hold a Physics degree from Durham University, and currently taking his MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford University. In addition to giving talks, mentoring at hackathons, and running groups about Blockchain Technology, Laurence also organise Artificial Intelligence and Data Science groups in Oxford.

During the workshop, Laurence will be teaching Solidity (an object-oriented programming language for writing smart contracts) from the simplest smart contract up to interacting with a web application. The focus is very much the practical techniques that are needed when developing on Ethereum. The sessions will be very hands on, encouraging students to practice and explore Ethereum and raise any questions students might have regarding the Ethereum platform.

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson is a Senior Software Engineer and has been working in the software engineering space for the past 16 years. Nick is currently working as a Software Engineer for the Ethereum Foundation and lead developer for ENS, and prior to this, he worked at Google for a number of years.

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Solidity that he loves to share and will be teaching how to write and develop smart contracts during the hands-on development session, and will give students the opportunity to ask questions in relation to the Ethereum platform.


Julien Bouteloup

Julien holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from USA and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from France where he specialised in Artificial Intelligence, decentralised systems and security back in 2009.

He has built multiple tech businesses from energy trading, high frequency trading, decentralised identity, autonomous transportation systems and won multiple competitions worldwide. He was first introduced to Bitcoin in 2009 and then Ethereum in 2015. He is now involved full-time in decentralised applications, Blockchain, Ethereum, Game and Computability theory, AI, Cryptographic and Machine learning algorithms.

Jack Tanner

Jack Tanner is a passionate advocate for blockchain technology and loves teaching technical concepts in an understandable way. He recently completed a Masters in Computer Science at Imperial College London and is a mentor at The Blockchain Connector’s Ethereum developer workshop. He currently works as a senior blockchain developer on the Indorse platform and a CTO Co-founder of workonblockchain.com and has been involved in numerous blockchain projects and education events around the world since 2015.


Event Manager and Organiser

Antonio Sabado 

Antonio is a founder of The Blockchain Connector, a training company focusing entirely on blockchain technology and Co-Founder of workonblockchain.com, a on-line hiring platform for developers exclusively for the blockchain space. Antonio is an organiser of several blockchain focused events in London aimed at software engineers. Antonio aims to build a vibrant Blockchain developer community in London by hosting regular workshops, technical deep dive sessions and hackathons.

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