Breaking into Blockchain

Breaking into Blockchain

In its Q1 2018 Skills Index, Upwork reported that blockchain is its fastest growing skill (out of more than 5,000 skills). Intel forecasts that there will be more than 20 billion connected devices by 2020.

With its potential to create a common standard for secure AVoIP and IoT solutions, it's time for integrators, consultants, and end users to get hip to the blockchain movement.

I spoke with the team at and they put together a list of courses that can help you better understand the technology.

  1. Cryptoeconomics 101: Introduces you to the major principles that give blockchain its value. Focuses on core topics in cryptography and economics, and how they work together to creative systems of incentives for blockchain.
  2. Blockchain 101 Intro – Non-Technical: This is an introductory course to blockchain technology. It will show you how transactions are stored in blockchain, how mining works via consensus, and the difference between permissioned and permissionless blockchain.
  3. Build a Decentralized Blockchain App: This introductory course will teach you how to build a decentralized blockchain app with Ethereum.
  4. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: This is an introductory course from Coursera that will teach you how Bitcoin works, how secure Bitcoin is, and how anonymous Bitcoin users are.
  5. Blockchain Application Development for Microsoft .NET: This class teaches how to develop a decentralized application for blockchain on Microsoft Windows using Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code.

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Megan A. Dutta

Megan A. Dutta is a pro AV industry journalist, and the former content director for Systems Contractor News (SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine, both Future U.S. publications. Dutta previously served as the marketing communications manager at Peerless-AV, where she led the company’s marketing and communications department. Dutta is the recipient of AVIXA's 2017 Young AV Professional Award and Women in Consumer Technology's 2018 Woman to Watch Award. Dutta is co-founder of Women of Digital Signage, an organization designed to provide a pathway to promote networking, mentoring, and personal growth.