Linux Foundation, along with its Hyperledger Project, are looking to increase the use of blockchain within the enterprise with the introduction of a training course and certification programme designed for those who want to use the technology, reports Enterprise Cloud News (Banking Technology‘s sister publication).
The online course, “Blockchain for Business: An Introduction to Hyperledger”, is free and will be offered through edX.org, a non-profit learning platform created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
It starts on 25 October 2017. In addition, there’s a verified certification that students can purchase at the end of the training for $99.
The Hyperledger Project is the overall umbrella organization that supports blockchain standards. The project is administered by the Linux Foundation.
The project’s main, open source platform – Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 – is the underlying framework that companies such as IBM use to build their various blockchain projects.
“Interest in blockchain technology is exploding; software developers, product teams, and business managers are all desperately eager to figure out how this technology can solve real-world problems,” says Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of the Hyperledger Project. “This first introductory-level course is carefully designed for both nontechnical and technical audiences, to bring everyone further up the learning curve and get started with it on their own business needs.”
The course will delve into several subjects, including:
- A basic understanding of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
- What are the current Hyperledger projects and common use cases.
- How to do clean installations of Hyperledger Fabric, as well as Hyperledger Sawtooth frameworks (Sawtooth was Intel’s blockchain platform before it moved to the Hyperledger Project).
- Building simple applications on top of Hyperledger Fabric and Sawtooth.
- Getting involved in and contributing to the Hyperledger Project.
Blockchain is a distributed database or ledger that can be used to track ownership of digital or physical objects. It first found popularity with cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, some of the larger tech vendors are developing more commercial uses for the technology, especially in the banking, financial, insurance and government markets.
However, there are many different types of platforms besides Hyperledger to use as frameworks to build blockchains. For example, Swirlds, a blockchain alternative start-up, uses a proprietary system called Hashgraph – an algorithm that offers fairness, throughput and community consensus in order to work and make transactions possible. Consensus is basically the community of users agreeing to what is fair and not fair as part of the transaction.