FinTech: Practical Introduction to Blockchain and Machine Learning in Finance

Course code
B26
Course fee (excl. housing)
€750.00
Student fee (excl. housing)
€600.00
Level
Bachelor
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Financial technology, often shortened to FinTech, is an umbrella term for innovative technology in the financial sector. This summer course focuses on two disruptive technologies: blockchain and machine learning. It provides you with both the theoretical foundations as well as with hands-on experience. Overall, it will be a pleasant mix of understanding the technologies and discussing the new possibilities that it has to offer the financial sector.

Financial technology, often shortened to FinTech, is an umbrella term for innovative technology in the financial sector. This summer course focuses on two disruptive technologies: Blockchain and Machine Learning. Blockchain stimulates people to create ecosystems without a trusted third party and thus revolutionizes the way organizations work. Machine Learning applications are increasingly developed. Examples in the financial sector include the prediction of the stock market, fraud detection and chatbots. This summer course provides you with both the theoretical foundations as well as hands-on experience. Overall, it will be a pleasant mix of understanding the technologies and discuss the new possibilities that it has to offer to the financial sector.

Students will learn how data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence impact day-to-day life and how this new-found ability of using data for smart applications has transformed and upended many businesses: from image recognition, to fraud detection, to smart assistants all the way to self-landing rockets and self-driving cars. You will learn how it impacts the FinTech industry and will work with it yourselves ("get your hands dirty wrangling some data").

Students will learn what Blockchain exactly is, how it works and what it could mean to daily life and (managers in) companies. We will cover ALL aspects of a working blockchain, including governance, legal, change management and costs.

We are currenlty planning on teaching this course in a physical setting. If this changes we will inform you via this page and via email.

Course director

Dr. Guido Ongena

Lecturers

Bernhard van der Biessen, MSc

Ir. Victor van den Broek

Target audience

Any student that wants to stay on top of (technological) development in the financial workfield;

Any student that is interested in learning how Blockchain and Machine Learning impact organisations, processes, services and people in the financial sector.

Course aim

Learning outcomes:

  • What entails Blockchain and Machine Learning?
  • What are opportunities and challenges of Blockchain and Machine Learning in the financial field?
  • How does Blockchain and Machine Learning technically work?
  • What does the future hold for Blockchain and Machine Learning in the financial sector?

Study load

Full-time, 55 hours (incl self study, assignments, project work).

Costs

Course fee:
€750.00
Student fee:
€600.00
Included:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
€200.00

The Students' Fee ( = discounted price) applies to all students currently enrolled in a Bachelor, Master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni' of any of these programmes. If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for the discounted student fee, please include this in your motivation.

We are currenlty planning on teaching this course in a physical setting. If this changes we will inform you via this page and via email.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

More information

E: summerschool.business@hu.nl

Registration

Application deadline: 01 July 2021

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