Living in a Decentralised World

Blockchain, Bitcoin, digital cryptographic assets, and decentralized web technology have the power to unlock a world of possibilities for society in the exponential age we live in. They are revolutionizing the way we conduct transactions and how we store and share data, providing greater security, transparency and privacy.

  • Next Date

    13 Oct - 11 Nov

  • Length

    4 weeks

  • Format


  • Investment


Living in a Decentralised World

The internet age has changed every aspect of human life from social media, collaborative work, finance, retailing and transformed multiple industries.


However, the existing model of the internet’s evolution has relied on the creation of digital monopolies such as Google and Facebook which gain ever greater control over user data. Financial services such as banking and stock markets moved on to the internet but still required having to trust centralised companies, banks or asset managers to hold user assets. This gave massive power and influence to a few entities and created the risk of a central point of failure.


The last decade has seen the emergence of a radical new concept, Blockchain and distributed technologies that allow digital ownership of assets and data to be decentralised with the users without having the need to trust any company, institution or even the government. These technologies have the potential to create a new decentralised internet bringing radical changes to the economy, disrupting financial markets, ownership of assets, trading, contracts and even culture and community.

Course Content

This course is designed to take you through a fascinating journey through the world of decentralisation and digital asset evolution, and prepare you for a new decentralised world knocking on our doorstep.

The first blockchain, the Bitcoin, allowed for the creation of an alternative financial currency, providing for the first time a globally neutral currency with an algorithmically defined inflation rate with a hard cap on its maximum supply. Thus acting as a digital gold, the bitcoin network could provide the world with an alternative financial ecosystem over which new startups can build digital applications.


This course will start with a deep dive on the problems facing our current financial systems and present views to analyse if Bitcoin could emerge as a complementary financial system for the world. We will also explore the evolution of second layer lightening networks and how Bitcoin is getting integrated into decentralised social media systems such as the NOSTR protocol.


The course will further explore innovations over other layer 1 blockchains such as Ethereum, Solana, Cardano, amongst others and present the innovations in decentralised finance. The combination of theoretical and practical lessons will mean that each topic will be explored with a complement of theoretical conceptual lesson followed by a practical session which will involve a discussion, or tutorial that will provide you with hands on experience of the technologies being discussed.


This course will further guide you through the usage of Centralised and Decentralised exchanges, lending protocols and give you a practical experience of managing your digital assets. We will also explore the innovations in the world of Tokenization and explore examples of how real world assets such as Real Estate, Art, Social Communities are utilising the concept to create new business models. We will also explore the concept of a Decentralised Autonomous Organization and how it is providing an alternative to traditional corporate structures.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the importance of Blockchain technology and crypto assets;
  • Understand the importance of Blockchain technology and crypto assets in the global macro-economy;
  • Be familiar with security concepts and be able to privately store your crypto assets in the most secure way available today;
  • Know the landscape of exchanges and how to operate a cryptocurrency wallet;
  • Be aware of Blockchain trends, DEFI, NFT’s, DAO’s, Metaverse among others;
  • Develop a structured methodology to identify how to take advantage of Blockchain technology, whether in asset management, investments, fundraising, defining new business models or in social innovation and management using the principles of decentralised organisations.

Participants Profile

The promises of blockchain technology for enterprises in terms of cost efficiency and performance improvement and the booming development of the crypto markets translate directly into the rise in demand for blockchain professionals.

A report by LinkedIn has placed blockchain as one of the most in-demand skills for 2021 and beyond. Enterprises therefore need blockchain professionals with the skills to help them leverage most of blockchain technology for driving their business objectives.

No matter your level of maturity on these topics, we will help you gain a solid understanding of their potential impact on your career or business and what you can do about it. Some examples of key targets are:

  • C-Suite Officers
  • Digital Transformation Managers / Chief Technology Officers
  • Digital Innovators, R&D, Software Developers
  • Business Managers
  • Students from any field interested in these new technologies


Program Coordination
Aneesh Zutshi

Assistant Professor, NOVA FCT

Aneesh Zutshi is a researcher on upcoming technological trends and how they shape Business and Society and lectures on these themes. His research work is focussed on the emergence of Digital Platforms and Blockchain Technology, and their role in disrupting traditional forms of Businesses, and new forms of organizational setup to reflect these innovations. Blockchain technology along with Machine Learning, Big Data and IOT is powering a new generation of organizational setup where trust can be decentralised in unique ways, and a multidisciplinary approach is vital for the emergence of new Business Models.

He lectures and organise courses and educational programmes on Digital Entrepreneurship, Business Models, Digital Platforms, and Blockchain Technology. He has led numerous projects on Digital Entrepreneurship for the European Commission (such as project DIGISTART and project MYGATEWAY) where he organised several Workshops and Training Courses across Europe on the Topic of Digital Entrepreneurship, and how to build Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Universities.

Aneesh is involved in managing the Entrepreneurship related programmes at FCT NOVA. In addition to having several publications on these themes,  he has also been an Editor for a special issue on “Blockchain and Tokenization for Industry and Services” at the Journal of Computers and Industrial Engineering (Impact Factor 3.5). He has also participated in various think tanks and conferences such as the Horasis Conference and the European Innovation Academy.

Ricardo Artur Ribeiro

CTO Montepio, Invited Professor

Ricardo Artur Ribeiro is a visiting professor at several Business Schools under the Executive Education Programs, lecturing about financial technology (fintech), blockchain and internet of things. He has a degree in Marketing Management and an International MBA from Católica Porto Business School.

During the last years he has been developing skills in the field of technology applied to financial services through specializations in Fintech (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Blockchain Strategy, AI for Fintechs and Open Banking (both at Said Business School – Oxford University) and AI for Leaders (McCombs – Texas University).

He has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including the performance of international roles. He is currently the Chief Transformation Officer at Montepio Crédito with cross responsibilities over the development and coordination of digital transformation projects.

He founded few ventures, all linked to technology for different purposes or that solve different problems. Its purpose is to empower people to the use new technologies for a sustainable future.

Inês Bragança Gaspar

Associate Lawyer at Antas da Cunha ECIJA

Inês Bragança Gaspar is an Associate Lawyer at Antas da Cunha ECIJA, where she specializes in the multidisciplinary consulting of Web3 and Blockchain start-ups and companies, on various legal, strategic and regulatory issues.

Educational background: Degree in Law (2018), LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context (2019) and Master in Transnational Law with a thesis on the impact of Blockchain technology on commercial dispute resolution (2021), full-stack developer by Le Wagon Coding Bootcamp (2019).

Brand Ambassador of a start-up, where she is responsible for research and content creation on DeFi, Research Fellow in the 6th edition of the Kleros Fellowship, investigating the integration of decentralized solutions in tokenization of real-world asset platforms. Guest speaker on various topics related to Web3, Blockchain and crypto in national and international lectures and events.

© 2023 NOVA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – Legal & Privacy | Powered by