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[liberationtech] Build Bitcoin-powered Apps in CS251P!

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Mon Jan 4 13:00:06 PST 2016

From: Nadav Hollander <nadavh at>
Cc: roblerangers at

~Forward Widely~

*Interested in Bitcoin / Crypto Currencies?  Get hands-on experience in 

By popular demand, Dan Boneh and Balaji Srinivasan -- Board Partner at a16z 
and CEO of 21 Inc. <> -- will be teaching a 1-unit lab course 
this Winter called *Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Lab.  *Every Monday from 
4:30 to 5:20 pm, students will have a host of opportunities to build 
bitcoin-powered applications on the cutting-edge 21 Bitcoin Computer.  
See more at and sign up ASAP before the class fills up!

*Bitcoin & Crypto Currencies Lab*

*CS251P (Winter) - **1 Unit*

*Repeatable for credit*

Bitcoin has the potential to change how payments are done on the Internet 
and beyond. In this class, you will build Bitcoin-powered versions of many 
of the most popular internet services. For example, you will build a search 
engine that takes in a small amount of bitcoin for each query, a social 
network that allows individuals to buy internet celebrity endorsements for 
bitcoin, and a content site that charges a small amount of bitcoin for each 
page view. In each case, we will show how Bitcoin micropayments can 
supplant or complement the traditional ad-supported model. The course is 
based on a weekly hackathon; each Monday you will receive some stub code 
illustrating the basic mechanics of a Bitcoin-powered internet service, and 
you will improve this as best you can as an individual or in a small group 
by the end of Sunday on that week. Winners of each week's hackathon will be 
recognized. Prerequisites: No previous Bitcoin knowledge is required. 
Students who have taken CS251 or CS251P will have more context, but this 
course is all new material. Recommended: Intensive programming experience 
at the level of CS107 or above.

Previous enrollment in Autumn CS251/251p helpful but not required.  Explore 
Courses link here 

Let me know if you have any questions!



Nadav Hollander
B.S. Candidate in Computer Science -- Stanford University 2017
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