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Technical Intro to Blockchain (Part 1)

“Alice and Bob, the usual suspects.”

— Laurence Kirk of

On the 2nd of November, the Oxford Blockchain Society hosted its second event of the year — an Intro to Blockchain (for technical folk) in collaboration with OxWEST. This event was led by Laurence Kirk, Founder of — a blockchain development consultancy in Oxford and is part of a four-part series on blockchain. Join us for a look into how blockchain works and how to start understanding and using the technology. We’ll go through everything from smart contracts to running nodes and building dapps (decentralised apps).

About the talk

In this talk Laurence gives an introduction to blockchains, cryptography, consensus mechanisms, and programmable blockchains. Laurence goes on to discuss key concepts such as: decentralisation, trust, verification, resilience and open systems. This lays a great foundation for the rest of the series. The slides and video are below. We hope to see you at the next one!

Free ETH

We gave out 0.1 ETH to one lucky attendee! We’ll do this at each event!

Future events

We have 3 more technical workshops on how to code with blockchain planned as well as a ‘how to buy/maintain/invest in crypto’ event. Stay tuned and visit our Eventbrite!

Join us!

This year’s President is Brandon Severin, a PhD student researching A.I. for Quantum Computing. We’re looking for keen beans to join the committee and help advance and educate about blockchain. If you’re interested, email

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