Working on a Crypto Workshop – Questions for you on Steemit!

in #workshop2 years ago (edited)

Earlier this week I did a lecture at my local university on CryptoCurrency / Blockchain tech. It was very well received, but a lot of people where a bit overwhelmed with information. Understanding CryptoCurrency and Blockchain requires you to rethink your idea of “money” and rethink your idea of security as well as a bunch of other ideas.

A big portion of the audience seemed to mostly “get it”. However, some seemed to be quite a bit lost. This gave me the idea of creating a very practical workshop about CryptoCurrency. I will try out test networks and visual demonstrations of exchanging CryptoCurrency with others, and I will give people tasks to perform, simulating paying for goods/services thereby figuring out how to use crypto.

Other than that, I will discuss with the participants, ways that Crypto transactions can be used to enhance or even replace classic credit card, cash and wire transfer payments in certain situations. Hopefully this will spark some ideas among participants, where they will come up with interesting use cases for how they would use crypto.

I would like to ask you Steemit folks a few questions for inspiration:

  1. What would you have liked to know, when you first started out?

  2. Did you have any trouble getting started, and if so, how?

  3. Now that you know about crypto/blockchain in one way or another, what would you like to learn about it next?

  4. Have Steemit helped you learn about crypto/blockchain and if so, how?

I hope you will help me out by answering the questions above. If there is something else you would like to add, that could be relevant to a workshop, please feel free to share it. Thanks for reading!

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What would you have liked to know, when you first started out?
When i first get to know about crypto especially bitcoin, i was more focused with it's future in terms of why people think this can be the biggest revolution, how choosing a distribute ledger technology can build a trust upon people without any middleman or company.

Did you have any trouble getting started, and if so, how?
When i was getting started the most complex thing was to understand the importance of keeping your cryptos safe, what is private key, sending transaction to another person on an alphanumeric address.

Now that you know about crypto/blockchain in one way or another, what would you like to learn about it next?
What i know about blockchain is, that currency is just a single application built upon blockchain but not the last, we have just started scratching the surface, there are lot of other solutions to be built upon for better good and better security

Have Steemit helped you learn about crypto/blockchain and if so, how?
I have learnt a lot on steemit, as i want to be more focused and updated on blockchain technology including the updates happening in cryptocurrency world, Steemit being a social media on blockchain, where everyone shares their thoughts not only who is involved into crypto space but also people who are just trying to learn, As steem is the only solution on blockchain currently, who offers anyone to start using a blockchain application without any investments at all...

Thanks a lot for answering my questions!

What would you have liked to know, when you first started out?
Think it greatly helps understanding basic terms such as blochchain, cryptocurrency, and what not. Then of course where to go for good resources to learn more as many of us didn't know where to go initially.
Did you have any trouble getting started, and if so, how?
Not me so much but I spend lots of time helping many people who have trouble getting started or exploring new things. There are always many learning curves with so much new stuff.
Now that you know about crypto/blockchain in one way or another, what would you like to learn about it next?
The fabric!
Have Steemit helped you learn about crypto/blockchain and if so, how?
Helped me learn by helping others learn.

Thanks a lot for your response! I'll reach out to you to on Discord or Mumble! :D

I wrote you a huge reply, but cause of my browser dying on me at the wrong time.... I don't have the energy to re-do it. So instead, I'll give you the short summary of the main point:


There were 2 hardest things about learning crypto for me:

(1) Textbooks are usually popular. You start at chapter 1, and go through the book in a sequential form, till you get to chapter 25.. It starts you off as a beginner, and by the time you get to the end, you've got an intermediate understanding.

Crypto isn't quite the same. You find chapter 14, before you find chapter 2, and then you see chapter 21, and then you locate chapter 4. All the content is there.. but it is not arranged the same as a textbook. Internet (even in the form of wikis) feels like you're given all the info in unsorted order. It can be overwhelming. In a school atmosphere we need a crypto-textbook

(2) Wait times and expectations takes time to learn. First time downloading a wallet and syncing, I kept thinking things were broken. I had no idea how long I was suppose to wait. First 50 times I transferred a coin, after pushing SEND, I'd get this weird hot flash, break out in a sweat worrying if I did it right. After multiple times this condition eventually went away. Now when I transfer coins, I just relax, be patient, and wait. It's no longer stressful for me. :)

As far as if steemit helped me? Yes, among all others, forums, reddit, youtube, wikis, websites, I get my information from many sources, never just one.

Thanks a lotfor the response! It's a very good point, that learning about crypto can be a quite unsorted mess. I'll get working on writing some simple texts to hand out, to get people started (especially those, that weren't able/didn't want to attend the first lecture.)