3/1/18 Update - I gave this presentation at the 2/21/18 meeting of the Fox Valley Computing Professionals club. It was a lot of fun with a great group of people.

(Seriously, this was only the second time that I attended one of their meetings and the other members are really friendly and inclusive, which is something you can’t always say about a computer club.)

We spent most of the time talking about CryptoKitties, which really shouldn’t have been that surprising I guess :-)

Do you want to learn more about “the blockchain” but don’t know where to start? Are you an experiential learner who prefers to learn by doing? And would you prefer to learn without spending much money?

In the presentation below I go over “dipping your toes” into the Ethereum blockchain for complete beginners. We cover:

  • Setting up a wallet
  • Buying and managing a cryptocurrency (Ether)
  • Common gotchas

The goal is to teach you how to fish and “bootstrap” your own process for learning about the blockchain. It’s easy, fairly inexpensive and very, very educational (the process, not the presentation). Also, if you’re lucky you can be the first kid on your block to own a crypto-collectible.

Here’s the links to the presentation. The HTML version looks the best:

If you want to see the speaker notes then open the presentation in Chrome and then press the “s” button. For more information, see the RevealJS documentation.

Here’s the printable versions of presentation:

Here’s how I print it on my system to conserve paper:

  1. Choose two-sided printing, long edge.
  2. Choose the landscape orientation.