Please note that the originally scheduled go global version of the summer institute has been cancelled due to continuing uncertainty associated with the global pandemic.

However, a revised program will be offered online jointly by UBC and Lucerne university. See below for details

About the program

Leaders: The program is led by Dr. Victoria Lemieux and Dr. Tim Weingartner in Switzerland and Dr. Chang Lu in Vancouver

Date: The course will run from July 11 to July 22, 2022 

Topic: Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs)

Locations: Students will work asynchronously to review recorded videos and readings, and will meet synchronously between 8am-10am Pacific Time/5pm-7pm Central European Time each day.

About the course

The goal of the 2022 Summer Institute, which will be offered by the University of British Columbia and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is to provide students from a variety of disciplines from both universities with advanced, specialized training in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs). Topics covered include: basic blockchain architecture and operations, privacy, security, and trust and blockchain/DLTs, emerging international standards and use cases, technical knowledge on the popular and emerging blockchain protocols, and understanding of blockchain and DLTs in social, economic, legal and political contexts. 

The training days incorporate a mix of presentations, seminar-style discussions, and hands-on lab work involving individual and team-based design and coding. In-class training is supplemented by videos, readings and lab exercises to be completed in advance of each session to make best use of in-class time. 

The training sessions culminate in a two-day “Blockathon for Social Good”, sponsored by industry or community partners, in which you and your fellow classmates will work as members of teams to design and prototype blockchain solutions for social good and community well-being.  For more information about this year’s Blockathon for Social Good, see: 

This course is an elective in the University of British Columbia’s Blockchain Graduate Pathway, a multidisciplinary NSERC CREATE-funded graduate training programme in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.  

Syllabus Assignments Weekly Schedule Block-a-thon

Course Schedule 

A detailed schedule of the workshops that will be offered is available here.

Eligibility requirements

The course registration code is ARST 575N or LIBR 559U (both courses are cross-listed and equivalent to one another). The course is open for registration for students enrolled in any UBC graduate programme as well as upper level undergraduates from any discipline. 

How to apply

Students enrolled in the Master of Archival Studies should register for ARST 575N through the student course registration portal. Students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science should register using the LIBR 559U course code. Dual MAS/MASLIS students may use either course code. 

Students from programs other than the MAS MLIS or MAS/MLIS must complete a Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Registration/ Change of Registration form, which must be signed off by the course instructor and approved by the Graduate Advisor for their programme. For assistance, please contact the UBC School of Information's Graduate Program Assistant, Sandy Abah at


For more information about the summer institute, please contact Dr. Chang Lu at

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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