zk-SNARKS Essentials

zk-SNARKS Essentials

zk-SNARKS Essentials

This course is designed for developers, blockchain enthusiasts, and anyone interested in understanding the technical aspects of Zk-SNARKs, a cutting-edge technology for privacy and consensus in the blockchain. Through a combination of theoretical and practical instruction, this 4-module course will provide a comprehensive overview of the math, implementation, and use cases of Zk-SNARKs. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the technology and be able to build Zk-SNARK applications.

Courses in this Certificate Program

  • 2 Hours Total
  • LIVE Online: 2 Hours+
  • Tuition: $99
Courses in this ProgramHours Delivery Method
Student Orientation1 HourLIVE Online (optional)
zk-SNARKS Essentials2 HoursLIVE Online
LIVE Instructor AMA - bi-monthly1 Hour +LIVE Online (optional)

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zk-SNARKS Essentials Course Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of zero-knowledge proofs and their role in privacy-enhancing technologies
  • Learn the mathematical foundations of Zk-SNARKs, including polynomial commitment schemes and elliptic curve pairings
  • Gain hands-on experience building a simple Zk-SNARK application
  • Understand the implementation of Zk-SNARKs in various blockchain platforms
  • Learn about the current state of research and development in Zk-SNARKs and their potential future applications
  • Understand the ethical and societal implications of the widespread adoption of Zk-SNARKs and other privacy-enhancing technologies.

Certificate of Completion: zk-SNARKS Essentials – 2 Hours

zk-SNARKS Essentials Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Zk-SNARKs

  • Overview of zero-knowledge proofs and the concept of privacy in blockchain
  • Explanation of Zk-SNARKs and how they differ from other forms of consensus
  • Use cases for Zk-SNARKs in blockchain and other industries

Module 2: Technical details of Zk-SNARKs

  • The math behind Zk-SNARKs, including polynomial commitment schemes and elliptic curve pairings
  • How Zk-SNARKs are implemented in various blockchain platforms, such as Zcash and Ethereum
  • Discussion of the pros and cons of using Zk-SNARKs, including scalability and security concerns

Module 3: Building a Zk-SNARK application

  • Hands-on tutorial on building a simple Zk-SNARK application using a programming language such as Solidity or C++
  • Walk-through of the process of creating a zk-SNARK circuit and generating a proof
  • Best practices for integrating zk-SNARKs into existing blockchain applications

Module 4: Future developments and research in Zk-SNARKs

  • Overview of current research in the field of zk-SNARKs, including new developments in optimization and implementation
  • Discussion of potential use cases for zk-SNARKs in industries outside of the blockchain, such as privacy-preserving data analytics and secure multiparty computation
  • Consideration of the ethical and societal implications of widespread adoption of zk-SNARKs and other privacy-enhancing technologies.

Course Info

  • Rolling Enrollment
  • Location: OnDemand & LIVE Online
  • Tuition: $99
  • Tuition Assistance
  • 2 Total Hours
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Additional Information

  • Module Quizzes and Knowledge Checks
  • Guest Lectures & Networking
  • Student Orientation
  • LIVE Online Instructor AMAs
  • Certification Exam Prep

Certification Competencies

This course provides 5% of the education content toward Web3 Certification Board (W3CB) Blockchain Smart Contract Developer Focus Area Certification Exam Competencies. 

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This course is part of the following Certification programs.

Certified Smart Contract Developer

  • Introduction to Blockchain Scrum Master
  • Blockchain Development Decision
  • Introduction to DevOps
  • zk-SNARKS Essentials
  • Smart Contract Security
  • Solidity Smart Contract Developer (EVM)
  • Understanding L1 and L2 Blockchains
  • Exam Voucher: W3CB Blockchain Smart Contract Developer Level 1