Learn how Bitcoin and Peer-to-Peer technologies unleash financial freedom and freedom of speech from world-class experts in an intensive two-week program.


What you will learn

During the first week students will learn about Bitcoin, Lightning Network, Stablecoins, Peer-to-Peer Technologies, Mining, Blockchain Analysis, Regulation, Self-Custody and more.

The second week is divided into two tracks, where students approaching technology for the first time can learn the fundamentals of coding and, at the same time, professional developers can further advance their knowledge by learning the potential of Peer-to-Peer programming.

The Summer School tracks

Satoshi track (for beginners / no coding skills required)
Choose the Satoshi track if you don’t have coding knowledge but you are interested in grasping its fundamentals.

Pear track (for intermediate / advanced developers)

Choose the Pear track if you love coding and want to learn how to build on Peer-to-Peer technologies such as Holepunch and Keet.io.

Pitch competition and award

Students will work in teams on their ideas and proof of concepts tackling major societal issues through Bitcoin and Peer-to-Peer technologies. At the end of the two-week program, the teams will participate in a pitch competition to present the outcome of their work.
The best three teams will compete for a prize totalling USDT 9’000 (1st USDT 5’000, 2nd USDT 2’500, 3rd USDT 1’500). A jury of Bitcoin and Peer-to-Peer experts, professors and company representatives will assess and award the winners.




2 – 15 July 2023


Franklin University Switzerland, Lugano

Course Language



Approx. 60-70 hours 
for the two weeks


80 - 100 students


Earn a Certificate upon completion

Pitch competition

Total prize of 9’000 USDT



Learn the main business, regulatory and technological implications of blockchain and cryptocurrency from world-class experts.

Adam Back
Adam Back

CEO at Blockstream

Paolo Ardoino
Paolo Ardoino

CTO at Tether and Bitfinex

Giacomo Zucco

Bitcoin Consultant and Educator

Sanja Kon
Sanja Kon

CEO xMoney

Oleg Mikhalsky
Oleg Mikhalsky

Partner Fulgur Ventures

Mathias Buus

CEO Holepunch

Giw Zanganeh

Dr. Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Electricity Grid expert

Riccardo Masutti
Riccardo Masutti

Cybersecurity and Privacy researcher at Bitfinex

Crenguta Leaua
Crenguta Leaua

Board Member - Silicon Valley Arbitration

Giles Dixon
Giles Dixon

Head of Licensing at Bitfinex

Edoardo Beretta
Edoardo Beretta

Professor at USI and FUS

Elisa Castagna
Elisa Castagna

Brand Strategy & Business Innovation

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz

Legal Partner at MME

Andrew Osheroff
Andrew Osheroff

CTO Holepunch

Zulfikar Moledina
Zulfikar Moledina

Senior Training Specialist Chainalysis, Inc

Entry requirements


Strong interest in Bitcoin and Peer-to-Peer technologies


Currently studying or having just completed your course of studies / Talents looking for a new career path in the Bitcoin or Peer-to-Peer sphere


Fluency in English / Coding skills are required if selecting the Pear track

Scholarship and application

With the Plan ₿ Summer School being part of Lugano’s Plan ₿ initiative, scholarships are provided for each student with the objective of boosting Bitcoin and Peer-to-Peer education in the area.


The full student rate is 6,000 CHF, with the Plan ₿ scholarship the student rate has been lowered to 900 CHF. The tuition fee includes lessons, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners as per the agenda. Accommodation not included.

  •  Includes a 85% discount, scholarship offered by Plan ₿
  • Two-week intensive course
  •  Includes meals and activities as per the agenda presented
  •  Accommodation on campus not included (limited availability) +550 CHF


The notifications of admission will occur within 10 to 15 days from the application submission. A member of the Plan ₿ team will reach out to you. Students are required to bring their own working laptop to follow the lectures and contribute in group work.

Studying in Lugano

Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland’s third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.


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