Blockchain Certification

The MIT Media Lab and Learning Machine had open-sourced one project named Blockcerts, which would allow education providers, employers, and others to issue official certificates that supply proof of membership, completion, or achievement using blockchain.

Project Owner

  • Mike Day (Executive Sponsor, ICT)

Project Credits

  • Sonya Corcoran (ICT, TechLab)
  • Lydia Gu (ICT, TechLab)

Start Date

17 Oct 2017


Completed 18 Oct 2017        

Problem Statement

Review Blockcerts technology, to allow for further investigation of the application of blockchain in Higher Education.

Final Brief

A proof of content that uses open-source Blockcerts to create and view blockchain-based certificates.

Challenges & Learnings

  • C1. A one day turn around to investigate the reliability of an open-source projects without detail on how the technology will be applied in the University context.
  • L1. Without clearly defined problem statements, we treat requests of this nature as spikes. A spike investigates unknown technology problems well enough so you can estimate them, rather than producing a shippable product.

Languages / Framework

HTML, JavaScript, Python, JSON, Docker

Links to Resources

Source Code repository path

Web View

Cert Tools

Cert Issuer

Dev deployment path


Prod deployment path

NA (demo only)