Polygon, a leading Layer 2 protocol on the Ethereum blockchain, has opened applications for its first Africa Bootcamp, which will be an eight-week intensive program combining an educational course and a hackathon at the end.
The program is in partnership with Nigerian fintech Xend Finance as Ethereum’s Layer 2 scaling solution scales operations across the continent.
“We have sponsored ETH Safari and the upcoming Crypto Fest, supporting communities in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and other African countries because we know developers across the continent are eager to take the future into their hands,” Polygon said.
Polygon sees Bootcamp as a way to introduce its technology to Africans and help grow Ethereum and blockchain technology. The bootcamp includes a track for beginners and experienced developers:
- Beginner course – For Web3 newbies and Web2 developers looking for a change. This is your start into a different career, a new web and capturing more of the value you create. Participants will learn all about blockchain mechanics, writing smart contracts, decentralized computing and what it takes to launch an app
- championship track – For the well-travelled Web3 builders with a few feathers in their hats. Perhaps you work part-time as a Web3 developer or have dedicated your career to the new Web. Participants will learn the ins and outs of Polygon’s scaling solutions
According to Polygon, applications opened on September 26, giving interested participants 11 days to apply as the application deadline is October 7. You can see the full schedule below:
- September 26th: Applications open
- 7 Oct: Close applications
- 10 Oct: The learning phase starts
- Nov 18: The learning phase ends
- Nov 21: Hackathon begins
- 2 Dec: Hackathon ends
- 5 Dec: The judging begins
- 19 Dec: Live stream hackathon winners
According to Polygon, the top three participants in the novice hackathon will be considered for prizes ranging from $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 in order of first to third. The experienced hackathon candidates compete for $10,000, $7,000 and $5,000, while the best projects have a chance to be admitted to the Polygon Hackathon.
Additionally, ten other Novice Hackathon participants will receive $500, while 10 other Mastery participants will receive $750.
Applications are possible here.
You can also find a Polygon Guild near you here.
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