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"How the !?#@ do I do this?!"
It's the first question (scream) out of the mouth of pretty much every aspiring Web3 developer. We've all been there.
It's pretty quickly followed by "what the !?#@ is all this?" as we try and find the materials we need to start. There hasn't been a single, easy-to-use resource for the education materials devs need to start out in Web3 and continue to develop their skills.
Today, we're excited to announce that we're working with the best brains in Web3 to launch a platform to lift current and future blockchain developers up - Web3 University!
Web3 University is an online educational platform bringing you the best resources and tutorials across the blockchain development ecosystem. A one-stop, chain-agnostic shop for developers looking to learn about writing smart contracts, minting NFTs, and building fully-functional end-to-end dApps that can scale to millions worldwide.
We're partnering with some of the heavyweights in the blockchain space - a16z, Pantera Capital, Arbitrum (Offchain Labs), Polygon, Flow, OpenSea, buildspace, Chainshot and leading developer advocates like Nader Dabit, Patrick Collins, Albert Hu, and Austin Griffith. Basically, we're bringing the best-of-the-best together to ensure you're getting the most valuable resources across all of Web3.
Even the biggest companies in Web3 are incredibly young, and almost all of them were started by a couple of developers with an idea who decided to experiment on blockchain. Nearly all of us in this space today started learning Web3 development in the past five years - and we know that 90% of future blockchain developers still have yet to join. More than that, Web3 is seeing an explosion of amateurs, people with literally no coding background who are excited about the possibilities and want to start building.
There could not be a better time to launch this resource.
Say you're an existing developer at an established company looking to get into blockchain development. When you're learning in your free time, there's hundreds of articles, tutorials, and guides out there, all of varying quality or consistency. Today, it's extremely difficult to piece together the tutorials you need to give you a full picture of the space, and most of the content is brand new and untested.
By creating a highly-curated, authoritative destination supported by the best educators in Web3, you can learn everything you need about blockchain development in one place. We'd like to fast-forward developers through that early grind and get them building quickly on the projects that they're excited to work on, not spend hours searching for the information they need.
Web3 University needs to be organized by the people who have the most stake in its future: blockchain developers interesting in educating the rest of the world about Web3. So that's what we're aiming to do. Alchemy, and our partners, are kicking this off, but we want to it to ultimately be community-led.
We've already gotten started here! We're working on designing incentive structures to lift up educators who have invested their time and effort into creating great resources on web3 development.
Finally, we're actively exploring what it would look like to decentralize the management of Web3 University in the long run and give ownership to the community - the web3 educators who are actively working to grow blockchain one student at a time.
If this sounds exciting, we'd love to collaborate with you on the direction of this project! Join the Web3 University Discord, follow @web3university on Twitter, and tell us what you're interested in working on!