Switzerland is an international mecca for Bitcoin and Blockchain, known for their crypto cultures and concentration of crypto businesses. Now it's the new home of 21 Lectures, a school founded by Lucas Betschart for Bitcoin developers. The school is registered in Zug, but the courses take place in the capital Zurich.
21 lectures (named after the Bitcoin Cap of 21 million) are the only courses for bitcoin core developers in Switzerland. Betschart hopes that the high profile of teachers – including James Chiang, Christian Decker and Jonas Schnelli – attracts students from around the world.
Starting such a program for Betschart is an expression of confidence in the future of Bitcoin.
"Bitcoin itself has not changed," he said Bitcoin Magazine. "It's still the censorship-resistant, Internet-based alternative to central bank money and therefore still very appealing to me from a technological and ideological point of view."
He added, "People who understand the value of Bitcoin (not just the price) are not too concerned about these short-term market fluctuations."
Schnelli, Bitcoin Core Maintainer and Shift Crypto-Security expert, says: "In Switzerland, the Bitcoin ecosystem is becoming more and more established and becoming more and more attractive internationally. I am pleased to be able to participate in a modern and future-oriented further education with 21 lectures. "
Development of a sustainable business model
Betschart says the program's main goal is to get more software developers involved in Bitcoin's open source projects: he and his team are "not interested in making a profit".
An explanation on the program's website explains his philosophy:
"We believe in the power of open source software and creative commons, and in having everyone access information freely. Therefore, we publish all teaching materials that are freely available for use, distribution, copying, distribution and modification. "
Betschart told Bitcoin Magazine"The plan provides for a sustainable business model to cover the costs of teachers, rooms and expenses."
The three main sponsors Xapo, Shift and BitConsult all contribute to this project.
Xapo, the Hong Kong-based company bitcoin wallet and storage, contributed the start-up financing. Together with Betaschart's own Bitcoin revenue, this contribution was able to create a self-sufficient school with courses costing $ 1,500 or the equivalent bitcoin price.
Shift, the Bitcoin software company that introduced the first American Bitcoin debit card, has four of its developers as instructors, including Marko Bencun, Jonas Schnelli, Kaspar Etter and Henrik Jonsson.
BitConsult provides free hardware wallets and other tools to students in the program.
Only Bitcoin taught here
Courses include only Bitcoin (General Knowledge, Protocol, Cryptography, and Lightning) and use Libbitcoin and the Libbitcoin Explorer command-line tool for exercises.
There are two course levels: a two-day basic course for people with a technical background and some training as a developer, and a four-day advanced course for graduates of the basic course.
Applicants must be present in person and the prerequisite for the qualification is "technical knowledge and familiarity with the command line".
"The current advanced course of 21 lectures gives a comprehensive insight into Bitcoin, but it's just a starting point: Developers need to learn and practice more on their own, though our teachers and the open source community in general are. It's always very helpful to bring new participants up to date, "said Betschart.
"We hope to work more with other courses in the future and share ideas, content and participants. A good next step from the 21 Lectures course is probably the ChainCode Labs program. "
The next course starts on March 4, 2019.
Course materials can be found here: https://github.com/21Lectures
This article originally appeared in Bitcoin Magazine.
Contribution Source: Twenty-one lectures feature Bitcoin developer classes from Schnelli, Decker and Chiang
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