New York–based development company and Bitcoin Core’s major contributor, Chaincode Labs is all set to organize the second edition of Bitcoin residency program during the first months of 2018. This much talked about program is aimed at helping developers get over the steep learning curve which can be associated with getting the role of a protocol-level contributor to projects such as “Bitcoin Core”. While doing the same, Chaincode Labs hopes to expand the development community spread of Bitcoin.
The residential program was launched by Chaincode Labs in September and October 2016, along with Matt Corallo who had worked at Blockstream last year. The next edition is all set to start from 29th January 2018 and will continue till 23rd February. Newbery attended the first residency program before being hired by Chaincode Labs which has kept him busy ever since with the Bitcoin Core project.
Presently he is looking after the coordination of the program’s second module. He recently pointed out that:
“Chaincode Labs exists to strengthen Bitcoin. We mostly do that by contributing to Bitcoin Core, but each of us has a lot of freedom to do what we think is important. And the main purpose of this residency program is to try to strengthen the developer community.”
The courses will specifically cover adversarial thinking, protocol design, security considerations and threat models along with addressing some of the biggest challenges facing Bitcoin sector such as fungibility, scaling and privacy. Attendees will start learning from the very first day at the program and can also contribute significantly to the project. They will be assisted by Chaincode Labs team comprising Suhas Daftuar, Alex Morcos, John Newbery, Matt Corallo and Russ Yanofsky during the program. Certain guest speakers can also attend the program to enrich its participants with their vast knowledge.
In stark contrast to the residency program’s first edition which lasted for four straight weeks, this time the coding classes will be divided into two two-week sections. Candidates can either go for any one of the two legs or both. Each such session can accommodate five to six attendees. Corallo, who has major Bitcoin development contributions since 2011 is coordinating the first leg,
“Session A is all about getting people to think about the security trade-offs and implications of the technical decisions we make. There’s a lot of thought that goes into all the decisions that are made in Bitcoin, but that nuance is often lost. If we can help people to understand those trade-offs better and be able to communicate them, then perhaps we can raise the level of the conversations we have about Bitcoin.” Newbery explained and added that the second session will focus more on the Bitcoin Core project.
“Session B is all about getting smart, talented people to start making useful contributions to Bitcoin Core. There’s a steep learning curve to becoming a contributor and if I can help people who want to contribute but have felt daunted or don’t know where to start, then I’ll feel like I’ve succeeded.”
Chaincode Labs will also organise a number of Wednesday night meetups before the residency program contents of which will have a similar structure as that of the residency program. However these meetups will mostly serve those living in and around New York who cannot attend the four full weeks training program.
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