Polygon Launches Developer Fellowship Program To Bridge the Web3 Talent Gap


The program will provide education, funding, mentorship, and support to beginner and intermediate developers interested in building Web3 technology

India — 18th May 2022 — Polygon, the Ethereum scaling solution onboarding millions of users to Web3, today announces the launch of its inaugural Polygon Fellowship: Class of 2022 program in India. Created in collaboration with India’s largest hackathon organizer, DevFolio, the fellowship program will run for eight weeks between June and August and will see 50 coders from both novice and intermediate backgrounds attend workshops and masterclasses to learn how to build Web3 technologies from scratch.

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The fellowship program forms part of Polygon’s goal to take Web3 technology mainstream by delivering resources and training to budding coders and developers in pursuit of innovative and applicable use-cases. Polygon is on a mission to onboard millions of developers to Web3 over the next decade and bridge the blockchain talent gap through training schemes, talent drives, and developer funds. The global fellowship program will kick off in India, targeting the country’s 5.8 million strong developer community. 

Attendees of the program will be given expert support and mentorship in a bid to empower them with the skills and knowledge needed to build decentralized applications (dApps) on the Polygon blockchain. Those selected for the program will also receive between $1,500 and $3,000 to put towards their projects, which will be unveiled, reviewed, and tested on the final day of the 8-week course.

The program will include a Web3 Beginner Track, which is aimed at developers with little to no prior blockchain experience and those making the jump from the Web2 space to Web3.

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Fellows will be paired up in groups alongside five mentors, who will provide a foundational orientation of the Web3 and blockchain space before guiding the novice attendees through the process of building their own projects. Fellows in the beginner group will receive $1,500 each to realize their ideas for products and dApps by the end of the program.

The course will provide fellows with the information and tools necessary to refine their ideas, start developing and successfully build a Web3 dApp. Fellows will begin with blockchain basics and work their way towards adding to the application ecosystem on Polygon over the course of the eight weeks. 

The program’s Web3 Builder Track will deliver mentorship and support to more experienced Web3 developers and involves a stronger focus on building from the start. Attendees of the Web3 Builder Track will receive funding support of $3,000 to build out their ideas.

For the final two weeks of the course, both groups will attend the Polygon Hacker House in Bangalore, building their ideas and submitting demos to the group.

Dalip Tyagi, SVP and Head of Developer Relations at Polygon, said: “The demand for blockchain talent is growing exponentially and expected to continue to grow over years to come. We want to help developers to realize their dream, hence we want to bring resources to them to accelerate their journey from ideation to building future Web3 startups. We hope our fellowship program with DevFolio can help Indian developers raise their profile and contribute to the growing Polygon ecosystem with innovative ideas of their own.”

As the leading Ethereum Layer-2 scaling solution, the Polygon network has grown into a wide-ranging platform full of multi-varied applications and products, with verticals including DeFi, Gaming, DAOs, NFT, Metaverse, and much more. Polygon hosts over 19,000 decentralized apps (dApps), attracting over 135 million unique user addresses, and boasts over $5 billion in total value locked-in (TVL).

The beginner program runs from June 13th until August 7th. The builder program starts on July 4th and runs until August 28th. Developers interested in attending the program should fill out an application form at https://polygon.technology/polygon-fellowship/

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About Polygon

Polygon is the leading blockchain development platform, offering scalable, affordable, secure and sustainable blockchains for Web3. Its growing suite of products offers developers easy access to major scaling solutions including L2 (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid, stand-alone and enterprise chains, and data availability. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 19,000+ decentralized applications hosted, 1.6B+ total transactions processed, 142M+ unique user addresses, and $5B+ in assets secured. Polygon is carbon neutral with the goal of leading the Web3 ecosystem in becoming carbon negative.