This post aims to gather insight from developers and ecosystem agents to align on the narrative and people we put forward at WebZero’s upcoming hackerhouse series.
Webzero is set out to launch the Blockspace hacker house series at some key web3 conferences throughout 2024 (ETHDenver, ETH Global London, Consensus, ETH CC, Permissionless and Devcon). These events aim to engage developers to get started with or continue building in the Polkadot ecosystem.
Our driving narrative is to highlight what Polkadot is to other web3 audiences and help developers get started with building in our ecosystem. Each event is dedicated to host a combination of:
- 20- 30 minute talks that introduce what Polkadot is, it’s underlying technologies and other related topics
- 45 minute - 1 hour workshops on selected topics
- a set of challenges and bounties for attendees to complete using what they’ve learnt from a workshop
In addition to talks, challenges and workshops, attendees can form teams to participate in an event-specific hackathon and compete for prizes.
This post is about sharing the devrel team’s approach for curating the core content we plan on repeating at each hacker house and gather feedback from the community. We will use these ideas to create a content bank and work with experts in our community to ensure that content is accurate and delivered by knowledgable presenters.
- Schedule should always contain a set of core talks: always have at least one talk from a “learn fundamentals” category and one from the “start building” category. Optional category and nice to have: “featured topics” (see below on Types of Talks).
- Workshop-heavy: we want people to be able to gain practical experience with selected topics and leave a workshop with having done something practical
- Diversity in content: no repetition of similar topics and also offer workshops that don’t require programming experience
- Expert representation and technical expertise: select speakers and presenters with deep knowledge in the topics they’re presenting, ideally from the Polkadot Fellowship, PBA alumni and Hero program mentors
- “Learn fundamentals” category. This is really just material you’d expect to have for Polkadot newbies, yet fairly high level narrative-type talks. Examples: What is Polkadot? by Bill, Polkadot and its Architectural Design: A Technical Introduction | Sub0 2023 by Radha, Polkadot as a Global Supercomputer (Decoded 2023) by Gav, The complete guide to becoming a substrate developer (Sub0 2023) by Bader
- “Start building” category. Talks that hone in on more concrete topics around the Polkadot tech stack and ecosystem. Examples: Solidity To Substrate by Branan (sub0 2022), The backbone of a multichain future by Shawn (Decoded 2022), Substrate Tooling (sub0 2023), SBP (sub0 2022), Get Your Project Funded (sub0 2023) by Santiago and Seraya
- “Featured topics” category. Talks that feature a specific topic or that extend from the “learn fundamentals” category. Examples: Polkadot OpenGov explained by Bill, Polkadot OpenGov - What to Expect by Filipo, Agile coretime by Gav (Protocol Berg 2023), Polkadot: Kernel/ Userland by Rob (Decoded 2023)
Workshops should always be geared to getting the audience to participate and leave with new practical knowledge which they could apply towards a hackathon project or bounty. We want workshops that have minimal overhead in terms of set-up and prerequisites so that a maximum amount of participants can actually follow along. Some example workshops:
- Intro to Rust for Substrate (Learn Rust basics and common patterns of how it’s used in Substrate)
- Polkadot for contract dApp builders (Intro to ink! and options for deploying smart contracts on Polkadot)
- Build a light client powered application (Build applications that don’t rely on 3rd party RPC providers)
- Using Polkadot: wallets, dapps and the network of appchains (Get hands-on experience with using Polkadot: set-up your Polkadot wallet, mint an NFT, vote on your first proposal and more)
What I would love to hear from the community:
- Talk and workshop topics you would like to see delivered as part of the core content, outlining key takeaways
- Which speakers you want to nominate to deliver specific talks (self-nominating works too)
Please complete this short survey to help us gather this information. Feel free to use this thread to post your feedback and ideas directly.
The proposed workshops above are really all “beginner” workshops. I welcome any more advanced workshop ideas you think would work well at these events. Same goes for talks.
Looking forward to working with the community to provide the best content and experience for everyone attending our hackerhouses
Note: The proposed types of talks and workshops are meant to form the core content that we deliver at each hackerhouse. There will be always be slots open for additional talks and workshops that fall outside the scope of the “core” content. If you are an ecosystem team interested in suggesting talks and workshops outside the core content, please submit your requests using this form.