Certainly, there is a very high demand for beginner, intermediate, and expert blockchain education in every country! I operate in Budapest and share my knowledge about Polkadot and decentralization in general, considering its philosophical, societal, and technological aspects. So far in 2023, my fellow ambassadors and I have organized 13 Polkadot Meetups and 2 Workshops (one on Substrate basics and one on DAO fundamentals), and we are currently organizing the Polkadot Championship Hackathon.
One thing I’ve realized during this time: This is not enough, and we need to scale. I have been planning for half a year to launch a Polkadot Blockchain Course in Budapest, and I have already started working on its development. Currently, I am in the research and networking phase. I have identified three fundamental characteristics for the program:
- We are not only looking for developers, so economics and liberal art students are also in the target audience.
- The program must be free and operate in some gamified manner.
- We must teach students in their native language, Hungarian, to reach a larger applicant pool.
I would outsource the university-wide marketing tasks to university clubs. In this regard, I have already approached the largest student organizational umbrella, YBG, which includes 5 student clubs in different fields operating at multiple universities.
As the curriculum base, I would use the material developed by PBA, which is perfect; I just need to translate it into Hungarian. Thank you, @liamaharon, for providing the link! Additionally, I would involve an external Rust instructor in the program (currently researching the ideal candidate), as well as a Substrate developer (already identified). It’s also advantageous that @zsofimajor is in Budapest and has offered to help organize the program. I hope, after the Polkadot Blockchain Course is running smoothly, we can collaborate with the Polkadot Developer Heroes program.
If everything goes well, the plan will be ready by the end of January, and the program can start in the next semester. The lenght of the program and the depth of the lessons depend on various factors. It will likely operate as a non-accredited program (because it would require the program to meet numerous prerequisites), but rather as an extracurricular university elective program (hence the need for gamification).
As @six also writes, large-scale educational programs like this one closely align with the W3F’s new Decentralized Futures program, so I can imagine that we will use this new initiative.
I wrote you a DM @dsm and @Pat on Polkadot Forum. I am happy to collaborate with you!