The Polkadot
Blockchain Academy

Become a leading blockchain engineer.

Applications for the Academy are now closed. New cohorts are enrolled periodically — be the first to find out when the next Academy is open for applications.

Academy partner

As an official partner institution of the program, the University of Buenos Aires will host the next wave of the Polkadot Blockchain Academy.

Academic excellence.
Innovative approaches.
Authentic community.

The Polkadot Blockchain Academy is the first of its kind — a classroom-based educational program covering the conceptual underpinnings and the hands-on application of blockchain technology, using Polkadot and Substrate as the foundations.

Founded by Gavin Wood, the Academy is run by leading engineers and researchers from the Polkadot ecosystem, Parity Technologies, and the Web3 Foundation.

The goal is creating a pioneering course which equips engineers with all the necessary knowledge to build blockchains.

The curriculum covers disciplines such as economics, governance, game theory, cryptography, peer-based and distributed network systems, systems and API design, and much more. In addition to theoretical modules, students will apply their knowledge and build blockchains and parachains using Substrate, pallets and FRAME.

Who is the academy for?

The Academy is for curious minds. It’s for people who are looking beyond just code, and want to become significant contributors to the blockchain industry. If you’re passionate about working towards this goal, the Academy is for you.

Students are provided with high intensity, high value, high touch, in-person teaching and support. All the necessary tools, information and support are included to help you successfully build in the blockchain space, and fuel your innovation.

Software engineers

You do not need to have any prior blockchain knowledge to enrol. The Academy is an excellent entry point for passionate software engineers of any experience level who are eager to move from Web2 or low-level programming to Web3.

Web3 developers

The Academy is also appropriate for experienced Web3 developers who want to deep dive into Substrate and learn more about the architectural principles of the blockchain industry.

Curriculum overview

  • MODULE 1

    Cryptography

    Communicating securely in the presence of an adversary facilitates everything from civil disobedience to online shopping. It is foundational for blockchains.

  • MODULE 2

    Economics and Game Theory

    Financial and political systems are under constant threat of attack. By understanding the strategic interactions of rational actors, such systems can be designed securely through proper incentives.

  • MODULE 3

    Core Blockchain Concepts

    A blockchain is comprised of P2P networking, distributed consensus, and many other constituents. In this module, we look at these subsystems, explore how they fit together, and understand why a blockchain may be desirable to begin with.

  • MODULE 4

    Substrate

    Learn the architecture and design of Substrate, the production-ready modular framework for building blockchains, and get hands-on experience working with it.

  • MODULE 5

    FRAME and Pallets

    Learn the ins and outs of building Substrate blockchains using FRAME, the Rust-based DSL that makes it easy to compose discrete pieces of logic into a meaningful application.

  • MODULE 6

    Polkadot, Parachains, and Cumulus

    Polkadot is the heterogeneous multichain network. Learn about the rights and responsibilities of the various chains, how they operate together to share security, and how it is all governed.

  • MODULE 7

    Cross-Consensus Messaging (XCM)

    Explore how bespoke blockchains and smart contracts can exchange messages in the Polkadot network and beyond, and understand the associated security guarantees.

  • MODULE 8

    Smart Contracts

    By allowing users to deploy executable code, smart contracts allow individuals to have arbitrary interactions with one another without requiring trust.

Founder of the Polkadot Blockchain Academy

Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood

Founder

Polkadot and Parity Technologies

Instructors

Rob Habermeier

Rob Habermeier

Founder

Polkadot

Shawn Tabrizi

Shawn Tabrizi

Engineering Lead

Parity

Kian Paimani

Kian Paimani

Frame / Staking developer

Parity

Joshy Orndorff

Joshy Orndorff

Blockchain Chef

Unaffiliated

Alexander Theißen

Alexander Theißen

Team Lead Pallet Contracts

Parity

Michael Müller

Michael Müller

Team Lead ink!

Parity

Andronik Ordiian

Andronik Ordiian

Polkadot Core Developer

Parity

Gorka Irazoqui Apecechea

Gorka Irazoqui Apecechea

Research Developer

PureStake

Keith Chi Kit Yeung

Keith Chi Kit Yeung

XCM Core Developer

Parity

Teaching assistants

Dan Shields

Dan Shields

DevEx Engineer

Parity

Hector Bulgarini

Hector Bulgarini

Polkadot Application Engineer

Parity

Florian Franzen

Florian Franzen

Polkadot Specification Lead

Web3 Foundation

Ricardo Ruis

Ricardo Ruis

Polkadot Ecosystem Tech Lead

Parity

Alfonso Cevallos

Alfonso Cevallos

Blockchain Researcher

Web3 Foundation

Vieira Giulia

Vieira Giulia

Core Rust Engineer

Parity

Guest Speakers

Dr. Torsten Stüber

Dr. Torsten Stüber

CTO

Pendulum

Gonzalo Montiel

Gonzalo Montiel

Lead Blockchain Engineer

Pendulum

Javier Viola Villanueva

Javier Viola Villanueva

Simulation Network Lead

Parity

FAQ

  • The goal of the Academy is to seed our ecosystem with smart and Web3-educated engineering participants, either as new parachain founders, Parity employees, or as parachain/ecosystem team employees. The Polkadot Blockchain Academy is our flagship program to help speed up the adoption of Web3 technology.

  • Is this a bootcamp? keyboard_arrow_right

    No. The Academy is not a bootcamp or a Summer program which provides lightweight training online. Nor is it for people who want to focus on becoming cryptography experts. At the Academy we’ll comprehensively teach you how to build and deploy blockchain technology correctly using already established cryptographic techniques.

  • Who can apply? keyboard_arrow_right

    We are looking for developers of all experience levels who are either already working in, or who are interested in moving into Web3. You will need to pass the selection process and a Rust entrance exam before you can join the Academy.

  • All students will have to pass a Rust Entrance Exam in order to attend. At minimum, you will need to be familiar with Chapters 1 - 11 as well as Chapters 13 and 19 of the Rust Book. If time permits, it would be helpful to read the entire book and complete the exercises within it.

  • How long is it? keyboard_arrow_right

    The Academy is a carefully devised 4-week academic in-person program covering both foundational theoretical concepts and practical programming knowledge. This gives you both a deep conceptual understanding, as well as practical knowledge that you can apply in the future.

  • Is it an online program? keyboard_arrow_right

    No. The Polkadot Blockchain Academy is an in-person program which gives access to key industry sector leaders, subject matter experts, practitioners and potential peers as they provide lectures and hands-on exercises.

  • How much does it cost? keyboard_arrow_right

    At the Academy we believe in sharing knowledge to build a better future. In order to support this mission, the tuition, accommodation, and most food costs are covered for those who are offered a place, apart from travel costs to and from the host city. We do ask funded ecosystem teams who are sending team members to attend the course to cover course costs for their students.

  • Yes. At the end of the Academy your work will be examined and graded. If you graduate successfully you will receive the Polkadot Blockchain Academy Graduation Certificate and will have the opportunity to apply for a job at Parity Technologies, and teams within the Polkadot ecosystem.

  • The Academy is organized periodically and moves to new locations. The next Academy will take place at the University of Buenos Aires from January 10th, 2023, until February 10th, 2023.

What past students say about the Academy

Marcel Ebert

Marcel Ebert

Blockchain Engineer at SatoshiPay

“PBA - A chance to kick-start your web3 career. Joining the Polkadot Blockchain Academy was an experience I would never want to miss. I can only recommend it to everyone considering joining the Polkadot ecosystem and wanting to kick-start their web3 careers. Not only does the academy convey knowledge that is otherwise hard to find, but it also does so comprehensively, with lectures and workshops given by the leading engineers in the ecosystem. The whole atmosphere is great because you are surrounded by like-minded people, and you can feel that everyone is trying to make the most of it with a good balance of social activities and knowledge-building.”

Ramsey Ajram

Ramsey Ajram

Kabocha parachain founding technical steward

“This academy took me from a mechanic to an architect. The month is intense, potent and enriching. You will get clarity on the design principles, trade-offs and considerations that go into building blockchains. If you have a desire to be a substrate engineer then it is highly recommended you go through this training. I’m grateful to have gone through it. I became better at what I do and met so many great people.”

German Nikolishin

German Nikolishin

Second year of bachelor's computer science & Rust Core Developer - Ink! @ Parity

“I'm 19 years old and I have a strong passion for Web3 technologies, hence the Polkadot Blockchain Academy was a perfect opportunity for me to properly learn all the underlying concepts behind blockchain. My advice is, don't even hesitate. Don't even blink, and apply! This is the greatest opportunity you might have in your life. The knowledge you're going to gain here is invaluable. One can only dream of such an experience.”

Mathis Wellmann

Mathis Wellmann

Protocol engineer building using Substrate @ gensyn-ai

“It's been absolutely fantastic and it has surpassed my expectations. I learnt quite a bit of stuff that I didn't expect even existed in the first place, so that was really fantastic. What I like most about it is the in-depth technical explanations that Shawn gives, and Gav and Kian. They really went deep into the code base and were explaining all the macros and how things fit together. I think that was really helpful for me.”

Graeme Fox

Graeme Fox

Co-Founder & CEO @ Societal

“The Polkadot Blockchain Academy at Cambridge University was an amazing experience. Learning from Gavin Wood and lead engineers from Parity and the Web3 Foundation tremendously enhanced my knowledge in cryptography, blockchain and Polkadot. The entire Polkadot ecosystem is very keen on helping developers and projects grow and succeed. It was a privilege to be guided by such an accomplished and supportive group of people. At the Academy, there were participants from all over the world, with different backgrounds and experiences, eager to expand their knowledge of Web3. Some participants had already worked in the industry, while others were looking to break into the ever expanding space of Web3. The diversity of the participant group was one of my favourite aspects of this experience. I would highly recommend any engineer passionate and eager to learn more about Web3 to apply to a future academy — it is something you don't want to miss!”

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