Conversation with Web3 Slash Youth: Blockchain is more than one way of working

In the first two years of the outbreak, the concept of “digital nomads” once entered the public eye. Those who use the Internet to work remotely and integrate work and life into one are called “digital nomads”. “Digital nomads” are not new, but they have become more popular in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

In the Web3 world, this approach is not surprising. Distributed work has become an essential quality of a global organization. In the context of getting rid of the traditional form of work organization, the source of income is composed of multiple modules without relying on For a single full-time job, slash youths are also emerging.

The emergence of DAO (a new decentralized organizational form based on blockchain) in the Web3 world has inspired more and more public chain projects to promote ecological development in this way. The form of “bar” can be to become a contributor to the project in spare time, to participate in hackathons to win rewards, or to be purely part-time. From the perspective of Web3er, blockchain is not only distributed office, it There are many more ways to work.

In this regard, TinTinLand interviewed two developers in the Polkadot ecological project, and chatted with them about how to enter the Web3 world and the story of opening another identity. In the future, TinTin will continue this series and share the slashes of Web3 developers. Life.

Xiao Cai — core developer of Dorahacks

I just graduated from graduate school this year. I am currently a developer of Dorahacks, a decentralized global geek community, mainly responsible for the development and maintenance of the dorafactory parachain.

In 2018, blockchain became popular in China for the first time. As a student majoring in information engineering, I realized blockchain and Bitcoin for the first time, but more research is still on alliance chain. However, the alliance chain is not much different from the traditional development, and it is even slowly evolving into a traditional information system development. So when I wanted to get in touch with the entire Web3 at the beginning, I joined Dorahacks in early 2021 to do blockchain-related operations (of course, this was also a remote part-time job during my postgraduate studies, which did not affect my study life), This is where it really gets into Web3.

During my internship at Dorahacks, it was an important period for me to slowly build up my cognitive framework for the public chain ecosystem. Because I was relatively unfamiliar with the technical ecology of the public chain at that time, many technical terms flooded my eyes, dazzling me. My job is to connect with the project parties participating in various public chain hackathons, and even screen out some unreliable projects and make some live broadcast arrangements myself. Because of the Dorahacks platform, I have access to many cutting-edge public chain ecosystems, including ETH, Flow, Solana, and more. In the process of this operation, I slowly built up my understanding of the various ecosystems of the entire Web3 industry, and also laid some foundations for later joining the public chain development.

Before graduating from graduate school, I also struggled whether to prepare for entering a big Internet company or to be All in Web3 as soon as I graduated. The reason for the final choice of Web3 is on the one hand because of the employment situation, and on the other hand, it is more aware that there is a large talent gap in Web3.

Choosing to become an ambassador of Substrate was not actually for this Grant at the beginning, but more for a learning mentality, wanting to further understand the Polkadot ecosystem.

The work of the ambassador is the teaching and research group, mainly serving as a teaching assistant for the developer course, translating and creating some articles about the Polkadot ecology. The whole work is actually not very busy, and it does not take up my own working time. Because my own work is Polkadot development, it has a high degree of overlap with what the ambassador needs to do, so I think it is relatively easy. Of course, I have gained a lot in the process. For example, when I need to study a certain functional module at work, I often go to the Substrate documentation, Polkadot wiki and Substrate exchange, and these Chinese materials are very few, so they become translations. or creative material.

This time, the ambassador is carried out in the way of DAO. Although the whole model is not completely idealized, it has achieved initial results. The existence of Grant will make me feel more responsible, because the proof of work is the basis for the ambassador’s points, and this The basis is also the determining factor in how many Grants I get. At the same time, the Polkadot official will also give the ambassador some benefits and personal ip exposure, which is a two-way mutual benefit for the ambassador and the entire Polkadot community.

My suggestion to Web2er who wants to work without affecting their own work is that they can try to do some work in Web3 operation first. For those who have some development experience and have enough time, I think you can learn Solidity development first, and try to take some part-time jobs in Web3 (part-time jobs are the ones that you are good at or are interested in, which will not be tiring, but also better Improve your development capabilities), so you can enter the industry more quickly.

Bob — Biforst core developer

My name is Bob. I am currently a full-time blockchain developer in the Polkadot ecosystem. At the beginning of this year, I decided to do full-time blockchain development. Before that, I was engaged in the back-end core of a securities firm. business development.

I am a technical geek personally, a person who is really interested in technology, and I like to apply technology to my daily life. The blockchain industry is the only industry that I think can allow programmers to exert their maximum power. There are many technologies that I am interested in, such as core consensus protocols, asynchronous programming, virtual machines, cloud native, Serverless et al. My current main work includes runtime development on Substrate, wallet runtime adaptation, and development of back-end service middleware.

The reason why I became a Polkadot ambassador is because I want to feed back the technical knowledge I have mastered to technology enthusiasts who also want to find development opportunities in the blockchain industry and the Polkadot ecosystem.

Its main job is to serve as a teaching assistant for the introductory course of Substrate in the teaching and research group. Most of the ambassador’s jobs can be claimed. I will choose to do it if I am interested. I usually do it based on the work that is more relevant and does not take up a lot of energy. , The main thing is to learn and communicate, and everyone’s inspiration can collide with each other. 

Before that, I also contributed to the NEAR ecosystem, translated some technical documents, participated in the hackathon organized by NEAR, and also applied for Grant in the form of DAO. Recently, I have also been studying SUI and Aptos, learning the Move language, and currently applying for the verification node of the test network.

Grant is not the main factor I choose to invest in, but more about whether the technology of the public chain attracts me. I am very interested in NEAR’s sharding technology, contract protocol and SDK. I will also look at the development prospects of the public chain. Will not do a project in this ecology.

If you want to give some advice to developers in the industry, I think that you must focus on the work related to blockchain development. The Web3 industry involves a wide range of directions. You can start from the direction you are best at, and you must maintain a certain focus. Under this premise, you can apply for a Grant/Technical Ambassador of the project with your own technical contributions. In this way While it is profitable, it is also a supplement to the technical direction outside of work.

As a developer, you must have a certain understanding of your own technical level. If you have certain project experience, you can participate in various grants. If you are a novice, it is not very recommended to do a hackathon, because it requires you to understand the chain and have high development requirements. Novices can calm down and learn first, starting with simple things, such as: document translation or repairing simple issues Wait. It is best to pay attention to some popular new projects, because the tasks provided at the beginning of the project are generally relatively simple, and after a period of development, the simple tasks have been completed.

Did you apply for a Grant?

A slash, representing more than one form of employment. In the Web3 world, at least in the eyes of these two developers, slashes are more involved in project construction with multiple identities, which is out of confidence in the value of the project and a proof of continuous improvement. They have strong learning motivation and ability, can focus and invest in one or some fields for a long time, and also firmly believe in the meaning of vertical cultivation.

But in fact, at present, many public chains have launched the Grant plan, which is a supplementary reward plan for the start-up fund of decentralized applications. It is aimed at a wider audience and has a lower threshold.

Ethereum’s “Ecosystem Support Program”

ESP (ecosystem support program) is the public-facing fund distribution department of the Ethereum Ecosystem Foundation, supporting open source projects that strengthen the foundation of Ethereum. ESP has two forms of Grants:

  1. Small Grants, which refer to Grants under $30,000, have a simplified application and evaluation process, with decisions made about two weeks after project submission;
  2. Project Grants, with no funding cap, but require more careful investigation and a longer decision time (around 2 months).

Polkadot’s Web3 Foundation

Grant is a grant program launched by the Web3 Foundation in 2018 to help teams working on a decentralized technology stack. It is mainly divided into three parts:

  • Proposal expenditures are generally aimed at larger projects, such as software development and offline activities, with large amounts, complicated application and approval processes, and a certain deposit required;
  • Tips are generally for relatively lightweight contributions, such as translation, design, online activities, etc. The application process is simple and the amount is generally small;
  • Bounty tasks are specified by the proposer and are followed up by a dedicated manager.

Flow Fund

The Flow Fund is a $725 million ecosystem fund launched in May 2022 by the Web3 platform that powers next-generation games, applications and digital assets. The ecological fund is divided into four parts, one of which is developer Grants, which mainly provides grants for open source maintenance, developer tools and services, and technical education.

Bounty Bonus Program of NEAR Protocol

NEAR Grants are primarily aimed at (1) open source component services; (2) creating tutorials, videos, workshops or writing documentation (3) providing Grants for local, national and global meetups and trainings.

Chainlink Decentralized Oracle Network

The Chainlink Community Incentive Program provides incentives for development teams to develop tools or integrate Chainlink technologies for the Chainlink ecosystem. Divided into five prize pools:

  1. Community incentive bonuses for development tools and infrastructure in the Chainlink ecosystem;
  2. Integration bounties, awarded to projects that provide various technologies and services to the Chainlink network;
  3. Bug bounty program, awarded to developers and security engineers who view Chainlink’s core code;
  4. Research programs, awarded to academic researchers to conduct and publish innovative research;
  5. Social Impact Prize, awarded to non-profit organizations and institutions that use smart contracts and on-chain data to benefit people in emerging markets and around the world. Creators can submit their projects on the official website at any time.

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