Polygon, a leading Web3 infrastructure and Xend Finance, the leading global crypto bank, has announced Polygon Bootcamp, an eight-week intensive mentorship program and hackathon in Africa, with the aim of providing developers with the necessary expertise for developing blockchain applications. This Bootcamp will be the company’s first edition in Africa and will introduce developers in the region to the Polygon ecosystem using Xend Finance and polygon technologies. The Bootcamp serves to solidify Polygon’s efforts in Africa, and connect Africa to the global economy.
Dalip Tyagi Speaks
“The Polygon Africa Bootcamp is one of the many initiatives we have undertaken in the continent. Polygon has partnered with various developer communities such as Web3Bridge, Web3Ladies, etc. to train and transition African Web2 developers into blockchain developers, equipping them with the necessary professionals and funds to give them the very best mentorship experience. We have also hosted and sponsored various conferences across Africa such as ETHSafari in Kenya, Africa Money & DeFi Summit in Ghana, and CryptoFest in South Africa, to enlighten Africans about the various possibilities of blockchain technology in the continent’s fintech industry,” said Dalip Tyagi, SVP, Developer Relations Lead at Polygon.
What to Expect from the Bootcamp
It is estimated that over 2000 developers from from five African nations—Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, and Rwanda—will attend the Bootcamp, collaborating alongside many developer groups in Africa, including GDG Nairobi. Certificates will be awarded to each participant with financial incentives and mentorship/funding opportunities for outstanding developers. The program’s selected developers will be equipped with the required knowledge/education for blockchain development on Polygon blockchain.
The Bootcamp consists of a Beginner track and the Mastery track with a 6-week learning and mentorship phase and a 2-week hackathon phase where participants from both tracks will form teams or build decentralized projects individually on Polygon blockchain with the help of Industry leaders and compete for financial & mentorship prizes.
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For the beginner track, the best performing developer will win $5000, while the first and second runners-up will get $3000 and $2000 respectively. The next top 10 projects will be awarded $500 each.
The first three projects for the Mastery track will be awarded $10000, $7000 and $5000 respectively and direct access to Polygon’s Accelerator program, for further mentorship and funding, while the next top 30 projects will be awarded $750 each.
Ugochukwu Aronu, CEO of Xend Finance commented on the partnership, saying: “As a Web3 infrastructure for developers, which includes a crypto payment API and wallet infrastructure, we are very excited to help a generation of developers reach a global audience”. Working with Polygon allows our existing developer base, along with new developers, to tap into the power of the Polygon blockchain and ecosystem using our technology. We are Africa and we are proud to support our community.”