Global blockchain specialist firm ConsenSys is launching the first cohort of its ConsenSys Academy Developer Program on August 1st, 2017. The ConsenSys Academy Developer Program is a first-of-its-kind, end-to-end blockchain training program. It begins with Phase1, an immersive online module that will kick off with a welcome video from Joseph Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys.
High performing students will be invited to Phase2 of the program taking place in Dubai, the global hub for blockchain leadership and innovation. Since the announcement of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020 by the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) in October 2016, Dubai has attracted leading experts and talent from around the globe to help Dubai fulfill its goal of becoming the world's first blockchain powered government. This includes ConsenSys whose Dubai-based regional headquarters has grown into its second-largest operation globally only behind its Brooklyn HQ.
The highly selective Developer Program has received over 1,300 applicants from a truly global pool of 95 countries worldwide during its two-month application window. Contenders' resumes included a wide range of expertise, including data scientists, PhD students and CEOs. Applicants had as many as 30+ years of work experience side by side with student developers - attesting to the interest and demand for Ethereum education.
The rigorous selection process involved a coding test, as well as consideration of applicants' backgrounds and experience through their resumes. The competitive process narrowed down the pool of candidates to a carefully curated class of enrollees with an acceptance rate of 10%.
In addition to end-to-end Ethereum coursework, students will be exposed to several unique topics covered during the program like Low-level Lisp-like Language (LLL). LLL is seeing a resurgence in popularity, due to its low-level access to the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), and its demonstrated efficiency and much smaller compiled binary size which can result in significantly reduced cost on execution and deployment.
The ConsenSys Academy will be including a section on LLL in its Ethereum Developer Course that goes into detail about these advantages. It will also familiarize students with LLL syntax and describe what it's like to write a contract in the language. The course content for LLL has been prepared by Daniel Ellison, the LLL Archaeologist, now part of the ConsenSys Team.