How to start contributing to web3 and earn income instead of waiting for a job to come to you (1/19/2023)
How do you stop waiting for employers to get back to you and just start working? Are you interested in web3? Zero knowledge proofs? Crypto? You mean a super interesting iteration of the internet that is budding right now as we speak?
Well, let me tell you how to start today, specifically in the case of how I am doing it today.
Some background on me: I worked at Mina Protocol in 2019–2020 before launch as an early product engineer. I am now a founder working on data infrastructure for community-driven crowdsourcing and monetizing data.
I submitted my project to zkCohort 0 in December and received 5,000 MINA for building a high quality zkapp. The demo is here:
We use zero knowledge proofs to verify your email first. Then we use the power of AI to remix your words, so you can…
Our OpenAI tokens are out so it doesn’t work right nnow, but you get the gist.
Anyway, without further ado, this is how you can get started building zkapps right now with me in 2023.
Step 1: Sign up to join Mina’s zkIgnite Cohort 1 program.
- You will get hands on support to learn how to make a zkapp. From me too. :)
- You will get funding if you want to build on zero knowledge — from an idea, to technical mentorship, to funding for your MVP and even VC support afterwards.
You will get me to be a technical mentor for your experience building on zkapps. So yeah, you, Smith friend that I took CS classes with. Yeah, you, person who wants to earn some income instead of waiting for jobs to accept you. Join Web3. Permissionless. Inclusive. Fun. Supportive.
Step 2: Check out some resources to get you started.
Here’s a great fun Youtube video that introduces zero knowledge proofs well and that my friends and I watched last night:
Computer Scientist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty | WIRED from Professor Amit Sahai: http://web.cs.ucla.edu/~sahai/
My friends and I thought this was a super fun video because it gets into nitty grittys but also has a great example for the child and teen. The college dude was funny lol. The grad and the expert were my favorite though — posing the question even, “Why is it zero knowledge proof and not zero data proof?”
Next, I recommend reading some documentation here from Mina Protocol about how zero knowledge proofs work in code, or how zkapps work at Mina Protocol. https://docs.minaprotocol.com/zkapps/how-zkapps-work
And that should be enough to start getting you interested! Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved. Especially you Smithies! I see you!