About Protocol Labs
Protocol Labs drives breakthroughs in computing to push humanity forward. Protocol Labs is a product-development lab, but behind the protocols and tools we build, behind the research and implementations, are passionate people, teammates, and community members. Most teams in the Protocol Labs Network are fully distributed and work remotely around the world. Engineers, researchers, and operators work in the open to improve the internet — humanity's most important technology — as we explore new advances at the intersection of many exciting fields (crypto, networks, distributed systems) and cultures (startups, research, open-source, distributed work).
What is PLN Launchpad?
PLN Launchpad is a six-week, full-time onboarding program designed to train, develop, and match technical talent at scale with opportunities in Web3 across the Protocol Labs Network (PLN).
Launchpad aims to help accelerate non-Web3 talent into this new frontier and help web3-savvy contributors quickly ramp up their InterPlanetary web3 knowledge, grow strong PL Network community bonds, and find their best-fit role in the PL Network.
Want to learn more about the structure?
- 6 week cohort-based program
- 1 in-person colocated week for cohort bonding & community
- 50% learning talks + videos | 50% hands-on development (bug fixing + personal projects)
- 1:1 mentorship from core protocol stewards to support participants as they complete the curriculum and match with PLN companies
- Live access to Filecoin, IPFS, & libp2p experts as trainers, lecturers, and mentors
What will I achieve if I complete the program?
- A clear understanding of the vision, open challenges, and diverse teams across the PL Network
- A deep-dive on each of IPFS, libp2p, IPLD, Filecoin, & the web3 dev tools built on them - facilitated by core devs and protocol stewards
- Support landing multiple OSS contributions to core protocols and tooling, guided by a senior mentor within the PLN
- A personal project that highlights your interests and learning, prototyping potential role matches now or in the future
- Strong community bonds with mentors, facilitators, and fellow cohort members
- A role fit within the PLN that excites, fuels, and challenges you every day!
Do I have to pay for this program?
- No - technical talent selected for Launchpad will receive a full-time salary during the program and have all expenses covered. The salary will be based on a candidate’s experience and technical performance in our interview process.
How do I know if I would be a good candidate for Launchpad?
- Launchpad accepts a range of experience profiles - from highly experienced operators and developers looking to break into web3, to recent masters/PhD graduates looking to kickstart their web3 career.
- Launchpad candidates should either:
- Have a strong engineering background in a relevant technical domain (distributed systems, networking, data structures, production engineering/benchmarking, productivity tools development, distributed devops, etc)
- Have a strong startup operations or technical program management background with experience spinning up new 0-1 projects in a high-growth environment
If you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.
GDPR for Job Applicants and Candidates
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