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BLAST OFF INTO WEB3 WITH LAUNCHPAD

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Launchpad is a hiring & onboarding program designed for accelerating technical growth in the Web3 space.

Launchpad aims to hire exceptional talent from diverse engineering and tech operations backgrounds into a six-week, full-time residency designed to train, develop, and team-match talent with Web3 opportunities across the Protocol Labs Network.

Apply

Apply to launchpad to become a part of the Protocol Labs Network as an engineer or startup operator

Onboard

Learn our stack and gain exposure to the 30 teams and 300+ web3 projects in the Protocol Labs Network in this 6 week program

Engage

Build community with fellow launchpad residents and attend sessions with technical leads who work on everything from IPFS to Piñata Cloud

Team Match

The 6 week launchpad residency is designed to give you a chance to work closely with PLN engineering teams and introduce you to the network of web3 projects, tooling, and companie,s ultimately leading to being united with a team and project that ignite your passion

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One Network, Endless Opportunity

We believe the best engineering happens when people work on problems that excite them. That is why we created the Launchpad Residency.

You will have a 6-week onboarding program where you'll get exposure to our engineering teams and technical stack. During the program you will work with engineering managers, mentors, and leadership to find a team in our ecosystem that is the best fit for you and your skillset.

The Curriculum

As an open-source network, you can find the entire curriculum here. During the launchpad residency, you’ll dive deep into curated content about the PL Network, IPFS, libp2p, IPLD, Filecoin, and the variety of tools & SDKs that are used across the web3 universe.

Joining the Protocol Labs Network

After completing the interview process, you will start your career in the Protocol Labs Network by joining the Launchpad Residency Program.  During your first 6 weeks, you will learn the mechanics of our protocol suite like IPFS, Filecoin, IPLD, and libp2p through hands-on labs, technical mentorship, expert Q&As, and training. At the same time, launchpad residents get to explore a variety of potential roles and teams within the PL Network to find the match for their interests, talents, and goals. We run the Residency Program year-round and accept applications on a rolling basis. 

Onboarding Program

The Launchpad Program is our 6-week onboarding program that most people joining our ecosystem go through. You’ll get to connect and build fellowship with minds from across the web3 universe. Starting your first week you will make an impact by creating a personal project, and be exposed to mentorship from senior engineers.

Colo Week

Remote forever doesn't mean we can't get together

Every resident gets the chance to attend an in-person week-long colocation week. It’s a chance to meet members of the PL Network in real life. You will attend in person sessions and live demos from experts in the web3 community. At the same time you’ll get to build a strong network with other residents in the program. Oh, we also go to awesome places like Amsterdam, Iceland and Austin. Most of the time colo week is held in conjunction with other web3 community events like Devconnect or Consensus Festival.

The Matching Process

We believe people do best when they’re working on projects they're excited about. With 30+ teams within Protocol Labs and 300+ companies in the Protocol Labs Network (PLN) now is a great time for people coming both inside and outside the web3 space to ramp up their knowledge and contribute to these cutting-edge technologies directly.

From core distributed systems engineers, to network researchers, to developer advocates, to technical writers, to startup operators, there are many exciting roles and opportunities across PLN teams and companies. Many of our engineers coming into the PLN have the skillset to fill many of these roles and it can be hard to pick just one to interview for. The Launchpad residency allows for you to explore different teams, solve complex problems from the first day you are hired, and team-match after being exposed to our entire ecosystem.

Our teams are made up of people captivated by solving deep technical challenges. We’re open source and remote. We have engineers working across every time zone. ‍ The Residency program is designed for engineers that could be a fit in several roles across the Protocol Labs Network. We know great engineers can come from a variety of backgrounds. Before joining the Launchpad Residency our alumni have been tech leads in web2, startup owners, product managers at FAANG companies, Ethereum Hackathon winners, and top open source contributors.  

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Launchpad Projects

A key aspect of the Launchpad Residency is empowering new labbers to make an impact from day 1. During the Launchpad program every resident completes a personal project.

Debug

Debug

Being open source is at the center of our ecosystem. With fresh eyes and previous high technical impact, we love to see residents debug as their project.

Build

Build

This website is a Launchpad project! So is a new tool created to measure Distributed Hash Tables. We encourage our residents to pick a project that they are excited about.

Collaborate

Collaborate

One of the best parts of the Launchpad Residency is the collaboration across the PLN and the web3 community. Previous projects have had members from many different teams and backgrounds working together to improve our Network.

Launchpad Former Residents

Our teams are made up of people captivated by solving deep technical challenges. We’re open source and remote. We have engineers working across every time zone. The Residency program is designed for engineers that could be a fit in several roles across the Protocol Labs Network.

We know great engineers can come from a variety of backgrounds. Before joining the Launchpad Residency our alumni have been tech leads in web2, startup owners, product managers at FAANG companies, Ethereum Hackathon winners, and top open source contributors.

Diego

Diego

Software Engineer, Saturn Team

Launchpad program provided a structured and right-to-the-point curriculum that allowed me to learn and process the topics with ease. The colo week was just amazing and really motivating. I loved meeting all of the others and having conversations around all the cool stuff we do and will build. I have nothing but appreciation and gratitude with everyone involved in making Launchpad possible. I am certain it will only get better for future cohorts.

Hugo

Hugo

Software Engineer, ChainSafe

I enjoy making meaningful contributions that can make a difference. In the case of rust-libp2p, I believe introducing more linter checks to CI will pay off tenfold in the future, both in overall code quality and in preventing possible issues at runtime. Or, at the very least, it can reduce code review effort. In the case of actors tests - citing Michael C. Feathers, "Code without tests is bad code"

João

João

Technical Program Manager, Data Programs

Launchpad was an incredibly educational and fun onboarding experience that I would recommend to everyone joining the Protocol Labs network. The content was thoughtfully curated and I felt like I gained the fundamental knowledge necessary to make contributions to our technical stack and strategy. Crucially, it was also a way for me to connect the dots: from how everything works together in practice to who I should go to for answers.

I enjoyed the emphasis placed on getting to know my cohort. It was a great way to meet a lot of my peers from a wide variety of different teams and form some strong relationships with colleagues. This was enabled by an amazing week spent co-located in Amsterdam where I got to meet my colleagues in real life in addition to meeting company leadership. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better onboarding experience. This was more engaging and educational than any other experience I’ve had in my web2 career.

Ally

Ally

Developer Advocate, Filecoin Foundation

Launchpad is a invalueable way to gain knowledge on the Protocol Labs (PL) ecosystem and for surfacing opportunities to contribute to. Getting hands-on experince with current tooling and projects allowed me to pinpointing both project and operational needs in the ecosystem.

The program offers a crucial path to getting up to speed on the essential building blocks of the network, including IPFS, IPLD, libp2p, and Filecoin, through a well-structured content flow, study groups, and Q&A sessions, and further provided insights into other critical projects being built by teams both within PL and its partners through workshops or presentations with the teams and by meeting people across the organization.

I'd recommend this program to anyone who is looking to gain a deeper understanding of the PL network and its partners or who wants to meaningfully contribute to the future of an open web through the PL ecosystem."

Jenks

Jenks

Developer Advocate, Filecoin Foundation

Never have I been so well trained in my professional career. The program was so well designed and I walked out with 10x more confidence, knowledge & sense of purpose to go into my role in the network.

Patrick

Patrick

Technical Program Manager, Retrival Markets

Within the first week, we met the lead maintainers for each of the reference implementations for IPFS, IPLD, and libp2p - so we had an expert to talk to for each knowledge area we were onboarding on. It was also great to build camaraderie with other cohort members across the whole PL Network - so now I have contacts on many different teams I can reach out to and learn what’s going on. Having this support system helped make diving into new areas much less daunting!

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You might be a good fit if

  • You have extensive engineering experience in web2 or have been invested in the web3 community for a while.
  • You could see yourself as a technical fit across more than one of our open engineering roles
  • You have worked in roles that have had a high impact, whether at a large company or a startup
  • You have worked with go, rust or blockchain.
  • You have experience with Smart contracts, EVM, WASM
  • You have a passion for open source code, solving complex problems, and the web3 space.
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