It seems like every day the internet is buzzing with news and rumors about Web3, as the Metaverse, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs become more popular. But what exactly is Web3?
Conceptually, Web3 is projected by many to be the next phase of the internet — a decentralized digital space based on blockchain technology that minimizes the need for corporate-sponsored platforms and gives users more ownership and control of their digital assets and identities.
Practically, you can think of blockchain as a ledger system that helps ensure security and transparency by providing everyone on the network with information about every transaction.
Obviously, there’s a lot of nuance to this topic, which is why we’ve partnered with the Stacks Foundation — an organization that provides tools and resources for people to learn about Stacks technology — to teach you all about the tech underlying Web3 and the Metaverse in our new course: Introduction to Blockchain and Crypto.
Who is this course right for?
Intro to Blockchain and Crypto is perfect for anyone who’s curious about blockchain technology and how it’s being used today. You don’t even need to be a programmer — if you just want to learn more about the NFTs and cryptocurrencies that have been trending over the past few years, this is the course for you.
And if you are a programmer, you’ll definitely want to take this course. As the internet moves toward Web3, developers will need to understand the basics of blockchain and decentralized applications to prepare for what’s in store. Plus, Blockchain Developers are in high demand and earn competitive salaries, so if you’re looking for a career in the field, this course is a great first step.
What will you learn from the new course?
In Introduction to Blockchain and Crypto, you’ll learn:
- How blockchains work, their underlying components, and the advantages and disadvantages of various consensus mechanisms used to verify data
- The differences between Web2 and Web3 architecture
- The pros and cons of decentralization, the composition of decentralized apps (dapps), and real-life examples of dapps
- What smart contracts are used for, the programming languages behind them, and the security threats they face
- What NFTs are, the different types of NFTs, their key components, and how they’re implemented in different blockchains
- How DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) help ensure openness and transparency in organizational decision-making, how they’re structured, their benefits and drawbacks, and examples of how they’re used in real life
- What the Metaverse is and how to design your own
Ready to learn more about Web3? Check out our Introduction to Blockchain and Crypto course today!