Nine months ago, Chainlink Labs’ Lead Developer Advocate, Patrick Collins, dropped what would quickly become the internet’s most watched Solidity and smart contract development course with nearly three million views to date. The 32-hour, all-levels, modular program is designed for anyone – from complete beginners to experienced developers – looking to improve their smart contract skills using the same advanced tools that have built the world’s biggest DeFi protocols.
The course is developed and taught by Collins, who’s passionate about making the widening world of smart contracts as fun and accessible as possible. In a new YouTube video promoting the course, Collins encourages everyone from senior coders to total newbies to shed their doubts and dive into the space.
When asked what he would say to anyone who’s still on the fence, Collins replied, “Do you want to become one of the best smart contract developers in the shortest amount of time? If so, take this course.”
For those who are nervous about “getting stuck” along the way, Collins said the course’s GitHub community is filled with mutually supportive developers who are always ready and willing to answer questions.
As the team developing the smart contract economy’s leading decentralized oracle network, Chainlink Labs sponsors a variety of annual educational events and experiences, including its spring and fall hackathons and the SmartCon premier web3 event. On the heels of the Spring 2022 Hackathon, which awarded $540,000 in prizes, this year’s SmartCon will feature a flagship in-person conference, September 28-29 in New York City.
Thousands of international developers are expected to gather to hear from over 100 expert speakers and panelists, including FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried; former Google CEO and Executive Chairman at Steel Perlot, Eric Schmidt; and former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan. Collins will be among the senior developers teaching an intensive real-life version of the ultimate smart contract development course at the SmartCon Hacker House.
He expects the Hacker House coding marathon to be a highlight of the entire SmartCon event. “I’m excited to hang out with developers and connect with everyone who comes,” he said. “I’ll be running around trying to help as many developers as I can.”