Our mission at Lambda School is to make a lucrative career in tech accessible to anyone, which is why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Blockstack to open up a new way for our students to earn cash for their first Blockstack app while they finish their education. Students enrolled in any of Lambda School’s programs and Lambda School alumni will now have the opportunity to build Blockstack apps and earn payments through Blockstack’s App Mining program.
Blockstack is focused on protecting users’ digital rights by allowing them to control their own data on any Blockstack app. In addition to the valuable experience of learning to build real user-focused apps, students will also have the chance to earn money from the products they build. Because most Lambda School students don’t pay any tuition upfront and instead sign an Income Share Agreementthat they will pay back a portion of their income once they’re hired post-graduation, the Blockstack partnership may help students offset some costs of living and other expenses while they’re enrolled in a Lambda School program.
"At Lambda School, our goal is to remove as many barriers to high-paying careers as we can for our students,” said our CEO and co-founder Austen Allred. “We design our curriculum based on the exact criteria hiring managers look for, ensuring graduates have mastered all of the practical skills they need to succeed. The partnership with Blockstack is aligned with that mission. It gives Lambda School students a direct path for gaining real-world development experience while earning additional income for their work."
All apps built in Blockstack’s App Mining program are reviewed through the same process as other applications in the program. Every month, a team of expert App Reviewers assess the quality of all apps in the App Mining program and assign a ranking to each. Each student-built app on Blockstack will have the added benefits of comprehensive user testing videos from TryMyUI, a guided launch of their apps on Product Hunt, and marketing insights through news awareness reviewer, Awario.
The higher quality the app is, the larger the monthly payout Lambda School students could receive for their product. The payout for the top-ranking app is intended to gradually increase, with a target of $1 million in Stacks (STX) tokens by May 2020. Over 190 applications are currently a part of the Blockstack App ecosystem, and over $200,000 is currently paid out each month to developers through the App Mining program.
“We are opening a pathway for students to have hands-on experience with the newest, cutting-edge technology, while also providing real-world feedback and flexible capital,” said Muneeb Ali, CEO of Blockstack PBC. “This is the sort of program I wish was available to me when I was a young student, and I have no doubt the lessons learned here will help Lambda School students excel as they enter the innovative world of technology. The time and attention of developers is a scarce resource and Lambda School students should be able to directly monetize their programming skills instead of thinking about other part-time jobs."
The Lambda School and Blockstack teams are excited to further their joint mission of making the tech industry more accessible by giving students and alumni an opportunity to earn while they learn. To learn more about the Blockstack App Mining program, please visit https://app.co/mining. If you’re a current Lambda X student or a Lambda School alumnus and would like to learn more about how you could earn money (including a $1,000 sign up bonus!) through the Blockstack App Mining partnership, please visit our Lambda + Blockstack partnership page. Blockstack and Lambda School will be hosting a joint Brownbag session on August 29 at 11 AM PST. You can register for the session here.
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