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As the world propels into a new internet era, here are five masterclasses and bootcamps to get you levelled up, with tips from the Web3 builders themselves

With all the jargon and jabber about NFTs, metaverse, DeFi (decentralised finance), and DAOs (decentalised autonomous organisations), feeling FOMO for Web3 can get real. We are entering into a new internet era as we witness an evolution from read-only Web1 to Web2’s participative economy, to what is now a complete decentralised web infrastructure.

Southeast Asia is heralded as one of the most flourishing regions in the Web3 space for embracing new innovations with high adoption of cryptocurrency. Beyond crypto and NFTs, however, Web3 has disrupted all aspects of the internet and of entire industries, as people move away from traditional banks and migrate to the metaverse. Web3 revolutionises digital ownership across art, content, data, finance, and more.

But with so much going on, where does one even start? Learning about Web3 can be daunting, but fortunately, this era of the tech space has been the most inclusive yet. Whether you come with tech experiences or not, here are a few courses to begin your Web3 journey, with top tips from the founders themselves.

1. Preface

Gen.T 2021 Leader of Tomorrow Tommie Lo founded Preface, a tech-education company disguised as a coffee shop. Behind the floor-to-ceiling facade and warm wooden decor inside, the space mixes coffee, wine, food, and coding all together. With a mission to transform and update the education system, Preface welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels into their tech classes, ranging from online bootcamps to wine-and-learn sessions.

The EdTech company also regularly provides training to upskill leaders, individuals, and corporations such as HSBC, Meta, and Consensys to transition businesses from Web2 to Web3. Driven by AI and machine learning, the courses are tailor-made to their interests, schedules, and pace of the learners. From blockchain, NFTs, crypto, and decentralised applications (dApps), students learn from the most up-to-date case studies, real business applications, and a chance to build their own Solidity smart contracts. Courses for both adults and children take place online and offline anywhere in the world and are available to register on their website.

Founder’s advice: “Decentralisation is key to Web3, hence, building an immersive experience to decentralise the nature of classrooms in our everyday lives is essential to ensure successful Web3 education.” —Tommie Lo, founder of Preface

2. SheFi

Starting in 2020, Maggie Love had the vision to cultivate a global and inclusive community of women to learn about building and investing in the future of Web3 finance. Launching SheFi, a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) education initiative for women, now welcomes hundreds of women from all geographic regions, skill sets, and backgrounds to drive DeFi adoption among the banked and underbanked. Topics cover the full spectrum of DeFi from blockchain basics to stablecoins, decentralised exchanges, and DAOs, to name a few. The course is produced in an easily consumable format, riddled with relatable 90’s gifs, and all presented live on Zoom by Love. Each course contains in-depth educational sessions with demos and interactive Q&A sessions. Fostering a supportive environment and a safe space for women, no questions are too ‘dumb’ and are answered by the community with a collective spirit to learn together, becoming literate and gaining full confidence in DeFi. Running three cohorts a year, sign up on their website but be quick as spots fill up fast. Scholarships are also available for students in need.

Founder’s advice: “Experiment with Web3 use cases. You can’t just be a bystander in crypto and Web3. You can read as much as you want, but for things to really click, you will need to use the technology or use case of what you are studying. Experimentation is an important part of learning.”—Maggie Love, founder of SheFi

3. Investera

Investera is an online investment education community helping people reach financial freedom and engage in the future of finance. Founders Joy Souligny and Melissa Loh bring their track records in impact finance and alternative investing to change the face of investing—and they want to start by bringing in more women.

Taught by vetted financial professionals, Investera’s web-based platform and mobile app offer educational resources, workshops, and events covering a range of asset classes from traditional equities to cutting-edge Web3 technology. Their monthly crypto lounge event discusses news and developments in the fast-moving world of digital assets. Investera also caters to large crypto investors with bespoke crypto investment products and services. 

Founder’s advice: “Web3 is for everyone, everyone started as a beginner at some point. Start by learning about Bitcoin and Ethereum; they are the fundamentals for almost everything else Web3 is built upon. It's also not rocket science. Find a trusted community to learn from and hold you accountable in your learnings!”—Joy Souligny and Melissa Loh, co-founders of Investera

4. Nas Academy

Known for Nas Daily, his viral one-minute videos that have earned him over 60 million followers on social media, content creator Nuseir Yassin has built one of the largest Web3 learning libraries on the internet with Nas Academy. The Singapore-based education and communities startup has raised US$23 million in funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and backed by other investors including FTX Ventures, former CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz Balaji Srinivasan, and Coinbase President Emilie Choi, among others.

The courses cover NFT investing, community building, and other crypto fundamentals and is taught over group classes, interactive sessions, and Zoom meetups. Classes are taught by leading Web3 experts such as Invisible College, ZenAcademy, Curious Addys, VeeFriends. The community allows participants to collaborate as well as meet leading creators and builders in the space.

Founder’s advice: “The best way to learn about Web3 is by getting involved in the ecosystem. Whether it be launching your own project or helping an existing project with their community, there are thousands of opportunities for newcomers to take part in Web3 without speculating or spending large amounts of money. Don't sit on the sidelines, reach out and get involved!."— Alex Dwek, chief operating officer of Nas Company

5. Unstoppable Women of Web3

Founder of the Women of Web3 DAO Sandy Carter launched Unstoppable Women of Web3, a collective of women leaders and over 150 companies working together to onboard women onto the decentralised web. With the goal of making Web3 more accessible, the education group trains the next generation of talent through courses and networking events to encourage as many people as possible to participate in Web3.

Students can choose their stream of courses taught by notable women leaders in the Web3 space, which are personalised based on the level of complexity and skill sets. There are over 50 video sessions, audio, articles, and case studies on various Web3 topics, including digital identity, decentralisation and data, taught by experts in the field from Gemini, Sandbox, Decentraland, Polygon, Bitdegree, and others. A stream dedicated to curious young girls looking to start their journey into Web3 is also available for enrolment in partnership with teen NFT project Miss O'Cool Girls.

Upon completion of each level, users can take a quiz to finalise their course and earn a POAP (proof of attendance protocol) with an Unstoppable badge to claim a free Web3 NFT domain. Courses on blockchain and metaverse will further be launched at a later time.

Founder’s advice: “Blockchain is the backbone of Web3 and the metaverse. Regardless of whether you want to be a creator, community builder, or coder, I highly recommend a high-level understanding of the blockchain. You don't have to go super deep, but it is invaluable as you go down the Web3 and metaverse rabbit hole to understand the foundation.”—Sandy Carter, founder of Unstoppable Women of Web3

6. The Product House

The Product House is a free community for anyone to get started in Web3 by learning, building, and eventually earning. The community kicked off with a series of live learning masterclasses and workshops taught by seasoned Web3 founders and builders (such as Polygon’s co-founder Sandeep Nailwal)—all for free, and accessible to everyone.

The Product House is currently India’s fastest-growing Web3 community, with a mission to give everyone a fair start to the new internet economy through free live streams and networking opportunities. Open to anyone and everyone who wants to learn about the basics of Web3 and cryptocurrency, the courses and resources cover the fundamentals of blockchain, DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and so on. Upon completion, NFTs are gifted and students can move on to launching careers in Web3 through their job portal.

Founder’s advice: “The best way to get started in Web3 is by actually getting your hands dirty and start playing around with it. There are tons of free resources out there. The leverage of learning a new technology this early will reap huge benefits for one's career in the long run.”—Aditya Mohanty, co-founder of The Product House

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