In recent months, through our communication with past Scaling Bitcoin sponsors and event participants about what problems they are experiencing that Scaling Bitcoin should focus on, we have received one message repeatedly - "Lack of talent". Organizations that want to participate in and integrate with the Bitcoin ecosystem face great difficulty recruiting developers with relevant expertise.
We are launching a new initiative called "Bitcoin Edge" to address this talent deficit. This initiative will run for the first time in Silicon Valley as the Tutorial Track called "Dev++" alongside the upcoming Scaling Bitcoin 2017 Scaling the Edge
Bitcoin Edge Dev++ Tutorial is meant to focus on scaling the development capacity of the ecosystem via education of developers in the field of cryptocurrency and helping the industry streamline the process of developer training. The primary focus of this tutorial will be a basic first-principles introduction to cryptocurrency as well as cryptocurrency-specific engineering methodologies, security practices, and standard operating procedures.