Unleashing Potential: Introducing the PSE Core Program

This post was written by the PSE EcoDev Team.

Hey there, curious minds! Are you ready to dive into the world of practical skills and open-source project contributions? Well, buckle up because we're about to embark on an exciting journey through the PSE Core Program!

In today’s digital landscape, privacy and security are paramount. That’s where Zero Knowledge (ZK) technologies come into play. By allowing parties to verify information without revealing any underlying data, ZK protocols offer a revolutionary solution to protect sensitive information in a world where data breaches and privacy violations are all too common.

With ZK protocols, individuals can engage in transactions, authenticate identities, and share information without compromising their privacy. It's a game-changer for industries ranging from finance and healthcare to communications and beyond.

So, what exactly is this program all about? Picture this: you're a student in Latin America or Asia, eager to enhance your skills and make a meaningful impact in the tech world. That's where the PSE Core Program swoops in to save the day. It's like a beacon of opportunity, shining a light on the path towards knowledge and growth.

Let's delve into the workings:

The program works in a Hybrid Learning Model. We blend the flexibility of self-learning with weekly in-person meetups. These sessions are all about sparking discussions, networking, and solving challenges together.

  1. Stage 0 (Preparation): Before we kick off, we've got some prep work for you. Dive into modules that cover program logistics, open-source culture, and essential background knowledge for zero-knowledge technology.

  2. Stage 1 (Weeks 1-5): It's time to roll up your sleeves and dive into zero-knowledge tech. Guided by seasoned mentors, you'll tackle complex topics with hands-on coding and curated study materials. Plus, Week 3 brings a thrilling hackathon for a break from studying.

  3. Stage 2 (Weeks 6-8): Here's where the magic happens. Armed with newfound knowledge and experience, you'll contribute to real-world open-source projects. It's your chance to shine as an open-source developer.

Throughout the program, you'll dive into exciting topics such as:

  • Cryptography basics: getting started with Circom, hash functions and more

  • KZG commitments and zkSNARKs

  • Overview of trusted setups and Groth16

  • Deep Dive into PLONK

  • Halo2, FHE, MPC

  • Explore projects like Sempahore, Bandada, TLSNotary, ZKEmail

But here's the best part: you won't be navigating this journey alone. You'll have mentors, community managers, and more people from the PSE team by your side; plus, weekly in-person meetings where you can network with fellow enthusiasts.

Who knows? You might even meet your future co-founder in one of these sessions.

Throughout the PSE Core Program, participants will dive deep into ZK fundamentals, gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies, and contribute to real-world projects. As the demand for ZK expertise continues to grow, this program presents a unique opportunity for participants to carve out a successful career path in a field with a brilliant future ahead.

Join us in our Telegram group to connect with fellow enthusiasts, ask questions, and stay updated on program news and events. You can also explore our program website for more details and to apply today!

Telegram group: https://t.me/+ebGauHbpDE0yZGIx

Core Program Website: https://www.notion.so/pse-team/PSE-Core-Program-2024-64ae61c3d7e74bf4bf9c15914ef22460

So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to unleash your full potential. The world of ZK awaits, and we're here to help you conquer it. Let's do this!

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