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Harsha Abegunasekara: Training Existing Engineers To Be Blockchain Developers in a 4-Month Project-based Boot-camp Program

Metana trains existing engineers to be blockchain developers in a 4-month project-based boot-camp program.

Tell us about yourself?

Dropped out of medical school and moved out of my parents to start my startup. Has done 3 Edtech startups. Started Metana (SkillUp back then) to teach frontend dev because I found it very hard to find front end devs for my previous startup.

If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Read “the mom test” book. This book changed how I do startups.

What problem does your business solve?

Learning blockchain development is hard, especially when there are too many resources.

There’s a massive demand to hire blockchain developers, & there are very less amount of blockchain devs in the market. Companies pay 2x 3x of the market salary to hire talent.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

Solving for the founders, by a founder. If you talk with every single blockchain startup founder, they’ll complain about how hard it is to find blockchain devs. Learning blockchain development is hard, especially when there are too many resources.

Metana created a set program for existing engineers to learn to become a blockchain developer in just 4 months. Metana is a 4-month blockchain boot-camp program.

We work with our students throughout the program and after graduation to help them polish their portfolio, practice interviewing and more to land a job that fits their goals. If a graduate does not get a job, they won’t pay Metana a penny.

What is your magic sauce?

Partnerships with Solana and partnerships with startups who’d hire our students is one of our advantages. We are looking to provide a internship opportunity at the end of the bootcamp so the students will also get a real-world training.

Whilst the competition is focused on mini courses, we are delivering a full-time synchronous classes that are focused into building a web3 portfolio and working with teams.

What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?

Build a community, and utilise our partnerships with Solana to give an Solana accredited certification. And more than anything, actually bound by our promise of mentoring and supporting each and every student of ours to get a job that pays more than $50,000 annually in the US.

We’re also planing to expand into non technical blockchain aspects as well once we’re established in the coding Edtech aspect.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Future proofing the curriculum with a fast moving industry.

How do people get involved/buy into your vision?

We love Existing software engineers who have a goal and explore new career opportunities.
We want existing software engineers to come and enrol on our program to step up as blockchain devs.

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