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Qala is a program designed to train the next generation of African Bitcoin and Lightning developers.
The program is full-time and includes stipends for participants.

Become a Bitcoin/LN Dev

Dive deep into security concerns, adversarial thinking, and approaches to Bitcoin and Lightning software design.

Project Based Learning

Unstructured time for participants to contribute to open-source projects or work on a personal project of their choosing.

Virtual & Onsite

The program is a mix of virtual and onsite sessions with demo days for project presentations.


Bernard profile

Bernard Parah

Bernard is the CEO of Bitnob and is a self-proclaimed freedom maximalist.
Carla profile

Carla Kirk-Cohen

Carla builds infrastructure at Lightning Labs to make it easier to participate in a decentralized, private payments system.
Tim profile

Tim Akinbo

Tim is a long-time Bitcoiner and open-source enthusist.
Abubakar profile

Abubakar Nur Khalil

Abubakar is the CEO of Recursive Capital and a Bitcoin Core contributor.
Carlie profile

Caralie Chrisco

In addition to serving as an Operations Manager at Chaincode Labs, Caralie is also the Content Lead at Hello, Bitcoin.
Jonas profile

Adam Jonas

Jonas spearheads educational initiatives at Chaincode.


Qala is proudly supported by


Discussion Questions for Mastering Bitcoin

Mastering Bitcoin is a book for developers, although the first two chapters cover bitcoin at a level that is also approachable to non-programmers. Anyone with a basic understanding of technology can read the first two chapters to get a great understanding of bitcoin.

Discussion Questions for Mastering the Lightning Network

Mastering the Lightning Network is a book for developers, although the first five chapters are designed to explain to everyone with a basic understanding of technology how the Lightning Network works. The book also contains an appendix with a crash course on the relevant Bitcoin fundamentals.

Self Paced Seminar

Our seminar materials are available for anyone to use with readings and discussion questions on various Bitcoin and Lightning topics.

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