What is AccessP2P?

AccessP2P is an open education program for those interested in learning more about peer-to-peer technologies, processes, and projects - while developing their network in Berlin. While it is comprised of a set of 8 lectures that will take place on-site in Berlin during November, all of the materials and videos from the lectures will be open sourced and published on this website. AccessP2P’s goal is to make the P2P space (blockchain and beyond!) more accessible and diverse.

Who organizes AccessP2P?

AccessP2P is organized by a few individuals at Monadic. However, the initiative wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of individuals - all contributors to the Berlin P2P community - who are creating original, accessible materials for the program. If you have questions about organization, logistics, or content, feel free to contact Ange.

Why does AccessP2P exist?

The organizers saw a few issues in the quickly growing and changing P2P space: 1) The community suffers from similar diversity concerns that the general tech industry faces 2) There are few introductory materials to support those who are curious about P2P and want to transition into the space. Therefore, we created AccessP2P to build a library of introductory materials and host a small cohort to take advantage of a supportive peer group and the growing network of Berlin-based mentors and experts. While we believe that this is a good starting point for increasing the diversity of those entering the P2P space, we are aware that we might not get everything right. We are looking forward to welcoming our first set of students, who will be instrumental in shaping future iterations of this program.

What are the requirements to be a student?

We are looking for open-minded individuals who are 1) curious about P2P and 2) have some programming knowledge (even if limited). As part of our recruitment of applicants, we’re targeting and prioritizing outreach to communities that support identities underrepresented in the P2P space. Our main goal for AccessP2P is to increase the diversity of this community.

Do I have to be an engineer to apply?

Not at all. While we require that students have some knowledge of programming, you don’t need to be a developer or engineer to participate. We anticipate that the student cohort will have a range of levels of technical ability.

How much time should I plan for the course and will there be homework?

The core lecturers will take place across 8 evenings (mostly Mondays and Wednesdays) during the month of November. Each evening will last about 2 hours (until 20:30-21:00). Outside of the lecture time itself, lecturers *might* give an article or two as preparatory reading - but these will be limited and not required (only for additional benefit). As for homework, after each lecture, an “additional resources and further reading” list will be provided with content that dives deeper into the subjects covered during the lecture, allowing students and remote users to pursue further, selective self-study.

Can I keep my job if I’m selected as part of the student cohort?

Definitely. We created AccessP2P with accessibility in mind. That’s why we are limiting the program to two lectures per week, only in the evenings. This way, we hope that even those who have personal or professional obligations can join us.

Does it cost anything to participate in the AccessP2P program?

AccessP2P is completely free for participants. The lecture materials and videos will also be made publicly available online - and will be open sourced for other communities to use and adapt.

Do I need to be in Berlin to take part in AccessP2P?

For this first iteration of AccessP2P, we will have an in-person, Berlin-based student cohort that is able to take advantage of a small group of supportive peers as well as a mentor network. Therefore, all those applying to the program must be able to attend all 8 core lectures in Berlin during the month of November. However, as all materials from the program will be made available and open-sourced on this site, we encourage global use of AccessP2P’s resources.

Where will the lectures take place?

All the lectures will be taking place in project/company offices around the western side of Gorlitzer Park.

Outside the 8 core lectures, will there be other opportunities for program participants?

Yes. We are working with other organizations and individuals to create additional, inspirational opportunities that illustrate how people are using P2P, why it is important, and the problems we could consider solving with P2P systems and technologies. These opportunities will be optional, take place in the evenings in the form of discussions or workshops, and may be open to the general public.

Can I participate remotely?

While we won’t be live-streaming the lectures, we will be putting lecture videos and materials on this website (on the Resources page), as soon as the lecture takes place.

Will the material be provided online at some point?

Yes! We will be putting lecture videos and materials on this website (on the Resources page), at the end of each week in November.

Where can I stay in touch with the development of the program?

Even if you can’t join us in Berlin in November, we’d love to keep you up-to-date on the program evolution, resources from our lectures, etc. The best way to do this is by signing up for our updates, keep coming back to our Resources page, or follow us on Twitter.

When are applications for AccessP2P due and when will I know if I’m part of the student cohort?

Applications for the first AccessP2P cohort are due September 22, 2019. Applicants will be notified by October 7 as to whether they’ve been selected for the program.

Where can I learn more about AccessP2P?

If you can’t find answers to your questions via this FAQ or elsewhere on this website, feel free to contact Ange.

Will I get a certificate upon completion of the program?

While we don't currently have plans to issue a certificate, I don't see why this couldn't be something driven by the desire and initiatives of the student cohort. That being said, it's important to recognize that we aren't an accredited institution. And a certificate won't recognize some of the other value-add of the program: a mentor network and a group of supportive peers.