Agent Dev Academy: Everything You Need to Know

A structured, fast-track program that teaches Python devs how to build autonomous, crypto-native off-chain services

What is the Academy?

The Academy is an opportunity to join an ultra high-potential dev community in its nascency, as a founding member. It’s a personalized, tailored experience for ambitious developers. Whether you’re coming from zero knowledge about crypto development or itching for the next advancement in fundamental infrastructure, by the end of the Academy you’ll be able to deploy high value, if simple, functioning autonomous services.

What does it involve?

The Academy is a ~6 week program. It runs once a month. The program requires 8–10 hours per week. Roughly 4 of those hours are taught classes. The rest of the time is mentored exercises and project work. The group is small — less than ten people. We do this to maximise your learning.

Week 1, Class 1 with 8baller

Who should apply?

We’re selecting for ambitious developers who are either:

  • In crypto and looking to push its infrastructure to the next level
  • Outside crypto and looking for a shortcut in
  • Familiarity with using DeFi
  • Machine Learning experience
  • Strategy building in quantitative finance

Your Instructors

Meet the expert guides who will help accelerate your impact in crypto, should you join us. The Agent Dev Academy is led by two of the leading engineers at the cutting edge of multi-agent systems and crypto.


8baller has been involved in the crypto space since 2014. He has a background in traditional finance and strong interest in technology. He has an undergraduate degree in Banking Practices and Management, and a master’s in Data Science. The topic of his dissertation was “The Development and Deployment of Agent-Based Traders in Cryptocurrency Markets”. 8baller is an avid Hackathon enterent; he has taken first prize in competitions from FTX, Diffusion 2019, in particular for his work on agent-based systems. Here are his Twitter and Github profiles.

David Minarsch

David is one of the co-creators of an open-source framework for creating intelligent, autonomous software agents which natively interact with blockchain protocols. He/Autonolas believes this innovation will unleash true financial autonomy for the general public. He has spearheaded and brought much of the momentum which multi-agent systems currently enjoy in the blockchain space. David is CEO and co-founder of Valory, the company which created Autonolas. He has a PhD in Applied Game Theory from the University of Cambridge and is an alumni of Entrepreneur First, Europe’s premier startup incubator. Here are his LinkedIn, Twitter and Github profiles.

Why participate?

Autonolas will be successful if its agent devs are successful. So we’ve structured the program to bring you maximum benefit:

  • Get guided towards making an immediate impact in crypto — crypto’s a massive, complicated place. Our product-led approach means that we can guide you right from day one towards making a contribution that the market and end-users value.
  • Future-proof your skills — blockchain protocols are growing more and more dependent on off-chain/middleware services. Invest in a skillset which will be in high demand for decades
  • Build future revenue for yourself — Autonolas is a composable, incentivized environment. We aim for the platform to directly pay component creators when their components are used in production services. Components built during the program can produce passive future revenue streams.
  • Build your profile — if you permit, Autonolas will individually spotlight your involvement and promote your work to the world
  • Connect with other smart people — have fun and find other talented individuals to build with
  • Take a seat on a rocket ship—join as a founding community member of Autonolas

Why Build on Autonolas Longer Term?

We’re on a Mission to Build the Best Developer Experience in the World

Developer Experience (DX) is often described in terms of what you feel when working with a particular library — its documentation, interfaces, reliability, ecosystem etc. But there’s a higher-level context to a DX that has never, prior to crypto, been possible to make meaningful headway towards improving. That higher-level context revolves around how you actually work:

  • What is the financial upside to your work?
  • How do you ensure a predictable income stream?
  • How are you guided towards working on the most valuable things?
  • How are you recognized when you do quality work?
  • Who owns the code you create?
  • Who dictates how that code is used and licensed?
  • Enjoy the flexibility, recognition and ownership of open source…
  • …with the upside of crypto entrepreneurship…
  • …and the predictability and guidance of traditional employment.
Testimonial from an Academy participant 👀

Take a Seat on a Rocket Ship (What is Autonolas?)

Autonolas enables a new category of crypto application which is more sophisticated and autonomous than existing ones.

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Autonolas is a platform for developers to build a new breed of autonomous, decentralized applications.

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Autonolas is a platform for developers to build a new breed of autonomous, decentralized applications.