“several hundred PRs
, open issues
in bitcoin core…the number of people doing good, consistent review and testing is surprisingly low. When I describe this situation to people, even to established ones in the bitcoin space, they tend to be astonished at how few people the system is depending on.”
Store of Value, Sound Money, Bitcoin. These are arguably some of the most important problems to work on in the 21st century: fix the money, fix the world.
Over a million students every year enroll in a computer science undergraduate program in India. As per GitHub, India is the fastest growing country in the world in terms of new developers contributing to open source. Its developer community on GitHub is 5.8 million-strong. In the last year alone, 1.8 million more Indian developers joined the platform and contributed considerably more than their global peers. For a country that is a world leader in producing software developers, how many of these Indian developers work on Bitcoin as full-time contributors? You can count them on one hand!
Bitcoin needs a lot more work ahead. With a prestige advantage and enough cash to offer enormous starting salaries, Big Tech stakes out computer science students across the globe. The growth of coding boot camps has given rise to a class of web developers but isn’t translating to a new cohort of open-source Bitcoin and Lightning developers.
Despite the bull run, there hasn’t been that much of an uptick in new developers finding their way to critical projects. In fact, finding a foothold to attract university students in the post "blockchain not bitcoin” era can be downright frustrating. Other cryptocurrency projects with centralized foundations spend lavishly to market in the form of education via hackathons, certificate courses, and grants. When it comes to places like India and Africa, the narrative is that bitcoin is old, boring, and obsolete.
India accounts for 17% of the world’s population. The whole of Africa is another 17%. Together with China, they make up 51% of the world’s population. How many developers from India, Africa and China are securing a potential reserve currency of the world? How many from other smaller nations? How many in total? Not enough.