Many people have asked why not charge for your bootcamps?
I've asked this same question to myself! The bootcamps are 10 weeks long, and have 40 hours of instruction over that same period. The goal of the bootcamp is to get the student 'job ready' by the end -- meaning they have the skills to prove that they can develop and design VR and blockchain applications. Additionally, in the 10 weeks, we do a real-life project that is delivered to a client. I also teach a workflow that is common in many studios, including using task management tools like Jira and Trello, and source code management tools like Git and Plastic SCM. The goal is to have a student be able to say they have experience in an application development studio versus just "I attended a bootcamp".
So why not charge?
Quite simply, Core Immersive Labs is not a company, or a studio, or even a school. We are a advocacy platform. We believe that Web3 is the next technological revolution. And we believe that we need to learn from the mistakes of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 --- that the technology should be available for marginalized communities, and that the people who get to decide the roadmaps for the revolution should include communities that previously were not part of the discussion. To do that, we need to remove as many barriers as possible, including making sure that the education is accessible to everyone.
Hence it is free. We don't ask for donations, we don't advertise, we do monetize anything we do. Our goal is to figure out how to deliver the best training, provide the best experience for our students, and to build communities that want to do the same.
Pollyannish? For sure. Will it work. Not sure. But we only can do what we have control --- and at this time, it is providing the very best instruction and continuing to use our platform to hopefully inspire others to do the same.