Bitcoin Protocol Development Study Cohort

Designed by Chaincode, the Bitcoin Protocol Development cohort is an enlightening course that introduces developers to the basics of how the Bitcoin protocol is developed. The scope covers topics such as the history and evolution of the Bitcoin protocol, the underlying technologies enabling its operation, and the various challenges and opportunities associated with its ongoing development and adoption.


    • Understanding Bitcoin Protocol: : Gain insights into the fundamentals of how the Bitcoin protocol is developed, covering its history, technologies, and ongoing challenges.
    • Practical Knowledge: : Acquire practical skills through hands-on assignments and real-world projects related to Bitcoin protocol development.
    • Certificate of Completion: : Receive a certificate recognizing your proof-of-work and accomplishment in Bitcoin protocol development.
    • Community : Join a community of like-minded learners, actively participating in discussions and collaborative learning, fostering a supportive network.

The Deets

Cohort Details

Next Cohort Starting On:

26th April, 2024.


  1. Basic knowledge of Bitcoin protocol (suggested-read Mastering Bitcoin)


Online virtual classroom


Weekly live sessions, group discussions, and Q&A


Bitcoin Basics, Advanced Concepts, Community Engagement


06 weeks

Cohort Overview

Cohort level: Intermediate

This cohort assumes a basic level of Bitcoin protocol knowledge. Participants are expected to have pre-read Mastering Bitcoin as a prerequisite. The program spans several weeks, covering topics such as SegWit, mining, network block propagation, P2P, scripts, wallets, and more.

Meet Your TAs

Raj Maitra

Raj Maitra


Pen-and-paper engineer turned keyboard warrior in multiple rabbit holes. Often known for making a mess. An actual rabbit.




Joined Bitshala to run Bitcoin Core on his Dive Computer. Didn’t work, but he’ll keep trying.

Anmol Sharma

Anmol Sharma


When he is not talking about Bitcoin,he is busy writing code. But let's be honest, he is usually busy talking about Bitcoin.

Cohort calendar




Week 01

Welcome to the Bitcoin Protocol Development Seminar


Week 02



Week 03

Mining and Network Block Propagation


Week 04



Week 05

Scripts and Wallets


Week 06

Next Steps


The structure of the cohort program is designed for self-study. Each week, participants will be assigned to a group to receive questions related to the scheduled chapters. Participants are expected to study the material, prepare answers to their questions, and actively participate in the weekly group discussion sessions, where they will explain their answers to other participants.
Following the group discussion, Bitshala Teaching Assistants (TAs) will be available for doubt-clearing sessions, providing an opportunity to ask additional questions and clarify any doubts that arose during the study session.
After the group session, participants will be given programming exercises based on the weekly study content. Participants are expected to complete and submit the exercises within the designated timeframe.

Bitcoin Study Cohorts

You, with fellow learners collectively explore selected texts over several weeks in a structured self-study format. You gain hands-on experience and in-depth insights into Bitcoin’s technical aspects. And also receive certificates to celebrate your wins!

Bitcoin Talk

You get to listen to insightful conversations with experienced Bitcoin developers as they share their journeys, provide valuable advice, and offer suggestions for newcomers in the exciting world of Bitcoin development.

Bitcoin Core Review Club

You get hand-on experience into the inner workings of Bitcoin Core and understand how experienced contributors review PRs. You’ll also develop a deeper understanding of Bitcoin’s design principles while sharpening your adversarial-thinking skills.

Discord Community

Come and become a part of our vibrant community of Bitcoin enthusiasts. Here, you can engage in discussions, challenge ideas, and explore Bitcoin opportunities with like-minded peers passionate about shaping the future of decentralized finance.