What is Gitcoin?

Gitcoin is a community for developers to collaborate and monetize their skills while working on Open Source projects through bounties. A place where you can earn, learn, and connect with other developers from around the world.


How to learn

Gitcoin is a place where anyone can learn and expand their knowledge in software engineering and technology applications in this digital world. This is a community of people with a passion for sharing their skills and creating various features for anyone to use. The only thing needed is a willingness to learn.

The platform can help in your learning through:

  1. Quests: This feature is for anyone willing to learn new things in a general perspective. It is a collection of topics where you will be introduced to various projects by providing reading materials/resources and take on the questions to see if you learned something. By completing a quest, you'll receive Kudos as a token of your achievement.

  2. Hackathons: This feature is for more adventurous people. It is a section where organizations allocate funds for those who will help build projects they needed. You will be working with a group of people whereby giving you a person to person resource aside from ready materials being provided. With this p2p interaction, you get more knowledge on how to accomplish your tasks.

  3. Bounties: This feature is for people who have the confidence they can resolve issues at hand. They will be working on a learn at your own case. This offers a window for self-learning on how to come up with resolutions to a problem and build fixes. A reward is also given.

  4. The Community: With all of the above features, this is a place one can easily get help and ideas. The members are willing to assist those in need by providing the necessary resources and materials to aid anyone with their tasks. Just drop a question, and surely one will be happy to help.

These are just some of the ways you can learn in Gitcoin. Just be patient, eager to learn new things, and passionate in sharing your skills and knowledge.


How to earn

There are a variety of ways to make $$$ on Gitcoin, including but not limited to:


How to connect

As Gitcoin is a social media platform, users will have a wide array of means to connect and interact with the community. These are thoughtfully crafted to provide everyone an efficient way of communication that plays a vital role in knowledge building and sharing.

  • Chat - Meet fellow developers, designers, futurists, and more. Collaborate and BUIDL awesome projects together.

  • Leaderboard - See who are our Top Users for a period of time ranked by their contributions to the community and be inspired to follow their works.

  • Become a Verified Contributor - Be a rock star for your outstanding contributions through awesome works. It gives the reputation that you are dependable and contributes nothing but of quality. This opens opportunities on new and exciting open source projects, bounties, or grants!

  • Activity Feed - This is where you will find the things users are up to - the bounties they are working on, hackathons they are contributing to, and by learning they share to the community. Here you get to explore topics that might be of interest to you.

  • Users Explorer - In need of a coder or someone to help you do some tasks? This is where you get to look for them.

  • Tribes - Follow the organizations you like more and build relationships and meaningful projects.

FAQ

Is Gitcoin free to use?

Yes. This is a free platform for public use. Though certain features and actions require some Ethers to pay for transaction fees as it will be sent to the network.


There are so many things to do, where do I start?

Start with exploring the platform. Check things out and be curious with the features - profile, quests, bounties, and hackathons. Once you're already familiar, take on one quest to get the feels.


Took and passed a quest, how do I redeem my prize - Kudos?

Make sure your ETH address is saved in your Account Settings and MetaMask is unlocked. Click on the redeem button and input or pull from MetaMask your ETH address, and it will be sent to your wallet.


What is a Kudos?

Kudos are badges representing a developer's values and characteristics that can be sent to anyone as a token for their contribution and/or achievements.


What can I do with Kudos?

Kudos can be sent to anyone as a form of appreciation or you can sell it in Opensea.


How can I withdraw my profile earnings into my bank account or redeem them for cash?

  1. Make sure you have setup your desired ETH compatible wallet address (e.g. MetaMask, CoinBase, etc) in your Account Settings.

  2. If you decided to use a CoinBase ETH address in your Account Settings, you can directly withdraw, sell, or exchange your ETH earnings directly from your CoinBase account. Otherwise, you can use any other exchange service of your liking, like: Changelly, Kraken, etc.

Warning

Take extra care to make sure you are using a real ETH - Ethereum address in your account settings; otherwise, your earnings could be lost forever if by any chance a incorrect address (e.g. BTC - Bitcoin, BCH - Bitcoin Cash) was used or they were sent to the wrong address.

Note: You can always verify that you are using an ETH address by searching for your address at: Ether Scan


They say I can send/receive tips?

Yes. Users has the freedom to send tips for valuable contributions by anyone. Tips are from personal wallets of users, not Gitcoin.


How do I send tips?

Please check this tutorial for help.


What is the Town Square?

Think of this as your launchpad to Gitcoin's universe. Details here.


What is a Grant?

Gitcoin Grants provides matching funds + monthly subscription for your favorite OSS maintainers, media outlets, and more.


How do I use Gitcoin Grants?

Please check: Getting Started with Grants.


How do I use Hackathons?

Please check: Getting Started with Hackathons.


How do I use Bounties?

Please check: Getting Started with Bounties.


How do I use Quests?

Please check: Getting Started with Quests.


I have more questions, where do I look for answers?

Worry not. You can check our FAQ Page.