The Interchain Developer Academy

Level up your web3 career by learning the Interchain Stack!


*Dates coming soon

The Interchain Developer Academy is a self-paced, seven-week training program covering the core aspects of the Interchain Stack, including the Cosmos SDK, CosmJS, and IBC.

You’ll get expert instruction from leading blockchain specialists, and once you've completed the program you'll have a solid understanding of the Interchain stack.

Boost your web3 career and master the Interchain Stack in 7 weeks!




Satisfaction rating



"The support of instructors and fellow students on the Academy helped deepen my understanding of blockchain concepts, and motivated me not to give up on pursuing a real-world job in the Interchain Ecosystem. I've already been offered a role working on a Cosmos SDK-based blockchain project, and I couldn't be more thrilled!"

Stefano Magini | Interchain Developer Academy, Cohort 3 graduate

If this sounds like you, then register your interest for the next cohort!

How will you benefit?


Take the program for free

If you're accepted to the Academy, your place will be fully funded by the Interchain Foundation, so the program will be completely free of charge. All you need to do is commit the time to complete the program.


Gain the skills to start your own project

Whether you’re interested in DeFi, NFTs, gaming, DAOs, social networks, or marketplaces, you can build entirely autonomous application-specific blockchains that can easily interconnect with the Interchain Stack.

Opt out of high transaction fees and network congestion, make your own rules, and scale for mainstream adoption while becoming part of an ever-growing ecosystem.


Get certification from the Interchain Foundation 

Participants who complete the Interchain Developer Academy and pass the final exam get certified by the Interchain Foundation – the organization that stewards, maintains, funds, and advances the Interchain.


Join an industry-leading community

Developers in the Interchain are pioneers of a new era of blockchain technology. You’ll be joining a fast-growing token economy built upon a secure and stable foundation.

“The most valuable thing about the Academy is by far the amount of support that you get from both the instructors AND the community. I now have a much better understanding of Cosmos SDK and what it takes to develop an application-specific blockchain. If you’re interested in becoming a Cosmos SDK developer, joining the Academy is a no-brainer.”

Basel Hashish, Support & Solutions Engineer | Interchain Developer Academy graduate

Is the Academy right for you?

You don't need to know anything about blockchain

…but you have at least three years of professional programming experience.

You can commit to 10 hours of work per week

…to complete the seven-week program.

You’re passionate about learning about blockchain

…and pursuing a career with a blockchain company.

You’ll need to complete and pass a screening test

…to evaluate your general knowledge of software development concepts and problem-solving skills.

Program Timeline

"I wanted to contribute to web 3.0 growth as a blockchain application developer for the Interchain Ecosystem, so I joined the Academy. As I was focused on dApp development, the parts about Interchain app-chain architecture and CosmJS were most useful. I learned how to deal with WSL2, Docker, and bash scripts during the education process. If you want to learn how to build a blockchain with Cosmos SDK then the Academy is the right place to start.”

Mikhail Sementsov, Developer | Interchain Developer Academy graduate

Why learn the Interchain Stack

The Interchain consists of independent, interconnected, application-specific blockchains, built using developer-friendly, modular components from the Cosmos SDK, and connected with the ground-breaking Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC).

Using the Interchain Stack, developers build entirely autonomous, sovereign decentralized apps that can also easily interconnect with both traditional software and other blockchains. Developers can rely on a well-maintained, continuously updated product stack and a large, active, and supportive community.

All this has enormous implications for blockchain technology and means the demand for developers in the Interchain will continue to rise. There are currently more than 50 appchains built with the Interchain Stack, interconnected with one another, and with hundreds of dApps and services built on them.

The skills you'll gain


You’ll learn the foundational principles of blockchain technology, to clarify some concepts for developers who haven’t worked with this tech before or those who want a refresher.

We’ll cover an overview of the Interchain, including a comparison to other platforms, as well as working with ATOM, wallets, and staking – for developers who have worked with other protocols and SDKs.

Main concepts

  • Gaining knowledge of blockchain technology and cryptography in general
  • Delving into the concepts of the Cosmos SDK and building an application-specific chain using the Cosmos SDK
  • Using Ignite CLI to scaffold modules for a blockchain
  • Operating nodes and validating on a Cosmos blockchain
  • Making blockchains interconnected and running relaying infrastructure between IBC-connected chains
  • Building front- and backend applications using CosmJS

Meet your instructors

The Interchain Developer Academy is delivered by expert instructors from our blockchain education partner, B9Lab. They've helped train more than 16,000 developers across 160 countries.


Xavier Lepretre

Xavier is a software and infrastructure engineer. In the past 15 years, he has coded, deployed, customized, troubleshot, and supported various software systems. He has also guided, educated, taught, and coached customers across the world.

Blockchain Developer and Trainer

Anil Öner

Anil is a self-taught, lifelong developer who has worked with many programming languages and in higher mathematics. Coming from a background of research projects in physics and computer-based simulations, he has since worked with embedded systems and cryptography, and is an experienced coder using the Cosmos SDK, Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Sawtooth, Tezos, and EOSIO, among others.

Project Manager, Content Production

Citlali Mora Catlett

Citlali has substantial experience as a project manager and educational content creator for remote and in-person learning experiences targeted at students and professionals from around the world. Her work in web3 development has included delivering focused training on specific technology stacks and providing support to learners entirely new to blockchain.

Blockchain Developer and Trainer

Rob Hitchens

Rob has worked in blockchain technology since the early days and quickly recognized the disruptive potential of smart contracts and decentralized apps. He has worn many hats in his extensive IT career, including experience designing, constructing, implementing, and operating innovative software solutions, developing training programs, and supporting online education platforms.

Community Manager, Technical Writer

Andrew Critchley

Andrew has been working creatively with words for more than 20 years, and as a technical writer he provides support to B9Lab's production content team. His experience as an online community manager began in the mobile telecommunications industry and predates the emergence of modern social media as a global cultural phenomenon.

Dean of Students

Marisol Moreira Lares

Sol has spent 15 years in education and project management helping learners get the most from their studies. As Dean of Students, she coordinates Academy activities from admission to certification, responds to participant queries, and leads data collection and evaluation efforts to ensure the program runs efficiently and has the context to always improve.


The content is delivered online. Theory and exercises are presented through written and recorded presentations.


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Register your interest and we'll let you know as soon as we have dates for the next Academy intake.

Fully funded by the Interchain Foundation

The Interchain Foundation (ICF) is a Swiss non-profit that funds, stewards, and advances the Interchain.

Actively supporting and incentivizing development within the ecosystem, the Interchain Foundation plays an integral role in community-driven initiatives to promote innovation within the ecosystem.