We are B9lab

B9lab is the world’s leading provider of blockchain education, training and talent. Through our online academy and on-site training workshops, B9lab works with clients ranging from leading global institutions to talented independent developers all over the world.

Founded in 2014, the company aims to demystify the field by helping decision-makers prepare for technological disruption and certifying developers to drive that change. B9lab also offers advisory and talent services to help organisations find the best technological and professional fit for their blockchain projects.

Our Story

Bitcoin piqued the interest of the B9lab founders in around 2009. When it became apparent that smart contract platforms were actually feasible (around late 2014), another thing became immediately clear: the blockchain community needed high quality, consolidated training materials so that aspiring blockchain developers could upskill in weeks instead of months or years. Hence, B9lab: an online academy where developers and non-programmers alike can receive best-in-class education, training and talent in blockchain and decentralised applications.

B9lab was one of the first to come out with a quality online training course for aspiring Ethereum developers back in 2016. Today, our global learning community has grown to more than 10,000 students in 125 countries and our certification programme is among the most reputable in the blockchain space.

Whether you are a team or individual learner, B9lab exists to enrich and accelerate your blockchain learning journey. We also want to help create a more diverse community from a wider variety of backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. So, whether you read an article, watch videos (or sign up to a course) we encourage you to always be learning.

Why choose B9lab?

Independent

Protocol neutral means we do not favour a single technology stack over all others as many other providers do. B9lab aims to offer the widest possible range of different blockchain technologies to provide a balanced, well-rounded educational experience.

Experienced

As one of the first organisations to offer education and training in the blockchain space, our clients can count on years of teaching experience and in-depth courseware that is hard to find anywhere else.

Personal

Our expert instructors provide “active tutoring” - that means one-on-one personalised support. From answering questions on Slack to individual code review, this rare and highly valuable service level is impossible to find on a free MOOC.

Up to date

With monthly cohorts and weekly content releases, our top priority is to make sure our courseware is never outdated and always at the leading edge of the industry.

Flexible

We put our clients first to meet their learning and training needs in a flexible, empathetic and understanding way.

Ethical

We pride ourselves in making sure alumni get a sense of the social and ethical implications of blockchain development. That’s why we co-developed the Satoshi Oath: the first-ever code of ethics in the blockchain space.

Our Team

Damien Ducourty

Founder

Damien is an experienced entrepreneur and executive with a track record of bringing disruptive solutions to market in telecom and finance since 1996. He spent the last few years looking into decentralised applications and blockchain technology.

Elias Haase

Founder

Elias has spent the past 10 years planning, building and running digital products. His background is in Artificial Intelligence. Since the early days of bitcoin he has been following the progress of blockchain tech and gathered experience with smart contracts / trustless computation.

Xavier Leprêtre

Founder

Xavier is a software and infrastructure engineer. In the past 15 years, he has coded, deployed, customised, troubleshot, and supported various software systems. He has also guided, educated, taught, and coached customers across Asia. Xavier used to be based in Thailand and Singapore. For more than two years now, he has been a keen member of the blockchain community.

Ibo Sy

Founder

Ibo is a software engineer and entrepreneur with extensive experience in native desktop, web and mobile application development. He has worked on 3D Virtual and Augmented Reality projects and has a knack for embedded systems. He has been delivering software projects for 10 years.

Tanya Alvarez

Office Manager

Tanya has 5 years experience working in education, in teaching and administrative roles. As manager of the Barcelona office, she provides administrative support to the "decentralized" team and sees to their general wellbeing at B9lab.

Edward Hall

Design

Edward has over ten years experience working in a broad range of creative and technical roles. After working for ITV and Virgin he discovered Bitcoin early and since then has been involved with multiple blockchain projects. He is passionate about blockchain technologies, using it to bring positive change to the world and educating people about its massive potential.

Nicole Harper

Communications

Nicole brings over 5 years of experience in content creation and management to her role as communications lead. She has taken on roles and led projects in a range of sectors from civic tech to energy tech to fintech. Nicole is especially excited to bring her creative skillset to the nexus of blockchain and education with B9lab. She holds an MSc in environmental management and policy.

Rob Hitchens

Blockchain Developer and Trainer

Rob 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. Rob has been dabbling in blockchain technology since the early days and quickly recognised the disruptive potential of Smart Contracts and decentralised apps. Since 2016, Rob has been absorbing all things related to Smart Contracts and supporting developers on their quest to master this technology.

Rhian Lewis

Expert Instructor

Rhian is a software engineer with a profound interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. She has a BSc in Economics from UCL and was a journalist at The Times. She is the co-developer of cryptocurrency portfolio tracker CountMyCrypto, an adviser to the Yope.io payment platform and the co-founder of London Women in Bitcoin.

Lucy Meiland

Talent

Lucy has been client facing for 20 years. She has a strong track record in marketing, sales and finance. She has run multiple teams at small and large firms and ran her own company for eight years before joining B9lab. Currently, Lucy heads up B9lab Talent and is putting together the infrastructure to run a successful and ethical recruitment business within B9lab.

Citlali Mora Catlett

Strategy & Special Projects

Citlali is a political scientist with a focus on international relations, international organizations, security policy and economy. She has a BA in Political Science, Economy and Business Administration and a MA in Political Science from the LMU Munich. Citlali has worked at international scholar conferences providing educational experiences for students from around the world, as well as substantial preparation materials and general conference services and assisted in university undergrad courses.

Ursula Neulinger

Senior Consultant eLearning

Uschi has been working the last 15 years in learning and communication and has large experience in instructional design of media. She ran research projects with Universities in Europe and Latin America and is consulting big and media companies in eLearning and knowledge management.

Anil Öner

Expert Instructor

Anil joined the team after finishing his MSc in Biophysics at the TUM. He has worked with several programming languages and higher mathematics, and conduct research projects in ultra-high vacuum, electrotechnics and computer-based simulations. Anil has taken a stake in embedded and scientific programming, as well as cryptography.

Sam Schmeink

Infrastructure Engineer

Sam has been interested in software and web development and system administration from a very young age. After finishing his vocational training, he acquired several years of experience as a system administrator, then founded his own company with a focus as an IT provider before joining B9lab. His focal points are the Linux world and web development.

Locations

London

20-22 Wenlock Road

London

N1 7GU

United Kingdom

Barcelona

Rambla Catalunya, 125

Barcelona

08008

Spain

Hamburg

Rödingsmarkt, 9

Hamburg

20459

Germany

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