[Filecoin] Filecoin MinerX Fellowship Program is Underway!

The Filecoin team is excited to announce the first crop of Fellows for the Filecoin Miner Experience (MinerX) Fellowship, which aims to engage globally distributed, small-to-medium-sized Filecoin miners to help improve Filecoin’s experience and productivity in these early stages of the network.

The 2021 Fellows are chosen based on their willingness to help other miners and community members; their general participation in the Filecoin Slack and in other parts of the ecosystem; their demonstrated attention to dealmaking/storage on Filecoin; and their geographical and hardware setup diversity.

MinerX is designed to build a solid foundation of geographically-diverse, reliable, long-term storage options to accelerate the development of tools and services in the Filecoin ecosystem, while identifying areas to improve the experience of being a miner for the rest of the Filecoin community. The more miners offering storage in different parts of the world – the faster we can work toward Filecoin’s underlying mission to store humanity’s most important information.

In December, we solicited applications for the program and our first class of MinerX Fellows. With this first class in place, the program officially gets underway next week.

Fellows will focus their efforts on fortifying the network by accepting storage and retrieval deals, supporting various development efforts, identifying areas of improvement for the network, engaging with the community, and growing their network footprint. In exchange, each MineerX Fellow will receive a FIL grant.

Fellows will also provide feedback and file bug reports for tooling/implementations that they’re using to ensure that the experience for all miners improves. In addition, they’ll help bolster the Filecoin network by accepting storage and retrieval deals, and help other miners in Filecoin Slack and other channels.

Over the next few weeks we’ll dive deeper into the work of each of our fellows here on this blog, so please check back for updates! We received many more applications than we expected from qualified and active community members – we are very grateful for your participation in this community, thank you! Stay tuned for details on future opportunities and ways to collaborate with the Filecoin ecosystem.

We appreciate all of the work that’s gone into making the Filecoin project a success – on every continent, across every timezone, in dozens of languages. Without your interest and support, we would not have reached the tremendous growth in the size of the network that we have today. Onward!

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