Token - Crypto for Beginners
Explore if, how, and when crypto/web3 can change the world.
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1) Course Overview
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2) Meet Your Instructor
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Course Overview
A first stop for understanding crypto/web3 and it's future potential.
In Token, you will:

Master the basic understanding of web3 technology & its jargon. We'll cover private wallets, exchanges, minting, and staking with fun hands on examples. You'll also become fluent in crypto speak. DeFi, DAOs, proof-of-stake, AMMs, Gwei - we'll cover all of the social and technical terms you'll need to know.

Experiment with tools & strategies. You'll learn how to mint your own NFT collection, dive into the world of DeFi, use decentralized applications, and how web3 creates an internet of personal ownership.

Learn the broader implications. We'll dive deep into crypto promises (and threats) for society, the economy, and the environment. We'll look at historical examples of where crypto has fallen short and it's common criticisms, but we'll also look at where it could go in the future.

No prior knowledge about crypto is required.
Why learn about crypto/web3?
From course instructor, Andy Page
One of the most important things that crypto/web3 offers to the world is the ability to make financial services a world public utility or even a basic human right - something that is available to all "citizens of the internet".

I think a lot of US citizens don't realize how privileged we are to live in a country where we have access to safe and secure bank accounts, we have access to student loans, we can take out a mortgage, and (generally) we have faith in our government and banks that those products and services are safe and can be trusted. Not everyone is in the same boat.

Crypto allows anyone with internet connection to have access to decentralized financial services. They can create a savings account, they can take out a loan, they can exchange assets, buy insurance, non-US citizens can own assets that reflect the price of US stocks, etc. With crypto/web3, all of this is possible without the need of any government or centralized banks.
Meet Your Instructor
Andy Page
Token is the only Forge course led by a member of Forge's full-time leadership team. Andy serves as Forge's Executive Director and is a UVA alum who helped get Forge off the ground back in 2014.

Before becoming Executive Director, Andy was a student at Forge who learned and taught alongside his peers. Starting in August 2014, Andy participated in his first skills course before taking on roles at Forge in public events, in Launch, and as a student director. He joined the full-time team after graduation as Head of Partnerships before becoming COO and then Executive Director.

As a cyptro education, Andy has led multiple workshops teaching bankers and current financial intuitions about the future potential of crypto. He is also a contributing member of multiple DAOs and creates educational content on subjects within DeFi.
Joining the Forge Community
At Forge, we give our people the skills they need to realize their big ideas and a community they can call home. Our courses are a great place to get to know our community, make new friends, and prepare for your future. All of our students get access to exclusive perks and opportunities beyond whatever course they're taking:
Free access to all of our Crash Courses
Exclusive community events and jobs
Opportunities for (sometimes paid!) projects to practice your new skills
Priority applications for Launch summer internship program
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Dates, Deadlines, and Tuition
Workshop Schedule
Token meets online, every Thursday from 4:00-5:30pm ET via Zoom.
This course starts the week of February 13 and continues for 6 weeks.
Time Commitment
This course expects a 2-4 hour/week commitment. Token meets once weekly for an hour and a half with resources and projects to explore outside of course meetings.
Application Process and Deadlines
Spring 2022 applications are closed.

Fall 2022 applications will open this summer.

$135 Course Fee
This is less than a twelfth of the average cost of a college course*. We also offer reduced payment options on a needs-basis, no questions asked. See below for more information on our financial aid.

Do you offer financial aid?
We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the Forge community. This is made possible by $20,000 in generous donations from our alumni network each year.

15% of students receive financial aid from Forge. 54% of aid goes to first-generation college students, and 80% of aid goes to people of color.
What's your refund policy?
We think you'll love Forge, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course's first workshop meeting time. You'll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.
What are your online courses like?
We know how to do online teaching right. Our Skills Courses will be all-online for the foreseeable future to protect the health of our students and instructors. Teaching online is not new for us - we know how to make online courses fun, engaging, and interactive. We know you can't just film a traditional lecture and hope for the best!

Since we've moved our courses online, our student satisfaction ratings haven't changed -- 95% of students would still recommend their course to a friend.
Do I need to have any background experience to apply?
No, you don't! This course is designed for people with little-to-no background experience.
What's your climate impact?
We donate 1% of all course tuition to carbon removal initiatives around the world. We also power our clubhouse with 100% clean wind and solar power. Learn more.
I have a question that wasn't answered here.
No problem! Reach out to, and/or come to our online Open House to talk to our team and learn more.
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There is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working and learning beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner."

- Rachel, Forge alumna
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