<aside> 💡 Protocol Labs Technologies




This page is starting point for learning the key concepts behind Filecoin, IPFS, IPC & other Protocol Labs Technologies, and how to get started building with them.

<aside> ℹ️ IPFS is a peer-to-peer network and protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open. IPFS upgrades the web to work peer-to-peer, addressing data by what it is instead of where it is located on the network, or who is hosting it.


<aside> 💡 Filecoin, the world’s largest decentralized network, offers more than 16+ Exbibytes of storage. It allows users to store, request, and transfer data via a verifiable marketplace. Filecoin is completely open-source, enabling people from all over the world to participate.


<aside> 💡 **FVM** unlocks boundless possibilities, ranging from dataDAOs, to perpetual storage, to financial services for miners (e.g., collateral lending, liquid staking, insurance protocols), to decentralized compute and Layer 2 networks (such as reputation systems and incentive-aligned content delivery networks, and more).


<aside> 💡 IPC (InterPlanetary Consensus) is a breakthrough scalability framework that enables on-demand horizontal and vertical scalability of Filecoin by deploying subnets (self-governing chains) that spawn their own state, validate messages in parallel, and seamlessly interact with any network in the hierarchy, as well as with the Filecoin root network.


Key Technologies & Learning resources

1. Introduction to Protocol Labs

2. Introduction to IPFS

3. Introduction to Filecoin

4. Introduction to Filecoin Virtual Machine (FVM)

5. Storage On-ramps

6. IPC: InterPlanetary Consensus

7. Introduction to IPLD & libp2p

8. Bacalhau & Lilypad: Compute over Data (AI/ML/DeSci)

9. Saturn: Retrieval Markets on Filecoin

10. drand

11. RepDao

Protocol Labs’ Builders Funnel

The Protocol Labs Builders Funnel spans the whole R&D pipeline. We have structures to support builders step-by-step as they learn, build & grow.


Upcoming Hackathons



<aside> 💡 Questions? Join #hackathonathon on the Filecoin Slack


Grant Support


DGM | Decentralized Grants Marketplace

<aside> 💡 Questions? Join #grants-questions on the Filecoin Slack or email [email protected].


Grants Overview with Michelle Lee

Grants Overview with Michelle Lee

Where to apply IPFS/Filecoin grants?

GitHub - ipfs/devgrants: The IPFS Grant platform connects funding organizations with builders and researchers in the IPFS community.

GitHub - filecoin-project/devgrants: 👟 Apply for a Filecoin devgrant. Help build the Filecoin ecosystem!


Protocol Labs runs a number of accelerator programs with leading technology partners, including Longhash, Graph Paper Capital, & a16z Crypto Startup School. Nearly 400 startups have graduated our accelerator programs, raising more than $420M in external capital.