The BlockMesh CEO and founder – Bjorn Dingemans – is a serial entrepreneur. Coming from South Africa, he’s seen first-hand what poverty, inequality and a lack of communication and basic internet can do to a population. With 4 years experience in the mesh networking industry, he’s well equipped to ensure his vision to change the way that the world communicates, and banks, will come to fruition. Bjorn is focused on solving both of these problems with one solution, a cost-free communications app that pays its users to use it. Meet BlockMesh.
2015: After months of research Bjorn decided to apply Mesh networking technology as a possible business venture. His aim was to provide internet solutions at cost-effective prices within areas that could support the network. This would be mutually beneficial for both users and service providers.
Mid 2015: A pilot programme was launched at Stellenbosch University in South Africa for the local residents and visiting students. Over 30 000 potential users put the network to the test.
Late 2015: Bjorn then partnered with Bytes (bytes.co.za) to manage the infrastructure implementation. The pilot programme provided Bjorn with valuable practical experience.
2016: Bjorn continued to look at ways for Mesh Networking to become a viable product and turned his attention to networking in Bluetooth devices.
Mid 2016: Bjorn began working with the concept of rewarding users with cryptocurrency as an incentive to grow the network with users.
Late 2016: Bjorn researched a hybrid version of his mesh network project by introducing blockchain technology. BlockMesh was formed with Co-founder Jason Griessel and a team of enthusiasts and external partners were approached.
2017: BlockMesh realized that a cryptocurrency was only valuable if accepted in the real world and to accomplish this a team of enthusiasts and professionals would need to be assembled. The development, marketing, legal, business development, operations and advisory roles were scouted and brought on board.
Mid 2017: The team finalised the concept, launch strategy and ICO date in order to future-proof the project. Large retailers and corporates have been approached to take on our technology, thus enabling instant adoption and growth of the network. BlockMesh’s primary focus is on those that struggle with high cellular and data costs as well as the unbanked in Africa.
Late 2017: The alpha version of the app is being developed and tested. The app will launch on Android for initial A/B testing before being rolled out into iOS before the full launch in 2018.
2018: Our ICO took place on the 28th of February and lasted until 31 March 2018. The BlockMesh alpha Chat and Wallet apps launched on the Google Play Store for Android devices as well at this time. The BlockMesh revolution begins.
Mid 2018: MeshEx Boosters patent secured and prototypes developed. BlockMesh team is invited to RISE 2018 Tech Conference in Hong Kong as a Beta Start-up and have a day to present to the thousands of attendee’s.
Late 2018: Launch the BMH token on N.Exchange, IDEX and continue trading on HitBTC. Begin the process of investigating hardware development partners and software partners to bring our beta version of the app into app stores.
Early 2019: Focus on growing our community, token volume and awareness as well as continuing to investigate the best partners for our hardware and software. We also aim to bring on significant partners to enable better, sustainable growth in Africa, Europe, the US and Asia.
Mid 2019: Work with our retail integration partner to assist them with this process so that we can soon reach our goal of having BMH accepted as a reward/form of payment which can be used to redeem products, goods and services.