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 takes place on the 28th of February 2018. The BlockMesh app will officially launch on the Google Play Store for Android devices as well as the Apple App Store for iOS devices. The BlockMesh revolution begins.
Mid-2018: Launch MeshEx with incentives for partners around the world to become BlockMesh Partners in their country
Late-2018: Incorporate offline payments and wallet services for BlockMesh users utilizing their network for peer-to-peer confirmations as a second layer of payment confirmation.
2019: Focus on growing our global network coverage and quality. Bring on significant retail partners to enable cross-border payments and banking.