I remember my excitement when he shared the news with the group and would share the video of the first version which you can find on Twitter.
Development has continued until the prototype has evolved into SpaceBox.
SpaceBox is a kit that allows a user run a full Bitcoin node. In short you can mine your own Bitcoin using it making it a powerful use case for Bitcoin technology on the continent. It is not for Bitcoin mining rather, full Bitcoin Lightning Network node operation.
Whereas miners validate and create new coins with hashpower, node operators maintain the Blockchain records and process Lightning Payments between channels.
The SpaceBox is powered by the Raspiblitz which is basically a Raspberry Pi configured to run a Bitcoin node. The rest of the kit comprises solar panels, batteries, and a voltage regulator.
As the arms race for Bitcoin mining continues to support expensive hardware, SpaceBox is a no frills example of what great technology is all about. It levels the playing field for Bitcoin mining allowing Africans to participate.
If you would like to support the project, there is a fundraiser currently on Tallycoin.