Sisibox to Help Women with Menstruation Challenges
Finding real-world use for cryptocurrency that will attract mass adoption has been the aim of many crypto enthusiasts. However, it would seem that Don Gilead Oyendika Okolonkwo has found the perfect real-world use case. His solution is pegged on sanitary pads for women called SISIBOX.
How did Don Gilead, Chairman of BeepMagnet International Group get to create this awesome product pegged on cryptocurrency? He explains his journey, strengths and challenges with Cryptotvplus in an interview.
Before becoming the chairman of BeepMagnet and dabbling into the decentralized world, Don Gilead had always been a tech lover interested in finding alternative means of payment. He was the founding president of SaveQuick Cooperative Investment Limited in 2012, he also dabbled into e-Gold as a means of payment about 6 years ago. However, it was about 4 years ago that he had an encounter with cryptocurrency. He explained that he met Mr Greg, the PRO of the GoldCoin Community and that encounter fostered his interest in cryptocurrency. He added, “I heard about the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” and I decided to do my own personal research. I was intrigued about the power of decentralization, trust and the almost unhackable nature of the technology considering its mode of operation.”
GoldCoin was officially the first cryptocurrency project Gilead would be involved with. His passion to find out more about the benefits of cryptocurrency to the African continent led him to meet some amazing members of the GoldCoin community and eventually becoming a part of the community himself. In his own words,
My hunger to make this technology accessible to Africans led to my invitation to be part of the Core Team of GoldCoin Project to Lead Africa. Being in the team, I learnt a lot about Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency from the position of Technology, Innovation and Problem-solving.
He was fascinated by the blockchain technology and the possibilities it presented. To him, the technology provided a safer means of carrying out a transaction. He described it thus,
“I was fascinated by the process it would take to hack the blockchain, it would be better you follow the algorithm or rule embedded in the algorithm in other to be rewarded than to try to alter the record in the Ledger. To think about hacking the blockchain will mean to imagine altering all the computers that have a copy of the ledger.”
The Solution and the Challenges
After considering the immense benefit of the technology, it was time to create a solution that will solve the financial problems facing the African continent. His company BeepMagnet International Group formed the firm’s slogan “Matching Technology with Innovation” which symbolizes his zeal to solve real-life problems with the blockchain. He explained,
“As an African and as a Nigerian, there were many problems that GoldCoin could not solve. This was because it was an abstract that can only be understood by an intellectual since it cannot be connected to immediate proof of USE. It was almost impossible to get adoption in Africa. This was the trigger of developing a blockchain solution to solve African challenges.”
He, however, met with challenges on his way to creating a real-life use case of cryptocurrency in Africa including losing money in a lot of scam projects as well as finding it difficult to convince people of the true qualities of cryptocurrency because of the Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) and pyramid scheme notions attached to it.
Undeterred by the challenges, Gilead is working hard towards solving the challenges facing the African society. He explained,
“We missed out in the Industrial Age, we also missed out in the beginning when Bitcoin was at its inception stage. If we must stand tall, Africa needs to embrace Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and implement this to solve specific problems. In the last 4 years, this is what BeepMagnet International Group is committed to actualizing.”
To Gilead, his definition of the blockchain is “a trusted record that is open, transparent and almost impossible to hack or alter. It is a record that is not controlled by an individual or a centralized system. This record keeps every detail to the minute of split seconds when the data was inputted. Time, date, unit, transaction number, a hash is encrypted using the most advanced security known as cryptography.” He believes that the blockchain is “the QUANTUM revolution that will advance Africa in the Social Economic placement among other continents.”
As the Chairman of BeepMagnet International Group, Gilead shared his passion for the blockchain space. He described the loyalty space as an untapped industry and described the industry as one he is passionate about revolutionising. He explained his efforts thus far, “We started the drive from the traditional point of view leading to the development of an offline payment solution that supported e-Thrift and Cashback to Cooperative Members. Later, we advanced to creating customized ATM Cards in partnership with local Nigerian Banks to give out Discount Cards that can be used to shop at patterning Merchant Stores when you are a holder of the Card. As time went by, we partnered with an International Company to provide this for Nigerians. The card was BeepXtra Cards.”
BMCT – Solution to Merchant Adoption
However, they ran into a hurdle and had to deal with the problem of merchant adoption. To create a solution, the BeepMagnet International Group had to develop the World’s Foundation of Consumer Loyalty known as BMCT (Blockchain Merchant & Consumer Token). The aim of creating this token is to strategically position Africa at the centre of the blockchain space. So far, the company has created 11 use cases in its drive to solve the problems common in Africa.
Sisibox – Proof of Use for BMCT
BeepMagnet has created several products solving real-world problems pegged on its cryptocurrency the Blockchain Merchant and Consumer Token (BMCT). And one of such problems is the problem of mass adoption of the blockchain technology. To encourage women into the space SISIBOX, a Premium Brand of Lady Sanitary was created as a proof of use for BMCT. The aim of this product is to encourage women into the blockchain space as well as provide a means providing women with emotional and financial support during their menstrual cycle. The unique feature of BeepMagnet’s product is that they are intertwined. Sisibox is a product under BeepHealthCare which is also a product of BeepMagnet which aims to give individuals and families access to premium healthcare insurance from the best hospitals in Nigeria. The company also has MobDoctor, a mobile application that connects Doctors and Patients all over the World. The aim of this product is to reduce improve medical consulting across the African continent.
Gilead reveals that the company also has a product to solve the problem of Mass adoption of blockchain by merchants globally called QDiscount. To solve the problem of remittance in Africa, BeepXchange, a subsidiary of BeepMagnet International Group was created. The company also has another product called Quick credit which aims to solve the problem of Credit Ranking although it is yet to be unveiled. The gaming sector is not left out as BeepMagnet spread its tentacles across industries. MobGames is a live game solution designed for live tournaments across GYMs and Hotels in Africa.
Gilead is not yet done with the blockchain space as he still has plans for the industry. He details his milestones to include; “Empowering and attracting women to blockchain using sisibox. It is our objective that every African lady takes advantage of sisibox. Sisibox premium brand of Lady Sanitary is made from the best materials. It contains Anion Sanitary Napkins, Panty Liners and Ovulation Strips and a crypto-fiat voucher that rewards every user with cashback in BMCT and Commissions in Fiat.” He also aims that in the following years, his company BeepMagnet will be able to see the release of its products to Africa in particular and the world at large. He also hopes that his firm will “lead the Development of a Blockchain Voting System that is rig and hack proof and can be deployed in any form of voting or poll system.”
Confident of how his projects are contributing to creating mass adoption in the blockchain technology, Gilead explains, “All our projects are not white papers. It started as a proof of concept to proof of use. All our projects are solutions to existing problems bedeviling Africa. We have integrated empowerment into all these projects to propel the will to act and attract as a lot of New Breed into our community.” He goes on further to cite examples stating that women can earn as much as 2 million Naira every four months through Sisibox. He also explained that MobDoctor will increase mass adoption as people are in need of consultancy services and for every time MobDoctor provides access to the best Quality Consultations from Qualified and renowned doctors across the globe, one more person has gained knowledge of the blockchain technology and its use case.
To have a great company one needs to be surrounded by a great team of individuals, Gilead shares with us information about his team and the driving force behind their success. “BeepMagnet International Team was drawn by the vision of the Group. The Team is dedicated as the see technology and innovation as a way of life. The attraction s decentralization and Interests protected in BMCT Blockchain which is the tie across all subsidiaries.” To inspire the team members the company has adopted a different business model. Gilead describes the model saying, our model is designed that everyone drives our business model with his or her ID No/Affiliate No. This means that as soon as you join BeepMagnet Group, you become a promoter or an ambassador. Whatever your effort achieves is 100% yours- this motivates everyone. I have also set an example for transparency, my team members are the first to hear the concept, we review, and we allow for joint contribution. So that makes it our project, whenever you see your contribution being implemented.” Gilead is really adopting the term decentralized in his organization.
Facebook’s Libra Project White Paper Is Officially Out: Pushes for the Internet of Money
After months of speculation and a nonofficial statement from the Facebook team after the news break by Bloomberg reports on the rumoured cryptocurrency project secretly being worked, Facebook’s Libra Project White Paper is officially out.
Facebook clearly outlines its mission and vision for the Switzerland registered project.
It’s mission according to the whitepaper reads
“Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.”
Facebook is clearly ready for another phase of its reign as a social media giant housing more than a quarter of the world’s population. It is home to more than 2 billion users with its aggregated user base for WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.
With the Libra’s project cryptocurrency dubbed the Globalcoin, Facebook is going to have an impact in the cryptosphere coupled with the influence of the founding members such as Coinbase, Visa, Spotify, Mastercard, Uber, Paypal, and others who have invested about $10million each into the project.
Facebook wants to make Libra the evolution of Paypal with the wish that it will be simpler to establish, easier to use as a payment means with fewer transaction fees, more accessible to the unbanked, more flexible and durable through decentralisation.
In its Libra document, Facebook writes:
“Success will mean that a person working abroad has a fast and simple way to send money to family back home, and a college student can pay their rent as easily as they can buy a coffee.”
Alongside Libra network, Facebook is also launching Calibra, a subsidiary company that will handle the transactions and protect users privacy. The goal of Calibra is “to provide financial services that will let people access and participate in the Libra network,” and it will be readily available in Messenger and WhatsApp and also as a standalone app.
The control of the Libra network will not be solely Facebook’s duty since it is decentralized to include all the 28 founding members. It is the association’s duty commonly referred to as “Libra Association” to promote the open-sourced Libra blockchain and also sign up businesses to accept Libra for payment. It rests upon them to recruit more founding members as Facebook says it wants to reach 100 members before the official launch of Libra.
The unit of the Libra cryptocurrency is Libra just like the unit of a dollar is cent. Libra is represented by a three wavy horizontal line Unicode character ≋ like the dollar is represented by $ or the naira by #. The value of a Libra is meant to stay largely stable since it is a stable coin. Its stability will make it be a good medium of exchange, as merchants can be confident as they will be assured they won’t be paid a Libra today that will be lesser than the amount tomorrow.
Block.one Launches a Social Media App, “Voice”
Block.one, the firm behind EOS, on 1st June 2019 announced that it is introducing a blockchain-based social media, Voice, that will bring alignment and transparency to social media users. This was made open at the company’s June 1 event at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. which drew about 300 attendees who included industry influencers, developers, investors, media and members of the community.
Block.one claimed that “Social media is fundamentally broken and is in need of a complete overhaul.” Noting that Voice will be launched on EOS public blockchain and therefore is a more transparent social media platform for the world. And hence, the value of good content gets circulated right back into sustaining the community, not corporate bottom lines as it will return to users. Voice is then meant to cultivate creation, sharing, discovery, and promotion of contents by real users, not bots and fake accounts just like on Facebook or Twitter and users will directly benefit from their ideas and engagement on the platform.
Voice will be on the public blockchain of EOS and it will allow for alignment and transparency – no hidden algorithms nor invisible interests.
Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one, who opened the company’s June 1 event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. with the announcement of Voice said that “the truth is, current social media platforms are designed to use their users.” However, pertaining to Voice, he said, “just look at the business model. Our content. Our data. Our attention. These are all incredibly valuable things. But right now, it’s the platform, not the user, that reaps the reward. By design, they run by auctioning our information to advertisers, pocketing the profit, and flooding our feeds with hidden agendas dictated by the highest bidder. Voice changes that.”
Is Block.one Capable of this Social Media Revolution?
Block.one is well positioned to lead this social media revolution because its first product, EOSIO, was a global initiative to build a more scalable, secure and flexible blockchain framework that enable people to reimagine, rebuild and restore trust in the systems enterprises. Its success with EOS has led to it offering early backers a huge returns for their investment. And notably, the numerous networks built on the EOSIO software are consistently the most used public blockchain platforms in the world, accounting for upwards of 70% of all blockchain activity. For example, Everipedia and Galaxy Digital LP are such networks that utilized EOSIO network. Security, privacy and ease-of-use will always be critical in Block.one’s projects.
Bitcoin Pizza Day, We’ve Come a Long Way
Pizza is well known all over the world the juicy cheesy meal has won many a heart. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is also breaking boundaries. The story of Bitcoin Pizza Day begins on May 22, 2010. It isn’t just a story of how one man bought a pizza for 10000 Bitcoin, it is a story of Bitcoin adoption.
Nine years ago, Laszlo Hanyecz traded 10,000 BTC for Pizza and has since been known as the Bitcoin Pizza guy. At that time one BTC was less than a dollar, but today, it is worth over a $7,000. Laszlo Hanyecz had announced on the bitcointalk forum that he was willing to pay 10,000 Bitcoins for the delivery of two Papa John’s pizzas. He wrote on the platform,
“I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day.”
At that time, all Hanyecz, a software engineer from Florida wanted was to get Pizza in exchange of BTC. Pretty soon, a British man took up Hanyecz’s offer. He offered to get the two pizzas for him at the price of $25 a piece. It was quite a bargain because at that time 10,000 Bitcoins were worth around $41. Nine months after exchanging his BTC for Pizza, Bitcoin became equal with the U.S. dollar, which means the two pizzas were now worth $10,000. Today, the price of one BTC is worth $7918.69 as at the time of writing.
While it is easy to make speculations as to why Hanyecz was willing to part with his digital currencies for Pizza, we cannot deny that he has made a contribution to adoption. It is important to note that the Bitcoin Pizza story is the first known real-world bitcoin transaction. Hanyecz claims that buying the pizza helped legitimize BTC. And although he doesn’t think about how wealthy he could have been if he had held onto his coins he doesn’t regret it. He claims that he is proud to have been a backer of Bitcoin and a proponent of its use in the real world.
Today, Bitcoin use has exceed pizza purchase. Bitcoin and other altcoins can be used for varied purposes. A lot of businesses have adopted digital currencies as a means of transacting since the Bitcoin boom of 2017. You can now purchase a house with bitcoin and even receive your salary in Bitcoin. Today, May 22 has been named Bitcoin Pizza Day. In celebration of the day, crypto companies such as Huobi are celebrating Bitcoin pizza day with special offerings for their users.
Can you spend 10,000 BTC on Pizza? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.
Do Crypto Movies Really Educate?
Cryptocurrencies have come to stay and have found a way into the entertainment industry. Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2009, getting cryptocurrencies to go mainstream has been the aim of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts. A huge breakthrough has been made over the years with Bitcoin finding its way into the Merriam Webster Scrabble dictionary. Asides this, a couple of businesses now accept bitcoin. The importance of the media in creating awareness cannot be overemphasized. Now, the question revolves around whether crypto related movies have any positive impact on adoption or awareness.
A lot of documentaries have been made on cryptocurrencies since the inception of Bitcoin. The movie ‘Banking on Bitcoin’ is a documentary released in 2014 which explains the disruption bitcoin can bring into the financial system. The great thing about these movies is that they spend time educating people on different aspects of cryptocurrency. “Bitcoin in Uganda – Empowering people” is a 5 minutes crypto documentary created in 2018. This documentary shows the real power of cryptocurrency in remittances and cross-border transactions.
While most of these crypto movies are not mainstream, they do a lot in explaining the power of digital currencies. These documentaries chose different aspects of digital currency and focus on revealing more details about them. In fact, Bitcoin Big Bang, a 104-minute screen piece gives details on the Mt.Gox hack. The story focuses on the arrest of Mark Karpales, the CEO of Mt. Gox in Tokyo after the exchange was hacked and about 850,000 Bitcoins was reportedly stolen. The importance of documentaries such as this cannot be overemphasized
Going Mainstream Media With Crypto
Although there are a lot of low budget documentaries on cryptocurrency, high budget movies are beginning to spring up. ‘Deep Web’, a documentary about Ross Ulbricht trial on Silk Road had a budget of about $80,000 which was raised through Kickstarter. TV Shows such as Billions have episodes dedicated to cryptocurrency.
In fact, Dope is one of the first movies to accept Bitcoin. The movie which had a budget of $7,000,000 was the first movie to accept Bitcoin, this was due to a partnership between GoCoin, Lionsgate and Movie Tickets. Partnerships such as these go a long way to push crypto education mainstream. Also Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Crypto’ was released in April 2019, however, it was a movie about money laundering which involves crypto.
Is Crypto the Big Bad Wolf
As more movies begin to talk about cryptocurrency, the question remains if these movies are for crypto education or just on the move to portray crypto in a bad light. Crypto, the movie which features Beau Knapp and Kurt Russel promises to be a movie about digital currencies or is it? While many have praised the movie for the talent of the actors, a lot of persons are not so pleased with the script with many accusing it of scaring people away from Bitcoin.
Typical of every money laundering or compliance movie, the Russians are always the bad guys. However, does this movie portray crypto as a means of payment which is secure and fast or is it just an easy way for laundering money? While Hollywood still has a long way to go in crypto education and awareness, they must be praised for paying attention to details. From the representation of Ledger’s Nano in Billions to Crypto featuring images of a cryptocurrency exchange called Cryptocurrency market, progress is being made. However, anyone looking for cryptocurrency education will do well not to rely totally on these Hollywood movies.
This is why we have decided at Cryptotvplus to take it a step further at educating the populace on Crypto, its impact and what the future holds. Cryptotvplus will be reeling out interesting short movies bothering on crypto where anyone whether you understand the intricacies of cryptocurrencies or not will not only be educated but also become more than a spectator by participating in this revolutionary shift in the evolution of money and global finance. More on this in my next piece.
What topics or areas in Crypto would you like to see a short film done? Do you have any title in mind? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.
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