BUIDLing a secure & low budget Hardware Wallet

In April of 2019 I’ve joined the world’s largest Blockchain and AI hackathon to build a handheld device for doing payments using blockchain technology. It became an epic event of enourmous proportions and possiblities. Unimaginable for those not joining.

For the past two years I attended two Dutch Blockchain hackathons and the hackathon of the European Union as a specialist. At all three events I was coaching the competing teams and had part in the judging process. This year I attended to the Odyssey Blockchain and AI Hackathon in Groningen once more, but this year I came with a team to create a solution for the Inclusive Banking challenge.
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The Geopolitics that will end the PetroDollar

The surge of crypto-assets and blockchain technology heralded the end of the PetroDollar. Recent insights in this transition -from atoms to electrons- show governments they need to act accurate and promptly or get left behind. Around the world jurisdictions such as the USA, Russia, Asia and the EU respond very different, as they try not to panic and react responsible.

As data swiftly becomes the primary asset in modern societies it is surpassing the importance of physical oil based assets; A remnant from the previous industrial age. With this shift a new base bearer instrument has sprung up: decentralised digitalassets, known as cryptocurrencies. According to Vladimir Putin, governments around the world are required to act informed and swiftly as those late to the race will lose independence to the leading nations of the blockchain space. 
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The humbling experience of implementing Lightning Network

How joining the lightning network became an emotional experience.

Today I’ve joined the Bitcoin Lightning Network mainnet with my dedicated raspberry pi fullnode and suddenly realised what is really happening.

The Lightning Network is an upgrade of the Bitcoin network that allows the network to scale globally. As currently more people want to use Bitcoin than the network can handle, a long needed upgrade of the throughput finally makes its entry: the Lightning Network.
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