With technological progress, today it is possible to order McDonalds while sitting in your room, yet we haven’t gotten to the point where Wi-Fi connectivity is everywhere. Everyone has run into an issue of not being able to find a Wi-Fi connection while traveling. Our team noticed that in places that didn’t have free accessible Wi-Fi, the issue was not that a Wi-Fi network wasn’t available but rather that it was locked. So, we created an app called HotSpot that uses blockchain technology to allow users to create guest networks on their Wi-Fi and get paid for letting others use it.

For this to work we used a Raspberry Pi that has been modified to act as a router that can create an additional network. The application works on the IOTA network and uses IOTA tokens as micropayments for Wi-Fi usage. In the future, we plan to use wide range mesh networks to eventually deliver Wi-Fi to places in 3rd world countries where infrastructure is expensive. The goal of HotSpot is to have cheap and accessible Wi-Fi no matter where you are in the world.

What inspired you (or your team)?

Working for a start-up called “The Blockchain Society,” our team travels a lot. During a recent trip in Berlin, Talha didn’t want to spend $20 on an Uber and decided to take the train. But on the train, he didn’t know where to go and didn’t have any wifi. Seeing all the locked networks, Talha wondered why he was forced to have to buy a different SIM card when he only needed wifi for 10 minutes. Should he not be able to just pay to use someone’s network for 5-10 minutes? From this, Hotspot was born, decentralized peer-to-peer wifi sharing.