Let’s journey to Africa, where we examine Bitcoin adoption and education through the lens of locals like Alakanani in Botswana.
Some believe that Bitcoin is finally going mainstream. But is it really?
Publicly launched in 2009, Bitcoin, the world’s first established cryptocurrency, has gained some adoption. Public figures like Elon Musk of Tesla and Jack Dorsey of Twitter are regularly talking about Bitcoin. Visa, PayPal, and Square have launched cryptocurrency payments. And Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, went public with its IPO.
However, more than a decade after launching, Bitcoin adoption is still slow around the globe. News about Bitcoin is often about price speculation and many people don’t understand what Bitcoin is.
What is needed then for more adoption and impact? Education.
Our latest film explores this in Botswana where educator and community builder Alakanani Itireleng turns pain into purpose with Satoshicentre, a blockchain hub in Gaborone.
Filmmaker Sergio Ruestes also talks to Gaborone locals Koketso Pelo, Dr. D.B. Ariisa, and Ian Makgabana about how Bitcoin and crypto have the potential to empower people in Botswana, Africa, and beyond.
BitcoinFilm is a documentary series that tells human stories of Bitcoin’s impact on society through short films. We show real world cases where Bitcoin is making a difference in social and financial economics of the countries we visit. Run by a passionate group of volunteers, we hope to show the human side of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.