Ugandan Bitcoiner dreams of the secular economy: BTC Prague 2023

A Bitcoiner from Uganda set off on a journey to Prague, supported by the community, after being awarded tickets to BTC Prague for their work to promote adoption in the East African nation.

Brindon Mwiine, the originator of the Ugandan-based Bitcoin (BTC) platform Gorilla Sats, embarked on an unexpected journey from Kampala to the core of Europe as a result of a Twitter competition he never expected to win.

The official @Bitcoin Twitter profile invited people to share their stories of creating circular economies in their nations, with the reward of tickets to BTC Prague for the victor.

Mwiine, who aspires to form a flourishing Bitcoin community among Uganda’s student body, soon discovered that his individual proposal was receiving a great deal of interest from Bitcoin Twitter users in East Africa.

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At BTC Prague, Mwiine told Cointelegraph journalist Joe Hall how his short Twitter post had opened the door for an international journey.

Mwiine emerged victorious from the competition, and the hard work was only just beginning. For the Ugandan, the next three weeks would be filled with a series of firsts, as he was able to arrange flights, visas, and other necessary logistics.

The larger Bitcoin community joined in as well, contributing sats to support Mwiine’s journey via the BTC-based crowdfunding platform Geyser Fund.

After having taken care of flights and costs, Mwiine eventually arrived in Europe to attend his first ever Bitcoin conference. His initial experience in the airport was quite nerve-wracking, as he almost missed his connecting flight in Dubai if not for the assistance of a Ugandan airport employee.

Attending BTC Prague gave Mwiine the opportunity to meet Bitcoin community members he had admired in recent years, such as BTC advocate Michael Saylor. Even more importantly, Mwiine gained invaluable insights from his interactions and activities at the conference.

The Central Bank of Uganda recently invited cryptocurrency companies operating in the country to take part in its regulatory sandbox. This will involve collaborating with the Blockchain Association of Uganda to develop a structure for the sector in the East African country.

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