A couple of days ago I had a chance to briefly chat with one of the program managers for the Zuri Internship, or HNG Internship 8,but there were still a lot of questions about how and why they were using Chia. Despite being a VERY busy weekend for them, he once again took some time out to answer questions about their program.
First, I had offered to donate some XCH or advertising space to the program, since I am a huge fan of novel teaching plans. They don’t need it. They have been operating since 2016 and are completely self-sustaining in a non-profit model. Because they have been successful in helping bring in real income for Nigerian developers the previous interns volunteer to come back and help run the program afterwards, which is how it has become so big so quickly I imagine. Also helps that none of the participants are being charged anything and that there is some real obvious value at the end.
As to how they are using the XCH exactly, its like this:
We are using the chia tokens for the team-building part of things. We run it a bit like fantasy football where the best devs can get transferred between teams. So the chia tokens can be used to fund transfers. About 1,600 addresses have been created so far, and today people will start buying and selling their services using microchia. I hope the network stays fine, because we will likely do more than 10,000 transactions.Mark Essien, Zuri Internship
I don’t have the words to describe how good an idea that is for summer programming games. They can use effectively immaterial amounts of real currency to trade around, so that its both real money and play money with seemingly the advantages of both. Basically while this internship runs there is going to be an entire XCH based microeconomy that does not care at all what the day to day price of the coin is.
And as to why they chose Chia? Pay close attention to this, because I think this might be the whole ballgame for other cryptocurrencies as we talk about a truly global network.
The main reason we chose chia is because it’s one of the few blockchains that people in Nigeria and other African countries can mine effectively. Where power supply is on and off, you can’t really run the power hungry cryptos. But Chia can be mined with just hard drives, so any random coder can easily decide to setup a small chia mine.Mark Essien, Zuri Internship
There it is. Because they are African from a technology perspective Chia has a number of huge advantages considering its low power requirements and heat output. And yes, any random developer can just start farming Chia quickly with a pool and easily get access to the amount of XCH they are using in this program. Mark is also hoping that because the blockchain is so new there will be opportunity for the students to build something new into the Chia ecosystem. And there is lots of opportunity! I hope they do build some exciting new Chia based services.