Connecting the Unconnected
The InterMesh Story So Far
In 2013 W3Engineers
In 2013 W3Engineers, led by Rakib, built a solution to a problem that they faced daily, the need to share texts and files with each other when data or Internet connectivity is unavailable or impractical. Left Technologies saw the practical value such a solution could bring to the developing world and agreed to fund the project.
In 2015 the YO! App was launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
In 2016 it was decided to leverage the YO! application and develop a more ambitious mesh-based solution, called Wave, before being rebranded as RightMesh. RightMesh utilized an underlying crypto token to provide off grid identity, improved security and user incentivization. Left Technologies recruited a team of top PhDs, engineers and business support to build the RightMesh platform.
The objective was to create a multi-hop, autonomously discovering, mesh network using simple low-end smartphones to provide remote users with the ability to connect while off-grid and allowing connected users to sell data access into the mesh network.
RightMesh AG was established in Zug, Switzerland, to lead the RightMesh project, and on May 31st, 2018 RightMesh AG, in conjunction with multiple legal, accounting and professional advisors completed an ICO. The Public round of the ICO was delayed at the request of regulators in Canada
Post ICO the project team was engaged in costly, frustrating and detailed dialogue with regulators and lawyers for over two years. All parties connected with the project were advised by lawyers to avoid commenting publicly about almost all elements of the project. The enforced lack of communication from mid 2018 forward was a huge source of frustration for the team, the community and all RightMesh stakeholders.
Coming together for the greater good
During 2018/19 the team in Canada, Singapore, Bangladesh and Switzerland worked diligently on RightMesh. Technology was developed, business models were researched, and the team won awards, however due to the drop in ETH values, the ICO contributions were all exhausted on the project.
Left Technologies agreed to continue funding the team in Bangladesh. In 2020 the team at W3 graduated from the UNICEF Innovation Fund program having developed an open source, blockchain, and mesh networking-based solution to provide connectivity for unconnected people underlying RightMesh platform. Telemesh creates a multi-hop, autonomously discovering, mesh network using simple low-end smartphones to provide remote users with the ability to connect while off-grid and allowing connected users to sell data access into the mesh network.
During 2020/21 W3 continued with technical development work on the project to enhance functionality and resiliency.
In early 2020 Left Technologies was badly compromised by Covid 19 and the company went into receivership in August 2020. In 2021 the assets of Left Technologies were sold by the receivers under a court mandated and approved process. This included the IP and other assets associated with the RightMesh project.
In 2021 InterMesh Networks Ltd, a group committed to the original vision of the project, acquired the key elements needed to bring the dream to fruition:
The code and technology developed by RightMesh AG
The code and technology developed by W3
The Intellectual Property of the project from RightMesh, W3 and Left Technologies
The patents granted (or applied for) relating to the technology
The treasury RMESH tokens
An ongoing contract with W3 for technology development
Initial financing to launch the first apps and services on the platform
A leadership Team who are determined to improve the lives of the most marginalised populations in the world
Despite a very challenging few years, that featured many frustrations for all stakeholders, InterMesh Networks has now brought together the key mesh assets and intends to use what has been built over the past 8 years to make the original vision a reality. We hope to see our project and our community make a real difference by connecting the unconnected.