February 28, 2023

Connect your Raspberry Pi — and earn.

Update: This community rewards program is no longer active.

In a nutshell: Connect-to-Earn? Simulate-to-Earn? Pi-to-Earn? You decide. But that’s what’s happening. Connect your Raspberry Pi to peaq’s test network and earn by simulating any device, vehicle, robot or machine in the peaq ecosystem. Earn 25 USDC for connecting your Pi and get a seat at the AirDrop table. Connecting your Raspberry Pi is as easy as, well, pie. No prior programming knowledge is necessary. We’ve got a step-by-step guide all lined up for you to hook up your Pi and begin simulating machines in the Economy of Things, as you get comfy and watch those rewards roll in.

This blog is about to run you through the whys and hows of connecting your Pi and earning from it, but in case you’d like to cut to the chase, here are the links you’re looking for:

peaq control: https://control.peaq.network/home 

YouTube tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWakUDriTX5BAUy1XasRY8jxcokAul0rX 

Instructions to Earn (Dework task): https://app.dework.xyz/peaq-network/main-space-79560?taskId=8b210697-3c60-4e18-8132-3a65246b5a84 

Stuck around? Great to have you with us. Let’s dive in. 

DePINs and De-Pis?

Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks (DePINs) leverage blockchain and tokens to incentivize the deployment of physical infrastructure, such as solar panels, wireless routers, or or in this case, Raspberry Pis, by businesses and private individuals. 

This infrastructure is then used to provide real-world services from sustainable energy sales to data storage. This model allows DePINs to scale their supply-side hardware at a pace unimaginable to traditional infrastructure projects while offering both suppliers and consumers more ownership and autonomy.

The Raspberry Pis connected will run as part of a DePIN playing several important functions within the network. 

Why Pi?

There are three main reasons why connecting your Pi (and earning from it) benefits the peaq ecosystem:

  1. They will help stress-test the network (Agung first, krest network #soon) with live IoT connectivity, helping developers working to optimize and prepare the network for real devices, such as electric vehicles, charging stations, sensors, smart home appliances, and more. After all, Pis are a lot cheaper than satellites to mess around with.
  2. By simulating different connected devices, Raspberry Pis will also help developers building decentralized applications in the peaq ecosystem to test their projects from multiple angles, with real IoT connection — and once krest is launched, on a live, production-ready network.
  3. Finally and most importantly, the Pis work as universal bridges connecting any other live devices to the network, enabling hundreds of other DePIN use cases. (it’s many times easier to connect to a Pi than it is to a machine which has never been hooked up to the krest or peaq networks before). 

Note: The opportunity is kicking off on peaq’s test network, Agung, and will soon shift over to krest, peaq’s canary network — a live production network that will run for parachain on Kusama. The devices will take part in a future two-stage airdrop of krest tokens once the network goes live, with a total of 0.25% of krest token’s total supply to be distributed between them. Besides that, the mini-computers linked to krest will be earning a part of network revenues alongside other connected machines and devices as part of peaq’s machine rewards mechanism.

With the above in mind, entrepreneurs and developers will be able to build and test dApp and DePIN proofs-of-concept with real-world IoT connectivity many times faster and cheaper, and with much more flexibility — while earning rewards for doing so. This way, they can assess their dApps’ or DePINs’ performance and wider societal impact and uncover bugs and risks before releasing them for use with real-world machines on the peaq network.

Get started

We weren’t joking when we said it’s as easy as pie.

  1. Check out the task on Dework.
  2. Check out peaq control via this link.
  3. Choose your guide. Follow the step-by-step blog, in-depth guide, or these supporting video tutorials — or mix and match, why not.
  4. Head back to the Dework task and submit your work according to the guidelines.

Wen tokens?

Once the submission has been verified, the device owner would receive $25 in USDC to their wallet of choice on the Ethereum network. The rewards are available for the first 500 devices to join the network, making up a DePIN enabling developers to build and test dozens of DePINs and other projects on peaq. The transfer takes place on the first Friday after the successful verification. 

This is where it gets tasty: if you leave your Raspberry Pi connected to the network, you can continue to earn. This helps testing the connectivity between peaq control and the IoT devices (in this case the Pis). That's right, you can earn just by leaving your Pi connected — and the longer you stay connected, the more you earn. You will participate in an airdrop of Krest tokens, where rewards for each connected Raspberry Pi will be based on how long it had been connected to the network.

Parting remarks

Whether on the testnet or krest, taking part in the live IoT connectivity test will not be demanding in terms of device workload, meaning that Raspberries that are already in use as part of industrial or DIY projects can be linked without disrupting their ongoing work.

“Raspberry Pis are a versatile and powerful tool for testing and developing DePIN projects on peaq and the network itself as they enable you to connect almost anything you can imagine with the network. 
We’ve already heard from some developer teams who are excited about the initiative, and we are looking forward to putting the network to the test with actual devices coming in. DePINs are an exciting concept with a lot of potential to disrupt entire industries, and we’re eager to see how this project goes.”
Leonard Dorlöchter, co-founder of peaq

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