Mining IoPs is very easy. You just need a regular computer or laptop, download the wallet / miner software and let it run.
Who can mine IoPs?
Anyone who wants to add value by getting involved in the Fermat community. The Fermat community is organized in local chapters. Initially each country can have only one chapter. In this way we promote diversity and decentralization. Countries are limited and space within a local chapter is limited too.
What does it mean to run a Fermat Chapter?
It just means that you are part of a local team, responsible for several tasks divided among the team members. These task go from running a testnet miner, to promoting the project in social media, running meet ups, etc. For each task a Chapter takes it can be awarded one or more Mining Licenses. These licenses are then distributed or shared within chapter members.
What is a Mining License?
It is the right to mine IoP tokens. Each Chapter holding a license is entitled to run one or more miner software and get some IoPs from the IoP blockchain as reward. Don’t worry, no one can cheat and and start a mining race, since the licenses are recorded at the blockchain and there is a mining cap by which no license holder can mine more than 3 times the average. That prevents centralization of mining as it has already happened with bitcoin. This cap also helps Chapters to safely share licenses with their members without centralizing the mining at all.
Where can you sign up?
At this spreadsheet. Check if the country you live in is already listed. If it is, it means there is already a local chapter running there. If it is not, then you can be the first member of it. Just fill in the appropriate cells using the comment functionality available and wait to be contacted.
What if your country is already taken?
In this situation you have two options:
1) See at the right side of the spreadsheet if the Chapter was already awarded with all possible Mining Licenses. If not, get in contact with them and offer them your help by joining their team. You will probably take the tasks they are not doing yet.
2) Wait until most of the countries are part of the Fermat Network and the next phase starts, where new chapters will be allowed for each State or Province. If you want you can fill in a record applying for a particular state. It will be processed when time is right.
What are the next steps?
Thanks to Markus Maiwald and Amadeo Charlé for their help with the editing.