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Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas Confirmed as Keynote Speaker at the Blockchain Africa Conference 2018

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Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas

Bitcoin Events Pty Ltd is excited to announce that Stefan Thomas, Chief Technology Officer at Ripple, will be the keynote speaker at the Blockchain Africa Conference taking place in Johannesburg on 8-9 March 2018.

Stefan is the producer of well-known “What is Bitcoin?” video and his open-source software projects, such as BitcoinJS, are widely used in the industry serving millions of crypto-currency users. He is currently the CTO of Ripple, the leader in enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments. Since joining the SF-based company in 2012, Stefan co-created the Interledger protocol (ILP), an open protocol for moving value across ledgers in the same way that information currently moves over the internet.

Stefan will discuss ‘Blockchain – Connecting the World or Dividing It?’ Since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, blockchain’s great dream has been to connect the world. Stefan will look at his more than seven years working full-time on Bitcoin and Ripple, and give his take on how much progress has been made towards that dream. He will cover the role of ICOs, smart contracts and what blockchainers can learn from the early days of the internet. Finally, he will talk about the Interledger protocol and how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is using it to make the financial system accessible to everyone.

The cryptocurrency, XRP, recently surged to an all-time high of US$3.84 on January 4, 2018, and by-passed Ethereum to become the second largest cryptocurrency (after Bitcoin) in terms of market capitalisation of US$120 billion.

Ripple uses blockchain technology to provide a much cheaper, faster and more streamlined experience removing the pain and friction from global payments. Financial institutions can use XRP to fund payments on demand, which makes it one of the most scalable digital assets in the world.

For more information about the conference or to buy tickets, visit www.blockchainafrica.co or email Blockchain Africa at info@blockchainafrica.co.

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The Blockchain Africa Conference 2018 attracts big-name sponsors

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Conference organisers Bitcoin Events are thrilled to announce Microsoft South Africa and IBM as the main sponsors and partners of the Blockchain Africa Conference 2018.

Both Microsoft South Africa and IBM have been working with blockchain technology and are bringing this technology to companies and governments with their innovative solutions.

Microsoft has developed Microsoft Azure, a blockchain as a service platform. It’s a quick, inexpensive and fail-fast platform where any company (including start-ups, retailers, healthcare providers and global banks) can collaborate and experiment with new business processes that use blockchain technology.

IBM Blockchain Platform provides support for governments and banking, healthcare and logistics industries to transform their business practices using blockchain technology. The platform is designed to accelerate the development, governance and operation of any multi-institution business network.

Other Blockchain Africa Conference 2018 sponsors are:

  • Telcoin
  • BankservAfrica
  • Aion
  • Centbee
  • Dimension Data

Read more about our sponsors here.

The conference

The 4th annual Blockchain Africa Conference 2018 takes place at Microsoft South Africa in Bryanston, Johannesburg on 8-9 March.

The conference will focus on blockchain technology and cryptocurrency use cases, the regulatory environment, technology challenges, and opportunities in innovation and disruption. A lot of these opportunities lie on the African continent where a huge need for financial inclusion exists.

For more information about the conference or to buy tickets, visit blockchainafrica.co or email info@blockchainafrica.co. 

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Bitcoin Battle: Weiss Responds to Industry Outrage about C+ Grade; Reveals Factors and Data Behind Rating

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Weiss Ratings

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL — In the midst of a heated controversy over its C+ grade for Bitcoin, Weiss Ratings responds today to industry outrage with a 14-page report revealing key factors and data behind its rating.

One industry leader tweeted: “Any rating that doesn’t give Bitcoin an A has some screws loose.” Others said the Bitcoin’s C+ is “laughable.”

“For investors,” responds Weiss Ratings founder Martin D. Weiss, PhD, “an A rated crypto would be one that rarely crashes, and right now, there’s no such thing. But we do understand where developers are coming from. They tell us they don’t care about market fluctuations. They feel our ratings should reflect strictly the quality of their work and its relative success in the real world.”

Aiming to address both audiences, the Weiss model combines four sub-models: Risk and Reward, adapted from its stock and ETF ratings, plus Fundamentals and Technology, which are unique to cryptocurrencies. Here’s how Bitcoin performs on each:

Risk and Reward. Bitcoin investors have recently made less than altcoin investors, while continuing to experience the risk of extreme volatility.

Fundamentals. Due credit is given for adoption and security, but Bitcoin loses points on network congestion with just four transaction per second and high fees of about $10 per transaction. In addition, the top five miners control some 70% of total hashpower, also a negative.

Technology. Bitcoin lacks the governance needed for prompt upgrades and is falling behind in a rapidly evolving industry.

Another industry criticism is that Weiss overweights price volatility. “Not so,” he says. “Our model accurately reflects an inconvenient truth about the market’s extreme swings. But our ratings are continually updated. If prices stabilize or speed enhancements are rolled out successfully, an upgrade is possible.”

The Weiss Ratings report, “Bitcoin Rating Controversy: Why We Give It a C+,” is now available online. Those wishing to subscribe can visit this page.

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VALID Announces Successful Completion of its Token Presale in Less Than a Day

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VALID

Zurich, 1st February 2018

Swiss digital identity and personal data management platform VALID has successfully completed its token presale. The presale offered selected early supporters and particularly dedicated backers of VALID’s vision the opportunity to purchase up to 160m VALID tokens at favourable conditions. In spite of the bleeding crypto markets the VALID project was able to raise 7,000,000 US Dollars equivalent in Ether, Bitcoin and Fiat via credit card in an exclusive presale for its early supporters.

Because the interest in the presale clearly exceeded the allocated number of tokens, VALID was unable to meet the entire demand. To give everyone interested in supporting the project an additional chance to purchase tokens at attractive conditions, a 25% discount will apply to the first 20m tokens sold at the beginning of the crowd sale, which starts on 24 February at 12:00 noon UTC.

Once these first 20m tokens are sold, VALID will offer a 20% discount on all tokens purchased during the first 24 hours of the crowd sale to make sure there will be plenty of opportunity for the community to participate. Following these first 24 hours, staggered discounts will apply as per the token sale details described in the VALID whitepaper.

VALID CFO Yves-Alain Petitjean said: “We’re thrilled by the overwhelming support we’ve received for our vision at this early stage of the token sale. We have established a constructive and highly engaged dialogue with our community, and the feedback we’re receiving clearly tells us we’re moving in the right direction. The whole team is now looking forward to kicking off our crowd sale on 24 February.”

The presale was very well received by the community thanks to its smooth and well-thought-through user experience.

Further information

Information about VALID’s upcoming crowd sale

VALID website

VALID whitepaper

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About VALID and Procivis

VALID is a project of Procivis AG, a Swiss venture founded in autumn 2016 by blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger. The company offers an “e-government as a service” platform to enable the digitisation of societies and the provision of online public services across the globe. Procivis has implemented the pilot version of its eID+ platform together with the Swiss Canton of Schaffhausen in December 2017 and launched VALID to establish a blockchain-based personal data management platform.

 

*This is a paid press release. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the promoted company, product or service. Bitcoin Africa Ltd. is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, product or service mentioned in the press release.*

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