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Heavyweight Speakers at the Blockchain Africa Conference 2018



Heavyweight Speakers at Blockchain Africa Conference

Bitcoin Events’ 4th annual Blockchain Africa Conference has attracted some of the biggest names in disruptive technology from around the world.

Here are a few of the main speakers at this year’s conference.

Andrew Keys (USA), Co-founder of ConsenSys Capital and former Head of Global Business Development at ConsenSys

Andrew co-founded ConsenSys Capital to create Ethereum blockchain solutions for Fortune 500 companies and government, and co-created the first Ethereum Blockchain-as-a-Service offering with Microsoft. He started the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) which is now the largest open-source blockchain initiative on Earth.

Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar (Argentina), CEO & Co-founder of RSK Labs (Rootstock)

Diego was one of the pioneers of web development in Argentina and Latin America in 1995, and has played a leading role in fostering Bitcoin technology in the region since 2012. He co-founded the Argentinean Bitcoin Community with over 2 000 registered members.

Diego works with disruptive technologies, turning them into usable tools for business and social transformation. RSK Labs was the first open-source, peer-to-peer smart contract platform and payment network powered by Bitcoin.

Henri Arslanian (China), PwC FinTech & RegTech Leader for China/Hong Kong

Henri is passionate about the future of the financial and legal industries. As a TEDx speaker, Henri has spoken about ‘How FinTech is Shaping the Future of Banking’. He is a published author and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences.

He is the PwC FinTech & RegTech Lead for China/HK and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance, as well as the first FinTech university course in Asia.

Henri has received many industry and academic awards, including Top FinTech Influencer You Need to Know in Asia and Most Influential Individuals in FinTech.

Chris Hamilton (South Africa), CEO of BankservAfrica

When Chris was CEO of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), he worked with Australia’s leading payments institutions and played a key role in redeveloping the country’s payment system. Today, Australia’s payment system is one of the most advanced in the world.

Chris is currently CEO of BankServAfrica, Africa’s largest automated clearing house that builds and operates South Africa’s core interbank payments infrastructure.

Read more about our speakers here.

The Conference

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

Standard tickets are still available and selling out fast.

For more information about the conference or to buy tickets, visit or email

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#AroundTheBlock to be Held at Standard Bank, Johannesburg on June 12, 2018




Johannesburg The Blockchain Entrepreneurs Club South Africa (BECSA) is proud to announce their inaugural event on 12 June 2018! We cordially invite you to attend #AroundTheBlock – an evening of leading presentations, discussions and networking; aimed at all levels of knowledge encompassing blockchain and entrepreneurship.

Blockchains have been in use for just under ten years, but have had massive, global impact in that short time. Although cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are currently regarded as their “killer apps”, a tsunami of new use cases and innovative applications is arriving. Blockchains are now poised to significantly transform or completely disrupt industries as diverse as healthcare, identity, music, and real estate, and almost everything in between.

However, like most emerging technologies, blockchains can be intimidating and confusing, and separating hype from reality is not easy. #AroundTheBlock will take you on a tour of the technology and focus on the real world applications and opportunities it is providing.

Sponsored by Blink, Standard Bank and in partnership with The Festive Collective, a significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to our chosen impact hero, Molo Mhlaba.

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, visit:

About BECSA: BECSA serves as a destination for those interested in learning about all things related to blockchain and cryptocurrency. It creates a space for the public and entrepreneurs, from diverse backgrounds, to learn, network and grow the blockchain ecosystem in South Africa.

For more information, contact:

Aatish Ramkaran, Director (BECSA),

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Solarex Utility Token (SRX) – Disrupting the Renewable Energy Market in Africa



Solarex Utility Token

Africa is a continent that has amazing potential but is also plagued with a myriad of problems in virtually all sectors ranging from finance, energy, agriculture, and land registry. Unfortunately, more than 50 years of poor governance has not helped alleviate these crunching challenges besetting most African countries.

Fast forward to 2008 and the world got wind of a new lexicon called Bitcoin. It was a new technology that few privileged, young tech-savvy entrepreneurs took advantage of. It wasn’t until 2009 before Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first ever block on the chain, called Genesis Block. Today, the Blockchain has evolved into a decentralized digital ledger via which transactions made in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly.

The emergence of Blockchain technology which took Africa by storm with its multiple functionalities, in the area of finance, healthcare, governance, and telecommunication, has continued to find immense relevance in the continent. Blockchain can reduce endemic corruption in a continent where there is lack of trust and transparency. Blockchain technology with its vast potential can also help overcome electoral fraud, land theft and educational deficits that have persisted in most African countries.

The key area where most African countries have suffered the most is in the area of energy. As at April 2017, only 15.3% of the entire Tanzanian population had access to electricity. South Sudan is even worse off, with just 5.1% of its total population having access to clean and cheap electricity. The problem is more evident in Nigeria, which prides herself as the Giant of Africa but can only generate an average of 3200MW of electricity daily for over 180 million populations. This has indeed slowed down economic growth in Africa and also impacted negatively on other sectors that depend heavily on electricity for its survival.

Fortunately, Africa has come to embrace renewable energy as a means of bridging the widening gap that has been created by the energy deficit. One of such renewable energy options which were initiated by Africa Blockchain Research Council (ABRC), a holding company of Auto Republic Ltd, UK, is codenamed “Powering Africa Project”. The Powering Africa Project is set to create a clean, cheap and sustainable energy solution to bridge the huge energy gap in Africa. The Project will deploy both the renewable energy and Blockchain technology.

The Solarex ecosystem which will build a decentralized network of energy resources via solar farms which will be connected through Blockchain technology, will aim to become the largest, most efficient and sustainable solar energy provider in Africa, offering energy at a cheap and affordable price for all, and setting a new standard for energy consumption in Africa.

The Solarex utility token (SRX), is an innovative off-grid solar energy technology token that is built around the Ethereum platform and gives access to the services provided on the Solarex ecosystem. Each Solarex token is expected to increase in value based on its multiple functionality and fact that the token will be listed on major exchanges 14 days after the end of its ICO.

The Solarex official ICO website is now opened for private investors and partnership. For those interested in partnership and private sale, simply contact the CEO at

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*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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Why CoinJanitor Is Launching and How to Invest in JAN



Just like traditional startups, most blockchain startups fail. However, without bankruptcy laws and other regulations in place, there is a lot of value left trapped in inactive blockchains and untradeable cryptocurrencies at the bottom of the market.

CoinJanitor aims to recycle that trapped value from failed projects back into active cryptocurrencies through a buy-out process that uses JAN tokens.

Buying out dead coins and decommissioning their blockchains is intended to benefit the cryptocurrency ecosystem as a whole, but CoinJanitor’s value will be best realized by JAN contributors. As the CoinJanitor team cleans up more and more dead coins, they will accumulate numerous technological, data and marketing assets left behind by those failed projects. What’s more, each buy out will introduce a new community of cryptocurrency enthusiasts who were holding dead coins to JAN and the CoinJanitor project, creating a substantial network effect over time.

CoinJanitor is the first project of its kind, and JAN tokens will be the only tool it deploys to clean up dead coins. That fact, combined with a rapidly growing community, will drive up demand for JAN and effectively make it more affordable for the CoinJanitor team to clean up future projects with each successive buy out that takes place.

Meanwhile, token supply will not increase, fostering demand and contributing directly to an increase in the value of JAN.

CoinJanitor’s team has taken great care to create a business model that is economically sound. They plan to prove the efficacy of their model by decommissioning at least 3 dead coins within the first 2 months of operation following the token sale. If successful, the contributors who get in on the ground floor will have the most to gain.

How to Participate in the JAN ICO

The JAN ICO went live on May 1st and will end on May 31st or once the $7.5 million hard cap is hit.

If you are interested in the CoinJanitor project – either to invest in the ICO or just to receive the latest updates – you can register by clicking ‘Join the Janitor’ on the website homepage, From there, you’ll be directed to the Sign Up page, where you’ll enter an email and password for your account and agree to the Terms and Conditions.


If you do wish to buy JAN tokens, you’ll proceed to fill in your Personal Info and then Submit KYC (Know Your Customer). The KYC process is made secure by CoinJanitor’s partner, SelfKey, a blockchain-based ID verification and management business. To meet KYC requirements, you must attach a clear photo of either your passport, national ID, or driver’s license. You’ll also paste an Ethereum wallet address, which is where you’ll receive your JAN tokens when they are distributed.

If you have trouble at any point during the process, simply open up the Live Chat at the bottom-right part of the screen and an agent will accelerate the KYC onboarding process for you.


Once the KYC process is complete, you’ll be able to move on to Buy Tokens. All total, registration takes about 5 minutes and KYC is confirmed within a couple of hours, if not faster.

Details about the ICO

JAN’s total token supply is 100,000,000 coins. The token price is 1 ETH = 3900 JAN. CoinJanitor is accepting contributions in many currencies, including BTC, ETH, USD and more than 40 other altcoins.

50% of the total JAN supply will be sold to the public during the ICO. Of the remaining half, 30% will be held by the project to buy out dead coins, 5% will be reserved for project’s partners, 5% will go towards a bounty program, and the final 10% will be distributed to founders, team members, and future employees. Team members will not be able to sell their JAN tokens until 2019.

To participate in the ongoing discussion about CoinJanitor and connect with the project team and community, you can join them on Telegram. You can also support the project by liking it on Facebook, following on Twitter, and subscribing on YouTube. For a far more detailed breakdown of the project, read the latest version of the whitepaper.

*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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