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Heavyweight Speakers at the Blockchain Africa Conference 2018

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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 blockchainafrica.co or email info@blockchainafrica.co

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The Blockchain Africa Conference 2018 attracts big-name sponsors

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Conference organisers Bitcoin Events

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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