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Ugandan Government Plans to Jump Onto Blockchain Bandwagon

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Countries all over the world are currently exploring the utilisation of blockchain technology in different sectors, ranging from land registry to digital identity management, and more. Uganda is now also one of these countries.

The Blockchain in Uganda

The Ugandan Ministry of ICT recently announced that the government will leverage emerging technologies such as the blockchain to improve the efficiency in public service delivery. Speaking in Kampala, the ICT Ministry permanent secretary, Mr. Vicente Bagiire Waiswa, said the use of technology will help position Uganda in the global marketplace and that it was time for Uganda to adopt technology for economic inclusion. He also stated:

“[The] government is going to use blockchain technology where it is appropriate to provide seamless services to the general public.”

According to Bagiire, the major feature of the knowledge-based economy is the impact that ICT has had on industrial structure and financial systems.

Mr. Bagiire said the use of blockchain technologies will help to reduce the time people spend to access government services such as tax payment. Mr. Kwame Rugunda, the chairman of Blockchain Association, said that the use of blockchain will add value and efficiency in service delivery such as payment systems and record management, among other things.

This move by the Ugandan government comes at a time when there is a highly-anticipated blockchain conference being held in the country. Among the speakers at the Africa Blockchain Conference will be Mr. Changpeng, the founder of Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. He will deliver a keynote address at the conference. The Kampala conference will bring together policymakers, industry players and academia to address the role of Blockchain technology in Africa’s transformation.

As reported by Bitcoin Africa last week, through the Binance Foundation, Mr. Zhao Changpeng also plans to develop Uganda’s blockchain talent pool in partnership with Crypto Savannah, a blockchain innovation hub in Kampala. The talent pool project is slated start with the training of 1,000 blockchain experts, who will, in turn, train others.

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Blockchain Game Gods Unchained Launches Beta Version

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Blockchain game Gods Unchained launched its beta version. The Ethereum-powered game, which was created by Fuel Games, has already sold four million virtual cards, generating four million dollars in revenue for the gaming startup.

God Unchained Beta

The Gods Unchained beta version will enable more players to “join the fray, collect cards, mint cards to the blockchain, and battle with others around the world.”

Co-Founder of Gods Unchained, Robbie Ferguson, said in a press release: “Gaming is a $100 billion per year market that has capitalised on leasing premium features to select individuals on their purchasing power. In almost every game, players are buying items, cards, skins, and upgrades which they do not truly own. Blockchain actually gives players digital-asset ownership by minting game elements to a blockchain. With Gods Unchained, we have captured the allure of traditional print card collectibles like Magic, married them with appealing visuals of digital games like Hearthstone, and added true ownership through the Ethereum blockchain.”

The beta will run through July where cards will be collected from packs. “Developers will monitor the performance of cards and measure the fairness of different deck combinations. This is to ensure that the game remains balanced, fun, and competitive. After the balancing beta, the development team will solidify card stats and activate peer-to-peer trading functions,” an official statement said.

Packs, Genesis Set, and World Championship

New players will get a starter deck to play the free game while players looking to expand their collection will have access to booster packs. In addition, during the pre-sale of the game, the developers have released a limited edition of the Genesis Set which has 380 special cards. The developers will terminate the Genesis Set after the beta closes and version 1 of the game launches. A new season of cards will follow the termination of the Genesis Set.

Ten percent of the sales from the packs will go towards the prizes for the first Gods Unchained World Championship. $430,000 has already been put aside for the championship.

Unlike traditional games where players do not own items they purchase in a game, the use of blockchain technology in Gods Unchained gives players real ownership to the items they buy or earn. This means that they can sell these items for digital currency or trade them with other players.

In order to create the blockchain game, Fuel Games raised $2.4 million from Coinbase Ventures, Sora Ventures, Nirvana Capital, and Continue Capital. The company is currently creating the Apollo Platform which will offer scalable blockchain infrastructure for world-class game studios.

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OneWattSolar is Leveraging the Blockchain to Provide Renewable Energy to Nigerians

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Nigerian startup, OneWattSolar, is leveraging blockchain technology to provide low-cost solar energy to Nigerians to relieve them of the reliance on costly power generators.

Blockchain Payments

OneWattSolarWhen using OneWattSolar‘s clean energy solution, customers do not have to pay for the solar panel system setup. Instead, it comes with an Internet-enabled router that will collect data on energy usage to ensure customers are billed exactly for what they use and also alert the company of any potential problem.

The idea of using the blockchain for its solution is to allow transparency among all stakeholders and to reduce the costs involved.

“[The blockchain] provides transparency, you can see the utilisation of funds, how many systems we have purchased and how many are being used. On a traditional service using fossil fuels, energy usage is around 70 Nigerian naira ($0.19) per kilowatt. But the blockchain system is 50 percent cheaper than diesel,” Alagbe told CNN.

Africa Renewable Energy Industry

For decades, African countries – including Nigeria – have been plagued with a lack of power supply. According to a 2016 report, only four out of ten Africans have access to a reliable power supply. In 2017, Nigeria was ranked as the worst electricity supply nation while research conducted out by the World Bank shows 42 percent of Nigerians do not have access to electricity.

In a bid to tackle this problem, the renewable energy industry in Africa has been experiencing tremendous growth. Morocco plans to power over one million homes with a new solar power plant reported to be the largest in the world while Ghana announced plans to increase the consumption of renewable energy by 2030.

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OneWattSolar launched operations in January 2019. The clean energy startup hopes to supply more than one million homes without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar energy through blockchain by 2025.

OneWattSolar is a part of GoSolar Africa, a renewable energy company that has been in operating for the past eight years.

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10 Startups to Pitch at Seedstars Nairobi in Front of All-Women Panel

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Ten Kenyan startups will pitch at the sixth edition of Seedstars Nairobi in front of an all-women panel on June 28, 2019. The closed-door affair will be hosted by startup incubator, Nailab.

The Pitch Competition

Seedstars NairobiThe ten startups selected to participate in the pitch competition include a range of companies leveraging different technologies and disrupting an array of areas.

Ilara Health is a company that offers an affordable tech-powered diagnosis to 500 million Africans and Nurse In Hand is an emergency response startup. Also in the competition is Pesabase, which offers blockchain-based remittance and payment solutions, Julla which allows customers to buy products and pay later, Smatbeba, which helps cargo owners to find delivery vehicles, Tanda that enables small businesses to access financial services, and Pezesha which connects SMEs to lenders.

The other startups are Shamba Records which offers a blockchain-based system for collecting farm records, Lentera, which provides actionable insights to farmers, and employee management company WorkPay.

First Time All-Women Jury

For the first time, the Seedstars pitch competition will have a panel made up solely of women. This panel will choose the best startup that will represent Kenya at the Seedstars Africa Summit and stand a chance to win a prize of $500,000 and a three-month investment programme at the Seedstars Global Summit next year.

“We are extremely excited to work with this jury panel on selecting the most promising startup in Nairobi and we believe that the closed-door event format will allow us to ask some more sensitive and in-depth questions to the entrepreneurs,” said Seedstars Regional Manager for Africa Claudia Makadristo.

Seedstars decided to go with an all-women jury to boost the participation of women as panelists, experts, and mentors.

The panel will comprise of Makadristo, East Africa Private Equity, and Venture Capital Association executive director Eva Warigia, Zephyr Acorn investment consultant Wanjiru Chabeda, Financial Sector Deepening Africa Investments CIO Anne-Marie Chidzero, AHL Venture Partners portfolio manager Tsakane Ngoepe, and LGT Impact associate director Winnie Ibuyako.

Before the pitch competition, Seedstars will hold an angel investor meetup in partnership with African Business Angel Network (ABAN). At the meetup, investors will get a chance to network, acquire insights, knowledge, and access to Seedstars and ABAN deal flow.

Insurance platform Bluewave Technologies represented Kenya during the last Seedstars edition. In addition, about 30 African countries have an opportunity to participate in this year’s Seedstars World competition.

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