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EcoHack Africa 2018 Aims to Build Blockchain-Based Green Economy Platform for Africa

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EcoHack Africa

EcoHack Africa 2018, organised by AfricaGen, is the first Pan-African green economy blockchain hackathon that will bring together 100 programmers, economists, and environmentalists from around the globe to congregate in Kigali, Rwanda. Their objective is to build an open-sourced blockchain based green economy platform for Africa – the Sahara Marketplace.

The Sahara Marketplace will be a one-stop centre for individual farmers, entrepreneurs, cooperatives and institutions to raise funds for agriculture or ecosystem services through carbon credits, crowdfunding, and grants from individuals, businesses, multinationals and aid organisations.

AfricaGenThe hackathon is co-organised by AfricaGen, the Rwandan Ministry of Youth, KLAB and Rwanda ICT chamber, with technical collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Environment. It aims to create a real-life blockchain application building experience to encourage the creation of a blockchain industry in Rwanda and in Africa. Africa gets about 3% of the $35 Billion carbon credit market, while India and China get about 70% of the total. This platform aims to bring more of that money to Africa, as an alternative and in addition to traditional development financing. Increasing Africa’s share of carbon credits from 3% to 10% would bring in $2.5 Billion in much-needed financing for the continent’s most vulnerable population.

The hackathon will use “NYANDUNGU URBAN WETLAND ECO-TOURISM PARK” as the main case study to build the platform. The Nyandungu Park is a project to restore a degraded wetland in Rwanda capital Kigali and transform it into an eco-tourism park. The park is owned and developed by Rwanda Environment Management Agency.

The hackathon will also work on solutions for two of Africa’s most ambitious ecological projects: – “Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative” (GGWSSI) which aims to restore the rapidly deserting lands around the Sahara desert, and form a barrier against further desertification; – “the AFR100” initiative which seeks to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land throughout Africa.

The event has gained the support of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the leading association for the blockchain ecosystem. Sandra Ro, CEO of GBBC, said: “EcoHack Africa 2018 and its Sahara Marketplace are excellent initiatives, helping educate the African youth on the latest technological advancements in blockchain and its practical implementation. As the influence of Blockchain spreads, we’re delighted to see more initiatives established across the globe that are designed to educate and empower people.”

About YouthConnekt Africa

The sixth edition of YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) will take place between October 8-18, 2018 at Kigali Convention Centre with the theme: “Connekting Youth for Continental Transformation”. Launched in 2012 in Rwanda, YouthConnekt Africa has emerged as a high-impact solution for African countries to realise the demographic dividend. YouthConnekt has been embraced for its innovative design and implementation providing youth with the skills, networks and information needed to scale their initiatives and gain meaningful employment. To date, six countries have already launched YouthConnekt and many others are in the process of emulating the model. Africa’s greatest resource is arguably its nearly 420 million youth. Yet, this tremendous asset is relatively untapped largely due to limited access to education, health services mentorship, finance, employment opportunities required to meaningfully participate in the continent’s socio-economic transformation and realise the demographic dividend.

About AfricaGen

AfricaGen is a Pan-African youth do-tank organisation with the ambitious objective of mobilising 1 million Africans for the development of the continent through technology and innovation. AfricaGen focuses on open collaboration in order to build home-grown solutions in the most efficient way possible.

For more information, please contact:

AfricaGen Website: www.africagen.com

Email: info@africagen.com

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Xago Launches XRP Only Gateway And Exchange in South Africa

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XRP Gateway

Xago, a Cape Town-based fintech company, announced the launch of its Ripple gateway and custom-built exchange in South Africa. The exchange connects to and utilises RippleNet to trade, send and receive XRP only, the native digital asset used by Ripple.

XagoXago has built the exchange in order to create liquidity of XRP in South Africa, acting as the market-making platform for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and businesses that wish to trade with and utilise XRP and the Ripple Ledger. Due to the fast settlement between wallets, RippleNet is a viable option for transferring value between exchanges, reducing exposure to volatility.

Xago was founded by Jurgen Kuhnel (CEO), Sonya Kuhnel (COO) and Mark Chirnside (Chairman) in 2016 and incubated out of CiTi’s Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock thanks to Ian Merrington and his team. The company believes that blockchain technology, and in particular RippleNet, will play a critical role in transforming the payments industry.

‘By solving the double-spending problem the Bitcoin blockchain opened up digital peer-to-peer payments without the need for a trusted 3rd party through the process of mining. Ripple took this one step further and built a faster and more cost-effective decentralised ledger to compete in the high throughput and fast clearing retail and banking environments,’ says CEO Jurgen Kuhnel referring to their choice to specifically focus on Ripple and XRP.

Once the exchange has sufficient liquidity, Xago will launch its payment switch which connects to the retailers through their existing hardware and software systems. Where Xago is utilised, it will replace the need for acquirers and card networks for retailers, and with the use of RippleNet and XRP enable cross-border payments in the future. Consumers will be able to pay for goods and transact at the point of sale using only their mobile and mobile number, bypassing traditional payment rails.

Xago’s mobile number based identity system is built to connect mobile devices, the blockchain, and retailers in one seamless experience. Together with significantly lower transaction fees, the Xago platform is gearing to compete in the high stakes retail environment. This will enable clients to create new and innovative products that will ultimately benefit the end consumer.

Xago’s Chairman Mark Chirnside added, “This is no small step on the journey of Xago.io. With this launch and with the welcomed constructive approach we take with regulatory compliance and best practice, this platform holds the promise to reduce cost and friction, at a very interesting time in the payments arena. Personally I am honoured to be involved as an investor and as Chairman.”

In late 2018, the start-up received investment from African Technology Investments Ltd. It has spent the 1st half of 2019 setting up operations and engaging with the regulators and the broader ecosystem to build a best-in-class product that will not only add value to its clients but also comply with regulations going forward.

The start-up has a broader vision for payments across Africa and has plans to expand operations into other markets in the future. Kuhnel says, “In Africa, we have an opportunity to rethink the way money flows, what it costs and the time it takes to reach a destination. Mobile has shown us how important innovation is on our continent. We must build on this and continue to provide solutions that will benefit consumers in low to middle income countries who need it most, reducing the cost and friction of moving money is absolutely key.”

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Join the Bitcoin & Crypto Trading Crash Course in Nairobi, Kenya on October 12

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Crypto Trading Crash Course

BitcoinKE is excited to announce its upcoming Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Day Trading Crash Course on October 12, 2019, at Marble Hotel in central Nairobi.

Course Outline:

0) Brief Intro for beginners. (Defn of Terms)
1) Resource tools for Margin Trading
2) Software Set-Up & Configurations
3) Pre-market Analysis/Screening
4) Analysis: Based on Our Strategy
– Criteria to identify a viable setup
– Position Sizing/Risk Reward Calculations
– Entry/Exit
– Trade Management based on Market Generated Information

5) Psychological Management
6) Discord Trading Group (community)for consulting on setups/
research/learning from each other/ traders lounge and our daily banter
station

Bitcoin Trading Session

Bitcoin Trading Session at a recent event by www.bitcoinke.io

NB: This will be a marathon course as thereʼs a lot to cover, and we only have one day! You are advised to carry your laptops to follow along on the course.

Trading has a wide range of topics that will require that a beginner takes more time to learn and apply themselves in the market. This one-day seminar distills what we ourselves have learned over time, focusing on essentials of how we day trade.

Afterward, beginners will need to connect with us in our Tradersʼ Lounge Discord Server (free chat app) and follow up with more experienced traders in their daily trading.


At the end of the class, you should have the necessary skill set to get started as a trader. It’s a first-of-its-kind training that compresses 32 hrs of training into a 7-8hr session.

Location & Payment

The course is going for only Kshs. 2,500.

LOCATION: MARBLE ARCH HOTEL, CITY CENTER, NAIROBI

TIME: 8:00 AM – 5:0OPM

Lunch and Snacks will be served!

 

You can pay for the course below:

PAYMENT DETAILS:

VIA BANK DEPOSIT / MPESA

PAYBILL: 400200

ACCOUNT NO.: 01108170890000

SEND PAYMENT DETAILS VIA TEXT OR WHATSAPP TO: +254 721 783 420

 

VIA BITCOIN

BITCOIN ADDRESS: 17NBhX8NdMNxccF4vGd84g92AQXortxSkU

SEND TRANSACTION ID  VIA TEXT OR WHATSAPP TO: +254 721 783 420

 

Once payment is received, we shall send the relevant course materials before the day of the training.

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Abuja Blockchain & Digital Assets Conference 2019 to Be Held on October 4-5

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Abuja Conference

All is now set for the successful hosting of the Abuja Blockchain & Digital Assets Conference 2019 at Sheraton Hotels Abuja on October 4 and 5, 2019. This is Nigeria’s premium hybrid Blockchain Conference of Value and Innovation, annually organized and curated by Blockchain Nigeria User Group, sub-set of Organization of Blockchain Technology User (OBTU), a pioneer group of enthusiast, developers and industry practitioners championing the adoption of Blockchain technology through education across Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The conference will be chaired by Mr. Lawal J. Ahmed an Executive Director at Keystone Bank Plc. Prof Kingsley Mughalu, former UN Diplomat and a former Deputy Governor at CBN, is expected to grace the conference as the Lead Keynote Speaker.

Date: 4-5th October 2019 | Venue: Abuja Sheraton Hotels, Abuja Nigeria | Time: 10.00 AM

The agenda of this year’s conference is “The Blockchain Trust-Architecture for Governance and Public Service”.

At the upcoming #AbujaBlockchain2019, attendees will discover how Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT, Big Data and Virtual Financial Assets are altering and disrupting incumbents and creating new opportunities for forwarding-thinking individuals, nations and organizations. As for government agencies, they will also discover how different countries are already utilizing the blockchain trust-architecture to increase public service delivery and improve citizen participation in governance.

Some of the expected Keynotes and Special Guest include Hon Femi Gbajabiamila (Speaker HoR Nigeria), Hon Solomon Adaelu, Member HoR, Chairman of Bi-Partisan Blockchain Group at the National Assembly, Dr. Isa Pantami, Hon Minister of Communications, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, DG NITDA, Rakiya S. Mohammed- Director, Information Technology Department Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Joshua Hawley, founder Blockchain Advisory Mauritius/ Co-Founder of Mauritius Ethereum Alliance.

Blockchain Nigeria User Group

The conference has three tracks consisting of Panel discussions, Innovative Tech product Exhibitions, and Blockchain4Good Hackathon, The hackathon is being supported by RadikalHub, IBM and Vite Labs. The event sponsors include Quanta, Kudi-Exchange, Jelurida Africa DLT, Bitfxt, Naija Crypto, Swipe and BFC International.

About 1000 participants are expected to be at the two-day event.

More information about the event is available at the event website: https://blockchainnigeria.group/

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