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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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Cryptocurrency Exchange Quidax Partners With Flutterwave

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Quidax Partners With Flutterwave

Africa’s first user-focused cryptocurrency exchange, Quidax, has partnered with Flutterwave to enable users of Flutterwave’s GetBarter fund their Quidax wallet easily. As part of the partnership, Quidax will give 2,000 naira to new and existing users of GetBarter who use the ‘pay with barter’ option when funding their Quidax wallet with a minimum of N5,000 from 19th March to 15th April 2019.

QuidaxAccording to Wole Ayodele, Head of Business Development at Quidax, this partnership is very exciting for both organizations as it combines Flutterwave’s GetBarter – which makes it easy for people to manage their finances and make payments – as well as Quidax’s seamless cryptocurrency exchange. “Our goal is to simplify access to cryptocurrency in Africa and this partnership helps achieves that”, he went on to say.

When asked why it was important to simplify access to cryptocurrency, Mr. Ayodele stated that the time is here to push for a flatter world with finance. He added that adoption of cryptocurrency has multiplier effects for businesses and the GDP of countries, bitcoin is just the beginning.

In February,  JP Morgan, one of the 10 biggest banks in the world launched its own cryptocurrency, the JPM coin, which is designed for business-to-business money movement flows. JP Morgan had stated that they were running a pilot which would include a total of 27 million accounts.

Also in February, the New York Times revealed that Facebook and Telegram are working on launching new cryptocurrencies that would enable people to send money to contacts on their messaging systems.

Quidax provides a seamless platform for users to send, receive, buy and sell cryptocurrency using their local currencies.

Founded in 2016, Flutterwave is a global payments solutions platform for companies all over the world to accept payments from customers on the African continent and abroad. It allows clients to access their APIs and work with Flutterwave developers to customise payments applications.

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Announcing the 3rd Lagos Blockchain, AI and Digital Assets Conference 2019

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Lagos Blockchain AI and Digital Assets Conference

Nigeria’s premium Blockchain Conference of Value and Innovation, annually organised and curated by Blockchain Nigeria User Group, is on its 7th leg, returning to Lagos for the 3rd consecutive season, bigger, stronger and better.

Africa is home to 16.3 percent of humanity but home to less than 1 percent of the world’s billion-dollar companies and only about 4 percent of global GDP. Africa cannot afford, nor does it have to miss the possibilities of the fourth Industrial Revolution (4RI) to better her lot.

At the upcoming #LagosBlockchain2019, 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.

Lagos Blockchain AI and Digital Assets ConferenceWe have planned supper interactive panel discussion segments around the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution to provide every attendee with actionable insights that can be applied immediately to accelerate progress in any chosen career path.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami PhD, Director-General/ CEO National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is expected as guest of honor.

Mr. Andrew Nevin, Chief Economist at PWC will deliver a Keynote on “How Blockchain, AI Digital Virtual Financial Assets and other technologies of the 4IR could drive economic advancement across Africa”.

There will be panel session on “Blockchain, AI, Virtual Financial Assets and the Future of Work in Africa”, “Possibilities of Virtual Financial Assets Taxation in Nigeria” – Akeem Ogunseni, Senior Manager Tax Services at EY.

Other subject matter experts and professionals expected at the conference include Boye Ademola, Partner Technology Advisory & Digital Transformation Lead at KPMG Advisory Services, Wole Oyeniran, Enterprise Platforms/  Systems Integration Leader, West Africa at Deloitte Consulting, Dr. Segun Aina, Chairman Fintech Associates/ President Fintech Association of Nigeria, Shamim Khan, Esq. Director, Lex Futurus (UK) Blockchain Regtech & Law Limited and Ian Friend, Cofounder/ COO Ferrum Network, NYC, among many others.

The conference will feature a melding of the AI and Blockchain/Virtual Financial Assets communities in Nigeria and across the world, exploring the possibilities at the intersection of these technologies. The Conference will bring together business leaders, government and regulatory agencies, data practitioners, AI and Blockchain tech pioneers who are applying artificial intelligence to solve today’s problems and creating tomorrow’s opportunities, while leveraging available tools, to create entirely new values.

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

We aim to bridge the knowledge gap by providing government functionaries, decision-makers, professionals and practitioners with the resources they need to make key business-shaping decisions in a rapidly changing world.

For Sponsorships, Partnerships and Exhibition opportunities, please download the conference brochure at http://blockchainnigeria.group/2019%20brochure1.pdf

Blockchain Nigeria User Group is a pioneer group of enthusiast, developers and industry practitioners championing the adoption of Blockchain technology through education across Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2016, the group has held about six conferences in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, connected over 5000 attendees/ enthusiasts and spurred waves of startups in the ecosystem. 

Registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-ai-digital-assets-conference-2019-tickets-56327784921

Group website: http://blockchainnigeria.group

Contact Email: info@blockchainnigeria.group

Contact Telephone: +2348165430776

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First Blockchain Educational Institution in Eastern Africa Funtrench Partners with Blockchain Training Alliance to Promote Adoption of Emerging Technologies in Kenya

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Funtrench Partners with Blockchain Training Alliance

March 6, 2019, Nairobi, KENYA – Funtrench, the first blockchain educational institution in Eastern Africa, has today announced a strategic partnership with US-based blockchain certification company, Blockchain Training Alliance (BTA). The goal of the partnership is to boost Funtrench’s position in building an ecosystem of emerging technologies in Africa. This partnership puts Kenya as one of the African countries besides South Africa and Nigeria where BTA accredited blockchain courses are offered.

The collaboration with BTA will enable Funtrench to offer a wider range of certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya and to create a talent pool of individuals that are savvy in industry 4.0 technologies.

FuntrechMaking the announcement during the company launch at the Movenpick Hotel in Nairobi, Kingsley Ndiewo, CEO Funtrench Ltd said: “Funtrench is not just a business; Funtrench is a revolution. We are happy to be officially launching our company ten months after opening our blockchain campus in Parklands, Nairobi. Moreover, we are grateful that we have been nominated for the 2019 Katerva Award in human development. Our idea of a talent ecosystem is somewhat similar to the Japanese keiretsu whose interlocking parts establish a self-sustaining system. We, therefore, believe that collaboration works better than competing. That is why we are striving to partner with institutions like BTA.”

Chad Decker, CEO Blockchain Training Alliance asserted: “Our strategic partnership with Funtrench was ignited through their passion for education. Funtrench is nominated for the 2019 Katerva Award in Human Development, recognising Funtrench’s goal of global sustainability for the Kenyan workforce. We are delighted to collaborate with Funtrench and look forward to achieving our joint goals in helping to bring immense value to individuals and companies.”

Funtrench focuses on practical training where learners are instilled with skills to build solutions based on emerging technologies that address African problems. To this end, Funtrench has joined hands with Nairobi-based tertiary institution Oshwal College and Kenyan NGO AkiraChix to offer courses in blockchain foundation, blockchain developer, Python programming, and game development.

Speaking during the launch, Hon Michael Onyango, a member of Kenya’s Blockchain and AI taskforce observed: “The advent of emerging technologies continues to disrupt global trade, labor markets, and our local informal sector. The fourth industrial revolution is driven by emerging technologies that are totally dependent on skilled knowledgeable human resource. Today’s formal launch of Funtrench’s services coinciding with their nomination for the 2019 Katerva Award in Human Development, is a clear sign that Funtrench has positioned Africa’s place as a homegrown African agenda at par with global industry standards within the development of local talent and the development of startups within emerging technologies.”

Funtrench is set to roll out machine learning and augmented reality courses in the near future to further promote the adoption of emerging technologies in Africa and beyond.

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