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Revisiting the Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 in Johannesburg And Announcing ‘Crypto Fest’

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The Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 in Johannesburg saw a gathering of thought leaders and influencers in the blockchain industry exploring blockchain use-cases, such as Self-Sovereign Identity, enterprise blockchain in finance, the future of banking, interoperability and scalability, regulations regarding ICOs, STOs, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies.

The conference was a resounding success, as amplified by conference MC, Farzam Ehsani, co-founder and CEO at VALR, “It was inspiring and thought-provoking,” and by Michael Glaros, Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft, and Diamond Sponsor to the 2019 Conference who said: “I am just so thrilled to be at the Blockchain Africa Conference with Farzam Ehsani, Brian Behlendorf, Phillip Windley and all the other greats here, so that we can come together and hash [pun] things out for a better crypto and Blockchain future, and together we can be moving Africa forward.”

Blockchain Africa Conference in Johannesburg Day 1

Watch the Day 1 highlights video of the conference in Johannesburg.

Lorien Gamaroff kicked off proceedings with a presentation about the global state of the blockchain technology, what some of the issues are as well as his views on how this technology allows transactions to be verified. He remarked: “There is no real value in crypto or cash to be anonymous. The value lies in the privacy, not the anonymity, and blockchain could change this in the future.”

Lorien’s address was followed by the keynote speaker, Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger Project who engaged the audience with his topic The Post-Lambo Era: Blockchain Technology Gets Real. Blockchain technology is allowing individuals to apply for products and/or services to organisations without the organisations getting access to individuals’ private data and information. Brian reinforced that: “Today there are over a hundred deployed distributed ledger networks using blockchain technology to address supply chain traceability, trade finance and global payments, logistics, know-your-customer credit history systems, and many more.”

In a podcast interview by Think WTF with Brian, he shares some of the projects that they are working on to give us a practical example of how Hyperledger is solving real problems.

Carel de Jager talked about the idea of stablecoins to help with the price volatility experienced by cryptocurrencies. Stablecoins have their value pegged to something that we regard as stable such as gold or the US dollar. Carel cleverly remarked: “Why do we need stablecoins? Well, because someday central banks will run out of zeroes!”

In a recent interview on Winslyn, Carel speaks about blockchain technology, local applications, and explains how blockchain could potentially help prevent something like the Eskom crisis we are currently facing.

Michael Glaros discussed how Microsoft is working alongside Technobrain to unleash innovation across Southern Africa by employing joint efforts toward scaling blockchain networks with development and operations practices and habits.

While Philip Windley explored the topic of a global public network for self-sovereign identity. The public network will be decentralised, have no single authority and will provide multiple identity sources. Conference proceedings continued with Peter Munnings who informed the audience about Project Khokha, the successful collaboration between the South African Reserve Bank and the major banks in South Africa. The scope of the project was to create a distributed ledger between participating banks, for a wholesale payment system. The project was a huge success and proved that distributed ledger technology could be used for interbank settlements. Project Khokha received the inaugural ‘Best Distributed Ledger Initiative’ award from the Central Banking Publications at a gala dinner in Singapore.

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Panels with blockchain and economic expert Farzam Ehsani and Centbee’s Lorien Gamaroff sparked quite the debate as the two panels discussed The Issues and Proposed Solutions for Blockchain Scalability and Enterprise Blockchain in Finance, respectively. The rest of the speaker line-up for the first day included Anushka Soma-Patel who unpacked the practical use of identity wallets and verified claims within ecosystems as we know them today. Ashlin Perumal spoke about self-sovereign identity against the legal backdrop of digital identity. While Nick Sapanaro made the bold statement: “The glass bottle looks great but it is impossible to get ketchup out. With crypto apps, we’re not even at the glass bottle stage. It’s like we’re just smashing tomatoes with our bare hands,” during his talk on Eliminating the Friction Tax on The Path to Mass Adoption.

Blockchain Africa Conference in Johannesburg Day 2

Watch the Day 2 highlights video of the conference in Johannesburg.

 Day 2 of the conference kicked off with Ray Youssef who discussed the unique situation of how African people have adapted to a new financial landscape that has given them the opportunity to take control of how they send, store and spend money through peer-to-peer technology. Nicole Anderson took to the stage after Ray on crypto is an emerging institutional asset class with family offices, hedge funds and broader multi-asset fund managers are entering the game addressing the institutional challenge and opportunity in crypto assets.

Matthew Arnett explained to us what a real Security Token Offering (STO) will look like and why the Bahamas standard is one to follow, as they have created smart contracts that standardize the creation of an STO.  The Bahamas government has been active in drafting legislation for Security Tokens and is working hard to make it easy to launch Security Token Offerings in the country.

Dr. Nthuthuko Bhengu introduced us to blockchain in healthcare. Dr Bhengu highlighted relevant use cases with a particular focus on electronic medical records and how blockchain can facilitate patient-centred care by enhancing interoperability, confidentiality and generally improved doctor-patient engagements. Dr. Bhengu facetiously remarked: “Blockchain was made solely for healthcare patient record-keeping, medicinal supply chain management and healthcare practitioners’ management.

Anrich Daseman from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) addressed the topic of regulatory advancements on crypto assets.  Anrich reiterated: “The Reserve Bank’s perspective is that blockchain is a paradigm shift and regulators need to adapt. SARB does not want to stifle innovation but recognises that regulation is necessary to protect investors and those that are not educated about the technology. In response to the concern of regulation on crypto, SARB formed a crypto asset regulatory working group to tackle the regulatory challenge.

The conference continued with Jean Paul Fabri who marvelled the audience on  Malta’s perspective on the regulation of ICOs and cryptocurrencies by the Maltese government, who is paving the way to establish Malta as a ‘Blockchain Island’. Jean Paul shared on where Malta succeeded in establishing regulations for emerging technology was in its political will and went on to conclude, “The regulation is there as a filter to make sure that the investment opportunity presented by the issuer is real.

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The conference concluded with Loretta Joseph, Charlene Chen and Prof. Angela Itzikowitz who took part in a panel, with other crypto thought leaders the likes of Anrich Daseman, Jean Paul Fabri, Ashlin Perumall, who had tongues wagging on one of crypto’s current hot topics, Finding the Balance Between Regulation and Innovation. The panel concluded with: “The big question should not be to regulate or not to regulate. The fact is to regulate but the regulation in itself needs an adaptation and innovation, in order to support, underpin and develop emerging technology both on a country and global level.

Charlene Chen, BitPesa’s COO, talks us through the challenge between innovation and regulation, and how you balance the conflicting energies and the management of different stakeholders, in a podcast interview with Think WTF.

The conference proved that people are still passionate about blockchain technology despite the current cryptocurrency bear market. There was a real sense that the hard work was still carrying on and effort was being made to innovate and solve the problems that will propel Africa forward into the future.

Videos of the conference can be viewed on Bitcoin Events’ YouTube channel.

Thank you to our sponsors, partners, and exhibitors for helping make the conference a success.

Blockchain Africa Conference in Johannesburg

Crypto Conference 2019

We are planning our next event! The Crypto Fest is a one-day gathering on 5 September 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we will explore the economics, investment, trends, culture, technology, trading, cryptocurrency exchanges and the future of cryptocurrencies.  

For more information on this and future events, please email the team at info@blockchainafrica.co. Subscribe to the Blockchain Africa newsletter to stay informed about next events and news of the global blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.

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Black Blockchain Summit 2019 to Gather Global Blockchain Tech Leaders at 2nd Annual DC-Based Conference

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WASHINGTON, DC August 13, 2019, BillMari, the leading pan-African blockchain company, in partnership with BitHub Africa will host its 2nd Annual Black Blockchain Summit (BBS) from September 9th-10th in Washington, D.C. on the historic Howard University campus.

The theme for this year’s Summit is “Reparations and Revolutions.” The theme marks a crossroads of the global Black community to remediate the past while claiming a stake in a better economic future. Ten years after the release of the Bitcoin White Paper, black cryptocurrency and blockchain innovators are gathering at BBS to examine how blockchain can repair injustices, and revolutionize the globe into a more equitable society.

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain launched with the appearance of Bitcoin as a white paper (technical plan) on October 31, 2008, and later as a working protocol for the transfer of the first cryptocurrency on January 10, 2009. Blockchain is an automated, computer-driven system to transfer value – be that cryptocurrency, votes, ownership deeds, or other valuable data – between peers in a secure and fast manner. Computers in a blockchain can be owned by anyone in the world who downloads and runs the software/protocols for a public blockchain. The fact that all may participate in running blockchain systems reduces corruption and provides new economic opportunities regardless of geography or economic status. Globally, individuals also may construct businesses or business services using these open-source (free-to-use) blockchain protocols.

Why Now?

Black Bockchain SummitThe objective of the 2019 Black Blockchain Summit is to generate innovative and lasting solutions that disrupt our currently unsustainable position within emergent technologies. We seek to bring lasting prosperity and independence via blockchain solutions as envisioned by freedom fighters and liberators in the “Arusha Declaration.

BBS Co-hosts explain why blockchain technology is important. “We believe that through diligent use of technology and harnessing black cultural competency, problems facing Black societies globally can be mitigated in a timely and effective manner,” BillMari Co-Founder and Black Blockchain Summit 2019 Co-Host Sinclair Skinner said.

BitHub Africa Co-Founder and Black Blockchain Summit 2019 Co-Host, John Karanja added, “This year’s Summit will inspire participants on how they can leverage Blockchain technology to address historical and current injustices by developing disruptive solutions to challenges faced by the Global Black community.”

The 2019 Black Blockchain Summit conference agenda is diverse; the speakers will discuss Blockchain technology solutions in a “baraza” (panel format), an interactive debate format using the Swahili language and debate-style, with topics covering real estate, global investments, cross-border payments, law, and the burgeoning cannabis industry among other topics.

Some of the prominent speakers at the summit are:

  • H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao – African Union Ambassador, Washington DC
  • Stacey E. Plaskett – Member of Congress US, House of Representatives
  • Lindsey Parker – Chief Technology Officer, DC Government
  • Lamar Wilson – Head of Vision and Decision, Hijro Network
  • Tone Vays – Content Creator, Derivatives Trader & Consultant
  • Lyn Ulbricht – CEO, Free Ross Ulbricht
  • Reggie Middleton – CEO, Veritaseum
  • Jeff Garzik – Co-Founder, Bloq
  • Isaiah Jackson – Author, Bitcoin and Black America

This interactive 2-day summit unites tech disruptors and leaders in business, engineering, development, and innovation around the globe to discuss the role of blockchain technology in building economic independence, wealth creation, liberation and the transformation of black communities throughout the diaspora.

For more information and updates about the Black Blockchain Summit 2019 visit www.blackblockchainsummit.com or follow @BlkBlockchainDC on Twitter for live updates. See highlights from the 2018 summit here: https://youtu.be/30B6zEcn3pk 

For media inquiries please email, info@BlackBlockchainSummit.com

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Announcing Abuja Blockchain & Digital Assets Conference 2019

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Abuja Blockchain and Digital Assets Conference

Blockchain-based solutions have the potential to make government operations at different levels more efficient and improve the delivery of public services, while simultaneously increasing trust in the public sector.

For this to happen, education is key — getting the right people at the federal, state and local government levels engaged, excited and educated about the technology. Once the right people understand the promise of blockchain, existing problems that can be better solved through a blockchain-based solution than through the existing technology infrastructure, then we can start retooling government processes.

At the upcoming Abuja Blockchain & Digital Assets Conference 2019, the third edition of these conferences curated by Blockchain Nigeria User Group, a sub-set Organization of Blockchain Technology Users (OBTU), duly registered Incorporated Trust with Nigeria’s CAC, is scheduled to hold from 4–5 October 2019, at Abuja Sheraton Hotels, experts, industry stakeholders, thought leaders and the academia will converge to brainstorm on how blockchain and other emerging technologies of the fourth industrial revolution can be leveraged by the Nigeria government and her agencies for improved public service delivery.

Agenda: The Blockchain Trust-Architecture for Governance and Public Service

It will be a two-day event featuring panel discussion segments, project presentations, training, and workshops.

Register now!

Who is to attend:

  • Policy Makers, Regulators, Lawyers
  • CIOs & IT
  • Crypto-Assets Traders & Managers
  • Enthusiasts, Developers & Solution architects
  • Blockchain platform innovators and providers
  • Civil servants & Government employees thinking about or already experimenting with the technologies
  • Blockchain Practitioners: Those experimenting who want to connect with other practitioners
  • Digital Transformers: Those curious about new technology & how to use it to streamline operations

What we shall be talking about:

  • Governance: how to regulate appropriately without stifling innovation
  • Blockchain Integration with current activities & operations
  • Technology Skills needed along with the Talent to support Blockchain projects
  • Selling the Potential of Blockchain to Senior Management & Non-Techies
  • True Digital Transformation: using new business philosophies and technologies to enable real innovation
  • How those currently in the Blockchain Trenches operate along with challenges and insights
  • Security, Risks and the future possibilities of blockchain technology

Opportunities for Sponsors and Partners

Do you have a Blockchain or 4iR Tech project or products you desire to see spread across Nigeria and Africa, please take this ride. We have a proven track record of curating world-class Blockchain Conferences with International media recognition.

International media organizations such as BBC, CNBC Africa, Channels TV, Cointelegraph, BitcoinAfrica.io, etc., have featured some of our past conferences. If you are planning on expanding your business in Africa, this event offers you an excellent opportunity to meet with decision-makers of various sectors. Network with the local blockchain service providers that have the expertise to help you succeed and gain local insight and offer your solution directly.

Send us a mail for partnerships, speaker or sponsorship opportunities: info@blockchainnigeria.group.

Register now!

Why Abuja?

Blockchain Nigeria GroupAbuja, Nigeria, is the right place for this event because it is the Capital City of Nigeria and Nigeria is the largest market in Africa for emerging technologies of the 4IR. With over 200M population, the highest penetration of mobile phones, Internet connectivity, real-time payment systems, and diverse population workforce, you’ll meet the right people at the event and collaboration is the key to winning in today’s businesses.

Let’s give your project wings. BNUG has over 13,000 event subscribers built over 3 years of active engagements with a community of very vibrant tech enablers, developers, enthusiasts, and investors. Let’s take you by the hand and show your project to a waiting audience.

View the pictures and videos from previous conferences.

Date: 4–5 October 2019

Venue: Sheraton Hotels, Abuja Nigeria.

Register now!

Learn more at http://blockchainnigeria.group

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Big Names Take to the Stage at Crypto Fest 2019 in South Africa

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Bitcoin Events is hosting the first-ever Crypto Festival in Cape Town on 7 September 2019 at Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront. 

This is the first event of its kind in South Africa and with the tremendous interest in cryptocurrencies that exist in South Africa, this event is certainly going to provide several insights into why South Africans are investing in and trading with cryptocurrencies!

According to a global survey by social media management company Hootsuite and global agency Wearesocial, South Africa has been ranked as the top country for ownership of cryptocurrency. The survey found that 10.7 percent of internet users in the country own cryptocurrency. 

Africa is embracing the digital revolution!

Bitcoin is now 10 years old and with it has come a plethora of exciting new ways to transact, invest, trade and conduct business. The Crypto Fest will showcase these exciting innovations with well-known local and international speakers who have created businesses, products, and services using cryptocurrencies. 

AltcoinTraderOne of South Africa’s first cryptocurrency exchanges, AltCoinTrader SA is the official Premier Sponsor of the Crypto Fest 2019. AltCoinTrader provides cryptocurrency trading in South Africa since 2015. 

The main vision of the exchange, according to Founder and Senior Partner, Richard de Sousa, is to provide easier accessible cryptocurrencies to communities that struggle with traditional banking systems.

The demand for altcoins in the country is rapidly growing, and often local exchanges with fiat on-ramps are used as a gateway to international exchanges to facilitate top performing cryptocurrency acquisitions. AltCoinTrader has identified a niche space and has listed the top 20 CoinMarketCap coins on its platform to provide traders with easy access to these markets.

Keynote Speaker at Crypto Fest 2019

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RICHARD DE SOUSA

Founder of AltCoinTrader

Thanks to the invention of Bitcoin by Satoshi Nakamoto, new global financial systems now exist, those of decentralised cryptocurrencies and tech giants’ coins such as Facebook’s Libra. How will these new financial systems affect how we live and transact, and how will governments control these new systems? Richard de Sousa, Founder of AltCoinTrader will set the scene in his Keynote address discussing the ‘Trends and Overview of the Crypto Landscape’.

AltCoinTrader was developed by Richard in 2014 and as an early adopter of Bitcoin, he wanted to bring cryptocurrency to the local South African community as buying cryptocurrencies from any exchange overseas was difficult and cumbersome.

Put your brand on the throne

We invite you to partner with Bitcoin Events and sponsor this exciting event. Showcase your brand, product, and services to our global audience. The Crypto Fest sponsorship packages provide extensive exposure, leading up to, during, and after the festival. If you would like to receive more information about the sponsorship opportunities, please email us at info@blockchainafrica.co.

What You Can Expect at the Crypto Fest

This one-day event will be moving away from the traditional conference and exhibition model, into a ground-breaking festival of engaging, thought-provoking and quality content on three stages, driving meaningful discussion and debate on how best to accelerate global adoption of cryptocurrencies. Crypto Fest 2019 strives to bring cryptocurrencies to life through immersive activities showcasing examples of real-world application and increased engagement opportunities to make the connections needed to expedite cryptocurrency adoption through controversial crypto debates in the Crypto Battle Arena, live crypto gaming and fun competitions with crypto giveaways. The festival will culminate with a crypto party!

Crypto Battle I: Battle of the Coins

The Bitcoin Civil War between BTC, BCH, and BSV is hotter than ever, with existential stakes for different communities of stakeholders. Many different opinions exist in the crypto community on which bitcoin is the true bitcoin: which is the most efficient payment system, what is the most efficient block size limit and which of these are as per Satoshi Nakamoto’s Whitepaper, ‘Bitcoin, A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’. Each participant will make their case for the bitcoin they support after which each will have the opportunity to respond to the other participants. The audience will have the opportunity to pose a question that the moderator will ask via our Twitter event hashtag, #CryptoFest2019. Less fighting and more buidl-ing is the only win-win scenario here. Catch Lorien Gamaroff, Rocelo Lopes and Warren Gray in this crypto battle ring, with James Preston as the mediator.

Crypto Battle II: Crypto Whales vs. the Small Fish

Crypto whales get accused of market manipulation and dirty tactics, and can cause market prices to drop or rise within minutes by dumping a huge amount of coins at once. However, not all crypto whales are sharks. And while that might be true for some whales, it is a broad and unjustified generalization to presume that all of them are solely focused on market manipulation. Price manipulation tactics occur in every market and are illegal in regulated markets which is not the case in the current crypto unregulated market. Join Graeme Tennant at our Whales vs. the Small Fish crypto battle, moderated by Grey Jabesi, which will look at how whales influence the crypto market and what tactics they use to create FOMO in the market.

Crypto Battle III: Libra Coin: What Does it Mean for Crypto?  

It is no more news that Facebook is taking a chunk of its resources and technical know-how to establishing a coin, Libra, offering a “faster, cheaper and more secure” alternative to traditional ways of making payments on the internet, according to reports. Regardless of all the details surrounding the introduction of this ambitious project, one thing is clear: over 2 billion people would have seamless access to Libra. Therefore, regulations, use case, its influence on the crypto market, as well as the financial industry, has come under unprecedented scrutiny.

This battle, moderated by Farzam Ehsani, will consider the various pros and cons of Libra, what it means for the crypto industry, consumers and regulators including the impact on other cryptocurrencies.

We are delighted to welcome our confirmed speakers who are recognised as thought leaders in the cryptocurrency industry! Read more about the speakers here, and view the thought-provoking programme here.

About Bitcoin Events

Since inception, Bitcoin Events have cut through the hype and challenged the critics to educate, upskill and drive long-term thinking on the strategic benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for businesses, governments, citizens, and society.

For more information on the Crypto Fest visit our website at www.cryptofest.co.za or email us at info@blockchainafrica.co 

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