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

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Blockchain Africa Conference

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.

Blockchain Africa Conference

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.

Blockchain Africa Conference

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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1xBit Offers A New Lottery For Its Customers

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1xBit Offers

1xBit is happy to announce a new lottery HOT BITCOIN, that will last from June 22, 2019, till August 12, 2019.

Are you fond of betting or maybe you want to earn bitcoins? 1xBit is a good chance to make your wishes come true and win a special prize. It is one of the best cryptocurrency gambling and betting platform. Try now and understand how it can be easy to earn cryptocurrencies! 

On August 13, 2019, the lottery draw will randomly determine lucky winners that will get the following prizes:

1st place: 1 Bitcoin (BTC)

2nd place: 10 Bitcoin cash (BCH)

3rd place: 100 Bitcoin gold (BTG)

4th place: 1,000 Stratis (STRAT)

5th place: 10,000 Nem (NEM)

But that’s not all prizes, the other 750 lucky participants will get bonus points, as it’s shown  in the list below:

  • 10,000 bonus points (10 winners);
  • 5,000 bonus points (20 winners);
  • 2,000 bonus points (30 winners);
  • 1,000 bonus points (40 winners);
  • 500 bonus points (50 winners);
  • 200 bonus points (100 winners);
  • 100 bonus points (200 winners);
  • 50 bonus points (300 winners);

Every winner can buy currency for bonus points or exchange them for free bets.  It’s very easy to take part in this lottery. Bet on any event at least 2 mBTC and get lottery tickets for each bet placed. Free tickets will be automatically credited to your account. Of course, the higher your stake, the more tickets you will get. For example, if you bet more than 12 mBTC you will earn 10 lottery tickets. There is no limit on the number of bets you can place or tickets you can receive.

1xBIT Logo1xBit is a cryptocurrency sportsbook and casino where only cryptocurrency is eligible for playing. Enjoy thousands of sporting events and a rich LIVE section to bet on daily and find all the ongoing events with the best odds! If you like slots, you can find here different kind of slots for all tastes. The high rates and a large number of various bonuses and promos increase your chances of winning. Register and receive a welcome bonus of up to 7 BTC! Yes, 7 BTC, it’s not a joke! You can see for yourself, just register on 1xBit website.

Register on the 1xBit website, place a bet on any event, get a lottery ticket and take part in the prize draw. Perhaps, YOU will be one of the winners.

You can find more detailed terms and conditions of the lottery on the 1xBit website.

Place your bets and GOOD LUCK!

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How Blockchain Turns the Game in African Financial Life

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Progress never stands still. People seek for simplicity and convenience, and the financial system is no exception to that. Hardly anyone could have thought that cash could ever be replaced with plastic cards. Today, it’s time for cryptocurrency to trigger the change in the paradigm.

Besides being a great instrument for investment, crypto changes the very essence of how money is transferred. Today, everyone who owns crypto can seamlessly and transparently exchange, sell off and buy up assets.

Is that not the democratic solution our world needs? That’s the question which underpins the initial purpose of Chatex project. The company has chosen the African continent as the starting point of its expansion in order to help those who suffer from excessive commission fees and lack of fiat.

Why Africa?

The banking environment is so weak here, that it’s hardly called ‘banking’. It is mired in corruption and bureaucracy, while the level of financial literacy is extremely low. It’s a common practice for local third-party services to charge sky-high commission fees on money transferring. Sometimes these figures reach 10 or even 20 percent. Chatex’s CEO, Michael Ross-Johnson, comments the following:

“How can one be treated in such a sordid way in the continent where people survive on less than the equivalent of one dollar a day? We can’t just monitor with our hands folded. We at Chatex are here to help African people become a part of the transparent and fair system that will give them an opportunity to freely manage their money and enjoy the comprehensive financial freedom”

How Chatex will make it out?

ChatexChatex offers a same-name bot based on Telegram, which could be downloaded on any kind of a smartphone supporting the messenger. It is an official, licensed and GDPR-compliant service, which offers safe data storage, BitGo instant transfers technology and additional PIN-code protection.

Thanks to Chatex, users can carry out cross border transactions, whichever their education or location is. One registered with the bot can instantly buy crypto via banking and gift cards, including even iTunes one, and transfer money to other users worldwide with no commission.

What’s the catch? There aren’t any. The verification process and money transfer won’t last more than 15 minutes here. The interface is intuitively simple and user-friendly, that’s why even a layman user will be able to operate without hindrance.

Having established an office in Ghana, Chatex plans to extricate banks and extortionate money transfer services from all over the continent. Next step would probably be Uganda, where the banking system has run rampant. In Uganda, every year relatives send home about $700 million, and almost $70 million of that total are charged by third-party service providers.

Judging upon the current trends of pervasive smartphone penetration, it can easily be said that mobile solutions such as Chatex are on their way to fit a whole set of financial operations into the user’s pocket. Africa needs such services that will ease people lives and eliminate the limits local banks and third-party services set up. Chatex avoided the well-trodden path of expansion and no one will regret. It has started a new chapter in the African market, aiming to ‘make Africa great again’.

To find out more, visit https://chatex.com/.

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Bitcoin Events to Host South Africa’s First Crypto Festival

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Crypto Festival

Bitcoin Events is delighted to be hosting South Africa’s first Crypto Festival in Cape Town on 7 September 2019.

Bitcoin EventsThere’s been a lot of renewed interest in cryptocurrencies in Africa and globally, and the Crypto Festival will highlight the exciting opportunities that cryptocurrencies offer individuals and organisations: from investing, trading, mining and transacting to privacy, security, price volatility, tokenisation of assets, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs).

South Africa is at the forefront of crypto adoption. It has the highest percentage, 10.7%, of internet users owning cryptocurrencies, twice the global average of 5.5%, according to a recent international survey by social media management firm Hootsuite in partnership with London-based WeAreSocial.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have certainly changed the way we think about money, privacy, investments, payments and more. Cryptocurrencies are a disruptive innovation that numerous start-ups and individuals are leveraging, along with blockchain technology, to build innovative products and services for consumers and businesses alike.

We are expecting about 150-200 attendees from various backgrounds and industries at the Crypto Festival: crypto exchanges, payment systems, investment firms, mining operations, trading enthusiasts and companies, ICOs and IEOs, legal practitioners, crypto enthusiasts, blockchain developers, thought leaders, industry innovators and entrepreneurs.

Grab your Early Adopter ticket now for ONLY R450!

The Crypto Festival Call for Papers is Open

Our call for papers is now open, so don’t miss this opportunity to share your insights and expertise with our audience by submitting your paper now.

For more information on the Crypto Festival, visit Cryptofest or email the team at info@blockchainafrica.co.

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