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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.

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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.

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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Belfrics Group Launches a Blockchain Skill-Drive Initiative in Association With DIT

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Belfrics Group, one of the largest international blockchain conglomerates of the world, in association with Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), one of the leading technology and engineering institutes in Tanzania and the East African region, today announced a joint initiative to develop a pool of talented and skilled technology professionals for blockchain as a domain. Belfrics Academy SDN BHD, the research, international training and skill development vertical of Belfrics Group of Companies, would lead the efforts to address the knowledge gap and the rapidly growing requirements Blockchain Talents in the industry.

BelfricsOn this momentous association, Mr. Praveenkumar Vijayakumar, Founder and CEO — Belfrics Group of Companies said“We all know that the Internet is filled with the so many online courses on Blockchain technology. But the sad reality is that the quality of talent and knowledge that is out there, is not even close to what the industry needs. There is still a humungous knowledge gap, and a huge void in terms of the quality and quantity of blockchain talent in the market. This is not only an Africa problem; this is a world problem! And we are happy to have associated with an esteemed institute like DIT which is synonymous with technology as an industry.”

DIT, being one of the leaders in the space of capacity building for the latest technologies in the industry, keenly believes blockchain to be the next big wave in the digital transformation of the world, and especially, Africa. Similarly, Belfrics Group of companies has been one of the leading conglomerates spearheading the blockchain movement across the globe. With its presence in Asia Africa Middle East and South America regions, Belfrics is one of the few global companies to have worked with government bodies, financial regulators, and conglomerates for a blockchain-ready infrastructure.

We are pleased to see educational leaders like DIT come forward and being open to the need of the industry. I would say, that this is the right time, between being proactive or before being reactive to the industry demands. Employment and development is Key, and for that we must understand where the future is. DIT is doing just that. In fact, we’re pleasantly surprised to see the level of awareness and requests from other prestigious institutes from the East African Region for blockchain skill development. Since we are one of the major blockchain talent hirers ourselves, we are very much aware of the quality and quantity of the talent available currently. Such collaborations are required to address the current gap,” says E C Uday Senan, Global Strategist — Belfrics Academy.

Blockchain technology is among the emerging technologies that will soon revolutionize the internet and the ICT industry. Due to its inherent features, such as distributed system with no single point of failure, usage of cryptography for data protection, and fast data transfer and sharing of digital assets, Blockchain has huge potential and a number of applications, particularly in developing countries. To leverage the potentials of this technology, it is critically important we create awareness of the technology as well as build the capacity of our students, staff and the general public. This is exact what DIT will do in collaboration with Belfrics. This will enable DIT to become the hub of blockchain technology, the hub where capacity building of our people as well as experimentation and eventually development of the blockchain systems for improving government service delivery will take place,” says Dr Joseph W. Matiko, the Director of ICT Centre at Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology.

“DIT is positioned to support the industrial economy by creating skilled workforce for the nation. Therefore, collaboration between DIT and Belfrics is important for capacity building of our students and staff and creating the digital skilled workforce in the country. We are really pleased to establish this collaboration because it is in line with our strategies of teaching factory concept and engagement of the industry in teaching and learning activities,” says Prof Preksedis M. Ndomba, Principal of the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology.

“We are excited to partner with Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) on the launch of Blockchain Trainings for Corporates, DIT Students and Staff Members and the Tanzania Community at large. Blockchain Technology ensures digital skills are accessible to Tanzanians particularly youth and supports with securing meaningful opportunities where they can apply their talents, ideas and expertise to advance the Country’s economic, Industrialization and social development,” said Aziz ChonyaDirector, Belfrics Tanzania.

The collaboration between DIT and Belfrics comes in at a very crucial stage, with Africa being closely eyed as the next talent-hub by the world. With blockchain strongly anticipated to be the driver for the next stream of technological innovations, African countries “stand to benefit from this shift more than other nations because most of Africa has a Greenfield in banking, finance, health and other legacy infrastructure. Africa has a unique opportunity to leapfrog in many areas and develop new infrastructure and use cases to power the future” according to an article on medium.

Belfrics Academy, the international research and skill-development vertical of Belfrics, is dedicated to customized blockchain training for Universities, Colleges and training institutes, and capacity building for Government bodies, Regulators and Private Organizations. Belfrics Academy also mentors and nurtures Blockchain talents by setting up Innovation-hubs within the University campuses to drive and mentor more blockchain talent and ideas.

Belfrics is one among the very few companies who have developed and built their own blockchain, ‘Belrium’, which is now live and deployed, and which is being seriously considered as the technology carrier by many government bodies and conglomerates for solutions from identity data harmonization, to supply chain infrastructure, to smart governance infrastructure to healthcare infrastructure, around the globe.

DIT and Belfrics Academy, through this collaboration, aim at nurturing as much talent as possible in the academic year of 2019, as the demand is rapidly increasing, thus resulting in employment of young Africans in this technology space.

For more information about Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology, please visit https://www.dit.ac.tz and http://belfricsacademy.com for more information about Belfrics Academy.

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Things You Need to Know About WolfpackBOT

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As the popularity of cryptocurrencies has increased more and more, people are looking for ways to make huge returns on their investments. Most of these traders are using cryptocurrency trading bots to increase the value of their portfolios. Crypto trading bots are software programs that directly interact with cryptocurrency exchanges, monitor price movements, and place orders for users based on the market data they collect.

Crypto trading is a challenging task that requires hard work, determination, and a strategic mindset; however, crypto trading bots have simplified this task. As we all know crypto trading bots execute the orders of the users without any intervention. The process is enhanced by well-created algorithms, which ensure a higher rate of success. When the traders do crypto trading without the help of bots, they have to spend lots of time to study the market. Crypto trading bots work independently, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WolfpackBOT: The revolutionary Crypto Trading Bot

WolfpackBOTWolfpackBOT is an automated trading software that executes orders at lightning speed using proprietary trading algorithms and proprietary “Werewolf” Trading Analysis configurations. Users can also customize the settings of the bot according to their personal trading style and preferences. WolfpackBOT is an advanced trading bot that allows simultaneous trading access to all compatible cryptocurrency exchanges that are available to the bot. The bot has the widest array of technical analysis tools that allow the bot to make successful trades, with highly precise, mathematically based strategies that have been tested and coded into the bot from the ground up.

There are various preset settings available on the bot that can be selected by the users according to their needs and the trends of the market. For example, the bot’s proprietary Werewolf Bull Market setting is specially designed for when the base trading pair is in a Bull Run, while the Werewolf Bear Market setting is designed for when the base trading pair is in a bear run. When the market is sideways, there are Werewolf Sideways Market settings. These settings are optimized for their respective conditions and should only be used in those conditions.

Wolfcoin Blockchain

Wolfcoin is a utility coin that will be redeemable for WolfpackBOT subscriptions, the WolfBOX hardware console, and WolfpackBOT and Wolfcoin apparel and merchandise. The Wolfcoin is also coupled with Proof of Work mining and a Masternode reward system, furthering the appeal of the coin.  Wolfcoin holders who hold at least 10,000 WOLF in their dedicated masternode wallets will earn additional Wolfcoin rewards, which can be used to offset the cost of WolfpackBOT subscriptions.  It’s an all-in-one system that combines automated trading, masternodes, and mining to deliver some of the most advanced technology in the cryptocurrency field today with the goal of helping all WolfpackBOT users and Wolfcoin holders achieve financial freedom and long-term trading success.

What is Masternode?

A masternode is a crypto full node or computer wallet that keeps the entire copy of the blockchain up to date and running around the clock. Masternodes are used to power Private Send, Instant Send, and the blockchain governance system. For mining Wolfcoin the users will not only get the traditional Proof of Work (PoW) rewards but will also be rewarded for running and maintaining masternodes. Users who run the Masternodes will be incentivized.  80% of the block reward is allocated to pay the masternode network and 20% of the block reward is allocated to pay the X11 PoW miners.

Subscription Package Plans

WolfpackBOT automated trading software offers three subscription packages payable in WOLF.

Subscription

Exchanges

Base-pairs

Coins

Price in WOLF

PupBOT

1

1

All

USD 40

WolfBOT

1

All

All

USD 65

WerewolfBOT

All

All

All

USD 100

 

The Wolfpack PaperBOT can be downloaded from https://www.wolfpackbot.com. This FREE version of WolfpackBOT’s software allows users to test strategies and take the world’s most advanced cryptocurrency trading bot for a test-drive by simulating live trading on exchanges without risking their hard earned capital.

WolfpackBOT Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheWolfpackBOT

WolfpackBOT Telegram Discussion: t.me/wolfpackbot_discussion

WolfpackBOT Telegram Channel: https://t.me/thewolfpackBOT

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Introducing Africa’s Foremost Women’s Blockchain Conference

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Blocktech Women Conference

On Friday, April 12, 2019, the city of Lagos, Nigeria will receive a handful of delegates from around the world. This time around they are converging for Africa’s foremost Blockchain Conference centered on women, 2019 Blocktech Women Conference. The event is billed to hold at Virginrose Resorts, Victoria Island, 8am prompt.

New to the term “Blockchain”? The Blockchain technology is a shared, distributed ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network.

The Blocktech Women Conference 2019

BlockTech Women Conference 2019The Conference is billed to educate and train attendees on various aspects of blockchain technology; Women And Blockchain, Digital Assets Trading, Blockchain In Public & Private Sector, Blockchain In Supply Chain, Blockchain Application Programming & Coding, Personal & Business Branding, among others. Attendance is free for all and open to both males and females.

The above-listed wealth of information will be delivered by are our renowned speakers; Reggie Middleton, Founder, Disruptor-in-chief and CEO of Veritaseum (USA), Lorna M.Johnson, CFO at Advanced Family Care Medical Group Inc (USA), Alakanani Itireleng, Founder at Satoshi Centre (Botswana), Genevieve Leveille, Founder at AgriLedger (Jersey), Maureen L. Murat, Principal at Crowdie Advisors (USA), Linus Kingdom, Managing Editor at eBlockbuzz (Nigeria), Heaven Bereket, Founder at Bambino Foundation (Sweden), Lindsay Nuon, CEO at Women of Color In Blockchain (USA),Lucky Uwakwe, CEO at SABI Exchange (Nigeria), Doris Ojuederie, Founder at Blockchain African Ladies (Nigeria), Nathaniel Luz, Executive Director at Cheetah Africa (Nigeria), Faith Obafemi, Blockchain Lawyer (Nigeria), among others.

That’s not all. The Veritaseum (USA) representatives will be on the ground at the Conference to train attendees on trading digital GOLD via the Blockchain. To get the training started, Veritaseum will be distributing about $17,000 worth of its VeGold asset to attendees who had already completed their KYC verification on the VeGold trading platform; https://dapp.veritaseum.com.

This freebie serves as support to the African woman. However, it is important for prospective attendees to get their KYC done and approved prior to the event to avoid unforeseen inconveniences. Queries about KYC Verification should be sent to https://t.me/joinchat/EytLU00P2FaVJTJ2sgApuQ

We are also pleased to inform you that representatives of SisiBox Period Subscription Package will be distributing 50 packs of their Combo Sanitary packs to 50 attendees at the Conference. SisiBox Lady Sanitary is designed to provide quality anion sanitary napkins for women at the lowest cost possible via the Blockchain technology while raising financially empowered and entrepreneurial driven ladies in the continent and beyond.

To qualify for the free Sanitary packs, prospective attendees are required to register via the link below and thereafter give out their personal link to friends for registration: https://sisibox.com/blockwoman. The top 50 attendees with the highest referrals will each receive the SisiBox Combo Female Sanitary.

The 2019 Blocktech Women Conference team will be waiting to welcome you at Virginrose Resorts, Victoria Island, Lagos on April 12, 2019.

Contact: Doris Ojuederis, Senior Convener, Blocktech Women Conference +2348095973066 – doris@blockchainladies.africa

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