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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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MEETUP: September 21, 2019 OKEX Brings the CryptoTour Africa 2019 to Kenya

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OKEx, the Malta-based mega crypto exchange, will be holding a meetup in Kenya, on September 21, 2019, featuring key speakers in the blockchain and crypto space in Kenya.

OKEx is looking to introduce its mega crypto exchange in the region to enables traders to margin trade for a profit.

The OKEx Cryptotour Africa 2019 will cover four African countries namely:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

The upcoming CryptoTour Africa 2019, Nairobi Edition, meetup will feature:

OKEx Meetup

Speakers who will be presenting at the OKEx CryptoTour Africa 2019

Roselyne Gicira – Chairperson, Blockchain Association of Kenya

Felix Macharia – Head of Operations, EOS Nairobi

Alex Matu – Crypto Trader / Trainer, BitcoinKE

Five lucky winners who attend the event will be rewarded with each winner getting 50 USDK ($50). Other gift perks will include OKEx T-Shirts, pens, key holders, and stickers for attendees.

Come enjoy great conversations, networking, drinks, and nibbles!

Event Details

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019

TIME: 12:00PM – 3:00PM

LOCATION: Nairobi Garage, Pinetree Plaza, Kaburu Drive, Off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya

REGISTRATION LINKhttp://bit.ly/OKEXRegistrationKE

RSVP to Attend. The event is FREE.

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Cryptocurrency Elite Gathering 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!

What You Can Expect at the Crypto Fest

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 2019 strives to bring cryptocurrencies to life through immersive activities showcasing examples of real-world applications 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!

On the Crypto Fest Stage

We are delighted to welcome our confirmed speakers who are recognised as thought leaders in the cryptocurrency industry. 

KHAYA MALONEY is a blockchain design solutions architect and strategic fintech business developer in South Africa. He’s currently the OKEx Country Manager for South Africa Market where he’s in charge of growth development.

MARTIN HARRIS: Trader And Market Analyst At IG

SHANTNU SAXENA, EVP At Huobi MENA. He is considered an innovative and results-driven leader focused on achieving results in highly competitive environments that demand continuous improvement.

MARIUS REITZ, the General Manager for Africa at Luno, a leading global cryptocurrency company with its head office in London. He joined Luno in 2016 and helped the company grow to a diverse team of 300 people across three continents. Marius wholeheartedly shares his company’s philosophy of upgrading the world to a better financial system. 

CLAIRE HALL, MC For Women In Crypto Meetup, Sydney. Once coined a ‘corporate hippy’, Claire Hall is a passionate ‘woman in crypto’ working at a grassroots level to entice other ‘everyday’ women into the world of crypto. Claire is a Corporate Learning Consultant for a large financial institution in Australia where she is working to put blockchain on the agenda.

ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE, founder and CEO of the Sun Exchange, is a serial energy entrepreneur who establishes businesses and projects that use solar energy to effect socio-economic change. In 2014 he launched Sun Exchange, a global solar micro-leasing marketplace that closes the funding gap for commercial- and community-scale solar projects in emerging markets while streaming monetised sunshine all over the world.

Hotly contested debates and discussions will take place in the Crypto Battle Arena:

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.

Catch Rocelo Lopes, Warren Gray and Lorien Gamaroff, in this crypto battle ring, with James Preston as the moderator.

Crypto Battle II: Bitcoin vs. Gold

Gold has historically played a central role in economies driven by physical exchange and remains a recognised store of value to this day. What are the investment cases for gold vs the investment cases for bitcoin?

Catch Richard de Souza, Graeme Tennant and Piotr Tylczynsk, in this crypto battle ring, with Grey Jabesi as the moderator.

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. Is Facebook’s entrance into the crypto market the best thing to happen in crypto?

Catch Graeme Tennant, Grey Jabesi, Claire Hall, Marius Reitz, Tshepo Magoma and Prof. Angela Itzikowitz, in this crypto battle ring, with Farzam Ehsani as the moderator.

Read more about our speakers here. The focus of the Crypto Fest is on cryptocurrency investments, trading, and payments. Have a look at the exciting festival programme here.

Sponsors on the Crypto Fest Throne

The Crypto Fest is a global arena for industry leaders to share their breaking news and technologies with a legion of investors, experts, developers, businesses and participants who are using cryptocurrency to redefine the prevailing practice of everyday life.

Premier Sponsors

One of South Africa’s first cryptocurrency exchanges, AltCoinTrader SA, providing cryptocurrency trading in South Africa since 2015.

IG is a world-leading online trading provider, giving you access to opportunities across thousands of financial markets through our intuitive platforms and apps. 

Diamond Sponsor

OKEx is a world-leading digital asset exchange, providing advanced financial services to traders globally by using blockchain technology. OKEx provides hundreds of token and futures trading pairs to help traders to optimise their strategy.

Platinum Sponsors

Huobi provides secure and reliable digital asset trading and asset management services to millions of users in over 130 countries around the world.

Stratum is a technology company that develops blockchain solutions focused on digital currencies. Stratum has developed their Stratum Blue token, a digital token that represents a diversified portfolio of cryptocurrencies.

MineBest is a cryptocurrency mining company, who prides itself as a technologically advanced infrastructure company specialising in cryptographic computing activities.

Gold Sponsors

Luno is South Africa’s oldest cryptocurrency exchange, with over 2 million customers in 40 countries. Luno makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies.

YOUNIQX brings products and services for secure digital identity to the spotlight internationally.

Sun Exchange is the world’s first buy-to-lease solar cell marketplace. Through Sun Exchange, anyone, anywhere in the world, can own solar energy-producing cells and build wealth by leasing those cells to businesses and organisations in emerging markets.

Blockchain Africa Conference 2020

We are planning our next event! The Blockchain Africa Conference is in its 6th year and we are expecting 600+ attendees for the conference. The general theme is the use and application of emerging financial technologies, i.e.: Blockchain Technology and cryptocurrencies, beyond the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how these emerging technologies enable and enhance artificial intelligence and machine learning in enterprise development in the efforts and championing toward financial inclusion.

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

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 

See You at the Crypto Fest 2019 in Cape Town!

Crypto Fest

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Privacy coin, Zcoin ($XZC), now listed on Vinny Lingham-backed Exchange, OVEX, with ZAR pairing

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CAPE TOWN, South AfricaAug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ Zcoin ($XZC) — an open-source, decentralised privacy cryptocurrency — has now listed on Vinny Lingham-backed cryptocurrency exchange, OVEX, with a South African Rand (ZAR) pairing.

Zcoin“Zcoin’s listing on OVEX will create the opportunity for traders to fill the vacuum in offering privacy with the introduction of $XZC to the South African market especially with the ZAR pairing that opens door to it being readily adopted in the country. This is an exciting development and opportunity to expand in a rapidly developing country where cryptocurrency trading volumes are on the increase,” says Poramin Insom, Founder & Core Developer of Zcoin.

OVEX’s is the most advanced cryptocurrency exchange in South Africa and offers traders both simple and advanced modes to suit the needs of different traders on a secure and trusted platform.

“We’re excited about the potential for growth on this coin, privacy coins are an essential part of the crypto ecosystem and we’re very excited to give South Africans access to this opportunity,” says Jonathan Ovadia, CEO of OVEX.

As part of the official listing, Zcoin and OVEX will be hosting a community-focused event in Woodstock, Cape Town, to introduce $XZC to users on the platform. Interested attendees can find out more here.

Most recently, Zcoin became the first cryptocurrency to be usable at any of the five million merchants registered via Thailand’s nationwide QR code system through the Satang App.

In July 2019 it also rolled out Sigma, the first live zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) protocol to offer strong financial privacy without trusted setup.

Zcoin has been actively working on the Sigma privacy protocol since early 2018 and the mainnet launch of Sigma marks the first in a series of upgrades in Zcoin’s privacy protocol.

Sigma’s eventual replacement, the highly anticipated Lelantus which has garnered academic interest, is Zcoin’s own independent innovation that further improves on Sigma’s capabilities by removing the need of fixed denominations and hiding transaction values. Lelantus is currently in development and scheduled to go on testnet in early 2020.

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