About the Blockchain Africa Conference 2018
Blockchain Conferences in Africa since 2015
8 and 9 March 2018 in Johannesburg
Bitcoin Events is proud to announce that the fourth annual Blockchain Africa Conference will be held on the 8 & 9 March 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference 2018 will bring together a diverse range of local and international speakers to discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency use cases, the regulatory environment, technology hurdles and opportunities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged using this technology...Read More
All standard tickets are now sold out. We have created two live streaming ticket options due to the many requests for more tickets.
Live Streaming Onsite Ticket
Live Streaming Ticket
Late Registration Ticket
from 1 February to 6 March 2018
Partners and Diamond Sponsors
IBM is a leading global technology and solutions provider and the world’s largest consulting organization. Reinvention is a keyword in the company’s history and, today IBM is emerging as a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. After a century of contributing to Africa’s development, IBM is part of the continent’s technological fabric, business and community. IBM has considered South Africa to be one of its key markets since the inception of its first office in 1952. As a technology leader, IBM works with clients, business partners and independent software vendor communities to address Africa’s key priorities.
Microsoft develops, markets and sells a broad range of products for personal computing, development tools and languages, application software, systems.
Telcoin is a new cryptocurrency based on the Ethereum blockchain that will be distributed and accepted by telecom operators, therefore available to billions of users worldwide without extra registration, only using their mobile phones.
Dimension Data is a company specialising in information technology services. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company maintains operations on every inhabited continent. Dimension Data focuses on services including network integration, security and data centers.
BankservAfrica is an automated clearing house located in Johannesburg, South Africa and operates both nationally and within Africa. Annually processing billions of transactions valued at trillions of South African rand; BankservAfrica’s clients include banks, corporates, government and the retail sector.
ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world.
Aion is a third generation blockchain network designed to address unsolved questions of scalability, privacy, and interoperability in blockchain networks.
Bitcoin adoption is slower than it otherwise might be. This is mainly due to the complicated apps that are available on the market today. Centbee provides a simple bitcoin payment solution for users and merchants and aims to bring Bitcoin to the mainstream.
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htxt.africa is South Africa’s newest and most exciting tech blog, covering everything from the top end of government IT investment and spending down to maker culture, hackspaces and – well, generally – fun. We cover far more of the latter than the former, in fact, and aim to make this the number one community for genuinely interesting stuff that’s coming from South Africa and the rest of the continent.
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The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) believes in the potential of African entrepreneurs, and their ability to contribute to the digital economy, set to reach $100 trillion by 2025 (World Economic Forum). It is also passionate about the power of collaboration – and seeks to harness knowledge and skills in order to create a dynamic environment that stimulates the creation of tech and tech-enabled businesses.
ITWeb’s Brainstorm magazine is the most influential South African business IT monthly and reaches over 12 000 CIOs, IT executives and decision makers. ITWeb is the country’s leading business technology-focused publisher, with media products and services that span digital platforms, print and events.
Popular Mechanics is the acknowledged voice of science and technology in South Africa. Underpinning its rich sci-tech content is an ever-changing mix of articles covering a broad range of interests, from automotive news and outdoor adventures to DIY projects and exploration of the universe.
We primarily recruit across sub-Saharan Africa with a strong focus on South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and other Anglophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
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The full schedule is below.
Ever since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, blockchain's great dream has been to connect the world. Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas talks about his more than seven years working full-time on Bitcoin and Ripple and gives his take on how much progress has been made towards that dream to date. He covers the role of ICOs, smart contracts and what blockchainers can learn from the early days of the Internet. Finally, he talks about Interledger and how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is using it to make access to the financial system available to everyone.
Exploring the power of blockchain technology through use cases for inclusion, energy, supply chains, finance, and other revolutionary advancements in technology.
Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Current Hyperledger projects and common use cases. How can Opensource be used in business environment? Hyperledger, Linux Foundation, various frameworks…finally, I get it!
RSK extends Bitcoin capabilities in order to create a new kind of internet, which we call the Internet of Value.
Emerging market consumers have long suffered from a lack of accessible and affordable financial services, leaving 3.5 billion consumers globally unbanked and underserved. It has been broadly recognized that greater access to financial services for both individuals and businesses accelerates economic activity. Using the best of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and tokenization this financial inclusion problem can be solved.
Premium property investment has been the exclusive domain of the wealthy for way too long. In this talk Llew will discuss his company uses blockchain technology to make property investment accessible to everyone.
For decades, the difficulty of trading African currencies has directly led to the difficulty in doing business in and across Africa. How do we make operating in multiple African currencies cheaper, easier and faster? BitPesa has a hybrid model of traditional and crypto- trading that increases the liquidity, reduces the cost and makes it much easier to do business in African currencies. With four years on the market, and transactions to every major African currency and a basket of global currencies, the model clearly works.
Done with the Basics. Shifting the Focus to New Business Models and Consortium's to Drive the Blockchain Industry
In this session we will have a look at how our current business models will have to change to drive the productionalization and scaling of blockchain use cases as well as the roles that both the local and international consortium's have to play in achieving this.
Matt will talk about the current landscape of blockchain focusing on what is yet to be solved as an industry with emphasis on interoperability between different blockchains and protocols.
Over the course of the past 12 months, Microsoft Azure Blockchain Engineering has been partnering with enterprise customers to qualify and prepare production-ready financial services and supply chain scenarios for deployment across private blockchain consortium networks.
What are the best use-cases for blockchain technology right now in finance? Will Proof of Concepts become a reality in 2018 for the financial industry, and if so, which ones? What are the best and most interesting ICO's to look at? What are trends for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology adoption and usage in Africa? What are the biggest and most important investments into blockchain technology? What is the social impact of blockchain technology?
An opportunity to engage in personalised executive discussions with speakers, exhibitors and delegates.
Humanity faces many challenges. Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies will help us solve some of these challenges but is certainly not a panacea for all. Farzam will share his reflections on where we’ve come from in this space and where we’re going.
Alexia will consider smart contracts from a legal perspective.
In recent months, the rise of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) using blockchain technology has fundamentally challenged some of the principles and processes underlying traditional venture capital funding and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). While it remains to be seen, proponents of ICOs argue that the capital markets may radically change in future as a result of these token sales.
Helghardt will talk about why second layer protocols and platforms are key to enable innovation and solving fintech problems. He’ll look at current projects and implementations of second layer protocols/platforms in the industry.
The success of blockchains are proving to be a double edged sword. What began as an experiment in peer-to-peer payments has exploded into a global phenomenon with massive economic, technological and societal impacts. The continued success of blockchains is dependent on how they must scale to meet this demand. Aatish will demystify and compare the various approaches to scaling and their implications for the future.
How our understanding of money is changing, why it's important, and how it will impact society.
Blockchain technology is taking the world by storm transforming the way we do business. But blockchain's greatest impact will not be at the boardroom table or on the trading floor, it will be in the communities that still lack access to their most basic needs. In this talk, you'll learn about the practical use cases where blockchain is being employed to achieve the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Blockchains, by design, cannot access data outside their network. The role of an Oracle becomes a key Trust component. Building capabilities from proofs-of-concept (POCs) to pilots and beyond requires a disciplined approach.
We’re putting information and now devices online at an unprecedented rate. An important and fundamental question is how we envisage representing ourselves in the digital world that we are creating. Blockchain has exciting applications for currencies and smart contracts, another very compelling area is that of identity.
In this presentation, Henri Arslanian will discuss some of the latest trends and particular requirements that need to be considered by any individual or business looking at launching a crypto fund or crypto desk. He will also discuss some of the latest trends and approaches taken not only from crypto funds but also financial institutions towards Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Blockchain represents a bold step forward in our journey towards trusted distributed computing. But the world changes when blockchain is overlaid with other rapidly converging technologies. What data is needed for people to thrive in this new world of work and lifestyle? Does this data require a blockchain?
How will existing infrastructure evolve even as we explore crypto? Above all, how can we give these and other challenging ideas a platform to evolve while still meeting the day-to-day needs of the community?
This talk will set the scene of the current regulatory environment and set out some important considerations to be taken into account when regulating technology and innovation.
What concerns do regulators have in terms of applying existing laws to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology? How do regulators view cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and blockchain technology? How will regulators try to regulate cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology? Will central banks use cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, and if so, how?
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In 2016 coinBR sponsored the Bitcoin & Blockchain Africa Conference 2016 and it was clear the extent to which Bitcoin Events had become deeply entrenched within the global world of cryptocurrency. The international line up of speakers and full scope variety of attendees could easily have been compared to a New York Consensus conference. In addition to having exposure to multiple key players within the field, Sonya and Theo offered a friendly yet professional platform from which all could share ideas, current and future projects as well as concerns among community members. The phenomenal results from our exposure and introductions at the Bitcoin & Blockchain 2016 conference was the first step to ensure coinBR's active commitment to support this dynamic company in any of their future endeavors. coinBR was proud to be the Premier sponsor of the Blockchain Africa Conference 2017. The line up of speakers once again contributed to international technology exposure, not matched anywhere else on local soil. It is a pleasure for coinBR to express their support and gratitude for the work done by the Bitcoin Events and to commit to partake in a collaborative capacity in any future projects on the African continent or abroad.
Carmen PotgieterDirector at coinBR
Absa and Rise, created by Barlcays sponsored the Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference in 2016, held in Johannesburg. Working alongside Sonya and her team was a pleasure, they were open to collaborating and building a programme with a high-quality content, that was very relevant for the ecosystem. The speakers were globally renowned, with the likes of Barclays Accelerator alumni Everledger and Chainalysis presenting their work. The feedback from participants was very positive.