About the Blockchain Africa Conferences
Blockchain conferences in South Africa since 2015
Blockchain technology and digital currencies are changing the way we do business with each other: how we store and retrieve information, how we transact, and how we send and receive money across the world.
Bitcoin Events was founded in 2014 by Sonya Kuhnel and Theo Sauls when they realised there was a need to provide education and information on the opportunities that digital currencies and blockchain technology in Africa offers.
Bitcoin Events hosted its inaugural Bitcoin Africa Conference in Cape Town in 2015 which was a huge success. International expert speakers included well-known South African entrepreneur, Vinny Lingham, early adopter and well known Venture Capitalist, Brock Pierce, CEO of Gem, Michael Winkelsprecht, Chief Compliance Officer of Luno, Erik-Wilgenhof-Plante. Sponsors included Gem, Gyft, BitPesa, Bankymoon and PayFast.
Bitcoin Events hosted its second Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference in Johannesburg in 2016. The conference was co-hosted by Absa, member of Barclays with over 200 attendees attending the two day event. The Keynote speaker was Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of the well-known South Africa bitcoin exchange, Luno. Speakers included William Frentzen, Federal Prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office, Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO of BitPesa in Kenya, Vinny Lingham, CEO of Gyft in the US, Tiana Laurence, CMO of Factom in the US, Simon de la Rouviere, engineer at Consensys in South Africa, Jonathan Levin, VP of Business Development at Chainalysis in the US and Tawanda Kembo from BitFinance in Zimbabwe.
Bitcoin Events hosted it’s third Blockchain Africa Conference in Johannesburg in 2017. 330 attendees attended from 14 countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa, the US, the UK, Sweden, Russia, India, the Netherlands and Brazil) with expert local and international speakers. Mr Andreas M. Antonopoulos was the Keynote Speaker at the conference. He is a well-known and highly respected authority in the digital currency and blockchain space having published books such as Mastering Bitcoin and the Internet of Money.
Speakers represented industries such as financial (Rand Merchant Bank, Digital Asset and Strate), legal (Bowman Gilfillan) and global technology industries such as SAP and Microsoft. Other organisations such as the US Bitcoin Foundation, Accenture and Thomson Reuters were also represented. Many blockchain and digital currency startups were also represented ranging from identity, education, solar power and financial inclusion. The conference was sponsored by SAP and the Brazilian bitcoin mining and wallet provider, CoinBR. View the speaker programme here.
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 Blockchain Africa Conference 2018 will bring together a diverse range of experts who will discuss all the opportunities, challenges and exciting possibilities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged in Africa using this technology.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
The call for papers will open in October 2017.
The schedule will be available in October 2017.
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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.