Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016

Co-hosted by:

absa member of barclays

ABOUT THE 2016 CONFERENCE

The Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016, held in Johannesburg on the 3rd & 4th March 2016 was a very successful sold out event.

200 local and international delegates attended the second annual conference, hosted by Bitcoin Events and co-hosted by Absa, member of Barclays. Most of the delegates were from the South African Reserve Bank, Financial Intelligence Centre, SA’s major banks, technology companies, leading industry start-ups, investment firms, financial services institutions, academic and policy groups.

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of Luno, the well-known bitcoin exchange in South Africa, was the keynote speaker.

William Frentzen, a Federal Prosecutor from the US Attorney’s Office discussed how his office was responsible for inditing the federal agent who had stolen bitcoin from the Silk Road bust. Leanne Kemp discussed how her company, Everledger was using blockchain technology to track the supply and distribution of diamonds in order to combat the illicit trade of illegal diamonds. Tiana Laurence explained how Factom is using the bitcoin blockchain for title deeds registration and land ownership.

A diverse range of expert speakers discussed the opportunities, challenges, regulation, and existing systems and platforms being developed locally and globally using blockchain, bitcoin and Ethereum.

Discussions included how this innovative and disruptive technology could be leveraged in Africa.

Marcus Swanepoel (RSA)

Marcus Swanepoel (RSA)

Co-founder and CEO of Luno

Tiana Laurence (USA)

Tiana Laurence (USA)

Chief Marketing Officer of Factom

Simon de la Rouviere (RSA)

Simon de la Rouviere (RSA)

Engineer of Societies at ConsenSys

Adrian Dommisse (RSA)

Adrian Dommisse (RSA)

Director at Dommisse Attorneys Inc

Jonathan Levin (UK)

Jonathan Levin (UK)

CRO of Chainalysis

Elizabeth Rossiello (Senegal)

Elizabeth Rossiello (Senegal)

Founder & CEO of BitPesa

William Frentzen (USA)

William Frentzen (USA)

Federal Prosecutor - US Attorney’s Office

Vinny Lingham (USA)

Vinny Lingham (USA)

Technology Entrepreneur

Prof G-J van Rooyen (RSA)

Prof G-J van Rooyen (RSA)

Co-founder and CEO of Custos Media Technologies

Alakanani Itirileng (Botswana)

Alakanani Itirileng (Botswana)

CEO of SatoshiCentre Pty Ltd

Jared Tate (USA)

Jared Tate (USA)

Founder and creator of DigiByte

Llew Claasen (RSA)

Llew Claasen (RSA)

Executive Director of the US Bitcoin Foundation

Verengai Mabika (Zimbabwe)

Verengai Mabika (Zimbabwe)

Lead Business Developer at BitFinance

Leanne Kemp (UK)

Leanne Kemp (UK)

Founder & CEO of Everledger

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Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Newton Partners

Newtown Partners

Newtown Partners is an angel investment and venture capital firm based in Cape Town, South Africa who focus on making early stage investments, typically series seed, in internet, mobile and e-commerce startups.

Newtown Partners

Gold Sponsors

  Blockchain Academy Logo

Blockchain Academy

The Blockchain Academy provides training and consulting for financial institutions, corporates, developers, entrepreneurs, startups, schools, government and interested individuals on bitcoin and the blockchain technology in South Africa. We are based in Cape Town, and we provide training in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Blockchain Academy

 

coinBR

coinBR

The coinBR Digital Services is a Brazilian company with international presence and continued expansion. It has its own headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil, remote offices in Singapore, Cape Town, South Africa and a great framework for mining in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

coinBR

Speaker Dinner Sponsors

  Factom

Factom

Factom is using the technology behind bitcoin to change how businesses manage data and keep records.

Factom

BitFinance

BitFinance

BitFinance is a bitcoin exchange in Zimbabwe. BitFinance has two products: BitcoinFundi, the bitcoin exchange and Cryptocounter, an ATM to buy and sell bitcoin for cash.

BitFinance