Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 Programme


8:00 am - 8:45 am Galaxy Room

Registration and coffee

2016 Programme
8:45 am - 9:00 am Galaxy Room

Welcome and opening address

Host: Ian Merrington
2016 Programme
9:00 am - 9:45 am Galaxy Room

Keynote: The Banks of the Future: How crypto-currency will help shape the next generation of financial services

Marcus Swanepoel
2016 Programme
9:45 am - 10:30 am Galaxy Room

Blockchain is the Future: Blockchain innovation & helping developing nations with land titles & government transparency

Tiana Laurence
2016 Programme
10:30 am - 10:45 am Galaxy Room

Tea break

2016 Programme
10:45 am - 11:30 am Galaxy Room

Introduction to Ethereum and its ecosystem

Simon de la Rouviere – Ethereum, a generalised blockchain, sometimes described as a “world computer”, is a platform to launch and build decentralized applications. Using smart contracts, developers can easily launch any decentralized application: from the creation & exchange of digital assets to permanent alternate virtual worlds. This talk will give an overview of its history, […]
2016 Programme
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Galaxy Room

Proposals and Predictions for the Future of Cryptocurrency Regulation in Africa

Adrian Dommisse – Africa has a deserved reputation for innovation in the payments space. Analysing current legal and regulatory trends and learnings, particularly in the e-money space, is a worthwhile exercise in exploring the potential regulation of bitcoin in the future, both in-country and from a cross-border perspective.
2016 Programme
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Galaxy Room

2016 Programme
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Galaxy Room

Transparency and Regulation: A view from Bitcoin

Jonathan Levin – Standard financial regulations rely on reporting requirements and trust between institutions. Bitcoin introduced one of the first financial ledgers that was truly public. This changed the relationships between the financial service businesses and the banks that offer them services moving away from pure reliance towards active monitoring. It has also changed the […]
2016 Programme
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Galaxy Room

Regulatory options for companies using Bitcoin in sub-Saharan Africa

Elizabeth Rossiello  – What are the types of companies using Bitcoin in sub-Saharan Africa? What are the existing categories of regulation that are relevant in most countries for these businesses? (Payment Institutions, e-money agents/issuers, commodity exchanges, money remittance businesses, FX Bureaus, deposit-taking institutions). What public or informal opinions have Central Bank regulators in the region […]
2016 Programme
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Galaxy Room

The challenges posed to law enforcement by certain technologies such as digital currencies and topics of mutual concern between the industry and government

William Frentzen
2016 Programme
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Galaxy Room

Tea break

2016 Programme
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Galaxy Room

Guest Panellist – Kathy Nicolaou-Manias (South African Financial Intelligence Centre – FIC)

Kathy Nicolaou-Manias is the Senior Policy Advisor at the South African Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), tasked with quantifying the size of the illicit economy, illicit financial flows and money laundered in/out of South Africa.
2016 Programme
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Galaxy Room

Speakers Panel, Q & A & Closing

Host: Ian Merrington How blockchain technology is innovating financial institutions. What lessons can be learned from regulation and compliance from other countries.
2016 Programme
8:00 am - 8:45 am Galaxy Room

Registration and coffee

2016 Programme
8:45 am - 9:00 am Galaxy Room

Welcome and opening address

Host: Ian Merrington
2016 Programme
9:00 am - 9:45 am Galaxy Room

Alternative use cases for the Bitcoin Blockchain

Vinny Lingham
2016 Programme
9:45 am - 10:30 am Galaxy Room

Bitcoin and Digital Media: Reinventing distribution and protection

Prof G-J van Rooyen – Digital media are the perfectly distributable goods, and Bitcoin the perfectly transmittable currency. The blockchain presents great opportunities to creators to distribute and benefit from their works, and to connect with wider audiences than ever before. However, this also poses significant threats to more established models of media distribution. In […]
2016 Programme
10:30 am - 10:45 am Galaxy Room

Tea break

10:45 am - 11:30 am Galaxy Room

Blockchain and the problem of record keeping (governance) in Africa

Alakanani Itirileng
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Galaxy Room

Public vs Private Blockchains: A DigiByte perspective

Jared Tate
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Galaxy Room

Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Galaxy Room

Blockchain & Bitcoin Startup Investments: African & international trends and learnings

Llew Claasen – What type of Bitcoin & blockchain startups international investors been investing in? Where have they been investing? What are Bitcoin startups being valued at? Comments on early failures and emerging trends.
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Galaxy Room

The future of innovation using bitcoin and the blockchain in Africa and globally

Tawanda Kembo & Simbarashe Machiridza
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Galaxy Room

Everledger: How blockchain enables global transparency & financial inclusion for Africa

Leanne Kemp
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Galaxy Room

Tea break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Galaxy Room

Speakers Panel, Q & A & Closing

Host: Ian Merrington How smart contracts are changing the global social and economic landscape. The future of bitcoin & blockchain technology.