About the Blockchain Africa Conference 2018

Blockchain Conferences in Africa since 2015

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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...

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TICKETS

All standard tickets are now sold out. We have created two live streaming ticket options due to the many requests for more tickets.

R 3000$

Live Streaming Onsite Ticket

  • Entrance for two days to a separate room where the conference will be live-streamed on large screens
  • No access to the conference room where speakers will be
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Access to exhibitions
  • Access to cocktail and networking event on 8 March 2018
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R 1200$

Live Streaming Ticket

  • Access to the live-streaming of the conference via a link that will be provided to you
  • No entry at the conference venue
Buy Now

R 3500$

Standard Ticket

  • Entrance for two days
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Access to exhibitions
  • Access to cocktail and networking event on 8 March 2018
Expired

R 4500$

Late Registration Ticket

from 1 February to 6 March 2018

  • Entrance for two days
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Access to exhibitions
  • Access to cocktail and networking event on 8 March 2018
Sold Out

Sponsors

Partners and Diamond Sponsors

ibm-logo

 

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.

IBM

Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft develops, markets and sells a broad range of products for personal computing, development tools and languages, application software, systems.

Microsoft

Platinum Sponsor

telcoin-logo

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.

Telcoin

Gold Sponsors

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.

Dimension Data

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.

BankservAfrica

consensys-logo

ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world.

ConsesnSys

Aion is a third generation blockchain network designed to address unsolved questions of scalability, privacy, and interoperability in blockchain networks.

Nuco

centbee-logo

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.

Centbee

Networking Event Sponsor

Brite Block is a blockchain & crypto specialized digital agency. We’re a global agency team of passionate specialists with a thorough understanding of the blockchain & crypto industry. Our passion for this space matches yours, and we’re ready to bring our digital marketing experience to your business world.

Brite Block

Media Sponsors

htxt-logo

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.

HTXT

Bizcommunity.com is Africa’s biggest corporate news distribution
channel, offering daily breaking company news designed to grow and
showcase 18 business communities in our region. Subscribe to news
from your industry, list companies, events and jobs. Network,
contribute and advertise within our 332 000-strong multi-industry
networks and 50,000 social media followers. Have your company
news seen among daily top stories, via 2.4 million monthly website
page views and 5.9 million monthly distributed newsletters across
Africa.

Bizcommunity

Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative

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.

CiTi

Popular Mechanics

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.

Brainstorm Magazine  |   ITWeb

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.

Popular Mechanics

Homecoming Revolution

Established in South Africa in 2003, Homecoming Revolution is the “brain gain” Global Headhunting Firm for Africa. We specialize in headhunting and placing globally experienced African talent on the continent, with a focus on middle management up to C-suite.

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.

Homecoming Revolution

Speakers Dinner Sponsor

ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world.

ConsenSys

Schedule

The full schedule is below.

08:45 AM

Lorien Gamaroff
Lorien Gamaroff

CEO of Bankymoon and Co-founder/CEO of Centbee

09:00 AM

Stefan Thomas
Stefan Thomas

Chief Technology Officer at Ripple

Keynote: Blockchain - Connecting the World or Dividing It?

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.

09:45 AM

Andrew Keys
Andrew Keys

Head of Global Business Development at ConsenSys and Co-founder of ConsenSys Capital

The Blockchain Will Disrupt Everything

Exploring the power of blockchain technology through use cases for inclusion, energy, supply chains, finance, and other revolutionary advancements in technology.

10:35 AM

John McLean
John McLean

VP Global Blockchain Labs Engagement, Industry Platform at IBM

11:30 AM

Marta Piekarska
Marta Piekarska

Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger

The Hyperledger Story and Use Cases

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!

01:00 PM

Henry Sraigman
Henry Sraigman

Chief Business Development Officer at Rootstock

From Bitcoin to the Internet of Value

RSK extends Bitcoin capabilities in order to create a new kind of internet, which we call the Internet of Value.

01:30 PM

Tricia Martinez
Tricia Martinez

Founder and CEO of Wala

Digital Currencies in Emerging Markets for the Underserved

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.

01:45 PM

Llewellyn Morkel
Llewellyn Morkel

Founder of ProsperiProp

Blockchain to Unlock Billions of Dollars in Global Property Investment

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.

02:00 PM

Elizabeth Rossiello
Elizabeth Rossiello

Founder and CEO of BitPesa

Revolutionizing Foreign Exchange in Africa with Bitcoin

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.

02:45 PM

Naomi Snyman
Naomi Snyman

Blockchain Lead for Standard Bank

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.

03:00 PM

Matthew Spoke
Matthew Spoke

Founder at Aion

Connecting the Future Through Blockchain

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.

03:15 PM

Michael Glaros
Michael Glaros

Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

Microsoft Azure Blockchain Approach to Production Readiness

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.

04:00 PM

The Importance and Effect of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology Globally

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? 

05:15 PM

Networking Event

An opportunity to engage in personalised executive discussions with speakers, exhibitors and delegates.

08:45 AM

Lorien Gamaroff
Lorien Gamaroff

CEO of Bankymoon and Co-founder/CEO of Centbee

09:00 AM

Farzam Ehsani
Farzam Ehsani

Leader of Rand Merchant Bank’s Blockchain Initiative

Reflections on the Future

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.

09:30 AM

Alexia Christie
Alexia Christie

Partner at Webber Wentzel

Smart Contracts 2.0: The Need for "Smart Lawyers"

Alexia will consider smart contracts from a legal perspective.

10:15 AM

Tanya Knowles
Tanya Knowles

Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate (Pty) Ltd

Unpacking the Developments and Complexities Around ICOs

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.

10:45 AM

Helghardt Avenant
Helghardt Avenant

CEO and Co-Founder of Rehive

Why a Second Layer on a Blockchain is Essential for Solving Fintech Problems

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.

11:00 AM

Aatish Ramkaran
Aatish Ramkaran

Enterprise Integration Architect at JSE

To Infinity and Beyond! How Blockchains are Scaling to Meet Demand

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.

11:15 AM

Marcus Swanepoel
Marcus Swanepoel

Co-founder and CEO of Luno

Unbanking the Banked

How our understanding of money is changing, why it's important, and how it will impact society.

11:45 AM

Anne Connelly
Anne Connelly

CEO of IXO Foundation

Blockchain and the Transformation of the Sustainable Development Sector

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.

01:15 PM

Ian Bessarabia
Ian Bessarabia

Market Development Lead - Foreign Exchange, Fixed Income & Innovation - Africa at Thomson Reuters

What’s a Blockchain Oracle and Why Do They Matter?

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.

01:30 PM

Dr Adriana Marais
Dr Adriana Marais

Head of Innovation at SAP Africa

Digital Identity: Defining Ourselves in a Virtual World

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.

02:15 PM

Henri Arslanian
Henri Arslanian

PwC FinTech & RegTech Leader for China/Hong Kong

Setting up a Crypto Fund or Launching a Crypto Desk: What You Need to Know

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. 

02:45 PM

Dave Martin
Dave Martin

Strategy and Innovation Director at Britehouse a division of Dimension Data

ABCD: Acceleration = Blockchain + Convergence + Data

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?

03:15 PM

Chris Hamilton
Chris Hamilton

CEO of BankservAfrica

Blockchain as Financial Plumbing – Let’s get Practical

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?

03:30 PM

Nerushka Bowan
Nerushka Bowan

Emerging Tech Law | Legal Tech & Innovation | Speaker

How Does Regulation Keep up with Technology and Innovation

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.

04:00 PM

Regulatory Challenges for Cryptocurrencies, ICOs and Blockchain Technology

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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