Bitcoin Events, an events company focusing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, 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.
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.