Blockchain Africa Conference – Cape Town

Blockchain Technology: Moving Africa Forward

The conference in Cape Town will focus on how blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies can achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for economic growth and social inclusion by enabling and broadening access to a wide range of financial services, critical to the long-term reduction in poverty and achievement of economic growth in Africa.

Speakers will explore how this technology can be used for innovative social projects in areas such as decentralised and cloud services for healthcare support, patient records, identity, renewable energy, remittances, community currencies, provision and distribution of aid and support, decentralised business models and a global cryptocurrency economy. Discussions will include current challenges with technology infrastructure and regulatory frameworks in order to achieve these goals.

The conference will explore how blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies can enable and lay the groundwork for a sustainable, distributed, and shared future.

If your business is in or with Africa and your target is growth, the Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 is a must attend.

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Speaker List

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)

Project Lead and Strategist at Hume Est | MC & Moderator
Kwame Rugunda

Kwame Rugunda

Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda
Heather Dahl

Heather Dahl

Executive Director of the Sovrin Foundation
Llew Claasen

Llew Claasen

Managing Partner of Newtown Partners and Executive Director at the Bitcoin Foundation
Faith Obafemi

Faith Obafemi

Founding Partner at Lex Futurus
Caroline Dama

Caroline Dama

Director and Co-founder of Grassroots Economics
Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy

CEO of Project UBU
Simon Dingle

Simon Dingle

CEO of Inves Capital, South Africa Radio Presenter
Rocelo Lopes

Rocelo Lopes

Founder of CoinBR, CEO of Stratum and CoinPY
Marcus Swanepoel

Marcus Swanepoel

Co-founder and CEO of Luno
Dr. Shaun Conway

Dr. Shaun Conway

Founder and President at the ixo Foundation and Founder of Global Consent
Monica Singer

Monica Singer

Creator Of Opportunities at ConsenSys

Cape Town Programme

Registration
08:00am
Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)  
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
Project Lead and Strategist at Hume Est | MC & Moderator
The State of Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies
09:15am

A tremendous amount of hype exists around blockchain technology with the use-cases being limited. What are the challenges organisation face when implementing blockchain technology? What are the real use-cases for this technology? Is the future of blockchain technology both permissioned and permissionless innovation?

Keynote Speaker
9:45am
Tea/Coffee Break
10:30am
Simon Dingle  
There Has Been Only One
10:45am

Despite the hype around blockchain as a technology the only proven application of it so far has been in the creation of sound money by applying it to Bitcoin as peer-to-peer digital cash. No other blockchain project has yet proven itself in terms of mainstream adoption. In this talk we look at the cryptocurrency movement through the lens of anthropology and the behavioural reasons why this new technology is still in its nascent phase. What lies ahead for cryptocurrency, will other projects besides Bitcoin gain ground, and is blockchain the headline, or just a passing technology trend?

CEO of Inves Capital, South Africa Radio Presenter
Marcus Swanepoel  
How a New Global Crypto Economy Will Impact Consumers Across Africa
11:05am

A look at the positive impact of this new financial system on people, governments and other stakeholders, as well as the risks associated with it.

Co-founder and CEO of Luno
Panel
11:35am
Lunch
12:00pm
Justin McCarthy  
Enabling Economic Growth and Resilience Through Decentralisation
12:45pm

The world’s financial system is unstable and unsustainable. Resources are rapidly depleting. Population levels are rising. Social, political and economic instability is threatening every global and sovereign institution. Wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of fewer. AI, big data and automation are threatening jobs in the most advanced economies. Nobody seems to have answers. Perhaps that’s because as a species we tend to address problems through the same lens that created them. Using decentralisation as an underlying principle, UBU presents an ambitious plan to address these economic challenges on a sustainable basis, without taxation or government intervention. UBU aims to be an outlier in the platform economy, ushering in greater economic inclusion, a larger economic base and sustained economic resilience.

CEO of Project UBU
Monica Singer  
Building Distributed Applications with ConsenSys
13:05pm

Monica will discuss how ConsenSys is building distributed applications and the Ethereum world computer, to enable frictionless business with inclusion for all.

Creator Of Opportunities at ConsenSys
Heather Dahl  
Advancing Identity and Trust Through Diversity
13:25pm

Blockchain technology has triggered a revolution in digital identity that will profoundly transform our ability to trust online transactions. Blockchain-based identity solutions have the potential to solve many of the intractable and costly problems that plague legacy identity systems. They allow the creation of unalterable and verifiable digital identities while simultaneously protecting individual privacy rights. The implications are not just immense for the way we use the Internet to deliver goods and services, develop businesses, deliver healthcare, and manage government, the technology offers a verifiable identity for the estimated billion people on this planet who have no means to prove who they are, online or in the real world. Yet despite blockchain’s demonstrable potential for innovation, disruption, and growth, it has yet, as a sector, to attract the diverse workforce other technology sectors have benefited from. This needs to change. Today’s leading global technology organizations recognize that sustainable innovation and growth depends on having and nurturing a workforce that is diverse and inclusive. Join a conversation about how blockchain is disrupting the identity landscape and why a technology that can be used in so many diverse ways will only be truly transformative when it is developed by a diverse community.

Executive Director of the Sovrin Foundation
Kwame Rugunda  
Harnessing the Power of Blockchain to Provide Relief Aid and Support
13:45pm
Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda
Llew Claasen  
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Security Token Offerings (STOs), Decentralised Business Models and the Future of Economic Coordination
14:05pm

Decentralised business models are the future of economic coordination, where the incentives of different actors are aligned towards share objectives that grow the value of the network for the benefit of all participants. Increasingly, these projects are financing themselves through STOs in the initial stages and doing ICO’s later once the network is live and able to take advantage of the embedded network effects. These two instrument types can create conflicts of interest when viewed in isolation, but good economic design can overcome these challenges.

Managing Partner of Newtown Partners and Executive Director at the Bitcoin Foundation
Dr. Shaun Conway  
ixo Foundation and Blockchain for Impact
14:25pm

Shaun will discuss how the ixo Foundation optimises the way the world creates impact by combining data with trust. The ixo protocol harnesses blockchain and next-generation web standards, to collect and validate high-quality data and create “proof of impact”. Proof is generated when an impact claim is made by a service provider and is verified by an evaluator or an oracle, validating the impact has been achieved. As a result, fraud and corruption are reduced, and both the service provider and the funder gain access to invaluable data about their impact.

Founder and President at the ixo Foundation and Founder of Global Consent
Tea/Coffee Break
14:45pm
Caroline Dama  
SARAFU Credit: A Grassroots Financial Innovation Which is Responding to the Unsustainability of the Global Monetary System
15:00pm

Among the wide range of complementary currency schemes, Sarafu Credit is one such grassroots innovation which like other community currencies offers complementary mediums of exchange developed on the initiative of agents that have formed a network (Fare et al., 2015). In common to other grassroots innovations, community currencies are bottom-up solutions and social innovations which come from the civil society arenas and aims to respond to the local situation and the interests and values of the communities involved (Seyfang, 2006).

Director and Co-founder of Grassroots Economics
Hardy Helburn  
Patient Tracking and Record Storage in the Developing World
15:20pm
Operations and Business Development at the IPRD Group
Rocelo Lopes  
STRATUM BLUE - Crypto Fund vs. Traditional Funds
15:40pm

The STRATUMBLUE Token (BLU) represents a selection of the largest 10 cryptocurrencies, chosen by following a market capitalization index strategy plus a minor selection of cryptocurrencies and crypto related assets using an active strategy. Traditional funds often have very high capital buy in, excluding a large portion of society from much needed potential capital growth. Any funding invested is often locked away for years with big penalties for early withdrawal. STRATUMBLUE offer solutions to all the above and more with the additional bonus of a fully dynamic crypto fund without any of the day to day headache of passwords, wallet storage and constant watching the market prices. Having an accessible crypto portfolio has never been this easy.

Founder of CoinBR, CEO of Stratum and CoinPY
Faith Obafemi  
The Case for Crypto Regulation
16:00pm

How does one reconcile the regulation of cryptocurrencies with its underlying principles of decentralisation? The case for crypto regulation.

Founding Partner at Lex Futurus
Panel: How is Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies Enabling Social and Economic Impact and Inclusion in Africa?
16:15pm

Which industries in Africa stand to be disrupted by blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies? How can Self-Sovereign Identity enable financial and social inclusion? What are some of the exciting projects in Africa addressing financial inclusion? What support can African governments provide to enable blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation?

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)  
Closing Address
16:45pm
Project Lead and Strategist at Hume Est | MC & Moderator
Cocktail and Network Event
17:00pm

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