Blockchain Africa Conference – Johannesburg

Blockchain Technology: Moving Africa Forward

The African continent has massive challenges with transactions and doing business that, with the help of blockchain technology, can be transformed into simpler and more efficient ways of working. The Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 will focus on moving Africa forward with the technology. It will discuss how the blockchain can simplify systems and processes to lower costs, reduce fraud, become highly secure and transparent, and remove human error and inefficiencies.

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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Johannesburg Speaker List

Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)

Farzam Ehsani (Master of Ceremonies)

CEO and Co-Founder of VALR.com
Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)

Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)

Executive Director of Hyperledger Project
Phillip Windley

Phillip Windley

Chair and Board of Trustees at the Sovrin Foundation
Caroline Dama

Caroline Dama

Director and Co-founder of Grassroots Economics
Daniel Kimotho

Daniel Kimotho

Blockchain Researcher With The Institute for Blockchain Studies
Peter Munnings

Peter Munnings

Co-Founder and COO of Adhara
Eugéne Etsebeth

Eugéne Etsebeth

Chief Operating Officer at iCE3X
Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Health expert on the SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA)
Registration
08:00am
Welcome Address and Opening by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)  
Keynote Speaker
09:15am
Executive Director of Hyperledger Project
Premier Sponsor
10:00am
Tea/Coffee Break
10:45am
Diamond Sponsor
11:00am
Diamond Sponsor
11:30am
Lunch
12:00pm
Peter Munnings  
Project Khokha and Beyond: A South African Blockchain Success Story
12:45pm

Project Khokha was run by the South African Reserve Bank at the beginning of 2018. The aim was to prove that high value payments between banks could be settled over a singled distributed ledger. Similar projects had been previously run by other central banks around the world, most notably Project Jasper by the Bank of Canada and Project Ubin by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Project Khokha pushed the boundaries in a number of significant ways. Firstly,it included direct participation from 7 commercial banks. This level of co-operation on a large scale blockchain project was unprecedented. Secondly, targets were set to make sure that the system could handle realistic volumes of transactions on a single distributed ledger without compromising the privacy and confidentiality of those transactions. Project Khokha met and exceeded all the targets set for it.The final report is a great example of how a progressive central bank, well equipped commercial banks and good technology partners can in a very short time produce a result that significantly advances the international body of knowledge around regulated systems running on a blockchain. Project Khokha went on to with the ‘Best Distributed Ledger Initiative’ award from the Central Banking Publications in Singapore in September 2018. The foundation has been laid and South Africa is now established as a leader in this space. It is up to us to build on that foundation and use the leadership position wisely.

Co-Founder and COO of Adhara
Phillip Windley  
A Global, Public Network for Self-Sovereign Identity
13:05pm

Self-sovereign identity systems, based on blockchain technology promise to disrupt the online identity space. These new solutions provide significant advantages over current identity solutions including increased security and privacy along with enhanced flexibility. The Sovrin Network is a public, global identity utility built on a permissioned distributed ledger. Sovrin supports distributed identity using a trustworthy system for third-party credentials. Use cases for the Sovrin identity network include authentication, financial services, healthcare, education, and the Internet of Things (among others). The code is open source. And since the network is public, anyone can use it. This talk will describe the problems with current models for Internet identity, why a good global identity utility is needed, how Sovrin works and utilizes blockchain technology, and discuss applications.

Chair and Board of Trustees at the Sovrin Foundation
TBC
13:35pm
TBC
13:55pm
Tea/Coffee Break
14:15pm
TBC
14:30pm
TBC
15:00pm
TBC
15:20am
TBC
15:40pm
Panel 1
16:00pm
Cocktail and Network Event
17:00pm
Registration
08:00am
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies
09:00am
Keynote Speaker
09:15am
TBC
10:00
Tea/Coffee Break
10:45am
Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu  
Blockchain in Healthcare
11:00am

Blockchain is expected to have a significant impact across the entire health care sector. Already, applications in drug discovery, reduction of counterfeit and substandard medicine, management of medicine prescriptions, prevention of fraud and sharing of clinical information through secure electronic medical records have been identified.

Dr. Bhengu will highlight relevant use cases with a particular focus on electronic medical records and how blockchain can facilitate patient-centred care by enhancing interoperability, confidentiality and generally improved doctor-patient engagements.

Dr. Bhengu will show how blockchain will benefit entire health systems and contribute towards reduction of health care costs by reducing transaction costs, inefficiencies and, in the long term, by removing some intermediaries along the value chain.

Health expert on the SA National Planning Commission and a Chartered Director (SA)
Eugéne Etsebeth  
From Blockchain Regulation to Self-Regulation
11:20am

This talk will include explore the relationship between a central bank and self-regulated blockchain organisations, self-regulation for a cryptocurrency organisation, why central banks will struggle with blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation and finally provide insights and recommendations.

Chief Operating Officer at iCE3X
TBC
11:40am
Lunch
12:00pm
Caroline Dama  
SARAFU Credit: A Grassroots Financial Innovation which is responding to the unsustainability of the Global Monetary System
12:45pm

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). Lietaer (2012) underlined that the primary aim of complementary currencies is to link unmet needs with unused resources. Mainly implemented to respond to territorial-embedded needs, community currencies are the expression of innovative views on money and wealth, aiming at framing exchange differently while creating new circuits of value within a specific community (Fare et al., 2015, Place and Bindewald, 2015). They fundamentally aim to respond a range of different social, economic and environmental needs that are not completely addressed by the market economy orientations (Seyfang, 2006). Scholars and practitioners argue that these grassroots financial innovations have a great potential to be used as instruments to foster sustainable development (Michel and Hudon, 2015), social and solidarity economy (Ruddick and Mariani, 2015), territorial development (Fare et al., 2015) and development aid (Bendel et al., 2015).

Director and Co-founder of Grassroots Economics
TBC
13:05pm
TBC
13:35pm
Daniel Kimotho  
Building a Developer Ecosystem in Africa for the Age of Blockchain
13:55pm

Africa has in recent times been considered as the land of great opportunities, owing to the steep uptake of new technologies among its growing youthful population. Blockchain technology has been one such technology that has been embraced well in Africa. It has exposed some of the potential that lies in Africa with countries such as Nigeria and South Africa featuring among the top 10 countries with the most bitcoin trades in the world. Countries such as Kenya hold up to 4% of their GDP value in Bitcoin and continue to develop applications that leverage the technology.

Africa has proven that it can be part of revolutionary new technologies. Africa has also proven that it has the capability to achieve great feats with technology. What Africa needs is to be empowered and guided with frameworks that allow its people to achieve more for the continent and for the world. These frameworks will be important to allow the youth of Africa to acquire the necessary skills to develop these new technologies.

At EOS Nairobi, we are building the next generation of software engineers who will architect the new Africa. These programmers, artists and designers have the capacity to learn and build new technologies. We are working with several partners to build a large community of software developers in Africa.

Blockchain Researcher With The Institute for Blockchain Studies
Tea/Coffee Break
14:15pm
TBC
14:30pm
TBC
15:00pm
Kwame Rugunda  
TBC
15:20pm
Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda
TBC
15:40pm
Panel 2
16:00pm