Blockchain Africa Conference 2019 Cape Town

SPEAKERS

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)

Didi Sehume (Master of Ceremonies)

Project Lead and Strategist at Hume Est | MC & Moderator
Llew Claasen

Llew Claasen

Managing Partner of Newtown Partners and Executive Director at the Bitcoin Foundation
Heather Dahl

Heather Dahl

Executive Director of the Sovrin Foundation
Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy

CEO of Project UBU
Simon Dingle

Simon Dingle

CEO of Inves Capital, South Africa Radio Presenter
Marcus Swanepoel

Marcus Swanepoel

Co-founder and CEO of Luno
Dr. Shaun Conway

Dr. Shaun Conway

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

Monica Singer

Creator Of Opportunities at ConsenSys

SCHEDULE

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
Keynote Speaker
09:15am
TBC
10:00am
Marcus Swanepoel  
TBC
10:45am
Co-founder and CEO of Luno
Tea/Coffee Break
11:00am
Simon Dingle  
There Has Been Only One
11:30am

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
TBC
11:50am
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  
TBC
13:25pm
Executive Director of the Sovrin Foundation
TBC
13:45pm
Llew Claasen  
TBC
14:05pm
Managing Partner of Newtown Partners and Executive Director at the Bitcoin Foundation
Tea/Coffee Break
14:25pm
Dr. Shaun Conway  
TBC
14:45pm
Founder and President at the ixo Foundation & Founder of Consent
TBC
15:00pm
TBC
15:20pm
TBC
15:40pm
Panel
16:00pm
Cocktail and Network Event
17:00pm

SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS

RMB Holdings Limited, previously known as Rand Merchant Bank Holdings, is a South African diversified financial services holding company.

Luno makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum in South Africa


THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE

The four main focus areas are:

- EMBRACING BLOCKCHAIN
Cut through the hype and see how blockchain technology can move Africa forward with its innovative opportunities to remove inefficient systems and processes within and across organisations. Learn about the technology’s benefits for the people of Africa, and about blockchain 3.0, the new generation blockchain technologies such as EOS and Cardano.

- USE CASES
Gain insight into current blockchain use cases by both financial and non-financial institutions: payments (e.g. remittances and cross-border payments), settlements, blockchain as a service and identity management, supply chain management, and record keeping (e.g. for title deeds). Hear from some of the most prominent start-ups on how they are using this technology to solve real problems. Learn how Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are taking the world by storm as a new mechanism for crowd funding that has emerged outside the traditional financial system.

- REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
Learn how blockchain technology can improve transparency, audit trails and transaction reporting to ease regulatory and compliance processes. Find the answers to questions such as: What are the concerns that regulators have? How are countries currently regulating cryptocurrencies and ICOs? How are regulators considering regulating cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the future? What are the potential risks of an unregulated market?

- TECHNOLOGY HURDLES
What are the concerns around performance, scalability and blockchain infrastructure, and the implementation of blockchain systems?