CEO of CITI and CEO of FinTech Circle Innovate UK on board for the 3rd annual Blockchain Africa Conference

Ian Merrington, a well-known thought leader in the South African blockchain community and CEO of Cape Innovation Technology Initiative (CITI), will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Blockchain Africa Conference 2017.

“Now in its third year this conference has rapidly developed into the leading Blockchain conference in Africa and the go to event for full immersion in global blockchain trends and use cases. The quality of the speakers has been widely acknowledged as being one of the best events of its kind, globally. This conference is unique in its convergence of global trends with African use cases and opportunities.” Ian Merrington

Bitcoin Events is also excited to confirm Nicole Anderson, CEO of London based, FinTech Circle Innovate, as the first speaker at the conference. Nicole will be speaking about investors’ role in the blockchain and their impact on global innovation.

The Blockchain Africa Conference 2017 will bring together a diverse range of local and international speakers who will discuss use cases in payments, settlements, KYC, AML, the blockchain as a service and identity management. Speakers will also discuss the opportunities that exist for using smart contracts and distributed ledger technology in finance, insurance and supply chain management, amongst others. In addition, the conference will address concerns around performance, scalability and the blockchain, including the challenges that regulators face with this technology.

The blockchain unlocks new opportunities in Africa, and offers advancements and innovation in various technological fields. This week, South Africa’s largest banks in conjunction with Strate (South Africa’s central securities depository) announced that they have set up a blockchain network among themselves, with the Reserve Bank (SARB) participating in an observer role. This is extremely significant and viewed as a positive step towards promoting the use of this technology to institutions – from government to financial and non-financial industries. It may potentially also reduce the traditional lag between innovation and regulation.

Early Bird tickets are available until 31 October 2016. Standard ticket sales will open on 1 November 2016. Group discounts are available. Groups of 5-14 receive 5% off the standard ticket price of R3 500.00. Groups of 15 or more receive 10% off the standard ticket price of R3 500.00. A limited number of startup tickets are available and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Workshop Tickets: 

Bitcoin Events Pty Ltd will be hosting a Blockchain Workshop on 1 March 2017. The workshop will start at 09:00 and finish by 16:30. It will give delegates a good understanding of digital currencies such as bitcoin, its underlying technology the blockchain and why this technology is being referred to as the next Industrial Revolution. The workshop will cover many Bitcoin 2.0 topics such as smart contracts, smart property, side chains, decentralised services, world computers, and other exciting and innovative services and opportunities currently being used around the world. It will also look at current regulation and compliance globally and in South Africa. Delegates will gain an insight into the future of this technology in terms of innovation and disruption of existing traditional systems and processes.

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