Bitcoin Events hosted its third Blockchain Africa Conference in Johannesburg on 1-3 March 2017. 320 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.

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. He is the author of two books: ‘Mastering Bitcoin’, published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin and ‘The Internet of Money’, a book about why bitcoin matters.

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 start-ups 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.