From Hype to Mainstream: Blockchain Africa 2021 Conference Keeps Finger on Market Pulse
By Media Partner, CryptoCurrencyWire, 15 February 2021
- The Blockchain Africa Conference will take place March 18-19, 2021 in an online virtual format bringing together key opinion leaders, financial institutions, investors and more for polarizing presentations and collaborations
- The 7th annual event will feature 40 speakers and over 1,500 attendees from 40 countries
- Keynote speakers will include a Partner at PwC, CEO of Global Blockchain Business Council, FTX Founder, and Cardano Founder
With bitcoin regularly printing new record highs, blockchain – the distributed ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrency transactions – is front and center from the most casual to the most sophisticated investor. Since 2015, Bitcoin Events’ annual Blockchain Africa Conferences have brought together key opinion leaders and other interested parties from around the world for networking, presentations, exhibitions and thoughtful discussions on the future of the ever-evolving blockchain space.
This year’s online event is taking place March 18-19, 2021 and will showcase speakers and delegates for over 1,500 attendees from 40+ countries, including investors, financial institutions, startups, enthusiasts, developers, corporations, policy makers and regulators. Cumulatively, the conference creates a robust ecosystem for all to learn and collaborate.
This theme for 2021 is “From Hype to Mainstream,” an appropriate trope considering the world has becoming fixated on bitcoin when only a few years ago blockchain and cryptocurrencies were dismissed by many financial and tech pundits as nothing more than a fad that would ultimately disappear. They couldn’t have been more wrong, as cryptocurrencies are thriving and blockchain technology is finding its way into every corner of business the world over for its immutable qualities.
The technology’s maturation means that the days of experimentation are fading, replaced by comprehensive enterprise ready solutions.
Market adoption of blockchain technology has accelerated greatly over the last year, with tech and digital payment companies like PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) and Square (NASDAQ: SQ) making large investments to offer new services to their customers. Most recently, electric vehicle maker Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) provided the latest industry tailwinds, announcing the purchase of $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin and new platform to allow shoppers the option to make payments with bitcoin.
Furthermore, central banks are embracing the potential of cryptocurrency, led by the People’s Bank of China handing out 10 million yuan this weekend as a third test of its CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) and a move towards a cashless economy.
As it happens, topics of discussion on Day 1 of the conference will include adoption of cryptocurrencies and what banks are doing amid the burgeoning market. Topics throughout the entrie event cover the full breadth and scope of blockchain, cryptos, stablecoins, decentralized finance, institutional and retail investment, regulatory environment and much more.
Once again, the Blockchain Africa conference has assembled and impressive list of keynote speakers, including, Henri Arslanian, Global Crypto Leader, Asia FinTech Leader and Partner at PwC; Sandro Ro, CEO at the Global Blockchain Business Council; Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and Founder at FTX; and Charles Hoskinson, Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), Founder of Cardano and Director of The Bitcoin Project, all of which will share their knowledge of a variety of topics.