Blockchain & AI Africa

Conference 2020

Blockchain Technology & AI: Beyond the Hype

11 – 12 March 2020 | Johannesburg


Since 2015, Bitcoin Events’ annual Blockchain Africa Conferences have been the first of their kind in Africa and have brought together some of the top thought leaders from across the globe.

Over 32 countries, 1600 delegates and 135 speakers have attended our previous five conferences, from both the public and private sector.


Join us at Africa’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency conference, the Blockchain & AI Africa Conference 2020 where we will cut through the hype and showcase the potential of these disruptive and innovative technologies. The conference will explore how blockchain technology and AI provide opportunities and benefits for individuals, governments, start-ups, companies and institutions by removing and improving inefficient systems and processes within and across organisations.

The Blockchain and AI Africa Conference 2020: Beyond the Hype


Gain an introductory knowledge on blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) and examine case studies from across impact sectors.


Network with more than 800 of the industry’s most progressive professionals across industries like finance, insurance, logistics, utilities, legal, media, and more.


Experience 50 of the most innovative blockchain technology and crypto projects and their use cases first-hand.

Global Experts

Hear from exclusive visionary speakers with enterprise implementation case studies and solutions presented exclusively at the conference.

Thought Leaders

Gain knowledge and learn from thought leaders how blockchain and crypto will affect Africa.



Use Cases


and Scalability



Use Cases

Gain insight into current blockchain and AI use cases by financial and non-financial start-ups and institutions in:
– Self Sovereign Identity (SSI),
– Decentralised Finance (DeFi),
– Trade finance,
– Access to financial services,
– Cross border payments,
– Health care,
– Social good,
– Record keeping and auditing,
– Food tracking and traceability and
– Supply chain management

Using blockchain technologies such as Ethereum, Chain, Ripple, Stellar, Cardano, Bitcoin and consortium blockchains: Corda, Hyperledger and Quorum including Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS).

Embracing Blockchain Technology, AI and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Learn how organisations, individuals and institutions are using blockchain technology and AI to remove inefficient systems and processes within and across organisations, globally.

Hear how Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology intersect and how they play a role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The blockchain hype is over, but disruption is just beginning!

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?
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 blockchain technology performance, privacy, security, scalability and infrastructure?

How can legacy systems be integrated into blockchain systems?

Are the next generation blockchains solving issues such as scaleability?



Become a sponsor and gain exposure for your product and services with investors, traders, business, technology providers, regulators, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and innovators.


Exhibit and connect with potential customers and partners. Increase awareness of your company and attract new business.

Media Sponsor

Join other leading technology and cryptocurrency media to be informed of the latest blockchain and cryptocurrency trends, topics and announcements.


Our global speakers are well-known thought leaders and experts in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space.

Announcing several exciting speakers shortly! The Call for Papers is open until the 30 November 2019.

Tone Vays (Keynote Speaker)

Tone Vays (Keynote Speaker)

Content Creator, Derivatives Trader and Consultant
Akhona Damane

Akhona Damane

Office of Digital Advantage at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
Gary de Beer

Gary de Beer

Application Development Specialist at BankservAfrica
Mervyn George

Mervyn George

Innovation Strategy Lead for Africa at SAP
Carmelle Cadet

Carmelle Cadet

Founder and CEO of EMTECH
Jonathan Galea

Jonathan Galea

Managing Director at Blockchain Advisory Pty Ltd and President of BitMalta
Mpho Dagada

Mpho Dagada

Member of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution(4IR)
Loretta Joseph

Loretta Joseph

Fintech and Regulatory Consultant to Financial Services Commission Mauritius, Blockchain Advisor at OECD, Fintech Advisor in Bermuda
Paresh Daya

Paresh Daya

Blockchain Strategist at Standard Bank
Michael Glaros

Michael Glaros

Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain at Microsoft


Our speakers include industry leaders and visionaries who have helped shape blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce

Chairman of the US Bitcoin Foundation and Co-founder of EOS Alliance,, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin
Premier Helen Zille

Premier Helen Zille

Premier of the Western Cape
Ms Beverley Schäfer (Keynote Speaker)

Ms Beverley Schäfer (Keynote Speaker)

Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities (Comprising Economic Development and Tourism and Agriculture)
Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)

Brian Behlendorf (Keynote Speaker)

Executive Director of Hyperledger Project
Stefan Thomas

Stefan Thomas

Chief Technology Officer at Ripple
Marcus Swanepoel

Marcus Swanepoel

Co-Founder and CEO of Luno
Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Entrepreneur, Author and Security Expert
Vinny Lingham

Vinny Lingham

Technology Entrepreneur, CEO and Co-founder of Civic and Gyft



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