Blockchain Technology: Beyond The Hype

On the 11 and 12 March 2020, Bitcoin Events hosted its 6th annual conference, the Blockchain Africa Conference 2020.

The conference was hosted at Investec’s office in Sandton, Johannesburg. The Premier Sponsors for the event were Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume and Investec, Private Banking.

Binance
Investec Premier Sponsor

The event went ahead as planned despite the global coronavirus pandemic with over 230 delegates attending, while others watched the event via live streaming.

Keynote Speakers

Unfortunately, Keynote Speaker, Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and Co-founder of Ethereum, was unable to attend due to the travel restrictions.

Renowned cryptocurrency investor and analyst Tone Vays provided an insightful presentation on the value proposition of Bitcoin. Later in the day Tone, participated on a very lively panel with Simon Dingle and Gareth Cliff on “Bitcoin, not Blockchain”.

Chris Becker, Blockchain lead at Investec, announced Investec would be offering their clients a digital asset custodial wallet service, which will appeal to both the traditional and tech-savvy investor alike.

Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies, Tanya Knowles announced the launch of Binance South Africa and its fiat gateway for South African users to make rand (ZAR) deposits on the global platform. Her colleague, Damilola Odufuwa also announced that the Binance Charity Foundation would be donating $1M to support the growth and development of blockchain education in South Africa.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Use-Cases

Impressive use-cases of blockchain technology were presented by several of the 35 global speakers.

The majority of speakers at the conference weighed in on a wide variety of subjects within the blockchain ecosystem with a specific focus on trade finance, self-sovereign identity, supply chain management and regulation.

Peter Munnings, CEO and Co-founder of Adhara, a startup backed by ConsenSys, talked about a Pan-African settlement platform for Africa. Adhara was behind Project Khokha, which used enterprise blockchain client Quorum to see how zero-knowledge proofs performed with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). The project was a proof-of-concept interbank payment and settlement system by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the first blockchain-based initiative in Africa to receive global recognition.

Anrich Daseman, Senior FinTech Specialist at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), told delegates that SARB had acknowledged that cryptocurrencies were “here to stay,” proven by the fact that a task force had been set up to develop regulatory frameworks for the sector. He also confirmed that the SARB would be issuing a draft policy paper on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the country that would be released for public input in March.

Commissioner at the Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee for the South African Presidency, Mpho Dagada talked about the important economic benefits blockchain could bring to South Africa and in particular, the mining sector could benefit from forward-thinking solutions utilising blockchain technology.

South Africa’s Office of Digital Advantage’s Akhona Damane, discussed their plans to invest and support blockchain-based projects. The office falls under the jurisdiction of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Amongst the initiatives he discussed is the launch of the South African National Blockchain Alliance (SANBA) in April 2020.

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Day 1

Day 2

Networking Event

The Networking Event was sponsored by NIGMA Global.

 

Speakers Dinner

The Speakers Dinner was sponsored by Paxful.

 

Videos


Watch the full live streaming of the two days here.

Highlights

Speaker Presentations

Speakers that have indicated we may share their presentations can be downloaded below (in pdf format).

Day 2

Akhone Damane, Mpho Dagada, Victor Mapunga, Mervyn George, Rob Hare, Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco, Anrich Daseman, Hemash Kala, Jacquelene Friedenthal, Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu, Carmelle Cadet, Prof. Sope Williams-Elegbe

Speakers

Tone Vays (Keynote Speaker)

Tone Vays (Keynote Speaker)

Content Creator, Derivatives Trader and Consultant
Chris Becker (Keynote Speaker)

Chris Becker (Keynote Speaker)

Blockchain Lead at Investec Private Banking
Damilola Odufuwa

Damilola Odufuwa

Head of PR for Africa at Binance
Carlos Teixeira

Carlos Teixeira

Global Industry Principal at Finastra
Richard de Sousa

Richard de Sousa

Founder of AltCoinTrader
Victor Mapunga

Victor Mapunga

Co-Founder and CEO at FlexFinTx
Thavash Govender

Thavash Govender

Data and AI Solution Specialist at Microsoft
Hemash Kala

Hemash Kala

Managing Director at Beansprout Technologies and Crypto Compliance Services Consultant
Akhona Damane

Akhona Damane

Office of Digital Advantage at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
Rob Hare

Rob Hare

Senior Associate, Corporate Tax at Bowmans
Siya Sangweni

Siya Sangweni

Brand Manager at CliffCentral.com
Gareth Cliff

Gareth Cliff

Co-Founder and President of CliffCentral.com
Gary de Beer

Gary de Beer

Application Development Specialist at BankservAfrica
Suvi Rinkinen

Suvi Rinkinen

CEO at The Telos Foundation
Georges Foaleng

Georges Foaleng

Founder of Foaleng and Sonwa and Senior Risk Analyst at the Central Bank of Cameroon
Modibe Matsepane

Modibe Matsepane

Community Coordinator for Africa at Paxful
Mervyn George

Mervyn George

Innovation Strategy Lead for Africa at SAP
Eyal Shani

Eyal Shani

Founder at Aykesubir
Carmelle Cadet

Carmelle Cadet

Founder and CEO of EMTECH
Fabien Tabarly

Fabien Tabarly

CEO of NIGMA
Bharist Harrilall

Bharist Harrilall

Group Financial Crime Compliance Advisor at Investec
Prof. Sope Williams-Elegbe

Prof. Sope Williams-Elegbe

Deputy Director, African Procurement Law Unit at Stellenbosch University
Bronwyn Williams

Bronwyn Williams

Futurist, Economist and Trend Analyst
Jacquelene Friedenthal

Jacquelene Friedenthal

Science and Technology Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Pretoria
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
Anrich Daseman

Anrich Daseman

Senior Fintech Specialist at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
Paresh Daya

Paresh Daya

Co-Founder of Blink and BECSA
Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco

Michelle Chivunga Nsanzumuco

Founder/CEO & Investor at Global Policy House, Senior Advisor to Government of Bermuda, African Union, British Blockchain & Fintech4Good Lead for Africa
Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Coindirect and Clockwork.money
Peter Munnings

Peter Munnings

Co-Founder and COO of Adhara
Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Dr. Ntuthuko Bhengu

Founder and Executive Chairman, Alchemy Health Technologies (Pty) Ltd
Tanya Knowles (Keynote Speaker & Master of Ceremonies)

Tanya Knowles (Keynote Speaker & Master of Ceremonies)

Country Manager of Binance South Africa
Simon Dingle

Simon Dingle

CEO of Inves Capital, South Africa Radio Presenter
Monica Singer

Monica Singer

Creator of Opportunities at ConsenSys

Programme

View the programme on the website here or download the pdf version by clicking the button below.

Sponsors

Investec Premier Sponsor
Binance
Finastra
Algorand
TELOS FOUNDATION
AltcoinTrader
INPUT OUTPUT
MineBest
Paxful
Africa Blockchain Media
Bitcoin Token
Bizcommunity
BlockNews Africa
Brainstorm IT Web
Business Blockchain Council
Coinsflare
Coin Market Plus
CryptoEvents
DATAFLOQ
The Crypto Updates

Exhibitors

altcointradersa gold sponsor to the blockchain africa conference 2020
Bizcommunity
Finastra
MineBest
TELOS FOUNDATION