About the event
What is BlockChain ?
A continuously list of growing records, called Blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. An open distributed ledger that can record transactions efficiently, in a verifiable and permanent way.
BlockChains are secure by design – a distributed computing system. By storing data across its network, the Bockchain eliminates risks by data being stored or held centrally. This makes it suitable for BlockChains to record conferences, transaction processing, voting, food traceability, identity management etc.
BlockChain and Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are taking the world by imagination and are growing at an ever-increasing pace.
BlockChain is among the most significant tech findings of the 21st century and curiosity around this subject continues to grow more and more.
BlockChain forum will bring together experts who will discuss opportunities, challenges and innovations that are shaping this ‘New Wave’.
While few central banks, in countries such as India, China, US, Sweden, Singapore, South Africa and the UK are studying the issuance of a Central Bank Issued Cryptocurrency, none have done thus far. Blockchain promises to bring significant efficiencies to global supply chains, financial transactions, asset ledgers and de centralised social networking.
2018 is believed to pave the path for BlockChain to align with other emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, AI, Security, Internet of Things.
Our aim is to educate and evolve with the eco system. Creating collaboration opportunities about the latest trends in the space of Cryptocurrency and BlockChain. With the lineup of industry experts we bring together perspectives across different industries, delve on the latest happenings, and discuss used cases.
We have created an ideal platform for practitioners and industry experts to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate.
“Come be part of our forum – help us help you increase your knowledge base”.
- B.Sc Hons Comp Sci, MBA
- MBA research topic: “The effects of Inflation and selected World Governance Indicators on public interest in Bitcoin”
- C++ developer, IQ business/Experian, security and encryption
- Interest in Bitcoin/blockchain technology since 2011
- Brought first Bitcoin ATM to SA, 2013
- Recent talks in February 2018, Netherlands, Europe’s blockchain hub
- Why ICO as a fund-raising tool?
- Tokenomics and use-case methodology: a primer.
- Why it’s critical that tokens are designated as Utility Tokens.
- Tokens as a store of value? The jury is still out.
- They hype: why this asset class has a very bright future
08:45 am – 09:00 am
09:00 am – 09:15 am
09:15 am – 10:15 am
Speaker:Rolf Deppe, Blockchain Architect at IQ Business Systems
Topic of Abstract: How do public blockchains really work? In order to do so we need to re-evaluate what money and value really is, before diving into the intentions of the creator of Bitcoin, “Satoshi Nakamoto”. We end up playing the “Bitcoin mining game” to demonstrate the process of mining and including transactions
10:15 am – 11:00 am
Asset Tokenisation – The Future.
Speaker: Yaliwe Soko, Founder at Essence Crypto Consultants
Topic of Abstract: Blockchain based Asset Tokenization will improve existing industries by reducing costs of transactions, increasing speed and improving security.
Speaker Bio: Founder Essence Crypto Consultants and Johannesburg Women in Blockchain meetup
Ms Soko is one of the very few African women under 30 to be fully involved in the Blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
She took up interest in Blockchain technology since 2016 and has worked as a freelance Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Consultant for an online investment firm.
With the help of her qualification as a training facilitator and assessor, she has been able to create a number of YouTube tutorials and has currently completed a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency learner guide for beginners.
She is currently an ICO advisor for fundplatform.io
With a background in Finance and Administration, Ms Yaliwe Soko has served as a Financial Administrator and Operations Manager for reputable companies such as Oando Trading Limited a subsidiary of Oando PLC, Kuluvuyo Consultancy and Wellness as well as Blandford Africa and has sound knowledge of the oil and gas industry as well as corporate governance and corporate policies.
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Networking Tea / Coffee
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Of ICOs, Tokens and the Hype
Speaker:Paul Scott, Founder and CEO at Trona.io
Topic of Abstract:
Speaker Bio: Paul is a seasoned professional in financial markets and emerging-market technologies. He has deep-level FinTech, InsurTech and Big Data eco-system knowledge, including utilisation of leading-edge technologies that underpin the eco-system’s development. His focus for the last 2-years has become the inherent benefits in Blockchain technology and the nascent opportunities this presents for a decentralised global economy. Prior to this, his passion for the environment saw Paul developing a green technology business, with a view to matching projects and technology in the eco-system to drive beneficial results in low-impact energy generation. Technology was the underpin, and the related benefits the driver. Paul gained an expert level of understanding of the markets, competition, geographic, macroeconomic and global factors impacting customer experience in his 20-year financial services career, culminating in the position of Group Treasurer & Head of Global Markets for multiple banks. This has given him a highly developed level of Risk-awareness and enable him to become fully proficient in the language of change management. His focused and motivational leadership skills have been developed over time in order to allow him to create personal impact and influence on colleagues and counterparties to dive the win-win outcome. He exhibits an influential and performance driven nature, utilising initiative, conceptual thinking, communication skills, energy and commitment to focus on exceptional results. He utilises his superior level of communication skills that enable him to articulate risk and commercial reward in a meaningful manner. He is an experienced Change leader able to bring about cultural change evidenced by multiple successful geographical relocations.
12:15 pm – 01:00 pm
Blockchain Trends in Business / Enterprise
Speaker: Albert Van Zyl, Director of Marketing Operations at Snapp Sales
Topic of Abstract: Blockchain, Enigma, Paradox, Opportunity. Where will blockchain take Enterprise business in the next 3 years and what to prepare for. Blockchain Technology will only reach maturity in the next 8 to 10 years, but where will it go in the next 3? I will explore the many different use cases and applications where the markets are moving and where blockchain will make most impact. What are my predictions on Enterprise applications, disruptions and where I would focus if I have a quick 30sec phone call with myself 5 years ago.
Speaker Bio: Entrepreneur – ICO Advisor – Crypto Evangelist – Blockchain Enthusiast – Global Speaker South Africa – Johannesburg & Cape Town https://twitter.com/AlbertVZ_Saleshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/albertvanzylsales/ About Albert van Zyl has over 15 years of managerial marketing and sales experience, where he started out in retail and eventually moved to the B2B space where he earned his stripes. He now focuses all his time and attention on the Blockchain industry and offers advice, consulting services and connections to Blockchain experts. As a much sought after leading expert in Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto industries, he is at the very heart of Blockchain and all things Blockchain related marketing. Albert loves sales psychology and truly understanding what drives customers to buy products and services and thereby determining how to be more effective at selling than competitors. One of his biggest beliefs is to Never Stop Growing, and helping brands to grow through his innate understanding of Positioning, Pricing and Marketing, combined with his passion for sales, whoop! this really gets him going. He is inspired by bringing great products and services to amazing people, coaching and helping other amazing people on their path to success. Website: www.albertvanzyl.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/albertvanzylsales/ Albert is available for : – Advising; ICO Advising; Consulting; Contact to Investors; Marketing; ICO Investors; Cryptocurrency; Whitepaper; Business Development; Pre and Post ICO; https://twitter.com/AlbertVZ_Saleshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/albertvanzylsales/ https://twitter.com/AlbertVZ_Saleshttps://
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm
02:00 pm – 02:45 pm
Realizing the potential of Blockchain, beyond Financial Services
Speaker: Matthew Owen, Founder and Portfolio Manager, Caesium Capital
Topic of Abstract: Financial services is where most current utility around blockchain is found, the potential of the technology, however, goes far beyond this. The secure and immutable record lends its self to being utilized across a wide array of industries. In this talk some of these will be explored; from identity to supply chain management to property the potential of blockchain is endless.
Speaker Bio: Matt is the managing partner of Caesium Capital, a blockchain based digital asset management company. He studied Business Science at the University of Cape Town where he majored in Finance and Accounting, before going on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. He obtained his designation whilst working within the Financial Services industry, focusing on Banking & Capital Markets and Private Equity.
He is a forward-thinking individual and has been fascinated by blockchain technology for the last few years. In that time, he has become a leading expert on blockchain based digital assets. Through working in both London and New York he was able to established a strong global network of blockchain professionals with interests in a variety of projects the world over. Collaborating with certain key members in this network he founded a global blockchain based digital asset online community which is constantly engaging on everything blockchain related. He firmly believes in the disruptive capabilities of this technology and is positioning himself to be at the forefront of this innovative space as it becomes more widely adopted.
02:45 pm – 03:30 pm
Blockchain, Data and AI
Speaker: Ian Bessarabia, Market Development at Lead Thomson Reuters
Topic of Abstract: Importance on Oracles, as trusted sources of data and more tangibly on our BlockOneIQ framework.
You can read more detail in recent Blog post I published.
Speaker Bio: Ian is the Market Development Lead at Thomson Reuters – a position he took up in August 2016. In this role, Ian is strategically focused on laying the groundwork for customers to efficiently implement enabling technology platforms, manage real-time workflows, increasing customer experience and profitability. As cryptoassets and blockchain gain more prominence in the marketplace, as an edge-walker, Ian is deeply involved in researching and engaging with the technology.
Ian has spent the past 10 years working closely with financial market players, central banks and regional bodies in Sub-Sahara Africa, supporting these organisations to improve their business processes. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Ian was the Business Development Manager at SWIFT.
Preceding this, Ian spent 12 years RMB Asset Management, focusing on improving operational procedures and efficiencies, in domestic and international financial markets. Ian played a key role, representing the Investment Management community, with the migration to a dematerialized and automated market through the establishment of Strate in South Africa.
In addition, Ian has held senior positions in various industry initiatives, including holding the position of chairperson of SUSA (SWIFT Users of South Africa), as well as the South African representative on the Maintenance Working group for Trade Initiation and Confirmation messages.
Ian, currently represents Thomson Reuters on the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC), a consortium aimed at educating and bringing the benefits of blockchain technology to the industry for the benefit of the entire country.
Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management and Economics from the University of South Africa and a Diploma in Strategic Business Management from the University of Cape Town.
03:30 pm – 04:00 pm
Networking Tea / Coffee
04:00 pm – 04:45 pm
Culture and Blockchain Adoption
Speaker: Justin McCarthy, CEO at Project UBU
Topic of Abstract: Culture and Blockchain adoption
This presentation will focus on the history of technology from its earliest inceptions to the advent of cryptography and blockchains and its significant role in shaping society, governance, politics and culture. A recurring thread will be money and how it is and always has been a social construct in varying forms. From past to present to future, Justin will finish on the possible influences blockchain and related technologies will impact future generations and shift cultural pointers in both developed and developing markets.
Speaker Bio: With a background in anthropology and economics, Justin spent 25 years in the media, marketing and technology sectors across Africa and the Middle East. He developed a fascination for how the global economy has become incapable of coping with the demands of overpopulation, poverty, resource sustainability and the future of our planet and species. Three years ago, he chose to pursue a passion aligned with his libertarian values, and teamed up with a long-standing friend and founder of projectUBU – whose aim is to instill greater global economic resilience through inclusion.
04:45 pm – 05:00 pm
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