Kampala, Uganda is hosting the highly anticipated Africa Blockchain Conference 2018 on 23rd and 24th May 2018 at Serene Hotel, Kampala. The event is organized by Blockchain Association of Uganda. This comes hot on the heels of the recently concluded world blockchain summit held in Nairobi in March. The Kampala Summit is expected to propel the growing enthusiasm about the growth of blockchain as one of the most important technologies to solve some of the perennial African problems.This is evidenced by the growing of blockchain related products as showcased on this post.
As such the theme of the event is befitting
‘The role of Blockchain technology in Africa’s transformation’.
Binance to open in Uganda
The event got a major boost through the backing of Binance , which is currently the largest cryptocurrency exchange globally. The CEO and Founder of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, CZ, was recently in Uganda and met with various stakeholders including President Museveni. Local media reports in Uganda indicate that Binance is keen on building its footprint in Uganda. Furthermore, Binance said that they are focused on providing training that drives structural change and support local entrepreneurs innovating with blockchain.
CZ further said
‘Binance is open to making partnerships that are tailor-made to suit the environment they are in. we are open to understanding the landscape here and grow our understanding of the market’.
Speakers and panelists from across Africa
The event speakers show that the conference organizers aim to gather wide experience from key players in the industry across Africa and the world. The speakers have wealth of experience in finance, ICT, banking, government and building companies around blockchain. Here are some of the notable event speakers and panelists:
The guests of honors are; the current president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni and Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the former President of Mauritius.
Prof Tumisiime- Mutebile: Governor, Bank of Uganda
Hon. Bagiire Vincent Waiswa- Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Uganda
Dr. Bitange Ndemo- Chairman, Blockchain Taskforce, Kenya
Euvin Naidoo- Head of Financial Institutions, Thompson Reuters, South Africa.
Patrick Mweheire- CEO, Stanbic Bank Uganda
Elizabeth Rossiello- CEO Bitpesa, Kenya
Llew Claasen- Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation
Changpeng Zhao- CEO Binance, China
Other notable speakers and panelists are Keith Kalyegira, CEO, Capital Markets Authority, Uganda, Dr. Dorothy Okello, chairperson, Communications Commission, Uganda, Soren Fog- Founder Crypto Valley Association, Switzerland, Sinclair Skinner- Bitmari, John Karanja- Bithub Africa among others. You can view the full list here.
Areas of focus
The main focus of the event will be analyzing the role of blockchain technology in Africa’s technology transformation. For day one, there will be talk about blockchain in the context of changing financial institutions, regulation frameworks and case studies of successful startups that are leveraging blockchain technology in Africa at the moment.
Day 2 of the event will see the following topics covered among others:
Blockchain and the 4th industrial revolution
Preparing Africa for blockchain and the 4th industrial revolution
Role of blockchain in democratizing finance
Blockchain and Big Data:
Coinweez is honored to be a partner in supporting this noble initiative to bring about more blockchain adoption in Africa. Follow us on social media channels- Twitter, Facebook and Telegram to get all the information relating to the event. You can also join the conversation through Twitter by following #AfricablockchainUg
See you in Kampala on May 23rd- 24th 2018.