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Blockchain Africa Conference returns to Johannesburg

Blockchain Africa Conference 2017

The world’s largest organisations are looking at the blockchain technology as a means to improve their existing services, systems and products by leveraging its key features: security, transparency, full life-cycle transaction history, real-time, immutability and cost-efficiency.

The Blockchain Africa Conference supported by Appsafrica.com returns to Johannesburg on 1-3 March 2017 and will bring together a diverse range of experts who will discuss all the opportunities, challenges and exciting possibilities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged in Africa using this technology.

SAP the official sponsor recently launched a Co-innovation lab in Africa and is doing some exciting work with various blockchain technologies, including Ethereum and the Bitcoin blockchain. SAP’s Hana Cloud Platform allows its customers to connect blockchains to the platform, thereby providing an online database where its customers can add new functions to their SAP systems.

Lucy Channing from SAP said in a statement: “We see the Blockchain Africa Conference 2017 as an opportunity to collaborate and network with like-minded business people on a topic that is at the forefront of today’s technology changes. We want to help businesses and our customers to reenvision their business operating model and the potential impact of Blockchain.

Blockchain is a great way to get them to rethink and reimagine how a business or industry operates. This means we need to think broadly about change. When it comes to simplifying platforms and connecting the dots on these new business models, SAP has the platforms to make this happen.”

Darrel Orsmond, Industry Head for Financial Services at SAP Africa will discuss how even though blockchain technology may only just be emerging, the potential is unlimited for reimagining business and industries.

The conference will be showcasing many blockchain and digital currency opportunities and use cases: in identity, payments, remittances, smart contracts, Blockchain-as-a-Service, and settlement and clearing. In addition to the opportunities that exist, industry experts will discuss the challenges, such as regulation, security, scalability and tax compliance.

A diverse range of local and international speakers from various industries will attend the conference. They include Tanya Knowles, Executive Director of Fractal Solutions, a division of Strate (Pty) Ltd, which is a central security depository company doing the settlement and clearing for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange; Farzam Ehsani, the leader of Rand Merchant Bank’s Blockchain Initiative; Llew Claasen, the Executive Director of the US Bitcoin Foundation; and John Karanja, the Founder of BitHub Africa, a blockchain accelerator in Kenya that provides consultancy and incubation services for individuals and firms interested in Bitcoin and blockchain technology.

More details and tickets are available here.



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