Blockchain Innovators Flock to Joburg for the 9th Annual Blockchain Africa Conference
March 10, 2023
Blockchain Africa is the continent’s biggest gathering of Web3 expertise and the crypto curious and it’s coming to Sandton on 16 and 17 March 2023
March 10, 2023, Johannesburg – A Web3 wave comes to African shores next week and the continent is perfectly positioned to rise on this tide of innovation in ingenuity. The 9th annual Blockchain Africa Conference gathers together the brightest technology minds and captains of industry to help unlock the potential of blockchain to overcome the obstacles in the developing world.
Blockchain has gained traction in Africa, with founders finding early success by bringing efficiency and delivering lower-cost cross-border payments for African businesses conducting trade abroad. A new age of the internet has dawned, and it is energising the continent.
In South Africa the Reserve Bank has developed a blockchain-based payment system called Project Khokha1, which is being used to test blockchain technology for interbank settlements. While in the Central Bank of Kenya is also exploring blockchain technology for payment systems and promoting financial inclusion.
Bitcoin Events’ flagship event, Blockchain Africa Conference, happening at The Galleria in Sandton on 16 and 17 March is the central space for collaboration and sharing ideas to build a better, more inclusive Africa by embracing the digital tools and resources.
This year the event welcomes back valuable in-person interaction following two years of the conference being held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic protocols. The conference has attracted over 9,000 attendees from 160 countries and helped frame the best in blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation and disruption from across the globe for the African context.
Over the past nine years South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana have seen a rapid uptake of crypto assets as citizens leverage this future-facing marketplace to access more efficient payment rails provided by blockchain networks and yield returns on income with assets like Bitcoin or stable coins pegged to the value of the US dollar.
In 2023 the spotlight turns to global trends and disruptors, and how market players can capitalise on the opportunities and best respond to the threats.
World-class international and local experts, Briana Marbury, CEO of the Interledger Foundation, Junde Ju, the Head of Global Sales, Cobo, Rene Reinsberg, the CEO of Celo and Joaquim Predro Antunes, the Head of Crypto Engineering at Xapo Private Bank will be unpacking how blockchain technology and crypto assets are transforming business operations globally and how it can be mobilised on the African continent.
This year there is a focus on how companies are implementing blockchain-based solutions in their business models, with special attention given to the many innovative real-world use cases of this technology by Mastercard and Xapo Private Bank.
Xapo operates at the intersection of traditional finance and crypto with its industry leading secure storage wallet for and its partnerships with Mastercard and Swift allowing customers the fluidity to be currency agnostic by enjoying exposure to both digital assets and money markets. It’s a unique example of a harmonious coexistence.
“Xapo Private Bank developed a unique solution for digital asset holders to safeguard and grow their investments that could play a crucial role in flight to safety in developing markets,” explains Antunes.
“The Blockchain Africa Conference gives us contact with African founders who are leveraging blockchain technology in their projects. Blockchain innovation can cover the critical gaps in the financial sector and increase access to secure identity, supply chain and asset management solutions. These projects are crucial to help support growth in economies plagued with inflation and volatility.”
Companies are no longer asking “why” but discussing “how to” use blockchain technology. The time for asking why this technology should be used is over, and the time to implement this technology in existing systems and build better systems and surf the wave is here.