Blockchain Africa Conference set for Joburg in March

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The fourth annual Blockchain Africa Conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 8-9 next year, with well-known blockchain thought leader Lorien Gamaroff acting as master of ceremonies.

Early Bird conference tickets are available until September 30, with standard sales opening on October 1. A limited number of startup tickets are available and will be allocated on a first-come- first-served basis.

The event will see local and international speakers discuss use cases in cloud storage, smart contracts, Blockchain-as-a-Service, payments, settlements and clearing, record keeping, audit trails, identity, intellectual property, ownership and supply chain management.

It will also address requested topics around performance and scalability of the blockchain, and challenges that regulators face with this technology.

“Interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology has been growing rapidly in the last few years. This is especially true in emerging economies such as those in Africa, Asia and South America,” said Gamaroff.

“The potential for these technologies to create new opportunities and solve the problems of legacy institutions is seemingly boundless. Multiple incumbents are threatened with disintermediation if the promises touted by pundits, specifically within but by no means limited to the financial services industry and central banking itself, hold true.”

With all this unbridled optimism, Gamaroff said, it is important to understand these innovations and what purpose they may serve.

“The annual South African Blockchain Conference serves an important role in highlighting those companies and thought leaders that have demonstrated success in delivering progressive solutions in this space. It brings together many of the minds that are at the forefront of these vital technologies and that form a pillar of the 4th Industrial Revolution. It is unmissable for those who want to be prepared and benefit from it,” he said.

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