The Block&Coin Summit - heralding the new economy in Africa
Issued by Tinke communications on behalf of Kinetic events - Jan 18th 2018, 13:16
The recent roller-coaster bitcoin price has moved the topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain from geeky chat rooms to boardrooms and dining room tables.
The cryptocurrency revolution is here and can’t be ignored by businesses around the world. But with something so new, that fundamentally disrupts so much about what we think we know about currencies and trust, where do you start?
Forecasts for 2018:
• The cryptocurrency market capitalisation will triple in the next year.
• Cryptocurrency investment products, perhaps even an exchange-traded fund (ETF), drive retail take up.
• Bitcoin and Ethereum will lead the debate on scaling blockchain, with either on-chain or off-chain scaling.
• Thanks to regulation, there will be massive consolidation in the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market, with solid ICOs remaining.
Learn more about these forecasts from advisory panelist, Ran Neu-Ner, investor, businessman and group co-CEO of The Creative Counsel (TCC), at the Block&Coin Summit - Southern Africa’s premier blockchain and cryptocurrency conference. Attend the Block&Coin Summit in Cape Town in March 2018, for thought leadership and lively discussions about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, disruptive technologies and ICOs.
“On the one hand, we need to realise that blockchain, as with any technology, is just an enabler and not a golden goose lying magical eggs, that will automatically solve all your organisation’s problems,” says Naomi Snyman, blockchain lead at Standard Bank. “On the other, it is time we move on from proof of concept mode and focus on scaling and widening partner networks to drive use cases.”,
The two-part event will educate attendees about blockchain technology and how it will affect their organisations and careers. Delegates will be introduced to wealth-generating strategies taking advantage of the cryptocurrency revolution.
“The cost of cross-border remittances is very high, especially in Africa. Cryptocurrencies can drastically reduce this cost and increase the convenience and efficiency of moving money,” said Lorien Gamaroff, CEO, Bankymoon. “Capital controls are another compelling factor driving cryptocurrencies. We could be at the watershed where fiat currencies become obsolete in favour of decentralised, digital alternatives.”
The Block&Coin Summit features two days of expert presentations and panels, discussing the most important commercial developments, technical innovations, and public policy issues affecting the evolution of the blockchain. It aims to educate individuals, startups, and large organisations on how to improve systems and operational processes by implementing this technology.
“The keyword when you are thinking about the blockchain is decentralisation… Just keep asking yourself, if something is centralised, how is it going to be disrupted? Because it’s going to be disrupted. It’s a new economy, where everyone who contributes earns their fair share in tokens,” says Neu-Ner.
Network, collaborate and share knowledge with a select group of industry peers and leading blockchain and bitcoin experts and enthusiasts from various industries.
Part one the Block&Coin Summit will take place on the 5th March 2018 at Workshop 17, and part 2 will be hosted alongside the eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex on the 14th March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Speakers include: Simon Dingle, Founder, Inves; Tanya Knowles, Managing Executive, Fractal Solutions; Naomi Snyman, Blockchain Lead, Standard Bank; Ian Meaker, Creative CFO; Farzam Ehsani, Leader of Rand Merchant Bank’s blockchain initiative; and Lorien Gamaroff, CEO, Bankymoon.
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