Date: May 7th, 2018
venue: kigali - Rwanda
CEO , Wiredin
Founder , Healid
Co-Foundeer , Healid
CEO , Africa is Calling You
Vice President Marketing of Chamapesa
Founder of Eversend
Head - Africa Digital Transformation & Blockchain Hubs, Stellar
Chief Scientist, nChain
CEO Global blockchain Business Counsil
Bert Kastel: Economic Freedom and Bottom-up Empowerment of Africans
We explore the underlying “premises and promises” of Blockchains, and how they pertain specifically to Africa. This requires an understanding of the underlying philosophy and concepts of Blockchains: Decentralization, elimination of intermediaries, empowering individuals, P2P, trustless-ness, bottom-up organic structures, networks and community, open source, tokens (or coins). We give a specific example showing how Blockchains cannot only make existing industries and processes more effective, but how they can transform them (Healid).
We evaluate different Blockchains and how they operate. We identify special African circumstances that make certain Blockchain characteristics more suitable, or more powerful than others.
Identity, Privacy and Security are key elements of Blockchain-based solutions. We evaluate the priorities for use cases that are most urgent for Africa and Africans, and what kind of solutions are best suited for Africa’s specific limitations, capabilities, and needs.
We explore how Blockchains help disrupt and improve on shortcomings of traditional
financial tools by eliminating “middlemen”, and how the use of a token (= coin) establishes new, powerful, and more
In particular, we look at five aspects of Fintech:
1. Financial Transactions (i.e. purchases by consumers)
2. Commercial Transactions (i.e., cross-border transfers)
3. Savings (i.e., storing of value outside banks)
4. Investments (i.e., micro-financing)
5. Internet of Things – IoT (i.e., use for vertical markets like agricultural products or electricity)
After having explored key aspects of Blockchain, we circle back to the first topic and debate which aspects of African societies are most ripe and ready to be transformed using Blockchain technologies. We analyze where to focus next, what to watch out for, and what the most appropriate and effective next steps are.
“TheWorkshop” is an initiative by kLab of organizing a workshop every year to talk about new technologies. This year of 2018, kLab has decided to dedicate it to “Blockchain”. “TheWorkshop” will take place in Kigali-Rwanda, on May 7th, 2018. It will bring together 500 participants from all over the World, local, regional and international speakers to share their experiences/case studies.This edition is a preparatory meeting for InclusiCon (www.inclusicon.io) that will take place in Rwanda, May 9-11 as a side event of Transform Africa Summit.
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