Date and City: 15 th March, 2019

Venue: Hyatt Regency Johannesburg


10 Industry Experts
6 Speaker Presentations
3 Lightning Talks
3 Networking Breaks
1 Panel Discussion
1 Group Discussion


  • 08:30 AM
Registration and Seating
  • 08:50 AM
Opening and Welcome Note
  •   09:00 AM
Blockchain and the South African Retirement Fund Industry What is blockchain and how will this powerful emerging technology play out in the retirement funds industry? We live in a world where one-third of people have no relationship with a bank, and likely never will. The reason is simple. Since Satoshi Nakamoto solved the ‘double-spend’ problem 10 years ago, Bitcoin now allows everyone with a smartphone to not just be able to bank, but become international bankers. And as their appetite to participate meaningfully in the world economy through the ability to exchange and store value with anyone, anywhere, for next to nothing and without government interference, they will soon turn to investments, retirement provision, and insurance. And it is vital that retirement fund providers either adapt to this new reality, or face the prospect of going extinct. And how long do you think people will want to deal with bricks and mortar insurers and retirement fund administrators? Just as the traditional employer – employee relationship is slowly being threatened by the ‘gig economy’, contracts of employment will probably yield to smart contracts: you do this and I will do that. Simple. And in a world where the first person to live to 150 has probably already been born, who can afford to retire at an age less than halfway through their projected lifespan.
  • AlanRobertson,, Founder, YOU#
  •   09:30 AM
Will Smart Contracts Reshape Financial Services? Financial services organisations are burdened with complicated, antiquated and manual processes. It is not surprising to see many financial organisations that continue to receive thousands of orders every month on the fax machine. Fax machines have been abandoned in other industries with the advent of e-commerce platforms in the retail space. The manual interventions on trades every day are slow, cumbersome & risk-prone. These processes can be simplified and streamlined using Blockchain technology. This context of fragmented and inefficient systems partly explains why there is so much interest in the potential of Blockchain and Smart Contracts. The potential of smart contracts – programmable contracts that automatically execute when pre-defined conditions are met – is the subject of much debate and discussion in the financial services industry. Smart contracts, enabled by blockchain or distributed ledgers, have been held up as a cure for many of the problems associated with traditional financial agreements, which are just not geared up for the digital age. So if the benefits are apparent what is hampering wider adoption? Join Ian Bessarabia , acclaimed keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business advisor as he breaks down the ‘non-tech’ aspects that come into play when designing and implementing smart contracts.
  • IanBessarabia,, Head of Strategic Projects, On the Edge, Blox for Business
  •   10:00 AM
Blitzscaling Blockchain in Fintech
  • RudiKruger,, Founder, Growth Hacker Lab
  • 10:30 AM
Tea/Coffee Break
  •   11:00 AM
Lightning Talks: Barriers to Enterprise Blockchain Adoption! [1] Credibility of Blockchain [2] Lack Of Stable Development Tools [3] The Blockchain landscape [4] Challenges for the Banking industry [5]The Fintech revolution: Blockchain in Payments and Banking
  • GiovanniLesnaMaranetto,, CCO | Advisor and Head of Partnerships, | ChainEx
  • 12:00 PM
Panel Discussion:
  • Enterprise Blockchain requirements
  • 12:30 PM
Lunch. Networking Break.
  •   01:30 PM
“Non Fungible Tokens “NFT” a Major blockchain infrastructure component that will change the world” Massive investment opportunities are the benefits typically reserved for the few. How can Africa reinvent it’s by taking advantage of decentralize blockchain asset tokenization through non Fungible Tokens can make investing in real world assets far more convenient and efficient with the beneficial owners being the people. A Non Fungible Token also know as NFT is a unique, distinguishable, digital commodity which serves as the virtual representation of the ownership of an asset or good. An NFT is unique and can not be swap like Fungible tokens. NFTs allows one to convert the rights to assets with economic value into a digital token. Imagine owning half a million dollars in gold but instead of brokers, storage, fees and transport you had one seamless and frictionless solution and you didn’t have to worry about any of the fore mentioned, that is what an Non Fungible Token offers. NFTs provided a far greater level of security, distribution and transparency than an existing ecosystems. With this method, tangible, intangible assets and financial instruments can be divided, traded and leverage increasing their liquidity and enabling more market participants to join. So, why asset tokenization seems to be one of the most promising blockchain applications? What are the challenges and opportunities of it?
  • MatthewArnett,, Co-Founder & CEO, FORT NFT PROTOCOL & PO8
  •   02:05 PM
Blockchain in Capital Markets As the Blockchain eco-system develops and matures, there will be elements of existing financial services, such as Capital Markets, that will enhance the industry as adoption rates increase. This will lead to the development of new financing opportunities that draw on elements of existing financial services products, however with their own characteristics that will be developed bespoke to the Blockchain industry. We are already seeing this in the evolution of the ICO / STO markets. Projects can no longer rely on crowdfunding from retail-sized contributors and are having to become more innovative in their fundraising activities.
  • PaulScott,, Chief Commercial Officer, DisPRuptive
  •   02:40 PM
Self-Sovereign Identity and the Role of Blockchain in Digital Identity
  • AshlinPerumall,, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie
  • 03:15 PM
Tea/Coffee. Networking Break.
  •   03:30 PM
Blockchain vs SWIFT. How global settlements are changing SWIFT was born as a communications protocol for financial institutions in 1973. Today, almost all of modern banking use SWIFT to settle cross-border balances, even though it is known to be slow, inflexible and prone to cyberattacks. The benefits that blockchain technology brings to interbank transfers have been well documented. It is decentralised and borderless by nature and recent innovations such as zero-knowledge proofs enable competing entities to maintain a shared ledger. On the other hand, DLT cannot yet scale to global transactional demands and regulatory uncertainty prevents the technology from catching up to SWIFT’s network effect. The “Global Payments Innovation”, an upgrade by SWIFT in response to blockchain, promises to radically improve settlement times and cost. Who will ultimately win the $200 trillion (p.a.) race? Is the world ready for a true global currency, or is interbank settlements just another over-hyped blockchain buzzword? During this talk, Carel de Jager will dive deep into the inner workings of both technologies and highlight their strengths and risks before sketching a world in which true economic globalisation triumphs.
  • CarelDeJager,, Blockchain Consultant, Blockchain Academy (Pty) Ltd
  •   04:05 PM
How to build a blockchain business and not die The crypto industry all but perished in 2018 but what does that mean for the blockchain entrepreneur? Llew looks at what it takes to launch a successful blockchain startup and what you can do to survive the process.
  • LlewMorkel,, CTO, DreamBlock Holdings Inc
  • 04:40 PM
Round Table Discussion:
  • • Network Scaling & Transaction Throughput • Poor User Experience • Regulatory Complexity • Blockchain Security Issues
  • 05:15 PM
Event Closing & Networking
*Program is subject to change

Who Should Attend?

Based on the theme “Blockchain Applications, Challenges and Opportunities in Banking, Financial Service and Insurance Sector”, this conference brings together Blockchain technologists in the finance sector, regulators, industry commentators, technology experts and researchers and; those involved in financial innovation. Whether you’re an investor, or an individual associated with a Blockchain powered company or simply a technology enthusiast this event is for you! We have plugged in special effort to curate a meaningful takeaway by creating tangible value prospect for each of our conference participants willing to explore latest in technology and many applications of Blockchain in BFSI.

Key Highlights

  •  Real Life Experiences
  •  Best Practices and Use Cases
  •  Panel and Group Discussion
  •  Interactive Q&A Sessions
  •  Showcase and Expo Space
  •  Networking Opportunities


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Get access to the full day conference program, Expo Space and Networking Breaks with refreshments and executive lunch.

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Ends on 27 February, 2019

Standard Price USD 500

Ends on - 15 March,2019

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