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Press Release: February 21, 2019 15:55 CAT | Source: Bitcoin Events Ltd.

Africa’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency conference hosted by Bitcoin Events will see influencers, innovators and entrepreneurs presenting in Johannesburg on 28 February-1 March and in Cape Town on 6 March 2019.

Mr Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project and Keynote Speaker at the Johannesburg conference (Day 1)

Mr Behlendorf was recently named one of the top 10 influential voices in the blockchain world by a New York Times commentary ‘The People Leading the Blockchain Revolution’.

He is the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project that oversees many blockchain projects. They recently announced a new collaborative framework with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, which is significant as it aims to drive mass adoption of blockchain among companies and promote greater collaboration across the two communities.

His topic is ‘The Post-Lambo Era: Blockchain Technology Gets Real’ and looks at the many industries and systems where blockchain technology is deployed, and which key weaknesses the technology will address this year.

Premier Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, and Minister Beverley Ann Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, joint Keynote Speakers at the Cape Town conference

Premier Zille gives strategic direction to provincial departments by developing policy and the Provincial Plan of Action. Minister Schäfer currently serves as Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities. She is also a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

Their interest in this conference stems from the Western Cape Government’s key focus areas of higher economic growth and job creation through skills development and education, especially around emerging technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies.


Mr Riccardo ‘Fluffypony’ Spagni, Lead Maintainer of the Monero blockchain project

Mr Spagni, a regular attender and speaker at bitcoin and blockchain conferences, and a rising profile in the crypto space, is the Lead Maintainer at Monero. Monero is a private, secure and untraceable cryptocurrency currently ranked 14th on Transactions on Monero use cryptography and offer financial privacy for its users.

Mr Spagni believes a decentralised system, such as a cryptocurrency, is useless unless privacy is mandatory. He is therefore pushing to ensure that any privacy enhancements become mandatory. “It’s a heavy, heavy responsibility. It means we need to be careful and absolutely sure about the things we do,” says Mr Spagni.

Dr Phillip Windley, Chair and Board of Trustees at the Sovrin Foundation, and Ms Heather Dahl, Executive Director of the Sovrin Foundation

Dr Phillip Windley is a sought-after speaker, an author, a passionate tech educator, an expert in decentralised digital identity, IoT and event-driven systems, and the co-founder and organiser of the Internet Identity Workshop.

The Sovrin Foundation is a global non-profit that governs the Sovrin Identity Network – an open-source project designed for anyone to personally manage their digital identities. During 2018, Absa joined the Sovrin Foundation as a founding steward. “Self-sovereign ID, the emerging answer to the myriad challenges associated with ID management, has the potential to not only revolutionise how we manage and secure our personal information, but also to play a key role in driving financial inclusion in Africa,” says Mr Andrew Baker, CTO at Absa Group.

Dr Windley’s talk at the Johannesburg conference looks at one of the most talked about use cases of blockchain technology, ‘A Global, Public Network for Self-sovereign Identity’.

Ms Heather Dahl is a cybersecurity advocate and passionate about self-sovereign identity. She’s a widely-respected thought leader who has established best-in-class practices in leading technology and media organisations. Ms Dahl will discuss ‘Advancing Identity and Trust through Diversity’ at the Cape Town conference.

Mr Marcus Swanepoel, Co-founder and CEO of Luno

Passionate about finance and technology, Mr Swanepoel is a strong believer in the positive change technology can bring to the world. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Luno, South Africa’s 1st and largest cryptocurrency exchange, and one of Africa’s best blockchain tech export success stories. In 2018, Luno reached two million customers worldwide.

“It’s once again a privilege for Luno to be associated with Africa’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency conference. Blockchain Africa plays an integral role in the building of the African crypto and blockchain ecosystem. It provides people with a platform to challenge their own views around technology and to think about how it can shape and revolutionise the financial sector in years to come,” says Mr Swanepoel.

Mr Swanepoel will talk about ‘How a New Global Crypto Economy Will Impact Consumers Across Africa’ at the Cape Town conference.

Read more about Blockchain Africa’s speakers here.


We have one ticket left in our giveaway! This ticket could be for Jo’burg or Cape Town, depending on your preference.

And to win, simply head over to Twitter and tweet a reason (or many) why you deserve a ticket! You need to tag @BlockchainZA – @Global Crypto_ and the hashtag #BAC19 to qualify.
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Bitcoin Events has hosted The Blockchain Africa Conference since 2015, and this year it takes place at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg on 28 February-1 March, and at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 6 March.

For more information about the conference or to buy tickets, visit or email us at

James Preston is the Executive Editor of Global Crypto. He is a writer and media commentator who has been reporting on how the Tech industry will make the world a better place for 14 years, with a large following on South African radio. He is an early adopter of Bitcoin, and began reporting on its revolutionary capabilities in late 2014. Philosophical by nature, he is intrigued by how the world works, and in turn, how it can be bettered. James believes wholeheartedly that the world can become as close to perfect as we humans can imagine, but it will take a lot of effort (and time) to get there. He believes his life purpose is to inspire people to believe this, and find their place in helping humanity achieve it. James regularly does talks on emerging technology and its impact on society at Universities, global conferences, and events. To invite him to speak at your event, or comment for your media outlet, email