Blockchain Africa Conference to Take Place in Johannesburg

Blockchain Africa Conference will be held on the 8 and 9 March, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering  blockchain and cryptocurrency use cases
19 February 2018   268

Bitcoin Events has announced that the fourth annual Blockchain Africa Conference will be held on the 8 and 9 March, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference 2018 will bring together a diverse range of local and international speakers to discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency use cases, the regulatory environment, technology hurdles and opportunities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged using this technology.

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Key Speakers:

  • Andrew Keys (USA) – Co-founder of ConsenSys Capital and former Head of Global Business Development at ConsenSys
  • Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar (Argentina) – CEO & Co-founder of RSK Labs (Rootstock)
  • Henri Arslanian (China) – PwC FinTech & RegTech Leader for China/Hong Kong
  • Chris Hamilton (South Africa) – CEO of BankservAfrica

The attendees of the Conference will be able to investigate use cases including payments, settlements, KYC, AML, blockchain as a service and identity management to see how both financial and non-financial institutions can use blockchain technology; hear how blockchain technology can improve transparency, audit trails and transaction reporting to ease regulatory and compliance processes; address concerns around blockchain performance, scalability and infrastructure.

Currently all standard tickets are sold out, but there are two live streaming ticket options due to the many requests for more tickets.

JPMorgan May Work on Quorum's Spin-Off

Bank giant believes that independence from the bank could increase the platform's appeal
23 March 2018   29

Referring to anonymous sources, the Financial Times and Reuters report that this step, if done, will be aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the platform.

The Quorum open source project was launched in 2016 and is a private version of the Ethereum blockchain. JPMorgan presented the project at the annual Sibos conference.

We continue to believe distributed ledger technology will play a transformative role in business which is why we are actively building multiple blockchain solutions. We’re not going to comment on speculation, but Quorum has become an extremely successful enterprise platform even beyond financial services and we’re excited about its potential.

JP Morgan Spokesman

Reuters could not find out if the current employees of the Quorum project would join the new venture. It is also unknown what role the new head of the innovation center of the blockchain of JPMorgan, Ember Bolde, currently responsible for the development of Quorum, will do.