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June 28 - July 1, 2021. Online,
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About the Event

The new reality, vastly limited by COVID-19 pandemic, has shown that technology is a bridge to a better future. Over the last years, digital transformation has become the key to Africa’s development and great support in an undergoing economic revolution. Along with smart regulation in hand, with numerous supporting industry associations and a growing generation of adaptable young professionals and would-be entrepreneurs, Africa is developing a strong infrastructure for the adoption of cryptocurrency transactions and blockchain technologies for e-commerce and entrepreneurship frameworks. However, the application of blockchain across Africa is not limited to finance. The technology is widely spread in such industries as self-sovereign identity, agriculture, energy, healthcare, insurtech, supply chains logistics, and even to the creator economy for NFT’s.
Being the most interactive, innovative, and inclusive virtual event in Africa, the Africa Blockchain Week Virtual Summit will address the current financial technology landscape and the impact of blockchain technology in the above-mentioned areas. The event will bring high-level regulators, opinion leaders, and decision-makers to debate the latest industry trends and future innovations, and provide unparalleled access to visionaries, influencers, and disruptors in the business and technology world.

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Featured Speakers

Miko Matsumura

General Partner at Gumi Cryptos Capital
Miko Matsumura is a General Partner with Gumi Ventures, a US $30M venture capital fund focused early stage blockchain startups and a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is also an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital. He has been a keynote speaker at dozens of conferences around the world. He is also cofounder of crypto exchange Evercoin,

Miko participated in the first wave of the Internet as chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems and is now fully engaged in Internet of value. With 25 years of enterprise software marketing experience in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups such as Gradle, Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, Db4O. He has invested in open source money, advising successful startups like Celsius ($2B in loans), Pundi X (global point of sale devices), Tassat (banking infrastructure), Guardian Circle (Decentralized Global 911 Emergency Services) and Hub (Decentralizing Professional Social Networking). He is also an LP with Focus Ventures, a firm with over $800M under management, 9 IPOs and 44 exits. He holds an Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks.

Gordon Einstein

DEVxDAO Founding Voting Associate at DEVxDAO
Gordon Einstein is a hybrid Crypto-Attorney, Technologist, and Enterprise Strategist. Gordon received his undergraduate degree in Politics in 1991 from Brandeis University in Boston and then received his JD in 1995 from the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. Gordon is also a proud Eagle Scout, having served in Boy Scout Troop 223.

Initially Gordon's law practice centered on startup, venture capital, investment banking, regulatory compliance, intellectual property and general business law. In 2010 Gordon judged that the new field of cloud computing had potential. The group he formed brought to life his vision of the law firm technology platform of the future - AdaptiveSky. AdaptiveSky continues to operate successfully and is a nationally-recognized premier service provider, with its clients primarily located in New York and California. AdaptiveSky has also been awarded Worldox Systems Integrator status (the highest certification level available) by World Software.

As an avid computer and programming hobbyist, in 2012 Gordon was intrigued by Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the related technologies. By 2014, he was providing legal services to several individuals and companies operating in this space. And by 2016 the majority of Gordon’s law practice involved working with crypto, blockchain and FinTech startups and funds. This was formalized as CryptoLaw Partners in 2017. Gordon frequently speaks and educates both in the United States and abroad, quite often in Ukraine.

Ben Goertzel

CEO at SingularityNET
Ben is a Hong Kong based interdisciplinary researcher, entrepreneur and author, widely known as the “father of artificial general intelligence.”
He is the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI marketplace, the leader of the OpenCog open source.
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Grace The Robot
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Keynote: The Senior Care Robotic Nursing Assistant from Awakening Health

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Mance Harmon
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Panel: Cross Border Payment Infrastructures and Central Bank Digital Currencies in Africa

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Brian Behlendorf
Executive Director of Hyperledger at The Linux Foundation
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Panel: Distributed Digital Identity Using Blockchain Technology

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Jorge Sebastiao
Chief Technology Officer, Advisor at Confidential
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Panel: Decentralised Finance: Global Trends and Solutions for the Unbanked

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Miko Matsumura
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Panel: NFTs: from Hype to Mainstream

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Brock Pierce
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Keynote: Economic Development: Investing in Africa’s Future and Empowering Africans

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Jules Miller
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Panel: Investment Strategies: All Things Blockchain

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Lydia Hagan
Course Director at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
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Sustainable Development & Human Rights in Africa: Challenges and Digital Transformation

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Matthew Van Niekerk
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Panel: Blockchain 4 Enterprise and Sustainable Development Goals

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