The African continent continues to embrace the vast range of opportunities associated with blockchain technology. As the adoption race heats up, Africa is evolving into a breeding ground with open arms to blockchain technology.
Several projects have tried to make an incursion into the market’s environment as the region is seen as a critical aspect of the adoption and spread of the technology.
This development has led to several conferences on the continent to raise awareness and also to teach people about the possibilities with blockchain technology.
This article covers the top blockchain events in Africa in 2020.
Blockchain African Conference 2020
This annual event ranks as the most popular on the list of blockchain conferences held in Africa; this year’s edition is tagged, Blockchain Technology: Beyond the hype, and is scheduled to happen between 11-12th, March-2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This event has been a major draw ever since its first edition in 2015, with over 1600 delegates from 32 countries, and 134 speakers participating in the previous editions. The Blockchain African Conference 2020 is expected to hit an all-time high attendance record.
The event will include workshops, networking, exhibition, global experts, the main focus of the conference comprises enterprise development, use cases, regulations, interoperability and scalability, social good with an array of seasoned guest speakers like Tony Vays, Chris Becker as keynotes speakers.
- Date: March 11 – 12, 2020
- Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Organizer: Bitcoin Events (Blockchain ZA)
- High profile speakers: Tony Vays
Blockchain & Decentralized Finance Conference – Lagos 2020
The Blockchain Technology Conference in Lagos aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Blockchain technology by focusing on how to address the implementation and challenges faced by the deployment of the technology.
This year’s event will focus on DeFi in Africa and building blockchain-enabled FinTech platform connecting the world.
Over the years, this event has brought both regulators and blockchain enthusiasts together to discuss the potential collaborations to push the tech in Nigeria.
Keynote speakers for the 2020 edition are yet to be announced; if past events are anything to go by, the next installment should be mouth-watering.
- Date: May 29 – 30, 2020
- Venue: Civic Centre, Lagos
- Organizers: Blockchain Nigeria User Group.
EOSIO Invasion is an EOS convention led by the Nigerian EOS community and backed by block producer candidates: EOS Cafe and EOS Nation.
The conference aims to introduce the youth to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology with an emphasis on how to leverage the EOS platform.
The Nigerian EOS community was formed after the first EOS MeetUp on April 21, 2018 in Lagos.
- Date: February 15, 2020
- Venue: University of Lagos
- High profile speakers: Franklin Peters (CEO, Bitfxt)
Going by statistics from the World Bank, 41% of Nigeria’s population is unable to access uninterrupted electricity to fulfill basic needs.
As the largest economy on the African continent with a thriving start-up ecosystem, energy has become a crucial aspect of Nigeria’s economic growth and human development.
The goal for ETHLagos in 2020 is to leverage the use of blockchain for the creation of sustainable power solutions. The event is set to be a one week program and slated to begin on March 29, 2020, with a conference. A hackathon will be held after that till April 4, 2020.
- Date: March 29, 2020
- Venue: Lagos
- Organizers: IEEE, EthImpact, and GIZ.
FINTEX Africa 2020 Conference
Now in its 4th successful edition, FINTEX Africa is an established flagship event on banking & FinTech innovation.
FINTEX Africa brings together more than 400 industry leaders from 25+ countries; this event features the largest showcase of innovative technologies for African banks – everything from digital banking platforms to cloud computing, data analytics to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity to blockchain, and payments to biometrics.
FINTEX Africa is seen as a marketplace of ideas and connections, an event guaranteed to drive impact. With blockchain technology making its way into the banking sector, we expect to see some exciting announcements or exhibitions related to blockchain.
This list of conferences to be held in Africa in 2020, points towards a promising outlook on the bright future of the continents towards embracing the blockchain technology and its benefits.