The BlockTech Women Conference by BAL happened in Accra over the weekend with lots of announcements and updates worth mentioning. In this article, we round up the most newsworthy stories from the event.
The BlockTech Women Conference Accra 2019 was organized by Blockchain African Ladies (BAL), a Nigerian based blockchain group that seeks to increase female awareness and adoption of blockchain industry.
Led by Doris Ojuederie, the group has hosted several meetups in Nigeria and the BlockTech Women Conference, its flagship event in Lagos and Accra.
The Accra edition was held at the Kofi Annan ICT Center, supported by the Ghana Blockchain Society and BlockXAfrica. The 2nd edition of BlockTech Women Conference saw one of the most impressive turnouts for a blockchain event in the capital.
Here are some of the biggest highlights from the event:
An African Blockchain Story
BlockTech Women Conference Accra 2019 was boosted by a list of great speakers from the African continent who understand the need for blockchain technology in Africa and treated the audience to well-thought speeches that intended to spark a birth of innovation.
A narrative that was highlighted on several occasions was the need for Africans to participate actively in the blockchain space, for the African problems that are mostly well understood by the African to be solved by the African.
Paul Ezeafulukwe of the Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria (SiBAN) made a strong case for the need of blockchain technology in governance, citing the current nature of governance across the continent and showing examples of how blockchain technology can make a difference.
Elisha Owusu Akyaw, Founder of BlockXAfrica opened his presentation on the importance of education in ensuring blockchain adoption in Africa, saying:
Computers were thought outside the classroom before they were thought in the classroom…. If we don’t have enough people to teach computers across the nation, computers cannot be thought in the classroom.Elisha Owusu Akyaw
His metaphor which compared the current state of blockchain education to that of computer education at the start of the penetration of computers into Africa made the point on how early the community in Ghana is in terms of education.
He also showed the need for intensified outreach to bring about better results and used South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria as case studies in his outlook of the blockchain education scene in Africa to make a case for more educational efforts on the continent.
Doris Ojuederie made a strong case for women involvement in growing the blockchain ecosystem in Africa at the BlockTech Women Conference. She encouraged women at the conference to enter the space, make a name for themselves and help lead the revolution on the African continent.
Nawaf of eBitcoinics, one of the biggest Ghanaian blockchain startups delivered a captivating speech on why people especially the youth should get involved in blockchain technology.
The amazing speeches were met with intriguing questions by an audience which was eager to learn and build in the blockchain space.
Blockchain Society Ghana (BCSGH) Partnered With Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria (SiBAN)
Blockchain Society Ghana (BCSGH) and Stakeholders in the Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria (SiBAN) announced a partnership between the Ghanaian and Nigerian blockchain communities with an emphasis on media promotion.
The announcement was made on Saturday at the Ghana-Nigeria Stakeholders Industry Dinner Night, Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel; a wrapup dinner of the August 23-24 Blocktech Women Conference.
With a lot of momentum building in both countries, this partnership is set to combine the best of both worlds to promote blockchain adoption across the West African sub-region.
The Blockchain Society Ghana (BCSGH) also announced its first conference which is scheduled for November. From the little information shared, BlockNewsAfrica can confirm that the event will be built around blockchain and artificial intelligence.
BCSGH is set to announce more details about the conference in the coming days.
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BlockTech Women Conference Accra 2019 Gallery
Relive the event through these pictures:
BlockTech Women Conference is scheduled to return to Accra in 2020 and is tipped to extend beyond Lagos and Accra in coming months.