The much anticipated prestigious blockchain event, Blockchain Saturday is set to return in Lagos, Nigeria. We are proud to announce that the 6th edition of The Blockchain Saturday event is here. After weeks of planning and execution, most of our plans have come to fruition, most of which centres around the venue, speakers and of course sponsors.
The theme for the event is “The Future of Money” and it is safe to say that despite the progress Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies have made over the years in going mainstream, there are still millions who doubt blockchain and cryptocurrency, and there are a whole lot more who are oblivious to this space entirely. So, the conversation about the history of money is super important, as it tells the story of where money is heading.
About Blockchain Saturday
Blockchain Saturday is a periodic meet-up where renowned experts, industry leaders and practitioners, as well as enthusiasts, within the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem come together to synergize, share ideas, and network. This gathering is to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas to drive towards a more sustainable blockchain ecosystem in Africa. At Blockchain Saturday, it is our belief that the idea of the next disruptive project similar to Bitcoin, can be conceived at this meetup, and for that reason, every idea is worth considering as we work together towards the nurturing and development of projects that will later become products that will solve real-world problems.
We all can create an enabling environment that is geared towards learning, and against the imposition of ideas on participants.
So, What is the Future of Money?
Bitcoin has left a remarkable dent in the future of money, and at Blockchain Saturday, we are always exploring ways to better leverage the disruptive power that blockchain and cryptocurrency offers. And we are excited that the speakers’ line-up to make presentations at the event will be speaking in line with this theme, with their respective projects in mind. They will be sharing their unique crypto journey, and how far they’ve all come, and the plans for the future.
The speakers we will be having the privilege of listening to are:
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Founder, CEO CryptoHub
You can’t mention the top personalities in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space in Nigeria without mentioning Chris Ani. The Founder and CEO of CryptoHub is a well-respected figure in the space, CryptoHub, which is one of the many arms of Digital Abundance is a platform focused on Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency trading education.
It’s a place where highly skilled tutors train newbies on important areas of the crypto world. It is hard to ignore the strides Mr Chris and his team have made in the space since their emergence, in enlightening interested people about cryptos.
The serial entrepreneur and author of Crypto 101, will be speaking on the title of his book “Crypto 101” which is focused on the newbies that have limited knowledge of cryptocurrency.
Co-Founder, CTO, Finmex.io
The need for technical people in the blockchain space can never be overemphasised, as they are the builders of any sustainable system. Mr Enitan is a seasoned developer, who also serves as the CTO on the Agricultural project – Agricblock, a project that aims to create a successful marriage between Agriculture and Blockchain technology, hence opening up a new market to an endless flow of possibilities.
Finmex.io, which is a peer to peer digital assets trading exchange that aims to provide cutting edge solutions to the challenges exchanges currently face. Enitan is the Co-Founder and CTO of this promising project, and he will be discussing the role crypto exchanges will play in the “The Future of Money”
EOS Nation Ambassador
Toju Kaka is the Africa Community Manager for BOS and an EOS Nation Ambassador working to facilitate the adoption of EOS in Nigeria. His newest venture EmpowermeEOS is a social enterprise that is helping marginalized young people earn EOS based tokens.
Prior to his engagement with BOS and EOS, Toju Kaka got his fame in the Nigeria blockchain space via Steemit (a blogging platform built on the Steem blockchain). Where he was one of the reputable Steemians in the country.
During the forthcoming BCS event, Toju Kaka will be speaking to the role the projects he represents (EOS/BOS) are going to play in the next monetary revolution.
Behavioural Psychologist & Writer, Steemit/Whaleshares
Everybody loves Mo, as she is popularly called across the Maschains (Steemit, Whaleshares and Trybe). A behavioural psychologist by training and a writer, Mo is actively engaged in the Mas-chains where she actively participates several communities and gets rewarded for her efforts.
She earns from creating content and blogging on platforms like Steemit, Whaleshares and a few others.
She will provide tips on how to earn cryptocurrencies by content creation on the blockchain, and she also will share some insights on how community activities can become a rewarding endeavour.
Founder/CEO, Bitfxt Technologies
Franklin Peters is the Executive Director Peters Blockchain Consults, Co-founder Billionairescode business club and the Founder/C.E.O Bitfxt. He is a Visionary leader and a business mentor and coach. He has a vast knowledge of Blockchain and cryptocurrency, financial intelligence and asset management.
He will be speaking about “Blockchain, the New Economic Goldmine” his discuss will be an offshoot from his project “Bitfxt” which is truly leveraging blockchain technology in solving our everyday transactional needs.
This promises to be an insightful discussion as Bitfxt are doing some exciting things in the financial space with their coin, and some innovative ways as to how it can be utilized.
Jamaa Lead Ambassador
Also known as the “The Blockchain Pastor” Steven Moses is the founder of Blockchain Chapel which has a strong presence across the mas-chains (Steemit, Whaleshares, Weku Easysocial). Being a strong personality on these platforms, Blockchain Chapel rewards posts that are centred around Christianity, love and peaceful and harmonious living.
He recently became Jamaa (a new content rewarding platform) Lead Ambassador for the Nigerian communities. And he will be Introducing Jamaa to the participants of the event.
Lead, Dash Nigeria
Nathaniel Luz is the Lead for Business Development, Dash – Nigeria. He is a Chief Player in the Blockchain space in Nigeria. He serves on the advisory boards of many remarkable Fintech startups and long-established firms in Africa. As a Pan-African, he has been rebuilding Africa since yesterday which establishes his life’s mission and vision statements. He has published several international journals, and articles ranging from topics like Blockchain and Future Technology, African politics, Free Market and Limited Government on leading web platforms.
Agbona is a tech entrepreneur who is passionate about technology and how it was designed to improve efficiency in our everyday life. He ventured into the world of cryptocurrency via the Steemit and Mas-chains portal, and he currently serves as Beam (a privacy-based coin) ambassador to Lagos Nigeria.
Ever since he ventured into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, he has actively advocated for Africans to participate in this decentralized world. As it’s his belief that Africa’s problem can be solved with the decentralized power blockchain. Finance, elections, agriculture, governance, if these systems and the others are decentralized, it will immensely solve the majority of Africa’s problem.
It is based on this premise he created Blockchain Saturday, which is meant to a grass root outreach to informing people who know little about the crypto space about the potentials of a decentralized platform. By creating an enabling environment where both newbies, crypto seasoned experts, enthusiasts can come together to interact, network, share ideas. Who knows, the next Satoshi Nakamoto might just get inspired to create something revolutionary.
Why Should I Attend
Awesome learning, networking opportunities with leaders of the blockchain and cryptocurrency community in Lagos Nigeria
Free copies of Crypto101 book by Chris Ani
Free branded shirts
Free EOS and BOS account creation
Free Dash, Beam, Karma tokens, whaletokens and many others
Refreshment and dope professionally took pictures
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 22nd June 2019
Strictly by Registration
MoneyGram’s New Time Remittance Technology backed by Visa not Ripple
A new service introduced by remittance giant (MoneyGram) which allows users to send and receive money in real-time has been credited to visa and not the work of its blockchain-based partner (Ripple) in an announcement by representatives of the company.
The recently launched Fastsend, a new service which allows clients to send money in real-time to a phone number through a mobile application or dedicated website. While responding to enquiries from news sources about the latest concept, it was revealed to much surprise that MoneyGram did not make use of the technology of Ripple to achieve the latest product.
Do we need blockchain for real-time settlements?
MoneyGram Chief Operating Officer, Kamila Chytil informed news sources that FastSend makes use of Visa’s Direct Original Credit Transaction to send funds to bank accounts making use of Debit card deposit which is clearly not blockchain-backed or related.
Without the need for DLT, the dedicated website and app make use of an open-source cloud-based microservices. Chytil further stated that although Ripple is not involved in the new product, the firm still makes use of Ripple’s blockchain in other fields of the company.
Also, Chytil made mention of MoneyGram’s continuous effort on how to utilize blockchain in areas where it could assist to solve data privacy and regulatory obligations via distributed ledger technology. In her remarks, she spoke highly of DLT technology and cryptocurrencies, stating that the firm believes blockchain to be the future of global cross border payments and transfer of money.
As MoneyGram continues to research on the multiple use cases in order to tap into Ripple’s tools while integrating with the recent version of Ripple’s service suit to introduce cash-out service to all network members.
It is worth noting that Ripple is gaining increased support and approval among financial institutions to provide them with its DLT services in Africa with the National Bank of Egypt joining its network, this has been seen as a welcome development as it would do well for the inward remittance within the region the Ripple Network.
TRON to onboard Steemit as it sets to join TRON Ecosystem
TRON has announced a strategic partnership with the largest blockchain based social media platform Steemit to onboard its numerous Dapps and user base into the TRON Ecosystem.
The announcement which was made via a press release on TRON’s medium account revealed that both development teams of the two organizations will immediately begin working together to bring Steemit and other Steem blockchain based DApps to TRON blockchain and its community of over 20 million users, products, and services.
According to TRON, “the partnership continues the beat of TRON’s rhythm in partnering with top firms like Samsung, Poloniex, Opera, and DLive to provide a dynamic value proposition to its users, investors, and community members.’
Steemit is a decentralised blogging platform built on the Steem blockchain and having its own token. It allows users to easily reward publishers by upvoting their contents published.
The Steemit blockchain also houses several other Dapps such as DTube, APPICS etc which are designed to be censorship resistant. Built by Dan Larimer and Ned Scott, Steemit empowers anyone to create an account and earn crypto for published contents upon upvotes.
Speaking on the partnership, Justin Sun, CEO of TRON and Bittorent said “We are very excited to welcome Steemit into the TRON ecosystem, together we will usher in a new era of decentralized social networking.”
TRON disclosed it will work with Steemit Inc, to create further value for its users and to augment their advancements in decentralised technologies.
This will include migrating STEEM token to a new TRON based STEEM token and the creation of accelerator program for the developer community.
TRON believes this partnership further empowers its title as the blockchain industry’s leader in distributed ledger technology with over 800 Dapps now in its ecosystem.
CryptoTVPlus partners with Kubitx to Spread Crypto Awareness using Local Languages
Leading African based crypto-focused media organization, CryptoTVPlus has partnered with Blockchain solutions company, KuBitX, to spread education and awareness of cryptocurrency.
This partnership arises from the need to explore the vast untouched population in the African market. Education plays a significant role in the advancement of new technologies and utilizing local contents presents a very much effective way of achieving such goals.
The continent of Africa holds great promise in the world of digital assets; there are countless opportunities being explored and countless others to be explored in creating solutions to the large set of challenges which the continent faces.
While there are globally acceptable educational or awareness spreading techniques, there are special ways of reaching out to unique audiences; this is exactly what the drive is, in this partnership represents.
This partnership will see both organizations working together to create contents to educate and spread awareness of the digital asset revolution in both the Hausa and Pidgin local languages.
The Hausa and Pidgin speaking audience represents a vast combined segment of the local populace and it is expected this initiative will ensure the effective education of a large portion of the total population.
Speaking on the partnership, Tony Emeka, CEO of CryptoTVPlus commented saying “One of the challenges holding back the increasing awareness of digital assets and the underlying technology is proper and locally constructed educational programs that utilize relatable languages and analogies to express the WHAT, WHY and HOW of the digital asset technology. I believe with the convergence of our two organizations, there will be a new wave and rise in awareness in the local industry. ”
Launched in 2018, “KuBitX is one of the most advanced and robust cryptocurrency trading platforms designed in a very user-friendly manner to enable people from all regions and backgrounds get a stronghold of the ideas revolving around the Blockchain and the Cryptocurrency space. Contained within the KuBitX ecosystem are the KuBitX trade engines, the secure KuBitX wallets and an advanced Admin dashboard for regulating the activities within the Trade Exchange.” It is currently utilizing the Stellar blockchain owing to its remittance, cross border payment and regulatory compliance needs.
Justin Sun to launch Tron-based Decentralized stablecoin. Why should we care?
Founder of the Tron Blockchain, Justin Sun has hinted at plans to launch a stablecoin based on the Tron blockchain.
This was made via his Twitter account hours ago.
According to the tweet, the TRON community will launch a new decentralized stablecoin backed by the TRX and BTT token.
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) January 16, 2020
There was little information given by the tweet but Justin Sun posted a question to the entire community, and it is for the best name for the new stablecoin.
Stablecoins have grown in numbers since the eventual launch of US dollar backed Tether (USDT). Ever since then, various fiat currency pegged stablecoins have been made available on the market.
The stability of this cryptocurrency class has also pricked the interest of governments and private corporations, the decision of Facebook to launch Libra provides a testament to the global interest in stablecoins which does away with the apparent honeypot feature of non-stable cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ethereum and other non-stablecoins. Volatility.
Nations CBDC has also become a fascinating way to utilize the idea behind stablecoins. Several countries are experimenting and others such as China are already getting ready.
Justin Sun’s decision to launch a decentralized stablecoin may be a noble cause, but the optics of this decision may show a contrary view.
Tron and the founders Justin from its earliest time has been involved in certain controversies such as plagiarizing the White Paper of other projects and copying codes from Ethereum, has also been linked to pump and dump schemes most especially with the use of its wide audience to manipulate value of coins by tweeting mostly inconsequential pieces.
The new stablecoin will be decentralized according to Justin Sun. While the decentralization is not absolute, complete decentralisation is a myth and it has been a much discussed topic in the space. It therefore begs a very important question, since it’s claimed to be decentralized, who will be the horses pulling the chariot.
With many stablecoins in the market, one would wonder why launch a new one, there are mostly two options on ground, it’s either the stablecoin markets offer very juicy returns that the Tron blockchain will benefit from the volume as the ‘horses’ also does, or Justin Sun has ran out of ideas.
For the community’s sake, let it be the first.
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