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
Waves to Launch Blockchain-Based Games Marketplace with The Abyss
Blockchain Platform Waves and blockchain distribution platform – The Abyss will jointly launch blockchain-based marketplace of digital goods and in-game items.
The co-operation will see the building of a universal marketplace of all tradable goods and in-game items offered by Abyss partner game developers through their games.
The marketplace will enable users to purchase items with Abyss Tokens and sell to other users no matter what supported game it was purchased from. This, according to Waves will open another way for game developers to monetize their games on The Abyss.
Waves revealed the Abyss tokens will be integrated with the Waves Blockchain thereby enabling developers to connect The Abyss Token operations directly into their Waves-based games.
This will be made possible and easier by the release of an SDK and provision of technical assistance by Abyss.
Founder, The Abyss Konstantin Boyko-Romamovsky is quoted saying “The Abyss development team has already started preparation for the integration of Waves solution. The respective API methods and libraries will be added to the platform SDK and offered to game studios and developers.”
As a mutual benefiting arrangement, games built on the Waves blockchain will be able to utilize the distribution network of The Abyss therefore getting exposure to a wide audience of gamers.
Speaking on the arrangement between both firms, CEO, Waves Platform, Sasha Ivanov said, “The integration of Waves technology will enable The Abyss to create one of the best and the most advanced digital marketplaces in the video game industry. Apart from boosting up blockchain adoption, it is also supposed to increase the speed of processing trading transactions”.
Based on the Ethereum blockchain, The Abyss is a digital distribution platform for online video games with a unique revenue sharing system. The Abyss offers browser, client and blockchain games and provides game studios with additional customer benefits, from community features to marketing tools. Part of the income generated by sales of games & services is distributed between users in the form of rewards for various activities available on the platform.
A Proposal Has Been Made To Move ZCash from POW to POS
A ZCash Improvement Proposal ZIP was submitted to the ZCash community to migrate the privacy focused blockchain from the Proof of Work protocol to Proof of Stake.
The proposal was made by a user rebekah93. According to the community member, “Zcash was launched using Proof of Work. This meant that as well as removing the risk of POS being in some way faulty, the developers could focus on snark development rather than proof of stake development. Now the situation is a little different, as POS is a little mature and shielded transactions in zcash have come leaps and bounds.
This means that we should be able to switch from POW to POS without diverting developers too heavily away from other protocol improving works.”
The motivation according to rebekah93 for the improvement proposal was “by not wanting to have ‘destroying the planet’ as one of zcash’s most prominent achievements.
This is related to the amount of power needed to maintain the proof of work blockchains with Bitcoin being the highest consumer as the largest pow blockchain.
In order to achieve consensus, the community will have to answer some questions such as:
what properties does it want from POW? BFT or not?, Which are the best POS protocols that satisfy the needed properties, who gets to have the loudest/definitive say, when will it be implemented, who will implement it, will there be a transition period, when will the transition go live?
The ZIP which is currently in draft stage has attracted comments from the zcash community with one member Faddat defending POW by saying it doesn’t harm the environment and that it is one of the most efficient uses of stranded energy. According to him, POS chains have more favourable performance characteristic, but POW is more secure.
Another member of the Zcash community by the name OliverNChalk is of the opinion that the migration to POS should be put on hold and wait to see how the Ethereum imminent migration to POS goes as this would give an idea of how POS looks in the ‘wild’.
A member of the Zcash foundation by the name Sonya said concerning the ZIP “I like proof-of-work because the economics are straightforward and the model is battle-tested. I don’t think proof-of-stake has been around long enough that we should jump on it — maybe another couple of years.”
The proposal was created over 40 hours ago, it has received 1500 views and 12 replies. At current it is still a draft.