BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 8-9 March 2018
March 8 - March 9
Bitcoin Events Pty Ltd is excited to announce that Stefan Thomas, Chief Technology Officer at Ripple, will be the keynote speaker at the Blockchain Africa Conference taking place in Johannesburg on 8-9 March 2018.
Stefan is the producer of well-known “What is Bitcoin?” video and his open-source software projects, such as BitcoinJS, are widely used in the industry serving millions of crypto-currency users. He is currently the CTO of Ripple, the leader in enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments. Since joining the SF-based company in 2012, Stefan co-created the Interledger protocol (ILP), an open protocol for moving value across ledgers in the same way that information currently moves over the internet.
Stefan will discuss ‘Blockchain – Connecting the World or Dividing It?’ Since the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, blockchain’s great dream has been to connect the world. Stefan will look at his more than seven years working full-time on Bitcoin and Ripple, and give his take on how much progress has been made towards that dream. He will cover the role of ICOs, smart contracts and what blockchainers can learn from the early days of the internet. Finally, he will talk about the Interledger protocol and how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is using it to make the financial system accessible to everyone.
The cryptocurrency, XRP, recently surged to an all-time high of US$3.84 on January 4, 2018, and by-passed Ethereum to become the second largest cryptocurrency (after Bitcoin) in terms of market capitalisation of US$120 billion.
Ripple uses blockchain technology to provide a much cheaper, faster and more streamlined experience removing the pain and friction from global payments. Financial institutions can use XRP to fund payments on demand, which makes it one of the most scalable digital assets in the world.