AGENDA

Day 1
15 Dec 2016
08:00 - 08:30

Registration

Opening Remarks

COALA Foundation
PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI
CONSTANCE CHOI

Opening Address

by Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Kenya
Joseph Mucheru

Welcome Remarks

by Nick Nesbitt, General Manager, IBM East Africa
Nicholas Nesbitt

Panel: “Demystifying the Blockchain”

A brief introduction of the various blockchain technologies and consensus mechanisms implemented today. How is the blockchain different from traditional decentralized databases? What are the different types of blockchain that...
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VLAD ZAMFIR
HENNING DIEDRICH
PETER TODD
VITALIK BUTERIN
10:30 - 11:00

Morning Break

Panel: “Africa Today and Tomorrow”

A discussion contextualizing the recent impact of rapid technological change and corresponding social and economical shifts across the African continent. Exploration of the specific implications of blockchain technologies with the...
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Joshua Mwaniki
Ali Hussein Kassim
Kamal Bhattacharya
BITANGE NDEMO
STEPHAN-ELOISE GRAS

Lightning Presentations (1)

Moderator: Chelsea Barabas (MIT) A brief overview of the different uses that have been made (or will be made) of blockchain technology, with regard to different sectors of activity: from...
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Claudia Simler
Wayne Hennessy-Barrett
Gibson Juma
Alakanani Itireleng
MICHAEL KIMANI
ELIZABETH ROSSIELLO
CHELSEA BARABAS
LARRY CHRISTOPHER BATES
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Panel: Financial Empowerment in Africa

What are the unique challenges to robust services and financial empowerment in Africa? Discussion of cash reduction, capacity challenges, the informal economy, formalization of alternative economies, access to global financial...
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Tamara Cook
Olayinka David-West
Naoko Koyama
TUNDE LADIPO
BRETT SCOTT
ELIZABETH ROSSIELLO
SANJEEV MANRAKHAN

Demonstration: Value Transfer Applications

● Evan Schwartz and Stefan Thomas – Interledger ● Daniel Neis – Koina
DANIEL NEIS
EVAN SCHWARTZ
15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Break

Lightning Presentations (2)

Bjorn Wagner
Ryan Singer
Mukira Gitonga
Greg Meredith
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE DESPRES
RICK DUDLEY

Panel: Blockchain for identity & Privacy

Moderator: Bruce Schneier Blockchain technologies offer new opportunities for secure and non-counterfeitable identity platforms and systems. Yet, the decentralized nature of these technologies raises important concerns when it comes to...
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Denis Muli Mutinda
Greg Meredith
CHELSEA BARABAS
PETER TODD
JOE CUTLER
BRUCE SCHNEIER
19:00 - 21:00

Drinks and Canapes

Day 2
16 Dec 2016

Panel: Institutional Transparency and Accountability

What are the unique challenges to institutional reform? Can we leverage blockchains to bring more transparency and accountability to institutions? Can blockchains improve the efficiency of organizations, through a significant...
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Kobina Hughes
Amandla Ooko-Ombaka
KATE KRONTIRIS
LARRY CHRISTOPHER BATES
11:00 - 11:30

Morning Break

Panel: Law, Regulation and Operational Risk

Moderator: Constance Choi What are the relevant laws and regulations for blockchain technologies? What opportunities and challenges might regulators face when building new regulatory frameworks for crypto-currencies and other blockchain-based...
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Atma Narasiah
HENNING DIEDRICH
J. DAX HANSEN
CARLA L. REYES
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

Panel: Alternative Economies

Panelists: Daniel Neis – Koina Primavera De Filippi – Backfeed Michael Bauwens A discussion on how blockchain technologies can be used to create alternative economies, moving the focus of attention...
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Esther N. Gicheru
KWAME OWINO
DANIEL NEIS
PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI
CONSTANCE CHOI

Lightning Talks (3)

Moderated by Chelsea Barabas
Pierre-Alexis Ciavaldini
Laura Bui
Diana J. Stern
CHELSEA BARABAS
GREG MCMULLEN
STEPHAN-ELOISE GRAS
SIMON DE LA ROUVIERE
PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI
15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Break

Panel: Blockchain for Intellectual Property

From micropayments to public and incorruptible registries, blockchain technology provides new opportunities, which may have deep implications in the realm of intellectual property. Can blockchains and smart contracts solve the...
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Diana J. Stern
GREG MCMULLEN
SIMON DE LA ROUVIERE
PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI

Panel: “Paving New Roads Towards Prosperity”

Can blockchain technologies break new ground in increased health and education, poverty reduction and shared prosperity? Can trustless blockchain technologies be applied to promote economic opportunity, community-building and stakeholder collaboration?...
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Kamal Bhattacharya
Bontle Senne
BITANGE NDEMO
NII QUAYNOR
STEPHAN-ELOISE GRAS
19:00 - 20:30

Cocktail Reception (Strathmore Lobby)