second edition of the Africa Blockchain Conference drew to a close on the 4th
of July, at the Kampala Serena where over 3,000 people gathered for the
two-days to discuss and exchange ideas on the 4th Industrial Revolution.
In the Blockchain pitch competition, Innovex won the competition and was awarded Shs5m.
Uganda Limited, a company that develops a number of problem-solving
technologies, last year bagged Shs37m in Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.
Nairobi Kenya based PesaBase was the first runner-up and was awarded Shs3m.
is a Blockchain-based, lowest-cost remittances, payments and banking platform,
pushing boundaries for the under-served and unbanked population in Africa.
The second runnerup was Jaguza Livestock received a Shs2m award.
Uganda based Jaguza aims at enhancing cattle identification &traceability to a level of producers, marketers, exporters & animal health to local communications.
“We are exceedingly privileged & profoundly honoured to have emerged as the second runners of the #AfricaBlockchainUG19 innovation fund. The Jaguza Livestock App project has also received inevitable recognition from @CryptoSavannah & partners. We hope for the best. Thank you Uganda,” Jaguza Livestock management said.
the theme ‘’Africa 4.0: Preparing Africa
for the 4th Industrial Revolution’’, delegates comprising of the public and
private sector, experts and leaders from global technology companies,
entrepreneurs, innovators, students, youth and government representatives
including the President of Sierra Leone, HE Julius Maasa Bio, the Prime
Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the UAE Minister of State for
Artificial Intelligence, HE Omar Sultan Al Olama and Sophia the Humanoid Robot,
discussed topics such as; Africa’s
readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution, Fintech, payment systems, and
digital financial services, the future of work and education, SDGs and
technology for impact.
speakers highlighted the need to use Blockchain technology and Artificial
Intelligence for the development of Africa and society while making sure that
we prepare for the future and most importantly the future generation.
you teach students of today the same way you taught yesterday, you’re actually
robbing them of a good future,” said Dr Ramathan Ggobi, a lecturer at Makerere
University Business School, noted that there is a need for the responsible
authorities to revise the curriculum to enable students to learn things that
will work with the evolving technologies.
will the world of 2030 look like? The education system today must prepare
children for a world that’s different from the one they’re living in today, to
solve problems that don’t exist today,” commented Dr James Magara while
speaking during a panel discussion on the “The future of work.”
During the panel discussion on the case for a Pan-African 4IR strategy, on the evolving digital world, Edgar Kasene, the CEO RetroRabbit, South Africa noted that; “Digital is not a buzz word. Society is gradually but surely moving away from the physical touch points. The way we consume has changed to digital.”
emerging technologies, Kwame Rugunda, the Chairman of the Blockchain
Association of Uganda, observed that; “Africa now has the greatest opportunity
to leverage emerging technologies to facilitate the African Continental Free
Trade Area, the largest free trade area in the world.”
other highlights of the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019, was Sophia, the Humanoid
robot who delivered her speech and had a discussion with delegates via
on whether Artificial Intelligence will replace humans, Sophia said; “Human
characteristics like creativity and compassion will never be replaced by machines.
Everyone wins when humans and robots use their unique skills to work together.”
year, the Africa Bockchain Conference also had the Tech Expo running alongside
of the companies that participated in the tech expo included; MTN Uganda,
Andela, Ubuntu Group, Project Hydro, Sunstone SAS, Input/Output, Flutterwave,
Crossroads, CITL International, Ubuntu group, Yo Uganda, KLF Coin, Kwiksy,
Century Group and Huobi.