09:00 AM - 09:15 AM WELCOME REMARKS AND ANNOUCEMENTS
09:15 AM - 09:30 AM FIRST KEYNOTE
Adam Jonas (SP)
09:30 AM - 09:45 AM SECOND KEYNOTE
Lamar Wilson (SP)
09:45 AM - 10:15 AM FIRECHAT
Leopoldo Lopez (SP)
Marie Berry (MD)
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM IS BITCOIN A THREAT TO CENTRAL BANKS ?
Charles Okaformbah, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Jude Chidi Ogene (SP)
Veronika Kuett (MD)
While there has been little to no innovation from central banks, the narrative has changed since the invention of Bitcoin: many central banks are planning to offer CBDCs - Central Bank Digital Currencies - to their citizens. As those might improve on payments efficiency, financial surveillance is becoming ever more real in a CBDC scenario, which in turn could trigger an uprise of awareness for financial privacy. Bitcoin and Lightning cannot only provide advanced privacy for financial transactions, but can facilitate cheap, global and censorship resistant payments with a monetary base that is not inflatable. The panel will discuss if those properties will make Bitcoin the better product in terms of money and can therefore be a threat to Central Banks.
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM SECOND PANEL: WOMEN IN BITCOIN : TACKLING GENDER INEQUALITY IN THE ECOSYSTEM
Charlene Fadirepo, Amy Karr, Ojoma Ochai (SP)
Eke Paul (MD)
Estimations of the men-to-women ratio vary from 10-20% of all Bitcoiners being female. The question arises why there’s such an imbalance, if an effort should be laid on achieving a more equalized ratio and if so, how this could be done and which are the roles in the ecosystem that might be best suitable for females. Worldwide women's access to finance is still disproportionally low. With Bitcoin being easily accessible to everyone, women might overly benefit from the potential Bitcoin brings in terms of financial sovereignty.
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM THIRD PANEL: ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE BITCOIN ADOPTION IN AFRICA
Heritage Falodun, Okjodom, Duncan Dean (SP)
Abubakar Nur Khalil (MD)
While Bitcoin usage in Africa is on the rise, hundreds of millions of Africans are still unable to access Bitcoin due to severe infrastructural and economic obstacles. The focus of this discussion will be on what solutions engineers might create to address these difficulties and what efforts African developers are making to improve adoption.
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM LEARNING LUNCH
01:30 PM - 01:45 PM MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
01:45 PM - 02:00 PM THIRD KEYNOTE
Paco De La India (SP)
02:00 PM - 02:15 PM FOURTH KEYNOTE
Josiah K. Eyison (SP)
02:15 PM - 02:45 PM FIRESIDE CHAT
Elizabeth Stark (SP)
Wolali Ahlijah (MD)
02:45 PM - 03:30 PM FOURTH PANEL: AFRICAN STARTUPS PUSHING FOR MASS ADOPTION
Kgothatso Ngako, Ola Atose, Osideinde Adewale (SP)
Tochi Onyia (MD)
Bitcoin adoption is still limited globally, as we are in the early days of the financial evolution to a new global monetary standard. Are there ways to accelerate that adoption? Is rapid adoption even desired and if so, what can be done to support this development? What are the current hurdles that are hindering adoption? What is the panelists' effort to foster Bitcoin adoption in Africa? Those, besides many more questions will be tackled in the discussion, finishing up with an outlook on how and when Bitcoin adoption could take off in Africa.
03:30 PM - 04:15 PM FIFTH PANEL: BITCOIN CUSTODY: SAFEGUARDING YOUR COINS
Collin Rukundo, Joseph Tetek, Vladimir Fomene, Renata Rodrigues (SP)
Leon Johnson (MD)
While fiat money held in bank accounts or with payment service providers is basically an IOU, Bitcoin gives the possibility to self-custody one’s funds. Nevertheless, most user funds are still held on exchanges which exposes the funds to theft or censorship. Self-custody comes with different hurdles: hardware wallets are costly, inheritance plans are difficult to put into practice and many are lacking the education to confidently store their coins. This panel will shed light on the advantages and trade-offs of self-custody and what the future of Bitcoin custody could look like.
04:15 PM - 04:45 PM HACKATON AWARD CEREMONY
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM CLOSING REMARKS
ABC Committee (MD)
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