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AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Blockchain in Retail is the main focus of the Unlock Blockchain Africa (UBA) Conference at Sandton’s Summer Place executive conference venue on Tuesday, 3 and Wednesday, 4 December 2019. The conference is an essential event for Africa’s captains of industry, players in the booming digital economic world and the gateway for business folk who aspire to make gains in the undeniably ingenious world of blockchain technology.

The Unlocking Blockchain Africa Series 3: AI & Blockchain in Retail Conference, is once again brought to South Africa by StudEx in partnership with Sum More Investments and Mobiry. Following on the first successful conference, UBA Series 1 took place on 25 August 2018 in Sandton, Johannesburg with well over 550 enthusiastic business and crypto traders in attendance and 25 experts from around the world. The industry heavyweights included Charles Hoskinson, first CEO of Ethereum and the founder of Cardano and Ethereum Classic; Benjamin Ramaeu, Director from Binance; Ran Neu-Ner the Crypto Trader as well as Kwame Rugunda the Chairman of the Ugandan Blockchain Association. The second conference, UBA Series 2 took place on 7 and 8 December in Cape Town in partnership with the Blockchain World Summit.

Unlocking Blockchain Africa is the brainchild of Tumelo Ramaphosa who envisions the organizations future to establish itself as a brand in the digital assets industry that is both reputable and innovation seeking.  “Our organization aims to be the main bridge between developed and developing nations in terms of facilitating international co-operation, increasing technological advancement as well as championing mass scale financial inclusion throughout Africa – especially in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.” Ramaphosa is also the CEO of StudEx, the first investment platform for rare and endangered species trading and breeding which he patented in the USA and operates in San Francisco.The conference is hosted in partnership with US success story and AI marketing solution Mobiry and Johannesburg based Sum More Investments, to ensure local expertise in loyalty and customer rewards.

From San Francisco to Sandton, Ramaphosa invites locals to join the global community as the Unlocking Blockchain Africa: AI & Blockchain in Retail Conference demystifies the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and unpacks the potential beneficial impact for all sectors of the South African economy.

This third edition serves as a platform to showcase the latest technology and trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and new blockchain trends for the retail market.

UBA has united an eclectic blend of business and thought leaders, industry experts, investors and innovators who will share both global and local perspectives on the application of AI & Blockchain in Africa.  Delegates can learn from in-depth presentations from speakers such as Minister of ITC SA – Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, Bridget Radebe, the Executive Chairperson and CEO of Mmakau Mining. As well as thought-provoking panel discussions with Candy Steyn – Edgars Club Operations Manager, Lunga Nene – Tiger Brands, Reserve Bank – Colin Thakur, Edgar Kasanene – CEO of ROA, Retro Rabbit, Steva Apps – Huawei, TebaloTsoaeli – Sanlam, Thabang – Founder and CEO Chankuru Exchange, Charmaine Houvet – Cisco and  Grant Duff – Grant Thornton.

“Our speakers include carefully curated and reputable industry experts from South Africa, Africa and around the globe. They will be presenting their solutions from customer recommendation platforms to loyalty programs and showcase how their applications will drive customer engagement and boost sales. As part of the program, local and international delegates will have an opportunity for site visits to exciting African tech companies as well as dedicated partner networking opportunities, on-site lunches and an exclusive VIP dinner are just some of the opportunities to build bankable relationships,” added Ramaphosa.