BlockDeFi Conference 2020: Unpacking Blockchain and the Potentials of Alternative, Open Trustless Finance

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The advent of bitcoin and it’s underlying technology—Blockchain— in 2009, changed the narrative about money. Beyond the conventional bank notes, money became a peer-to-peer electronic cash system. It did not stop there. Advances in this underlying technology took another form in 2015, with smart contracts. 


Digital currencies can now be programmed into contracts that can be executed without human interference. This particular breakthrough has further unlocked many possibilities of what this technology can be used for. One of them is decentralized finance— financial applications built on public blockchain.

Decentralized Finance or DeFi, is one of the trending topics in the crypto world. The concept of DeFi is still relatively new to many people. However, early glimpses show decentralized financial (DeFi) applications have the potential to provide access to unexplored pool liquidity and remove the standing barriers that exclude users from participating in the financial market.

Do you want to learn about DeFi? BlockDeFi Virtual Conference & Exhibition 2020 is for you.

BlockDeFi 2020 is a free virtual conference organised by the Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG) to simplify and further explore the concept of DeFi to the growing population of enthusiasts and organisations who want to explore the opportunities of this technology.

The two-day global event will be held live in a 2D interactive virtual environment on the 12th and 13th of September, 2020.  Join Industry experts, CEOs, CTOs, blockchain and crypto startups, software engineers, organisations, entrepreneurs, professionals and others for insightful discussions on the current trend. 

The theme of the conference: Unpacking Blockchain and the Potentials of Alternative, Open Trustless Finance, focuses on the following:

  • Blockchain protocols making significant impacts.
  • Layer 2 technologies of Bitcoin — Lightning Network.
  • Ethereum layer 2 scaling solutions.
  • Distributed file system and decentralized web.

Through powerful panel sessions, keynotes, Blockchain and DeFi product exhibitions, workshops and networking, attendees will learn more about the decentralized nature of financial application built on Blockchain, Lightning networks, as well as the opportunities and hurdles to scale.

Here’s a list of some of the confirmed guest speakers

  • Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; She’s the Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Former World Bank Vice-President for the African Region. 
  • Elizabeth Stark; CEO and Co-founder of Lighting Labs. She’s an advocate for open internet and a Fellow at Coin Center and  Startup Advisor at Chia.
  • Olufemi Awoyemi; Founder and Chairman at Proshare, Financial Analyst, Social Entrepreneur and Member of Fintech Association of Nigeria.
  • Olaoluwa Osuntokun; CTO and Co-founder of Lighting Labs, Software Engineering Intern at Google and Teaching Assistant at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Olayinka David West: She’s a Professor of Information Systems and Academic Director at the Lagos Business School.
  • Yele Bademosi; is the CEO of Bundle Africa and Co-founder of Microtraction. He’s also a former Director at Binance Labs.
  • Adebajo Adedayo; Support Specialist at Jelurida, Managing Director, Jelurida Africa DLT, and Managing Partner at Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI).
  • DIna Mainville; Bitcoin & Blockchain Evangelist and Sales Director at CipherTrace, Canada.
  • Owenize Odia: Country Manager for Luno (Nigeria) and Former Mobile Financial Services Lead for Zenith Bank Plc.
  • Chuta Chimezie; Founder Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG), Advisor at Kinesis Money, and Former Regional Director at PaxFul

About the Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG)

The Blockchain Nigeria User Group is a vibrant community of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts. Led by its founder, Chimezie Chuta. The group has been involved in providing education, upskill for individuals, government agencies, organisations in Nigeria. 

BNUG is also a major organiser of Blockchain conferences across Nigeria. This will be it’s first virtual conference, and also the 9th edition of its National Blockchain Conference Series, which have been held in major cities across Nigeria, since 2017.

For more information, visit the BNUG website. For registration and the complete lineup of guest speakers, go to the BlockDeFi conference event page.


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