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Transforming Africa through Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: Africa’s Leading Event Organisers since 2015

Bitcoin Events, co-founded by Sonya Kuhnel and Theo Sauls in 2014, emerged as a result of their early adoption of cryptocurrencies and their strong belief in the transformative potential of blockchain technology. With a keen focus on addressing Africa’s significant challenges, such as financial inclusion, economic development, and job creation, they recognised the need for education and information on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in the region.

To bridge this knowledge gap, Bitcoin Events established a platform that offers a range of events, workshops, and educational meetups. These gatherings provide valuable opportunities for individuals and organisations to learn, connect, and network with like-minded enthusiasts and industry leaders who are actively building products and services utilising blockchain technology.

In 2015, Bitcoin Events organised the inaugural Bitcoin Africa Conference in Cape Town, which later evolved into the Blockchain Africa Conference. Currently in its 10th year, this conference has become a prominent gathering in the industry. In addition, Bitcoin Events introduced the Crypto Fest in 2019, hosting the event in Cape Town. Furthermore, we organised the virtual DeFi Conference in 2020, expanding the reach and embracing the possibilities of online engagement.

Throughout the 10-year journey, Bitcoin Events has had the honor of welcoming over 17,500 attendees from more than 165 countries. We have had the privilege of engaging with esteemed individuals and reputable companies at the forefront of the blockchain space. With a far-reaching influence, Bitcoin Events remains dedicated to empowering Africa through our world-class events, contributing to the advancement of the region’s blockchain ecosystem.

Our Events Over the years

Bitcoin Events is the hosts of the annual Blockchain Africa Conferences, Crypto Fest and DeFi Conference.

Bitcoin Africa Conference 2015

Cape Town | 150+ attendees | 12 Speakers

March 2015

Bitcoin and Blockchain Africa Conference 2016

Johannesburg | 200+ attendees | 14 Speakers

March 2016

Blockchain Africa Conference 2017

Johannesburg | 320+ attendees | 17 Speakers

March 2017

Blockchain Africa Conference 2018

Johannesburg | 400+ attendees | 32 Speakers

March 2018

Blockchain Africa Conference 2019

Johannesburg and Cape Town | 600+ attendees | 60 Speakers

March 2019

Crypto Fest 2019

Cape Town | 250+ attendees | 25 Speakers

11 September 2019

Blockchain Africa Conference 2020

Johannesburg | 250+ attendees | 35 Speakers *Attendee numbers were lower than expected due to COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions

11 & 12 March 2020

DeFi Conference 2020

Virtual | 977 attendees | 34 Speakers

5 August 2020

Crypto Fest 2020

Virtual | 1288 attendees | 30 Speakers

30 October 2020

Blockchain Africa Conference 2021

Virtual | 5729 attendees | 57 Speakers

18 & 19 March 2021

DeFi Conference 2021

Virtual | 1572 attendees | 44 Speakers

5 August 2021

Crypto Fest 2021

Virtual | 1649 attendees | 43 Speakers

29 October 2021

Blockchain Africa Conference 2022

Virtual | 1964 attendees | 57 Speakers

17 & 18 March 2022

Crypto Fest 2022

Hybrid: Cape Town & Virtual | 987 attendees | 37 Speakers

30 September 2022

Blockchain Africa Conference 2023

Hybrid: Johannesburg & Virtual | 955 attendees | 44 Speakers

16 & 17 March 2023

Crypto Fest 2023

Cape Town | 454 attendees | 29 Speakers

24 November 2023

Blockchain Africa Conference

Bitcoin Events has been leading the way in Africa since 2015 with its groundbreaking Blockchain Africa Conferences. As the pioneers of this remarkable event, we’ve brought together the brightest minds and industry trailblazers from around the world, including visionaries like Charles Hoskinson, the Founder and CEO of IOHK and Cardano, Rene Reinsberg, the Co-Founder of Celo and President at the Celo Foundation, Sandra Ro, the CEO at the Global Blockchain Business Council, Denelle Dixon, the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation and Andreas M. Antonopoulos, an esteemed expert in security, distributed systems, and authorship.

Our conferences have been at the forefront of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries, providing a platform for thought leaders to gather, exchange ideas, and explore the vast potential of blockchain technology, with a focus on Africa.

Now, we’re excited to announce the 10th edition of our conference, set to take place in Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa in 2024.

Throughout the years, our conference themes have evolved alongside the global adoption of blockchain technology. We started with ‘Beyond the Hype’ and progressed to ‘From Hype to Mainstream,’ embracing the transformational power of blockchain. Most recently, we delved into the question of ‘Ready for Business?’ as we witnessed the industry’s maturation.

In 2024, we’re taking things to the next level. Join us in person as we explore the latest opportunities and use cases that blockchain technology brings to Africa and the world.

Prepare to be inspired by industry pioneers, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and forge meaningful connections with fellow enthusiasts.

Crypto Fest

Welcome to Crypto Fest: The Ultimate Crypto Festival in Cape Town, South Africa! We’re thrilled to bring together an exceptional blend of game changers, thought leaders, innovators, technologists, entrepreneurs, traders, enthusiasts, investors (both private and institutional), payment providers, cryptocurrency exchanges, and forward-thinking individuals ready to revolutionize their businesses with cryptocurrencies.

Crypto Fest is your go-to destination for mind-blowing insights from global speakers who are leading the charge in crypto innovation. Immerse yourself in discussions about the current state of cryptocurrencies, catch glimpses of the future, and stay ahead of the latest trends, products, and services shaping the industry.

Get ready for an exhilarating experience at the festival, where your mind will be turbocharged with sponsored workshops, impassioned debates on sizzling topics, and thrilling product showcases at the exhibition booths!

Prepare to be fully immersed in an unparalleled experience. Engage with renowned speakers and thought leaders, connect with like-minded attendees, and witness real-world applications that showcase how this incredible technology is transforming the world.

Our 6th edition is set to be an in-person extravaganza in the vibrant city of Cape Town, South Africa.

Join us at Crypto Fest and embark on an exhilarating journey that will leave you inspired, connected, and ready to make your mark in the crypto universe!