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Africa’s Leading Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Event Organisers Since 2015

Bitcoin Events was founded by Sonya Kuhnel and Theo Sauls in 2014 who are early adopters of cryptocurrencies and passionate about the exciting future of blockchain technology and its use-cases in addressing some of Africa’s biggest challenges such as financial inclusion, economic development and creation of job opportunities.

Bitcoin Events was established to address the lack of education and information available to individuals and organisations in Africa on the opportunities and challenges that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies offer. Bitcoin Event’s events, workshops and educational meetups provides the opportunity for all to learn, meet and network with individuals and organisations that are building products and services with this technology.

In 2015, Bitcoin Events hosted the inaugural Bitcoin Africa Conference in Cape Town. The event was renamed to the Blockchain Africa Conference and is now in its 9th year.

Bitcoin Events created its second annual event called the Crypto Fest in 2019 which was hosted in Cape Town and its 3rd event, the virtual DeFi Conference hosted in 2020.

Over the past 8 years, we have had the privilege of successfully hosting 15,000+ attendees from 165+ countries. We have had the pleasure of engaging with some of the most prominent and respected individuals and companies in the blockchain space. Our reach is far and wide, and we are committed to further empowering Africa with our world-class events. 

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

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

Blockchain Africa Conference

Since 2015, Bitcoin Events has been hosting the annual Blockchain Africa Conferences, the first of their kind in Africa. The popular conferences have attracted some of the top thought leaders and pioneers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries worldwide, including Charles Hoskinson, Founder and CEO of IOHK, Founder of Cardano, and Director of The Bitcoin Project; Sam Bankman-Fried, Founder at Alameda Research, and CEO and Founder of FTX; and Andreas M. Antonopoulos, security and distributed systems expert, coder, entrepreneur and author.

The conference focuses on the opportunities and use cases that blockchain technology presents to both the African continent, and globally. 

Over the years, the conference themes have evolved and aligned with the global adoption of blockchain technology: ‘Beyond the Hype’, ‘From Hype to Mainstream’ and most recently ‘Ready for Business?’

The 9th edition of the conference will be hosted as an in-person event in March 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Crypto Fest

This is a unique, fun and engaging festival hosted in Cape Town, South Africa for the inaugural edition and virtually since then.

The event brings together game changers, thought leaders, innovators, technologists, entrepreneurs, traders, enthusiasts, private and institutional investors, payment providers, cryptocurrency exchanges and companies and individuals looking at how they can integrate cryptocurrencies into their businesses.

The Crypto Fest hosts global speakers who provide insights into the current state of cryptocurrencies, the future, latest trends, products and services in the industry. The event includes sponsored workshops, debates on hotly contested topics, games, exhibitions, competitions and giveaways.

The aim of the event is to accelerate global adoption of cryptocurrencies, forge the future of the cryptocurrency industry and to explore the many opportunities that exist such as in trading, mining, investment and payments.

The event provides attendees with an immersive experience, plenty of engagement with well-known speakers and thought leaders, fantastic networking opportunities and showcase real-world applications on how this technology is being used globally.

The 4th edition of the event will be hosted as an in-person event in September 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa.