· May 9, 2018 · 7:00 am

Paxful, the P2P finance platform, is powering the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria, to help spur local startups in the crypto ecosystem.

Cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain technology have made a major impact on the lives of people from all over the world. While those in Europe, Asia, and North America have enjoyed the benefits of decentralized cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, it is places like Africa where the effects can be truly life-changing. To help more people be able to climb aboard the Bitcoin train, Paxful, the P2P finance platform, is powering the upcoming Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 that is being held in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 19th and 20th.


Bringing Blockchain to the People

The popularity of Bitcoin in Nigeria has been growing steadily for some time. Nigerians have been excited to take economic freedom into their own hands by harnessing the power and opportunities offered by blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. This popularity is easily shown by the fact that Nigeria is the second largest country by trading volume on Paxful, the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange, lagging only behind the United States.

To bring such new technological innovations to more people in Nigeria, Paxful is partnering with the Blockchain Education Network Nigeria and the Blockchain Nigeria User Group to host the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018. This important conference will be held at the Civic Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 19th and 20th.

Overall, this is the fourth educational and economic empowerment conference put on by the Blockchain Nigeria User Group. The focus for the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 is to identify the opportunities that this technology brings to Nigeria, as well as honestly discussing the challenges that need to be overcome to unlock the full potential of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology for the region.

Promoting Local Entrepreneurship

The Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 is an important event for promoting Bitcoin in Nigeria and all the accompany benefits of the virtual currency. Paxful knows how vital blockchain and cryptocurrency is in Africa, and the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange has been at the forefront of promoting this innovative new technology across the continent, especially in Nigeria.

Ray Youssef, CEO of Paxful, notes:

We’re extremely excited to work with the Blockchain Education Network Nigeria and the Blockchain Nigeria User Group in bringing the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 to fruition. One of the goals we’re striving for with this event is to spur a wave of local startups in the blockchain and digital currency ecosystem. This conference will be an eye-opening event for those who are eager to embrace this new tech and leverage the digital currency revolution as an alternative hedge in an economy struggling to get out of recession. Paxful has helped sponsor a similar conference earlier this year in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, but we’re especially thrilled with this event as it also serves as the prelude to the launch of our Incubation Hub in Lagos, the first ever such hub in Africa.

Registration is free for the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference 2018, but access to day 2 (May 20th) of the conference is only gained through the purchase of a ticket. It is on day 2 that attendees can dig deep into the P2P finance sphere and explore its possibilities through various workshops and training sessions.

Lagos, Nigeria

The conference will host a number of workshops and discussions on important topics to get attendees immersed into the crypto ecosystem. The various subjects of the conference include: how to trade crypto assets, how blockchain impacts various industries and how executives can harness the technology, everything to know about an ICO, what careers are available in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem, how to develop Ethereum smart contracts, and how to link networking and business in blockchain.

The Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria, features notable speakers with extensive experience in the digital currencies sphere. The keynote speakers for the event include: Ray Youssef (Paxful CEO), Obadare Peter Adewale (COBIT®5 Assessor), Tim Akinbo (Tanjalo CEO), and Senator Ihenyen (tech lawyer). Other presenters include: Chris Maurice (Yellow Card CEO), Seun Dania (Tradefada CEO), Elliott Hoffman (Paxful COO), Munachi Ogueke (Cryset CEO), Mrs. Alakanani Itireleng (Satoshi Center Botswana CEO), Abikure Wisdom Tega (KureCoin Hub CEO), Tejiri Nuvie (Binance Nigeria), and many more.

You can learn more and register for the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 here and purchase tickets for day 2 of the event here.

Are you planning on attending the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria? Let us know in the comments below.

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