The first Nigerian blockchain & AI Roundtable, which will hold in Abuja on the 19- 20 October 2018, would have Ndubuisi Ekekwe, the Zenvus AI for agriculture inventor and chairman of Famscro Group as keynote speaker.
The roundtable would have in attendance top government decision makers, industry regulators, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, developers, chief technical officers, students, and investors to discuss how the convergence of blockchain and Artificial Intelligence would contribute to the prosperity of the Nigerian economy.
“I have accepted to keynote Abuja Blockchain & AI Roundtable in Abuja, Nigeria,” Ekekwe told business a.m.
He said the goal for the Abuja blockchain & AI roundtable will go beyond the current hypes about crypto and provide a common framework for thinking about what the convergence of blockchain and AI means to Nigeria’s economic prosperity agenda.
- AfDB, FSDH ink $20m deal to spur SME growth in Nigeria
- Nigeria reaps over $5bn in climate action commitments at COP28
- Nigeria’s tech ecosystem absent in $117.8bn global HPC market
- Nigeria's PMI dips as inflation weighs on business conditions
- Report shows Nigeria’s 7% growth potential, road to top 20 economies
Chuta Chimezie, Africa’s regional director, Paxful Incorporated told business a.m. that the conference would live up to its billing as it will feature a melding of the AI and blockchain communities in Nigeria and across the world, exploring the possibilities at the intersection of two technologies.
He said the first ever blockchain and AI conference will feature panels encompassing some of the world’s top experts moving the two technologies forward.
According to Chimezie, the conference will bring together business leaders, government and regulatory agencies, data practitioners, AI and blockchain tech pioneers who are applying artificial intelligence to solve today’s problems and creating tomorrow’s opportunities, while leveraging available tools, to create entirely new values.
“Our goal at Abuja Blockchain & AI Roundtable is to provide a common framework for thinking about what the convergence of blockchain and AI means to Nigeria’s economic prosperity agenda.
We aim to bridge the knowledge gap by providing government functionaries, decision-makers, professionals and practitioners with the resources they need to make key business-shaping decisions in a rapidly changing world,” said Chimezie.
He said blockchain and AI are the two extreme sides of modern technology spectrum, one fostering centralized intelligence on close data platforms, the other promoting decentralized applications in an open-data environment.
“How can we leverage these innovative technologies to foster decentralization and democratization of value among our people?” he queried. Chimezie said artificial intelligence has the ability to leverage a variety of datasets- including images, text, audio, video, structured data, unstructured data, and more; while blockchain has at its core, the security and distribution of database in an uncensorable environment.
The extents to which these two technologies can be applied in solving common African problems are only limited by our imaginations, he said. According to Chimezie, with this kind of conference built to fit the business minded individual practical use-case driven with insights could be applied almost immediately.
The conference promises to showcase a remarkable list of leading voices in the artificial intelligence and blockchain communities across the globe, with a spotlight on local startups already building out solutions in the ecosystem.
“We also expect decision-makers from leading financial services companies who are seeking to improve their business using AI and Blockchain Technology to be in attendance,” Chimezie said.
The event aims to bridge the knowledge gap by providing government functionaries, decisionmakers, professionals and practitioners with the resources they need to make key business-shaping decisions in a rapidly changing world.