Ubrica Africa Blockchain Summit 2019

St. Paul’s University, Main Campus, Limuru, Kenya.

April 1 – 3, 2019.

Theme: Blockchain Technology Accelerating Human Development.

The summit will involve representatives from local and international academia, industry and the governments. Nonaka (2007) explained that new knowledge emerges from such divergent stakeholders in four stages of socialization, externalization, combination and internalization (SECI). The knowledge that emerges about blockchain technology will have relevance, fit and has working in Africa.

Summit Question

The question the summit is trying to solve: What are the features of blockchain technologies that have relevance, fit, and working capacity in Africa?  How can such technology be created here in Africa?

Technologies that are relevant fit and have working capacity are appropriate technologies and they are grounded in local knowledge (Glaser & Strauss, 1967)

Objective

The objective of the summit is to work with the stakeholders of blockchain in Africa to generate a framework that includes technical guidelines for industry, policy guidelines for government and academic guidelines for teaching blockchain in academia.

Participants

The summit will invite at least 300 participants, at least 100 from each of the fields of practice indicated (i.e., academia, government and industry).

Call for Papers

In keeping with the summit’s overall theme, Blockchain Technology Accelerating Human Development, the summit’s open session will focus on how we can create blockchain solutions that have relevance, fit and working capacity in Africa. The summit will offer more opportunities for empowering citizens, enhancing learning and adopt blockchain technology as a means of accelerating human development.

We seek contributions that illustrate the different ways in which the government, academia and industry are repositioning themselves to enhance their effectiveness and impact of blockchain technology in Africa.

We encourage professionals across the world to submit abstracts for papers on a topic of their choice relating to the summit’s theme. Possible topics include:

  1. Theoretical underpinnings
    • Information theory
    • Computer Science
    • Blockchain
    • Crypto-currency
  2. Software development environment/languages
    • Languages used for development of blockchain projects
  3. Open source code uses/tools
    • Remixing source code contributed by developers worldwide to create nifty technologies appropriate to African environment
  4. Market/Trading
    • Cryptocurrency trading in the African  context
    • Cryptocurrency Exchanges in Africa
    • Local crypto markets
  5. Use cases of blockchain technology
    •   Health, education, transport, law, finance.
  6. Government regulation

Submissions

1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is 10 March 2019. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 15 March 2015.

2. The full paper is due on 25 March 2019 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.

3. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.

4. Papers should be no more than 4,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.

5. Papers should be in English with an abstract, and the presenter (who need not be the author) must be fluent in English.

6. 15 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the summit; the full written paper is not to be read.

7. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

  1. Purpose of this paper.
    • What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)?
  1. Theme.
    • How does it relate to the theme?
    • Design/methodology/approach.
    • How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study.
    • What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?
  2. Findings.
    • What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.
    • Research limitations/implications (if applicable).
    • If research is reported on in the paper, this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.
  3. Practical implications (if applicable).
  4. What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper?
  5. What is original/value of paper?
  6. What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.

References

Glaser, B. N., & Strauss, A. L. (1967). Discovery of the grounded theory: Strategies for qualitative research. New Brunswick, NJ: Aldine Transactions

Nonaka, I. (2007). Knowledge creating company. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2007/07/the-knowledge-creating-company

Please send your abstract by 10 March 2019 to info@ ubrica.com

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