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DeFi Cape Town: Decentralized Financial Inclusion

  • University of Cape Town: John Day Building LT 1 University of Cape Town Cape Town South Africa (map)

DeFi Cape Town: Decentralised Financial Inclusion

As part of the upcoming Blockchain Week ZA, MakerDAO, Centrifuge, Linum Labs and The UCT Financial Innovation Lab have joined forces to bring you a DeFi event in Cape Town.

With a focus on highlighting the challenges of financial inclusion in the region, the participating projects will share their insight from developing solutions in the open decentralised finance ecosystem such as ensuring a stable monetary infrastructure, expanding financing opportunities to MSME’s, or enabling faster and cheaper remittances (just to name a few).

For this event, we will bring some of the most exciting DeFi projects under one roof to discuss financial inclusion. To ensure knowledge exchange and increase the potential of the event’s impact on the region, we have invited several local and international startups and companies that are building open financial infrastructure relevant to the African region. As our ecosystem partners, they will join the conversation and contribute their valuable insights and perspectives. This event is all about providing a platform for supporting a discussion and the formation of new collaborations to advance the current status quo.

About the DeFi Movement

The projects forming the Decentralised Finance movement (DeFi- in short) all have in common that they are building open source financial infrastructure on a decentralised platform without intermediaries, clearinghouses, or a need for trusted third parties.

As more and more projects began developing open source financial primitives, an overlap in the problems that these decentralised finance protocols were trying to solve became apparent. This emerging community of like-minded projects has kickstarted the #DeFi movement in order to realise an open financial system that has the principles of interoperability, accessibility, financial inclusion and transparency at heart.



  • Main Hall LT1 - entire event

  • Room John Day LT3 - used during the networking events (3-5 & 7-9 PM)


3:00 PM Networking with the Ecosystem Partners & Refreshments (2 hours)

5:15 PM Welcome by Devon Krantz, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Linum Labs (15 mins)

5:30 PM Keynote Dai Credit System: The Backbone of an Open Financial Ecosystem by Sean Brennan, Head of Backend Services, MakerDAO (30 mins)

6:00 PM Keynote Centrifuge: The Operating System for the Financial Supply Chain by Charleen Fei, Software Engineer, Centrifuge (30 mins)

6:30 PM Panel Discussion Financial Inclusion - Frontier Tech in Africa (45 mins)

Moderator: Anastasia Adrianova, CEO & Founder, Akropolis

Gustav Arentoft, Business Development, MakerDAO

Philip Stehlik, CTO, Centrifuge

Liesl Eichholz, Growth Strategy Lead, Molecule

Ben Onuoha, Founder, African Blockchain Alliance

Florian Bühringer, Co-Founder, Protea

7:15 PM Open Floor & Questions (15 mins)

7:30 PM Networking & Drinks (1 hour)

9:00 PM END

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