“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
– John Lennon, singer-songwriter, author and artist.
"Together We Are Better" - SANBA aims to connect the blockchain community to each other and to new opportunities.
The registration process allows you to:
- Enter your profile detail - member/organisation detail, logo, size, main contact person, email address, etc.
- Add links to your/your organisation’s website and/or social media profiles (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook)
- Link yourself to a categories of the SA blockchain ecosystem, and also various application domains(e.g. Gaming, Media, identity, Energy, Supply Chain, DeFi, Fintech, etc).
As a member you will be able to edit/update all this detail from your profile page.From the Who's Who page, you will be able to:
- link organisations who need help with particular blockchain issue/problems
- with people who can solve those problems.
Join up and become a part of the initiative.
University of Cape Town
Position Available in the Fintech Hub
Position Title: Operations and Finance Manager
- To ensure that the logistics and operations of the unit are efficiently managed as well as ensuring that the projects are given the highest quality support in order to deliver on their objectives.
- The incumbent will be responsible for managing the Human Resource processes, Operations, Finance, Physical Resources and Administration of the unit and ensuring that all the projects are compliant with the university policies and processes.
- A major component of the role is to design and implement excellent financial processes for all projects and to oversee project finances. This includes the development of high-level risk mitigation strategies in order to ensure financial security for the unit and the Director.
- Another key component is to ensure good, timely project reporting both within the unit and to the funders.
University of Cape Town
Position Available in the Fintech Hub
Position Title: Technical Specialist
- To support the activities of the fintech innovation hub by developing and maintaining a broad range of financial, and privacy technology, specifically in the area of distributed ledger technologies and trusted execution environments
- To support the overall software development strategy of the Fintech Innovation Hub as a full-stack or front-end developer
- Responsible for implementing and overseeing an agile development strategy for the development team of the Fintech Innovation Hub
- Ensuring quality control for the development team of the Fintech Innovation Hub
Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG)
The Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG), consists of a group of South African financial sector regulators working togather to demystify the regulatory landscape, provide a space for safe experimentation and actively advance innovation. The IFWG was established in 2016 to understand the growing role of fintechs and innovation in the South African financial sector and explore how regulators can more proactively assess emerging risks and opportunities in the market.
The Innovation Hub is a collaborative effort of the IFWG, which includes participation from National Treasury, the Financial Intelligence Centre, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority, the National Credit Regulator, the South African Reserve Bank, the South African Revenue Service and the Competition Commission.
South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC)
The South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC) aims to assimilate and demonstrate the transformative potential of blockchain technology for the South African financial industry. The consortium aims to educate and to bring the benefits of blockchain technology to the industry for the benefit of the entire country. Membership is comprised of banks, financial markets infrastructure players and regulators as well as other institutions involved in the financial services industry. Blockchains require a fundamental shift in paradigm, requiring collaboration to deploy such technology across a wide range of ecosystem participants.
The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (WEF C4IR-SA)
In line with the Global 4IR Network, the C4IR SA’s activities are project based. Projects are co-designed by partners, and piloted, scaled, deployed and adopted in the economy and society. The projects deliver a of range outputs (refer also to Box 1 below), which include Guidelines/Decision Trees (non-binding), Strategic Plans, Reports, White Papers, Policy Briefings, Industry Insights, Principles/Protocols/Policies (non-binding), Implementation Toolkits, Governance Toolkits, Specifications and Requirements (e.g. for procurement), Incentive Structures, Best Practice Standards, Guidelines (binding), Government Regulation, Certifications, Industry Standards/Norms, and Standard Operating Procedures.
The five focus areas for co-designing and piloting policy frameworks and governance protocols by the C4IR SA are:
- Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics and Smart Cities
- Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- Autonomous and Urban Mobility
- Data Policy
Available to Members Only.
PROJECT CATALYST (CARDANO)
- Dapps & integrations
- Developer ecosystem
- Challenge setting
- Distributed decision making
- Proposer outreach
- Catalyst value onboarding
- Local community centers
EU HORIZEN PROGRAMME
- e-identity and decentralised data management
- healthcare and education
- privacy and cybersecurity
- IoT and smart homes, grids and cities
- music and media
- industrial technologies
- environment and circular economy.
One of the key challenges potential South African Horizon 2020 participants has to meet, is to find partners and financial support to fund international travel to meet and discuss potential Horizon 2020 projects with European partners. Cognisant of the difficulties sometimes posed to South African researchers in joining consortia for Horizon 2020 participation, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) created a “Seed Funding Instrument.” Under the Seed Funding Instrument, the DSI is able to support the travel costs of South African researchers travelling to Europe to engage with European partners regarding Horizon 2020 collaboration. Alternatively funding can be granted to support the travel of European researchers to South Africa.
For more information, view Seed Funding
UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Blockchain Startups
For more information, view Blockchain Crypto
For more information, view Consensys Grants
Get Paid for Building the Blockchain Ecosystem: An Up-to-Date List of Grants (2021)
For more information, view List of Grants