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The FinHUb

March 2023 | Volume 4
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Annual Fintech Class Tour

The Hub acts as a forum to facilitate important discussions between academics and entrepreneurs from the Hub with senior policy makers and leading industry experts.

The Hub organises at least one academic and policy conference every year, usually in conjunction with Algorand partner universities or with other leading universities. These conferences aim to bring together leading academics in our five research area work streams, as well as senior policy makers and industry participants.

The intergovernmental fintech working group (IFWG) is the premiere forum for fintech discussions on the intersection of industry and policy in South Africa. It brings together over 200 industry participants and government officials and so far has been sponsored by the South African Reserve Bank. Home to the South African Research Chair, the Financial Innovation Hub will host the annual IFWG meetings in Cape Town.

Furthermore, the Hub organises ad-hoc industry and policy workshops on specific topics such as practitioner workshops with industry experts which will provide a great environment to build networks.

News from around the Hub

Interledger Protocol Summit 2022
The 2022 Interledger Protocol Summit was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from the 12th to the 13th of November at the New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District. The summit brought together participants in the interledger ecosystem, including awardees of this year's financial services grants.
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The 2022 MPhil in FinTech students recently developed a proof-of-concept decentralised exchange for carbon credit trading called Mudala. The project is the result of a use case provided by Investec Bank's Fintech Partnerships and Innovation team.
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Beaker is a bleeding-edge smart contract development framework built on PyTeal for the Algorand Virtual Machine (AVM). A well-known engineer of Algorand Inc., Benjamin Guidarelli spearheads the framework's development.
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Devcon 2022
Anda Ngcaba participated in two panels at DevCon VI hosted in Bogota, Columbia.
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Algorand Developer Greenhouse
Asia Crypto Week took place this year from 26th September to 2nd October 2022. The event, hosted at the Flower Dome in the Marina Bay Gardens, consisted of Tech Talks which involved presentations on the ecosystem as a whole and Hack Shack which involved developer workshops.
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UBRI Connect 2022
From the 21st to the 22nd of September, UCT Financial Innovation Hub COO Anda Ngcaba, General Hub Manager Lindiwe Kers and MPhil in Fintech student Titose Chembezi attended the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) Connect 2022 hosted by the UCL School of Management in London.
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