South Africa hosted the fourth edition of the Blockchain Africa conference in early March this year. The event took place at the Microsoft HQ. The event comprised of participants from financial, global technological industries, and legal students. The theme was to discuss strategies for blockchain adoption.
It was widely reported in the media that Sierra Leone had become the first country in the world to run blockchain-powered elections. These reports were based on the claims of a Swiss blockchain company, Agora, where it said that the country had utilized blockchain tech to tally and audit the election results. However, it seems that the company’s claims were entirely false.
Among tech giants, IBM and Microsoft Corp. have so far led the charge in offering blockchain-related tools and letting companies tinker with digital ledgers using their cloud services.