By now we’re getting adjusted to life on lockdown. With many businesses closed and events cancelled, savvy entrepreneurs are finding creative ways to connect and keep it pushing. Tech agency EAK Digital is one of those savvy businesses, setting up BlockDown 2020, which is a virtual cryptocurrency conference featuring Akon as its headline speaker.
Currently “locked up” in Atlanta with his family during COVID-19 lockdown, Akon plans on spending his birthday attending the conference, which kicks off on April 16th. Aside from live-streaming into a panel discussion, the Grammy-Nominated artist and crypto entrepreneur will make a big announcement about his crypto project, Akoin.
If you haven’t heard, Akoin aims to empower Africa with a single uniting currency on a secure platform that will give users the potential to build the businesses and lives of their dreams. Users of Akoin will be able to enjoy a wide array of benefits, like saving money and paying utilities and other users, plus it will give them the power to develop skills on educational applications, apply for jobs, request loans and market goods and services.
“I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people,” Akon said. “Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology offer a more secure currency that enables people in Africa to advance themselves independent of the government.”
Akon intends for Akoin to power the economy of his futuristic $2 billion Akon Crypto City, an eco-tourism smart city currently under construction a few hours outside of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. Akon said that the city will be like a real-life Wakanda, running entirely on Akoin.
During BlockDown 2020, Akon will be live-streaming into a panel discussion and hosting a digital press conference and providing blockchain projects with the opportunity to pitch the Akoin team their project with the chance of being included in Akoin’s decentralized application ecosystem.
During the conference, attendees can also watch live illustrations, visit virtual exhibition booth areas, and network and share business ideas in dedicated online spaces, according to a statement. “We decided to shift our focus to an online event as we knew that in these uncertain times, people will need a fun and sociable environment and we could use our network to bring the community together”, said EAK Digital’s founder Erhan Korhaliller.