Africa’s first Bitcoin academy

Published Aug 17, 2015


South Africa's first Bitcoin academy has opened its doors for organisations and individuals wanting to learn more about Bitcoin and the Blockchain. The new learning academy is also the first of its kind in Africa.

The academy is located at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town and was founded by Sonya Kuhnel.

Kuhnel previously started a Bitcoin payment company and is now turning her attention to training others in Bitcoin technologies.

“When I first started in the bitcoin space, I encountered significant resistance towards digital currencies from individuals and businesses in South Africa,” says Kuhnel. “The level of understanding of bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, proved to be a real challenge and I realised I would have to first educate the market place before there would be any significant uptake of the digital currency and the cutting-edge technology behind it.”


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The academy currently offers three courses, each aimed at different users, ranging from beginners looking for an introduction to Bitcoin to developers wanting to build products around the Blockchain.

Kuhnel is also the founder of Bitcoin events which held its first Bitcoin Africa conference in Cape Town earlier this year. The second Bitcoin Africa conference will be held in Johannesburg in March 2016. – IOL

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