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iHub By Jessica Colaço / June 22, 2012

Lecture Series on Financial Cryptography

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The ability to perform secure transactions over a network is critical to the development of internet and mobile businesses.  Some of the most powerful web and mobile applications are those that facilitate transactions.

“Financial Cryptography” is the set of “best-practices” of encryption  and security protocols which make possible financial transactions over a network.   Many of the principles of financial cryptography have been applied to other fields as well, such as protecting political speech and bypassing censorship to disseminate information during the Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa.

Over the past five years, Kenya’s economy has been transformed by MPESA, which allows money transfers to take place using mobile phones.   Developing applications that take advantage of mobile and internet transcations is one of the most exciting areas of the developing information economy in Kenya, and around the world.

Without Financial Cryptography, MPESA and other transaction systems could not exist.

Ken Griffith is an entrepreneur and writer who has been involved in the field of digital money since 1996.  He will be giving a series of lectures introducing the history, basic principles, and current cutting edge applications of financial cryptography at iHub starting in late July.

There is only room for 20 people in this course.  If you are interested, kindly get in touch

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at: www.jessicacolaco.wordpress.com


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