With the rise of cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin, there has been significant attention being paid to the emerging technology area of the blockchain. Currently there are wide ranging views on the usefulness of both cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, with opinions ranging from the technology being the new internet to the it being the new dot-com bubble.

Study focus areas and objectives

This report aims to provide an overview of the global blockchain and cryptocurremcy landscape, providing an overview of the key concepts around the technology, as well as blockchain use cases and profiles of the most popular cryptocurrencies at the moment. We also look at the local blockchain market in South Africa, as well as taking a few on the different scenarios for cryptocurrencies in the short, mid and long-term.

Contents of Reports

1. Blockchain Technology

  • Overview
  • Technical Detail
  • Hashing
  • Smart Contracts

2. Blockchain Use Cases and Industry Applications

  • Banking and Payments
  • Insurance
  • Lending
  • Payroll
  • Marketplaces
  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Data Storage
  • Distributed Computing
  • VPNs
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Travel Management
  • Energy and Waste Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Legal Services
  • Betting and Forecasting Markets
  • Ticketing
  • Real Estate
  • Voting
  • Identity Management
  • Grants and Welfare
  • Donations and Charity
  • Digital Media
  • Social Media
  • Gaming
  • Creative Services
  • Marketing

3. Cryptocurrencies

  • History
  • Bitcoin – Technical Overview
  • Bitcoin Mining
  • Mining Pools
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Asset or Currency
  • Exchanges
  • Futures Trading
  • Digital Wallets
  • ATMs and Vending Machines
  • Total Market Capitalization
  • Currency Forks
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
  • Security and Hacking
  • Volatility
  • Bitcoin Wealth Distribution
  • Illegal Activities
  • Regulatory and Tax Concerns

4. Cryptocurrency Profiles

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Ripple
  • Litecoin
  • Cardano
  • IOTA
  • DASH
  • NEM
  • EOS
  • Monero
  • Bitcoin Gold
  • Stellar
  • Qtum
  • Neo
  • Ethereum Classic

5. South African Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Trends

  • Local Exchanges
  • Local Acceptors of Bitcoin
  • Estimates of Bitcoin Market Size in South Africa
  • Local Blockchain Initiatives
  • Local Regulation

6.Future of Cryptocurrencies

  • Positive Statements about Crytpocurreencies
  • Negative Statements about Cryptocurrencies
  • Scenarios for the future of cryptocurrencies
    • High-Road
    • Mid-Road
    • Low Road

Deliverables

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • One Hour Presentation / Workshop