AI + Blockchain + Impact Course

Cape Town: 5 March 2019

The opportunities to use emerging technologies for impact is growing at a breakneck pace. Across the globe, mobile payments, satellite imagery, 3-D printing, Internet-of-Things (IoT), the blockchain and artificial intelligence are being used to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating access to financial inclusion, education, renewable energy, healthcare, water and sanitation and more.

Blockchain Academy has partnered with Intelligent Impact and Bitcoin Events to bring you a practical and insightful training session on blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (AI), aimed at enterprises, non-profits, development organisations, government, corporates and investment firms. In this two-day training, participants will be given an introductory knowledge of a range of emerging technologies.

The types of organisations that are using these technologies range from start-up social enterprises to corporates, from development institutions to governments and from global NGOs to local non-profits. Nonetheless, there is a significant skills gap on the side of social impact practitioners around how to apply the use of emerging technologies effectively, efficiently and appropriately.

In this 1 day training session in Cape Town, we will give participants an introductory knowledge of a range of emerging technologies, examine case studies from across impact sectors on the application of technologies and use design thinking frameworks to work through how to apply the learnings to their own social impact organisations.

Who should attend?

The target audience for this training is social impact practitioners from enterprises, non-profits, development organisations, government, corporates and investment firms. Participants do not have to have a deep understanding of technology to attend.

Where will the course be held?

The course will be held at Work in Progress, Woodstock Exchange, Woodstock, Cape Town.

What is included?

  • You will receive a light lunch and refreshments
  • Access to business and organisations in these industries


  • No laptop required
  • No knowledge of AI, IoT and blockchain is required

15 + 11 =

Course Outline

9:00 – 9:30am: Training overview and who is around the table
9:30 – 10:30am: Overview of emerging technologies and definitions: This session will cover typology and definitions of emerging tech for impact including mobile payments, satellite imagery, 3-D printing, IoT, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
10:30 – 11:00am: Deep dive: IoT
11:00 – 11:15am: Break
11:15 – 11:45am: Deep dive: satellite imagery
11:45 – 12:30pm: Deep dive: Artificial Intelligence
12:30 – 1:30pm: Deep dive: blockchain
1:30 – 2:30pm: Working lunch
2:30 – 3:30pm: Case studies in technology for impact
3:30 – 4:30pm: Design thinking session to help organisations identify opportunities in their own organisations
4:30 – 5:30pm: Rapid prototyping
5:30 – 5:45pm: Course wrap-up