Tech4Africa is the premier mobile, web & emerging tech event in Africa.

October 9th & 10th 2013, Johannesburg

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Howdy, get your Hack on @ Tech4Africa

Apologies for the long one, but we think you'd like to have all the good stuff in one go ;-)

We’ve set aside the first day of Tech4Africa on Wednesday, October 31, to get the best developer minds together to teach, learn, share, hack and make an impact through technology. The full day of speakers and panelists follows on Thursday, November 1, with a stellar line-up and packed agenda.

More information on the schedule.

Here’s what you can choose from to learn at Tech4Africa in our first dedicated Developer Day on Wednesday, October 31, as well as meeting other devs and coders, of course:

Agile All Access

Neal Ford, director and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks leads a full one-day session on Agile and continuous delivery. ThoughtWorks developers and engineers will be on hand go take you through demonstrations, pair programming, continuous integration, test-driven development, problem-solving, illustration of real projects, facilitation


Ignite returns with a workshop of open discussion and pitch coaching for qualifying start-ups and top mentors including the head of IBM Venture Capital & international mentors, AngelHub, Invenfin, Deloitte Digital. Five finalists will then get to pitch in front of the Tech4Africa audience at the conference the next day, with the chance to win a prize of R25k, sponsored by Deloitte. If your startup (revenue of less than R2m for the last 12 months) is Scalable, Investable and offers a Solution to an African Problem, enter now!

Ready, Set, Hack

Ruby on Rails - includes server automation/orchestration with Opscode Chef (OpsCode) with Kenneth Kalmer.

Mastering the Lamb Stack - assorted scaling, trickery, jiggery-pokery, gotchas & solutions with Jason Norwood-Young.

For the love of Android with Toby Kurien.

BigData / EC2 / Scala / Hadoop & Virtualisation for Haxors with Muggie van Staden & the folks at Obsidian Systems.

We're in the process of finalising an Email Marketing Masterclass & iOS Developer Workshop so will announce that as soon as possible.

A window on to Windows 8

CTU Training, in partnership with Microsoft will take you through the developer opportunities available in Windows 8. You will learn how to build applications that leverage all the best new features of Windows 8, such as share and search charms, as well as how to design your application to have the right look and feel. Finally CTU will take you through how to publish your app to the Store and make money!

Get the social party started

DMMA is bringing a mass of expertise and experience from across its membership to Tech4Africa. Guided by Justin Spratt, MD of Quirk, the different sessions will walk the audience through the digital "value chain", including digital strategy, creative, UX, SEO, software design & development, User Interface design, media strategy & buying, ad sales and system administration, stopping briefly at each "station" in the journey to understand what each role player adds to the final digital product.

‘Money, money, money’

InMobi will look at best practice for monetisation of Apps through different stages of the App's lifecycle. In addition InMobi will present the results of research conducted in South Africa on consumer preferences for Apps and Mobisites, giving developers insight into potential revenue streams.

Mxit up

This workshop will look at the app ecosystem, what is currently happening on Mxit and what developers can look forward to in the future. Andy Volk and Gavin Marshall will be focusing on the new Mxit APIs, but also give guidelines on engaging users and monetising one’s app. They will also explain why one should be building for Mxit, how to get started, tips and tricks for successful apps and the future of social gaming.

The After Party

We’ll have beers and pizza to follow, as well as time and space to hack away after the workshops and sessions above. You can buy a ticket for the Developer Day and Hackathon only or you can buy a full two-day pass, which also includes the Tech4Africa after-party at the Indaba Hotel on Thursday night!

Take advantage of the above, and register now!.

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Get your tickets

Tickets are selling fast, and still 8 days to go! Tickets are priced as follows:~

Developer Hackathon only: R1,000 ex VAT
Standard Registration: R1,800 ex VAT

Don't miss out on the coolest tech event of the year, for the price of two rounds of golf, or a hairdo and pair of shoes! Grab your tickets now!

Planning travel / Pitch @ Ignite / Have your say

Travel Startups Vote
Flying to Johannesburg? We've created an accomodation guide, including details on rooms available. Startups from around Africa can register for startup pitching competition. All details are on our Ignite page. For the first time you can have your say for Tech4Africa using our feedback platform. To find out more, visit our voting page.

Who goes to Tech4Africa?

Account Manager, Africa correspondent, BDFM Online Editor, Blogger, Campaign Manager, CEO, Chairman, Chief Sales and Marketing Office, Co-founder, Communications Officer, COO, CTO, Corporate Communication Specialist, Customer Experience Lead, Developer, Digital Brand Manager, Digital Platforms Manager, Editor-in-chief, Enterprise Architect, Executive Editor, Founder, Group CEO, Group Communications Manager, Hacker, Head of Analytics, Optimisation and Usability, Head of Digital Communications, Head of Digital Media and Marketing, Head of Engage, Head of Optimise, Head of PR and Communications, Head of Social Media, Head of Technical Operations, Head of Technology, Head: Digital Marketing Campaigns, Head: Digital Presence, Head: Product Development & Portals, Managing Director, Managing Editor, Managing Partner, Marketing & Commercial Manager, Marketing & Sales Manager, Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, MD, Online Manager, Operations Manager, Owner, Partner, Product Development Manager, Product Manager, Project Manager, Researcher, Sales Director, Senior Business Analyst, Senior Manager: Strategic Contract R&D, Social media evangelist, Software Engineer, Technology Solutions Manager, Surveys Editor, Systems & Devices Manager, Talent Development, Technical Director, Technical Evangelist, Technology Editor, Technology Strategy, Usability expert, User Interface developer, Writer

Find out more about Tech4Africa.

Quotes from previous attendees:

@rudshep: Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks!

@ShawnGraaff: @Tech4Africa has reached out to over 150 cities, mostly main cities in Africa, this is how you empower and innovate a continent #T4A

@liambeeton: We have come to the end of @Tech4Africa #T4A. I really enjoyed myself, met some great people and am taking so much info away.

@imel: @Tech4Africa great being here, fantastic optimism in the air #t4a

@glenbvuma: Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A

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Partner opportunities: We've worked with incredible companies in previous years. Will you join us this year? Find out more, or download the prospectus.

History of Tech4Africa: Did you know that Tech4Africa was first conceived in 2006, launched in 2010 and is now in it's 4th year? Read more about our history.

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