solving today and tomorrow's software development challenges

9 March, 2017, Johannesburg


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The Developer User Group is a monthly free meeting for software developers which takes place in Pretoria & Johannesburg.


DevConf is a community driven, developer focused, one-day conference hosted annually. The aim of the conference is to provide software developers a buffet of tools, practices and principles applicable to tackling current and future challenges in the South African software development environment. It's an event where attendees can learn, network and be inspired regardless of their specific technology stack and programming language of choice.

Why DevConf

DevConf serves to inspire software developers. A range of topics applicable to software development will be presented. From keeping up to date with the latest technologies and trends to tackling the challenges of working in large enterprise systems – it's a buffet of experiences, ideas and pragmatic advice as well as an opportunity to connect with peers across the industry.

Learn practices, principles and techniques for tackling software development in South Africa.


Track Description
Crafting Code Sessions with a direct focus on coding. Appropriate topics could include working with legacy code, refactoring, and principles and practices to improve code design.
Persistence & Data Sessions focussed around persistence. Appropriate topics could include best practices with relational db's, transitioning to NoSQL databases, working with data as a programmer, handling schema migrations.
DevOps & Automation Sessions focussed around the culture, environment and tools used for building, testing, and releasing software rapidly, frequently, and more reliably. Experience reports on what worked, what didn't and why.
Tools & Frameworks Sessions focussed around the tools that make developers productive be they software (Visual Studio or Eclipse), and details in programming languages that are often overlooked.
Teams & People Sessions focussed around the learning from other developers, office layout or soft skills like mentoring, dealing with diversity and working in teams.

Where will DevConf be held?

DevConf will be held at Vodacom World Events, in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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We want you to speak at DevConf!

We want you!

DevConf can only be great if we have great speakers and we welcome you to submit your talks for DevConf 2017.

About the talks

Tips for submitting a proposal

Be authentic! Your peers need original presentation ideas that focus real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.

Give your proposal a simple and straightforward title. Clever or inappropriate titles make it harder for people to figure out what you’re really talking about.

All talks are limited to a 25 minute or 45 minute slot, make sure you don't try to cover too much content in that time – identify the 2 or 3 things you want people to take home.

Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.

Keep things practical and relevant.

Keep the audience in mind: The audience will be professional developers and already pretty smart.

We are specifically focusing on corporate developers, so they may not attend many conferences or be up to date with the latest technology. We want them to go away and be more productive and be more excited about software development. We are expecting 600 to 700 people to attend and we expect the sessions will be between 150 and 300 people.

Explain why people will want to attend: is your topic gaining traction? Is it critical to modern business? Will attendees learn how to use it, program it, or just what it is?

Repeated talks from the conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. The conference has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at this one? If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different.

Don’t assume that your company’s name buys you credibility. If you’re talking about something important that you have specific knowledge of because of what your company does, spell that out in the description.

We welcome sessions for attendees with a variety of skill levels. Consider proposing a number of different skill-level sessions, and please indicate the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: novice, intermediate, or expert.

Call for speakers timeline

17 September 2016 - Submissions Open

23 October 2016 - Submissions Close

20 November 2016 - Speakers Selected. Regardless of selection or not, we will contact you via email to let you know.

27 November 2016 - Deadline for Speakers to confirm

28 November 2016 - Announcements of Speakers

Compensation Policy

Note: Regretfully, we cannot offer splitting or transferring compensation to non-presenters.

Conference Access

We are pleased to offer One (1) Complimentary Registration per presenter.

Accommodation Compensation

We have a limited funds to contribute towards accommodation for international and "out of town" presenters. Should accommodation assistance be a requirement for you to be able to present at DevConf, please indicate on your talk submissions.

Travel/Airfare Compensation

We have a limited fund to contribute towards economy flights for international and local speakers, which will be communicated to accepted speakers. Should travel assistance be a requirement for you to be able to present at DevConf, please indicate on your talk submissions.

How to submit a talk?

To submit a talk for DevConf 2017, please complete this form and we will be in touch on or before the 13th November.

If you have any questions, need more information or want to make any changes, please contact us.

Reach the best developers at DevConf.

Would you like your organization associated with DevConf? DevConf offers a variety of sponsorship opportunites to be able to connect with the best software developers in South Africa.

Please download our 2017 Sponsor Proposal for information.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.

We'd love to hear from you

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+27 (0)73 142 5422