2013’S FINAL TECHNOLOGY EVENTS AND A GIVEAWAY!


Technology
piece written on the 1st November 2013 by  

Each year Cape Town hosts a number of excellent technology events and this year’s been no different. As we draw to the close of the year I wanted to highlight some of the events that are left as I felt I should attend one or two, you know, to flash some business cards around and meet some great people. Event attending in Cape Town is an incredible opportunity to network with other like-minded people, a lot of my career was created through doing this, and with it being the end of the year it’s a good time to potentially build some synergies for the beginning of 2014.

Events

I was also approached by someone at WooThemes and asked whether I would give some tickets away to the WordCamp event happening next week so look out for the question below. I’ve attended a few WordCamps in my time and they’re always enjoyable, but what intrigues me about this year’s offering is that I’ve been told that there’s going to be more focus on entrepreneurs and less of the same speakers – that could be quite interesting because we’ve all seen how powerful WordPress can be, combine that with some entrepreneurial spirit and we’ve got some powerful startups.

Let me get right to it and highlight those events I was able to track down:

27dinner

If you haven’t been to a 27dinner then now might be the time. The dinners aim to bring together informed, networked individuals that share a passion for technology and the digital space. 27dinner was founded in 2006 by Mike Stopforth and Dave Duarte, and has proved to be a successful venture. The events take place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. I reached out to the Twitter account to find out some more information and it’s been confirmed that there will be an event in Cape Town before the end of the year on November 27th. Keep your eyes locked on their Twitter account and official website for information about the event.

Clojure Usergroup Meetup

Organised by Deon Moolman, Clojure is an event for the more technical folk. The event pages states the following, “Come along, let’s chat FP and help you get going or unstuck with Clojure. Ideally bring some code and we can explore what that would look like in Clojure.” The official website linked to Clojure is {code}bridge, which is a co-working space for software and hardware developers in Cape Town. The concept is based on the popular Hacker Dojo space that was formed in Mountain View, California. The next event takes place on October 31 and you can find more information about it on www.codebridge.co.za

Silicon Cape VS Office Hours

If you’re planning a start up and need assistance and feedback on your ideas, this is a good event to attend. As any startup will know, the early stages are the most difficult (well, that and scaling) and this event can assist you with that. You need to book a timeslot and unfortunately the date for deadlines was on October 29th, but it’s always worth following up just in case they’re accepting more people. A great way to get some experienced feedback on your next big idea. The event takes place on November 1 at TheBarn (3rd Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange). You can call Ryno Lawson on 072 815 4853 for more information.

NodeJS

Another event for the more technical folk. Node.js is a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. As you can see, it’s for those of us who love JavaScript, which is probably fairly few of you who read this website, perhaps I’m wrong! I haven’t attended a NodeJS event unfortunately so I’m not able to vouch for the level of the event, but it’s run by Simon Bishop who you may contact on 083 282 0703 if you have any questions. Otherwise, the event takes place on November 5 at the Acceleration Offices on Kloof Street in the Longkloof Studios.

Umbraco

This year Cape Town has the privilege of hosting the first Umbraco event in Africa! The event aims to support and grow the local community and they’ve promised beers, snacks and giveaways. The event is for those who love web development and content management systems and takes place on November 6 at the Bluegrass Digital Offices which is at 21 Dreyer Street in Claremont. You can RSVP by visting their Meetup profile here.

WordCamp

For a lot of the producers in Cape Town, WordCamp will be the biggest event of the year. The event boasts a strong list of sponsors and a great line up of speakers. What should be interesting is that the duty of MC is being handled by Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues so we know there will be many laughs and a great vibe. The event is taking place on November 7 at the Cape Town Stadium. Included in your ticket is secure parking, lunch and a few other goodies! You need to act quickly though, tickets are going like hotcakes!

Free Marketing Support Drop Ins

This event is another opportunity for business owners, managers and marketers. If you’ve got a marketing idea you want to bounce of someone else or perhaps you’re struggling with something and would like assistance then this event could assist you with that. The event takes place on November 7 on the 1st Floor of the Truth Coffee Building. You’re welcome to call Alex Harrington-Griffin on 081 4501 901 if you have any questions, otherwise be sure to visit their Meetup profile here for more information.

MoMo Jamboree @ AfricaCom

Taking place at Shimmy Beach Club on November 11th is the Mobile Monday South Africa Jamboree. This is an event for folks who are into the mobile space and there’s even a special for those of you who run startups in the mobile space to pay a little and get additional exposure to your startup – to do so, you’ll need to email info@mobilemonday.org.za. I haven’t been to one of these events but there’s a great amount of information on their Eventbrite profile so perhaps take a good read of that.

Girl Geek Dinner

A geeky dinner for the ladies! Girl Geek Dinners were launched in 2011 with the aim of bringing together geeky ladies and their male counterparts. Over the past few years I’ve heard some really great feedback so if you’re a geeky gal then this is the event for you to attend – November 7 at Cafe Chic on Breda Street is where it’s taking part. You’ll be pleased to know that for the R180 you’ll get canapes, dessert, a welcome drink and a goodie bag! You can pop on over here to find out more information.

Startup Weekend

A 54 hour event  (15-17 November 2013) where startup enthusiasts including developers, designers, marketers and product managers come together to pitch ideas, form teams, build prototypes, hack business plans and launch startups. The event starts with open-mic elevator pitching on Friday evening – teams then form and start working towards an MVP. They receive input from industry expert coaches over the weekend, and present in front of a panel of judges by Sunday evening. An ideal way to network, find cofounders and test your startup idea. Want more information? Visit the website.

COMPETITION

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been given 5 tickets to WordCamp and all you need to do is leave a comment below and tell us how you discovered WordPress.

If you know of another event, please pop it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do about adding it to this post.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Nate Kettles
  • Amanda Devine
  • Francois Smit
  • Karen Welter
  • rrcatto