DevConf back for round three, and this time it’s in Cape Town too!


DevConf, the developers’ conference and exhibition that drew standing-room only crowds in 2016 and 2017, is gearing up for round three in 2018, with good news for Cape Town’s developer community.

By popular demand, DevConf will also be staged in Cape Town next year, taking the top speakers and trends highlights to the Mother City’s developers too. DevConf 2018 will be held on Tuesday 27 March, 2018, at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg; and on Thursday 29 March, 2018, at River Club in Cape Town.

DevConf, initiated out of the Developer User Group forum in 2016, has proved a runaway success, and grown year on year in terms of attendance, tracks and speakers. Expert speakers from around the world and literally hundreds of local developers clamour to be included in the event, which has rapidly become the key learning and networking platform for South African developers.

DevConf organisers Robert MacLean and Candice Mesk said that following DevConf 2016’s overwhelming success, DevConf 2017 was expanded to meet popular demand, with the second event attracting over 750 software developers from across the country. Expert talks across five tracks covered technologies, trends, case studies and everyday challenges faced by local software developers. From algorithmic bias, blockchain, coding challenges and local hacking, to drones and beer brewing, the latest trends and technologies came under the spotlight at DevConf.

“By popular demand, we have grown the event even further, and we will take it to Cape Town next year, extending our reach and delegate numbers to well over 850,” says MacLean. “With seven tracks at the Johannesburg DevConf and two in Cape Town, DevConf aims to cover key themes including crafting code, database, DevOps and Automation, tools, teams, people and methodologies, security, IoT, machine learning and AI, and mobile.”

Call for Papers

DevConf has now issued a Call for Papers for the 2018 event, seeking expert speakers capable of delivering talks on code, technology, platforms, methodologies or trends that inspire, educate and entertain. Speaker submissions close on 1 October 2017, and the final agenda will be published in late October. To submit your proposal, go to

Bookings for DevConf 2018 are now open. To secure your place, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are now available on a first come first serve basis for industry partners aiming to engage with the country’s developer community at this premier event. For more information, click here.   DevConf 2017 was presented in partnership with leading firms including BBD, Derivco, DVT, Microsoft, ABSA, AllanGray, Amazon Web Services, Alassian, Google, OfferZen, Britehouse, Chillisoft, IQbusiness, Micro Focus, SUSE, Entelect, EOH and Driven Software.

Book your seat in Johannesburg here or Cape Town here and catch the early bird discounts.

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