Agile Africa’s international line-up to boost attendance

Africa’s inaugural Agile Africa Conference co-hosted by the Joburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE).

August 6, 2013

Africa’s inaugural Agile Africa Conference co-hosted by the Joburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE) and ThoughtWorks is set to exceed all expectations based on its impressive line up of international speakers according to JCSE Director, Barry Dwolatzky. Themed Agility in Africa, the conference will take place at the Alex Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 12-13 August 2013.

“Our stellar line-up boasts a two day programme jam-packed with international and local authorities on software development. International and local speakers will share thoughts, ideas and concepts during the 14 thought-provoking sessions spanning across two days,” says Dwolatzky.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the conference is keynote speaker Martin Fowler from ThoughtWorks. He says that Africa is a continent rich in untapped human potential: “A vital part of utilising that is ensuring that African software developers are able to build software that addresses African needs, which are often different from those abroad,” says Fowler.

In the decade since the Agile Manifesto, Agile software development has become an accepted way of developing software. Fowler says that the focus on adapting to change and continual learning has helped build products that better fit efforts that require new thinking.

“Software design in the 21st century is about creating software that can flex to match unpredictable demands. It’s about breaking down barriers between professionals to enhance collaboration; using the treasure-trove of data effectively and responsibly, and above all its about enabling everyone in software development to concentrate on identifying and building the most valuable tools for the people who use software.”

Fowler is the opening keynote on day two and will discuss software design in the 21st Century. Tickets are selling fast and Dwolatzky says an additional 50 have been included due to demand.

Agile Africa 2013 aims to showcase Agile software development within an African context. Practitioners, executives and academics in Africa will have an opportunity to interact with prominent international Agile experts and share their own experiences and ideas with their peers from other parts of Africa.

Book soon to avoid missing out on what promises to be the top local Agile Event in 2013.

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