On 5-6 November, JAVA developers from around the country will gather at the Clock Tower at V&A Waterfront to network and chat about Java at the J-SA inaugural Conference.
The J-SA Conference is one of many software conferences hosted around the country to train
and connect software developers to each other and open up new opportunities in the tech industry.
This latest event, which will run from 5 – 6 November 2015, will focus on JAVA, one of the most popular programming languages in the world, with close to 90% of Fortune 500
companies reported to be using it.
The event is being organised by Evenir Pty. Ltd, leaders in software conferencing, who aim to provide a space for new and experienced developers to connect and open up the tech
conversation in a country where coding is still an emerging profession and industry.
“There is a huge emphasis on training at our conferences, because the industry is still so fresh in South Africa”, says Theo Sauls, founder of Evenir. “Many developers are self-taught and could benefit from networking with more experienced developers. Our conferences provide a
space for this.”
The J-SA Conference is a mix of practical applications and informative talks by local and international experts in the field, with headline speakers such as Indran Naick, Chief
Technology Officer for IBM in the Middle East and Africa and Nitsan Wakart, a coder who has worked on army intelligence systems, dot.com start-ups, financial institutions and
innovative product development, taking the stage.
While Cape Town has recently been recognised as a growth hub for technology, there is still a long way to go. Sauls, however, says that it is imperative that the country start looking at IT, and more especially software development/ coding, as the job market of the future.
“Besides the fact that we have a serious IT skills shortage in South Africa, if you look at the Java Ecosystem, developed countries are looking abroad for developers to outsource work to.That work could be coming to South Africa.”
To help move this process forward, Evenir regularly donates a percentage of its’ tickers to students to attend the conference for free.
“It’s pointless getting all these experienced developers together if we are not developing our next wave of experienced developers,” says Sauls. “And thanks to sponsors such as Standard Bank, Amazon and IBM, we are able to donate 20% of the tickets to the J-SA Conference to students and invest in our country’s future.”
For more information about the J-SA Conference, contact Theo Sauls on 078 488 5095, email