To truly succeed in an industry, simply studying is not enough. One needs to get involved with the industry leaders, network with like-minded individuals and be aware of what’s happening within an industry. That is why we felt that it would be fitting to share some of the digital and marketing type events and conferences that are happening just around the corner. Unfortunately, most of the big events take place in the first half of the year, but let’s not take anything away from these events as they’re looking very interesting and promising.
We recommend that you try to attend the popular events as often as you can. The amount that you will learn and the people you will meet at each event will make it worth your while. If you’re studying and hoping to find a job, making connections at these events will be a sure way of getting your feet into the door of the companies that you’re interested in working at.
AWS Summit – Cape Town – 12th July 2016
The AWS Summit is a free event that takes place in Cape Town on the 12th of July 2016. The event is designed to educate new customers about the Amazon Web Service platform. It will also offer current customers further information about new AWS services and the best practices to follow when using the platform. You will have the opportunity to choose from various breakout sessions that are aimed at introductory users, as well as those with a more in-depth technical knowledge. The sessions will be delivered by various AWS experts or even by customers delivering their experience with the platform. The CTO of Amazon, Chief Technical Officer, Dr Werner Vogels will be a keynote speaker at the event.
Do_action – Cape Town – 16 July 2016
Do_action events are charity hackathons that aim to uplift local communities by providing local non-profit organisations with WordPress websites. This year the event will take place in Cape Town on the 16 July 2016, Nelson Mandela Day. This is the third event of its kind and it will be co-hosted by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative. The event will be hosted at the Bandwidth Barn with registration starting at 8am. This year 10 lucky non-profit organisations will each receive a new website. We love the dynamic and uplifting nature of this event and hope to see more events like this in the future. If you are a Project Manager, Designer, Developer, Social Media Manager, Content Manager and Quality Assurance Tester and are interested in becoming a participant in this event then read the participants guide and sign up today.
I Code Java Conference – JHB – 21st to 22nd July 2016
This year will see I Code Java’s second annual event take place in Johannesburg on the 22st and 22nd of July. The event will bring together some of the most knowledgeable and experienced developers in Africa where they will share their insights, tools, innovations and best practices. This year you will hear from various industry speakers with knowledge of software engineering, consulting, blogging and so much more. Check out the list of speakers or the programme for the event for more information.
WordCamp Cape Town – Cape Town – 8th-9th September 2016
Whilst this event is currently still in its early planning stages we can still tell you that it is definitely worth setting a calendar reminder for this one. This year the event will take place in Cape Town from the 8th to the 9th of September. WordCamp Cape Town takes place every year and features various workshops and various international and local speakers. The event will give attendees the opportunity to learn from various industry experts. WordCamp is organised by the WordPress community and the conference focuses on all things WordPress. So if you are a designer or developer? Then this conference is definitely one you should be attending.
SA Innovation Summit – JHB – 21st to 24th September 2016
This year’s innovation summit will take place in Joburg from the 21st to 24th September 2016. There will also be a lead up event that will take place in Cape Town on the 16th of August. The SA Innovation Summit offers entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors the opportunity to showcase SA talent and innovation. This year’s summit will feature 2 full days giving event goers the opportunity to take part in various workshops, presentation, debates and pitching den competitions. One of the main exhibitions, Market on the Edge, will open on the 23rd of September. This exhibition will include Inventors Garage’s and Pitching Den competitions for entrepreneurs.
If you can’t make the SA Innovation Summit why not attend one of the Lead up events taking place in Cape Town. The High Impact Series Lead Up Event hosted in Cape Town on the 16th of August. The lead up event will feature various thought-leaders discussing and focusing on the idea of “Creating A City Of Opportunity For All”. The following speakers will be participating at the event:
- Aurelia Albert, Manager Innovate Durban – EThekwini Municipality
- Martijn Aslander, Entrepreneur: Permanent Beta
- Neil Jacobsohn, Senior Partner FutureWorld International
- Abbas Jamie, Director Innovation: Aurecon
- Shannon Royden-Turner, Visionary Urban Strategist, Actuality
- Thomas Wittig, CEO at WITTIGONIA
The second lead up event, the Smart Community Hackathon will take place in Cape Town from the 19th to the 20 of August. This 24 hour event will take place in Khayelitsha and will provide the Hacker community with the opportunity to strategize and code.
Technical Officer, of Amazon Dr Werner Vogels is one of the keynote speakers at the event.
Bonus Event: Tech TalkCPT: CPT – 3 August 2016
Next month’s Teck TalkCPT discusses the potential impact of Bitcoin, Blockchain and the future of cryptocurrencies on society. The event dives into what Bitcoin is and why it will be important in the future. You will hear insights from BItX’s Werner Van Rooyen and Carel Van Wyk. BitX is currently the easiest way to buy, sell, send and receive Bitcoin in South Africa.
Those are our 5 favourite events that will take place in the latter half of this year. We highly recommend that you add them to your calendar so that you don’t forget about them.