Tech4Africa is the largest tech innovation, startup and entrepreneur platform in Africa. Join our Hackathon and lean how to ship a product in 2 days. Just 100 available seats.
5th & 6th October 2015
Starting at 9am every day
Tickets are FREE for the RHoK!Register Now
We think that the best tech ecosystems in the world have regular events which bring together people in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of fun.
We don’t like suits and ties, there are no plenaries, committees and chairpeople. We focus on great content and value for all who attend, free wifi, coffee all day, fun at night, and an electric atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
Our view is that most of the Hackathons presently in the ecosystem fail at 4 things: clear direction for a usable product, shipping code and usable skills. Our approach is different: we're going to give clear direction on a product that could become a business, everyone will work together as a team, we WILL ship an MVP product in 2 days, and all skills learnt over the two days will transfer to the job environment.
We're one of the only (if not the only) events in Africa who won't put on sales pitch content. Everything you see will be authentic content from authentic speakers, talking from their own experience.
Take time for your yearly dose of tech inspiration, by joining a tribe of people who value talking straight, growing and building.
The magic happens wehn you find a person you just click with, writing code, at lunch, between sessions, and during beers. That's when the best friendships are made, and we actively focus on that.
Utilities / water / gas / electricity / housing
Personal finance / payments/ mobile wallet / send money
Communities connectivity (something like BRCK but with community intelligence added - https://www.brck.com/)
Devices pre-configured for education and learning
Community / family communication
Send your Big Picture ideas to hello (AT) tech4africa.com (or use the form on the main site). We will add them to this page.
Voting for the big picture ideas will close in two weeks, after which we will vote on more granular ideas.
You need to have a basic working knowledge of Git. This covers the basic commands which will allow to collaborate with the source code. So make sure you can do the following basic commands (and why!):
echo # My Project >> README.md
git add README.md
git commit -m "first commit"
git push -u origin master
git clone git@your-repo:your-name/repo.git
git remote add origin git@your-repo:your-name
This is a great starting point for you:
And you should understand this:
After that, you really should know how to run a virtual machine using Virtualbox / VmMWare etc etc, and there are plenty of guides for that.
This is your responsibility. If you don't know the above, you will be asked to learn it first. We will have a working repo up beforehand, which you will be able to pull from.
The open source mentality, working in teams, building teams, how to break up your code, how to move fast and break things, what tools to use, why source control is important, deploying to servers, setting release schedules, MVP mentality, why you should use the Business Model Canvas, MSFT Azure, GIT, using virtual machines, Continuous Integration (CI), App architecture, App business case building, and much much much more.
Microsoft will be providing the following:
Cloud server activation help. Machines will be small but adequate, and limited to the competition.
Cloud training help, eg: how to build machines running Linux/Win/MySQL,IoT, etc on Azure.
Free online training via Microsoft Virtual Academy.
You will also get:
And the great thing is... these are all skills you can take into the workplace.
You will have:
Learnt new skills relevant to working in tech projects
Learnt how to build and ship a product in 2 days
Met great new people just like you
Free online training via Microsoft Virtual Academy
We will present our MVP at Tech4Africa Day 2
Learn from 17 years of industry trench warfare experience.
CTO & Director of Product
Since 2010 Gareth has been working in the world of eCommerce, where his team wrestled Magento to build 8 transactional sites, covering 340k SKU's, delivering a page load speed of > 43ms, all whilst doing full stack integrations from customer acquisition to backend ERP and migrating all infrastructure from Rackspace to AWS, using an Agile development process.
Previosuly, he led the Kindo.com Product team in London to roll out a localised version of Kindo in 17 languages within 6 months, as well as an aggressive search engine campaign, both of which resulted in users from circa 220 countries and an enviable growth rate. More speakers will be announced shortly.
packed with juicy high quality content, just for you. No seatbelts required.
Founder of Tech4Africa
Founder of Tech4Africa
The best conference I have ever attended Stanley Nielson,
Thanks again for a great T4A day. Really great as usual and it was again a contemplative experience for me. Your philosophy of honesty and sobriety in an industry drunk on its own Kool-Aid is awesome. Raoul de Villiers
Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks! Rudie Shepherd,
Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A Glen Mhloti Bvuma,
Huge kudos to @oneafrikan & the @Tech4Africa team for an event that inspired both the hard core geeks and the business heads. #T4A Kate Wolters,
Will be dreaming of electric sheep after a long day of fantastic talks Mark Straw,
An amazing conference Patrick Kayton,
Job excellently done! Christine da Silva,
Surprisingly still inspired by the talks Robyn Silverstone,
Going to make it a priority to come to next years Tech4Africa Duncan McCleod,
Amazing!! Lots of fun! cant wait for the next one! Peter Brookstein,
Made me feel a lot more confident about doing UX consulting Wendy Robb,
If you've come this far, you should pat yourself on the back, you're in the top 5%. You little beauty.
Now go catch up on some previous sessions ;-)
First and foremost, because you won't find this kind of content and speakers anywhere else. Our sessions are honest, open, and about real experiences. We don't do sales pitches, and we don't push agendas!
Our simple goal is that you walk away both informed, entertained and inspired. Placing greatest emphasis on learning, interaction, engagement and discussion, we want Tech4Africa to be a place for new ideas and to encourage people to make and change things.
This isn't a FREE day out of the office, this is the day where you meet new, interesting people, where you make new friendships, and renew old bonds. And that is the best kind of networking ;-)
Learn from speakers who have already been there, and trod the hard road of personal experience. You can read as many blogs as you like, but hearing it in person is way more valuable.
Only 100 available Hackathon seats. Get your Tickets now.
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FREE tickets for the Hackathon are on a first come, first served basis.
Paid tickets are required for entry to Tech4Africa, so make sure you complete your purchase!
Join the Random Hack of Kindness, to envisage, build and ship a daily utility product in 2 days. Learn industry skills, find a co-founder, learn how to evaluate ideas. WE SHIP CODE.
Learn from people who have been there before. Network with founders just like you. This is the day where we do Startup content like never before in SA. Access limited to Startup Day sessions & rooms only.
Full access to everything. Includes Hackathon, Startup Day, speaker room, drone racing, photography exhibition and live DJ set. You'd be bonkers not to.
Please note: Entry will be with armbands only. Lunch is for your own account, and vendors will be available, so bring cash for lunch and beverages.
Interested in becoming a partner? Get in touch
The best feedback is when you're able to see what people are doing when they do it. It's the user feedback every product needs to become great. Twitter launched this way, so did Foursquare, and Facebook was used every day in the dorms of Harvard. What are you going to do with your product?
Cold calling is rubbish. Personal relationships are best. Get yourself in front of a lot of people, all over a few days, and introduce yourself. Hire your next recruit, showcase your work, prospect for your next client or customer. All we ask is that you do something unique and interesting whilst you do it!
Get in touch to book yourself a space at Tech4Africa, so that you can demo your product, showcase your company, or simply network smack bang in the middle of everything and meet new people. Simple!
Join us at the FNB Stadium.
Gate B, Soccer City Avenue, FNB Stadium,