SA's Local Conferences for the Software Industry

06 September 2016 ‐ 2 min read

Taking time away from your busy schedule and infinite task lists can be difficult, but when the opportunity to learn new things, meet up with colleagues and chat with industry greats comes up, there are just a few local conferences that can’t be missed. Here are the ones we think you should block out some time on your calendar for:

PIXEL UP!

PIXEL UP! is the best of local conferences that focus entirely on User Experience and User Interface design. It’s a gathering with great purpose, as it sets out showcase great work and gives the South African development and design community a chance to learn from the very best from across the globe. And if you need help convincing your boss that you need to attend, the PIXEL UP! team has got you covered.

UX South Africa

Taking place in November this year, UX South Africa also seeks to showcase great UX work and offers learning opportunities aplenty. Three days of practical workshops, presentations and networking events make it a jam-packed learning experience, but you can pick and choose which events you’d like to attend if you can’t make the full three-day event. Now entering into its third year, UX South Africa 2016 focuses keenly on the Start-Up environment and ecosystem this year, with key priority given to the full processes behind UX design, development and deployment too. Check it out here.

ScaleConf

If development is your game and coding keeps you sane, then ScaleConf is one for your calendar. The next one rolls around in March 2017, and it’s sure to be a good one. Each year, ScaleConf brings international and local experts together to share their experience in scaling apps, websites and services using modern technologies and philosophies.

Agile Africa

Agile Africa brings together software professionals from across Africa, to share their discoveries and experiences in uncovering better ways of working with and developing software. But it’s not just a schedule of presentations and the like, as an interactive space called the Indaba Tree unlocks opportunities to engage in debates with speakers, interrogate thinking and enjoy a little coffee break too. There are also stand-alone speaker workshops and an array of poster presentations. Take a look at the schedule for 2016 here.

iAB Bookmarks Digital Summit

The iAB Bookmarks Awards are not just an awards ceremony. Built around the awards, the Digital Summit brings together leading industry professionals, decision makers and thought leaders, to exchange and share their experiences throughout the realms of digital marketing. As a multidisciplinary forum, the schedule is quite varied and highly informative, with presentations and discussions focusing on trends, innovations, strategies, challenges and solutions in media and digital marketing. Keep your eyes peeled here for information on the Digital Summit.

Loeries Week

Another gathering that’s not strictly mobile-focused, but the Loeries Creative Week is a must-do for anyone working in creative spaces. A seven-day celebration of great work, Loeries Creative Week creates connecting opportunities for people working in creative industries and enables a whole lot of learning. Mobile technologies are well catered for here, so attending Loeries Creative Week is a good move to make in when you can! Most importantly for the mobile world, the Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa (MMA) is also hosting an associated Master Class this year that looks into building creativity and innovation in mobile.

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