Johannesburg, South Africa
10:00 AM till 16:00 PM March 2nd 2019Book your free ticket
1 Newtown Avenue, Killarney
Reason for being involved in workshop: I think it is really important to promote diversity in our community. It took me a really long time to convince myself that I should submit something to a conference. I would like to help people, so that they don't have to worry about that as much as I did.
Reason for being involved in workshop: To help grow new speakers! We need more, and different, voices to be heard in order to create a diverse and healthy tech community. <3
Reason for being involved in workshop: Would love to help more South African to apply and be successful at conferences
About Peter-John: P-J, who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the Mobile Engineering Lead at DVT where he develops iOS and Android app and teaches these technologies to graduates. Everyone knows that he enjoys trying new and different technologies and being an explorer in the technology world. He has worked on many apps from event and small business apps to enterprise banking apps. He also maintains some open source projects, apps, is a co-organiser for GDG Johannesburg, main organiser of DevFest South Africa conference, speaks at meetups and conferences and blogs about development technologies on Medium.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I've had the opportunity to do a number of meetup talks and a conference talk. Would like to mutually encourage other technologists to increase the number and diversity of speakers in Johannesburg.
About Patrick: Patrick Kayongo is a Ugandan-born, South African-raised, Pan-African software developer with a passion for crafting software for the flourishing of communities, cities, countries and the African continent. When he's not developing software, he can be found spending time with his wife and son, reading good literature, or playing a musical instrument.
Reason for being involved in workshop: Help new speakers gain confidence to submit talks at conferences
Reason for being involved in workshop: I would like to help make the tech community more diverse and inclusive, and in the process I believe I will learn a lot as well.
About Richard: I am a software developer at IBM Research. I enjoy tacking hard problems and learning new languages, frameworks and paradigms.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I would love to help others get access to great opportunities and I believe speaking helps.
About Rebecca: Android Engineer at Over. Google Developer Expert for Android. International Speaker.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I heard about the workshop from my good friend Gergana Young, and I feel that my experience speaking at conferences could be helpful to the attendees. I believe getting more points of view heard in our dev community helps makes the community stronger.
About Ryan: Ryan Kotzen is an aspiring stoic, essentialist, polymath, polyglot software engineer, and armchair philosopher. Ryan is a believer in constantly evolving and evaluating what you are doing, utilising concepts from lean, kaizen, XP and the agile manifesto to name a few. Ryan has a passion for coaching and learning from other people. When not developing software, Ryan likes to spend his time airbrushing, geeking out on a geeky movie/series/book, playing Kerbal Space Program and all aspects of the Warhammer 40k hobby.
Reason for being involved in workshop: - Love sharing knowledge and being around people with the same purpose - Love learning new things about others and myself
About Ruddy: Ruddy Riba is a software developer passionate about all things software. She knows a few things about web and backed technologies with experience on working on a variety of projects and languages. She has a newly found interest in reading books written by Africans for the world, loves traveling but not so fond of selfies. She runs an organisation called Pink-IT supporting females in the software development, mentoring and sharing knowledge. #Thefutureisfemale.
Reason for being involved in workshop: The first step is the hardest so a bit of support from a mentor you can relate to goes a very long way!
About Claire: Leader of the Innosys team, creators of bespoke software for the insurance industry. Two decades on and the thrill of seeing tech solutions come to life is still there. Enthusiastic champion of improving gender parity in STEM education. I once built a LEGO Death Star.
Reason for being involved in workshop: Being able to speak publicly about what I do helps reinforce what I know. The engagement with audiences and other speakers always teaches me something new. Speaking has helped grow my confidence and opened new doors for me. I want to get better at it while helping others grow and take advantage of the opportunities too.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I always enjoy being of service to other people, especially when they are trying to break new ground. For the last two years I have been on a journey to become a conference speaker. It has been a tough journey which has helped me discover things about myself that I had never known. Special thanks to some of my peers and workmates who encouraged and helped me throughout this journey. I would like to be part of someones journey, I would like to assist in growing the diversity and number of speakers we see at conferences. There is a lot of potential that just needs to be unlocked. This is why I would love to be a part of this workshop.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I'd love to see more diversity in speakers at conferences and the only way to make that happen is through support and encouragement of new speakers.
About Ridhwana: Ridhwana Khan is an entrepreneur and a software developer. She is constantly fulfilling her passion of finding solutions to problems that meaningfully impact peoples lives through software consulting. Ridhwana is involved in multiple activities that empower women in tech. She is also a co-founder of a Non Profit Organisation called Kasi-Maths which focusses on assisting children in poorer communities to understand mathematics. Ridhwana had also co-founded a software development company which she helped build through it's early stages.
Reason for being involved in workshop: To help others to start speaking at conferences and getting involved in the dev community in general.
About Simon: I run the JSinSA conference and am the CTO of a fintech company called Bridgement.
Getting to the venue
Is there a public transportation stop near the venue? Yes
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using mobility devices? Yes
If using the Gautrain
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using service animals? Yes
Are public transportation stops accessible to people who are sight impaired? Yes
Is the area around the venue safe and well-lit? Yes
How close is parking to the venue?
There is parking at the venue
Are there costs associated with parking?
Is the parking lot well-lit? Yes
Is the parking lot gated? Yes
Is the parking lot guarded? Yes
Accessing the venue
Is there any building security? Yes
What is the process for entering?
There is a sign in process at the entrance where you have to fill in the purpose of your visit.
Are there steps going into the building or space?
Are there ramps or elevators?
Are elevator buttons of an appropriate height for wheelchair users to reach?
Is there affordable childcare at or near the venue?
Is there a quiet room? Yes
Is there a nursing room for parents with a newborn? Yes
Is the venue safe for small children? Yes
Is the space easily navigable for people using mobility devices or service animals? Yes
Do chairs in the venue have arms? Yes
There are multiple types of chairs, some with arms and some without.
Are food and (non-alcoholic) drinks allowed in the space? Yes
How many bathrooms (both single and multiple occupancy) are available?
How many wheelchair accessible stalls are there?
How many gender-neutral bathrooms are available?