DevCraft 2016 Recap - photos and videos

By Kennedy Kirui
DevCraft
  Published 26 Oct 2016
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DevCraft 2016 Recap - photos and videos

The night before the first edition of DevCraft 2016 was an interesting one. It all started with the stage. Due to some mix-up, the dimensions of the stage as indicated by the hotel were incorrect and as a result, the setup we had in mind couldn’t work. Luckily we managed to improvise.

Next, we realized that speakers would face a challenge reading their slides as there were no screens in front of the speaker. This one was harder to work around. In the end, we opted to have a laptop on stage. The speaker would simultaneously click on the projected presentation and the slide on the laptop. This was taking multitasking to the next level!

When we thought everything was in place we realized that the conference’s swag hadn’t been delivered yet. How would people remember our conference if they didn’t have a notebook and a t-shirt? We had to wait for the supplier until 12am. Luckily he showed up with all the merchandise in order. Finally, the team could take a break.

The first day of a conference is usually the tensest one for the organizer. Will people show up? Might a speaker cancel on us? Will people enjoy the conference? These are some of the questions that ran through our minds that Thursday morning. Our fears were heightened by the light drizzle. However, soon enough people started streaming in. Unexpectedly, we didn’t start at 9am as planned. However, we managed to start just 30 minutes past the scheduled time. From there, things went rather smoothly. Each speaker session, workshop, and panel were received well by the attendees. The hashtag #DevCraftKe trended on Twitter going up as high as number 5. The attendees gave immensely positive feedback about how the conference was planned. To top it up, the lunch was really good!

Photos and videos from DevCraft 2016

Due to a technical hitch, we aren't able to share all the videos from the conference. Don't despair, though. We have a couple of videos for you.

Sam Gikandi, CEO & Cofounder Africa's Talking - architecture for scale

 

Jacob Chencha, Scrum master iHub - introducing agile to your team

 

Panel: The changing developer marketplace

 

The full DevCraft 2016 video playlist can be found on our iHub YouTube channel here.

Some of the photos (randomly selected)

Judith Owirgar (left) and Serah Rono were panelists on ' Diversity in development' Judith Owirgar (left) and Serah Rono were panelists on ' Diversity in development'
Attendees at DevCraft 2016 having a conversation on the side Attendees at DevCraft 2016 having a conversation on the side
Ken Mwenda from eMobilis couldn't resist striking a pose Ken Mwenda from eMobilis couldn't resist striking a pose for the camera
Most attendees won't forget this lady. She asked developers at DevCraft 2016 where their Range Rovers are Most attendees won't forget this lady. She asked developers at DevCraft 2016 where their Range Rovers are
Prosper Otemuyiwa facilitating a workshop at DevCraft 2016 Prosper Otemuyiwa facilitating a workshop at DevCraft 2016
Jabari Smith did an amazing job as the MC at DevCraft 2016 Jabari Smith did an amazing job as the MC at DevCraft 2016

You can browse the full gallery on iHub's Flickr account here.

A shout out to theteam behind DevCraft 2016

DevCraft 2016 was organized fully by a team of volunteers. In no order of importance, the team was made up of the following:

A special shout out goes to Mercy Mugii for bringing the entire team together to achieve this. Without her, we don't think we would have had such an amazing conference.

 

Some of the guys who worked hard to bring you DevCraft 2016 Some of the guys who worked hard to bring you DevCraft 2016

The partners and sponsors

We also had partners who helped us out. Gebeya and Kuhustle were instrumental in marketing DevCraft 2016. Akirachix and Moringa School gave us volunteers on the day. The Africa Digital Media Institute (ADM) were in the media partner.

A special shout out goes to our sponsors Andela, Ushahidi, BRCK, Google, Mobidev, and eMobilis. There are a lot of things you can't do without money; organizing an amazing conference like DevCraft 2016 is one of them.

Do you have any feedback that we can use to improve next year's edition? Feel free to drop us an email ([email protected]) or fill out this form.

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