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)
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:
- Sharon Njihia and Joy Kendi are the ones who ran up and down coordinating most of the activities
- Kenneth Kinyanjui, James Mwai, and Dennis Muthuri for helping out with the conference program
- Joe Mathai and Evans Campbell for marketing the event really well
- Zack Adell for the amazing design work
- Evans Mwendwa and James Kirwa for DevCraft website
- Sidney Ochieng, Eric Asiago, and Azariah Sang for helping out with reaching out to different people and giving a helping hand with the logistics
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.
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.