Highlights from DevCraft 2018

By Joy Wambui
DevCraft
  Published 16 Oct 2018
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The 2018 edition of DevCraft happened on the 27th and 28th September at iHub, Nairobi. Over two days, we saw more than 300 attendees attend the second edition of the conference.

 

DevCraft is a conference for and by designers and software developers with the aim of raising the quality of the software craft in Kenya. The conference pools together some of the brightest minds in the local tech ecosystem to network, share their knowledge and learn from industry experts over the course of 2 days. This year's edition took place on the 27th and 28th of September 2018.

iHub had awesome keynotes, first off, Caine Wanjau, who spoke of scaling an engineering team: His own experience being, growing from no technical team to a 25 person team!

Caine Wanjau - DevcraftKE 2018

We also had our second keynote speaker, Dr. Chao Mbogho, who spoke on bridging the gap between academia and industry: The importance of mentorship and how the Kamilimu program seeks to address it.

The panel sessions, workshops, and talks were informative and relevant. You can watch all the videos by following the links below:

  • Caine Wanjau's keynote "Scaling a developer team - the when and how"
  • Dr. Chao Mbogo's keynote "Bridging the skills gap between Computer Science academia and industry"
  • Design thinking – why the slow adoption? patterns, technologies and the disconnect panel session
  • Getting the best out of your devs – tools, methodologies, best practices panel session
  • Old school tech - how it was in the beginning panel session
  • Applications of AI, ML and Data Science in Kenya panel session
  • Challenges and successes hiring for technology companies; including hiring women, students panel session
  • Dr. Kagonya Awori's talk "Demystifying UX/HCD/UCD/design thinking for product development"
  • Kennedy Kirui's talk "Is it worth pursuing a career in Product management?"
  • Kenneth Kinyanjui's talk "Demystifying Big Data on the Cloud"
  • Mercy Mugii's talk "Building great teams: Emotional Intelligence for Software Development Professionals"

Looking for photos of you at the event? You can find all the photos from the event on iHub's Flickr account.

iHub admires the determination and dedication of our attendees and have been challenged to plan more inclusive events when one of our attendees who is deaf came with two sign language interpreters.

There was no dull moment. When attendees were not networking over some food and drinks, there was a VR stand to keep them entertained.

The job fair ran for the two days and saw some attendees connect with hiring companies and land jobs. Sendy hired one of the attendees on the spot!


This year’s DevCraft could not have been a success without our awesome sponsors and partners. Special mention goes to our main sponsors Twiga Foods and Google as well as our other sponsors Nobilis Ltd, Ongair, Sendy, Kocela and Andela.
We are grateful to our partners Speedy Ticket for working with us in the sale of tickets, Pneuma Networks for providing internet connectivity and setting up the VR stand as well as Kamilimu who provided super volunteers to help with the coordination of the event.

Finally, a big shout out to all the attendees for coming through yet again for the second edition of the DevCraft Conference and to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring this dream to life.
Thank you and see you at DevCraft 2019!


Till next time!

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