Tech4Africa Conference 2013

shanaazp —  October 15, 2013 — Leave a comment


Currently in its fourth year, the Tech4Africa conference came to Johannesburg last week Thursday and Friday (9-10 October).

According to their website, Tech4Africa is considered to be “the premier African technology event for everyone interested in technology in Africa”. Hosting over 600 delegates this year, the conference ran over two days with a core focus on technical workshops and sessions for practitioners. Delegates could also attend and enjoy interesting talks where knowledge on various subjects within the technical field was imparted.

Featuring a range of impressive speakers over the years, Tutuka’s very own software developer, Jurgens du Toit joined the ranks this year, offering his input in a talk entitled; “Is PHP the slums of the programming world?”. This included a discussion about PHP’s viability as a language in a modern web stack.

“I attended Tech4Africa for the first time last year, and decided that I’m going to try and speak at it this year. My experience is that people tend to disregard PHP as a modern language, and I wanted to address this…It’s not part of Tutuka’s web stack, but as I have quite a bit of experience with it, I decided to centre my talk around it,” said Jurgens about his involvement.

“Although the conference is somewhat business orientated, the first day’s focus is on development and developers, and a lot of technically minded people attend the first day. It’s a great opportunity to network and be exposed to other technologies and methodologies.”

As part of their programme, Tech4Africa also runs what they term “Developer Hackathons”, an opportunity, for those interested, to explore technology stacks, complex problems, emerging technologies and more.

We commend Jurgens on his involvement at the Tech4Africa conference and see this as an example of the expertise and knowledge-base housed at Tutuka.


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