ScaleConf, taking place at the end of January 2012, is the first conference of its kind to be hosted in South Africa. The two-day event will bring together local and international experts to talk about the challenges and future of building and running online sites and services.
The growing startup focus in Cape Town brings with it the need to build web applications at an unprecedented scale. If Silicon Cape startups want to be viable in a global market, scalability has to be a key concern. A keen awareness of this is what drove two operations engineers at Yola.com, Jonathan Hitchcock and Duncan Phillips, to create ScaleConf.
Jonathan and Duncan would like to see a world-class DevOps culture here in South Africa; their aim is for ScaleConf to help drive this by promoting the best practices and technologies in the field. Jonathan explains, “While in the US I had attended some great technical conferences, and I wanted to bring that level of quality to South Africa.”
The conference is supported by 2go, a large-scale mobile messenger social network; Basho, the developers of the popular Riak distributed database; and Amazon Web Services, who provide much of the infrastructure behind many of the startups in business today.
Presentations will cover the culture and methodologies used to architect and develop the strong foundations that enable large-scale web companies to function smoothly and smaller ones to grow gracefully.
The speaker line-up includes some big names, like Coda Hale (Infrastructure Architect at Yammer Inc.), Chris Brown (VP of Engineering at OpsCode), Zach Holman (Github) and Simone Brunozzi (Amazon Web Services). Confirmed local speakers include Simon de Haan (Chief Engineer at Praekelt Foundation), Jonathan Hitchcock (Operations Lead at Yola.com) and Wesley Lynch (Founder and CEO of Realmdigital).
ScaleConf is aimed at two main groups:
|Dates:||26 and 27 January 2012|
|Venue:||Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Conference Centre, Cape Town|
|Ticket price:||R1,000 if you’re paying by EFT, or $130 via other payment options|
There are only 300 places available, and tickets are being snapped up quickly. The ticket price includes entrance and lunch on both days, as well as superb learning and networking opportunities.
Register and get more information at http://scaleconf.org.
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