International tech experts heading to Cape Town for ScaleConf

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, 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.


What to expect

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 and Wesley Lynch (Founder and CEO of Realmdigital).


Who should attend?

ScaleConf is aimed at two main groups:

  • Members of technical teams dealing with a large or growing customer base – the problems that arise as a service grows present an ongoing technical challenge.
  • Business and product people who spend their days figuring out how to make users happy – it’s easy to forget that site reliability is an essential component of building a great customer experience.


Book your spot

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

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Comment by Leonard David Green on January 4, 2012 at 12:33

I hope the conference will be broadcast to those who cant afford to attend the event.

Comment by Ramesh Cara on December 23, 2011 at 14:16

Do post as much feedback please.

Thanks and best regards


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