All posts by Herve Bagalwa

CT-SPIN #110: Why should parents learn how to code

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About the talk

As parents we all read to our children from a young age and encourage them to write. We do not expect them to become journalists or write books, but we know that these skills are a pathway to their productivity and prosperity. For me it’s the same with coding. I will be using my journey on how I learned to code and the benefits to my children and society.

About the speaker

Baratang Miya

Baratang Miya is a Businesswoman, and a Mother championing and dedicated to using technology to advances youth, mainly girls, to lead healthy and productive lives. She is the manager of TheBarn Khayelitsha.  She also serves on the board of Silicon Cape. She spends her Saturdays teaching girls how to Create Apps and build Websites at GirlHYPE, the NGO she formed in 2004 to encourage girls to enter STEM careers.

Venue


Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn,
3rd Floor,
Block B,
Woodstock Exchange,
66-68 Albert Road,
Woodstock

Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. Dial 300 on the intercom if the door isn’t open.

RSVP

Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP via Meetup.

Agenda

18:15 Welcoming and Introduction – Herve Bagalwa
18:25 Why should parents learn how to code –  Baratang Miya
19:25 Closing and Thanks – Herve Bagalwa
19:30 Networking & Discussion

SPINJam: Software methodologies in South Africa

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According to southafrica.info “The South African information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is well established and sophisticated.” “South African software developers are recognised for their innovation, production and cost efficiency – and are backed by sturdy local infrastructure, as well as government support.”

While southafrica.info paints a pretty picture of the South African Software landscape, industry experts have mixed opinions, especially concerning the methodologies used in Software development.

On the 19th of November we will have 4 panelists debating over types of Software methodologies and their relevance in the South African Software industry.

Venue

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn,
3rd Floor,
Block B,
Woodstock Exchange,
66-68 Albert Road,
Woodstock

Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. Dial 300 on the intercom if the door isn’t open.

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Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP on the SPIN meetup page.

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CT-SPIN #103: Driving Client Adoption

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A large percentage of software projects fail. Most times not because the technology team could not deliver the application based on the Functionality Specification Document provided.They fail because the clients thought they knew what they wanted and what was developed was not what they needed. Hours and money have gone down the drain.Client fatigue starts to step in. My Discussion will focus on using some software design methodologies to avoid this pitfall.

About the Speaker

Kolawole Olajide is an education technologist based in South Africa. He is also the lead engineer at Funda, a company that develops learning management systems for higher institutions in South Africa. Funda has been recognized as the best innovation in education in the world meeting the United Nations Millenium Development Goals. He is very involved with software certification training with major organizations in South Africa most notably Business Connexion and he leads the development team on a major city of Cape Town project. Kola‘s passion for education technology arose from his need to see African institutions growing technologically, out of the four walls of a classroom. He was recently selected by the African Leadership Academy as one of the Top 12 entrepreneurs under the age of 25 in Africa.

Venue

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn,
3rd Floor,
Block B,
Woodstock Exchange,
66-68 Albert Road,
Woodstock

 

 

Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. Dial 300 on the intercom if the door isn’t open.

RSVP

Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP via Meetup.

Agenda

18:15 Welcoming and Introduction
Herve Bagalwa
18:25 Office Optional
Kolowole Olajide
19:25 Closing and Thanks
Herve Bagalwa
19:30 Networking & Discussion

CT-SPIN #99: Freelancing and working from home

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If you are currently in an office job and wondering what it’s like on the other side of the fence, this talk is for you. Working from home and/or freelancing offers an unprecedented amount of freedom, but it comes with a variety of additional responsibilities and pitfalls. Nonetheless it can be a very fulfilling experience. This talk will discuss the good and the bad of being an independent developer. It will also provide some tips and tools for maximizing the fun and minimizing the pain. If you are currently working as a freelancer or consultant, come along to this talk and share your own insights with us.

About the Speaker

Rizmari is a freelance software developer working in Cape Town and anywhere else that has Internet access. She started off her career in games development at Tasty Poison Games, followed by 2 years at Praekelt Consulting doing web development. For the last few months she has been freelancing, making it her 3rd year of working at home in her PJs. She is passionate about open source tools, education, yoga and figuring out the balance between life and work. She is currently working on making pygame faster (http://morepypy.blogspot.com/2014/03/pygamecffi-pygame-on-pypy.html) and trying to make SA census data accessible (http://mma-dashboard.code4sa.org/profiles/municipality-CPT/).

Venue

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn,
3rd Floor,
Block B,
Woodstock Exchange,
66-68 Albert Road,
Woodstock

 

 

Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. Dial 300 on the intercom if the door isn’t open.

RSVP

Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP via Meetup.

Agenda

18:15 Welcoming and Introduction
Herve C. Bagalwa
18:25 Case Study
Rizmari Versfeld
19:25 Closing and Thanks
Jan Pool
19:30 Networking & Discussion