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CT-SPIN #111: “How much should you pay your domestic worker?” and other burning questions that people care about.

Wine Sponsor

Polymorph Systems

About the talk

Code for South Africa recently published a calculator on News24 that helps employers decide what to pay their domestic workers. The response was overwhelming. While the topic of domestic workers is an important one, this tool is the latest in a series of experiments that explore a new form of delivering information to audiences. In an age of information overload, how can we deliver important content, and more importantly, how can we help users take action and make more informed decisions. The thinking behind this tool is universal and can be applied to your business to better communicate with your customers and other stakeholders.

About the speaker

Adi Eyal (@soapsudtycoon) is the founder of Code for South Africa, a non-profit organisation that uses data and technology to promote informed decision-making to drive social change. He is a former software developer who spent a few years working in the data dark-side before he decided that data can be used for good.

Venue


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 – Steve Barnett
18:25 “How much should you pay your domestic worker?” and other burning questions that people care about. – Adi Eyal
19:25 Closing and Thanks – Steve Barnett
19:30 Networking & Discussion

CT-SPIN #89 – Android Live Wallpaper Development

Event Sponsor

Korwe

Android Live Wallpapers are a great way to add some much-needed interaction and activity to an otherwise bland Android “desktop” interface.

There are many traps and pitfalls associated with live wallpaper and development. In this talk, I’ll give some code, pointers and tips that will hopefully help you create your very own live wallpaper for Android 2.2 and newer devices.

Among the topics covered are application life-cycle management, dealing with issues like resource management and the different rendering speeds and screen resolutions in the market. We’ll look at a basic framework for creating live wallpapers and see how we can reuse this framework to create different styles of wallpapers.

I’ll also touch cover some game development elements.

Slides and code from the talk now available.

Venue

Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn,
3rd Floor,
Block B,
66 Albert Road,
Woodstock

Note: It is one of those old industrial buildings in Woodstock that is getting a revamp. 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. We will also try to organise some undercover spaces.

RSVP

Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP at ctspin89.eventbrite.com.

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CT-SPIN #84: SPINJam – Native vs Cross-platform for Mobile Development

Mobile continues to be a huge area of opportunity and challenges, especially in South Africa. And it’s not just about phones anymore: featurephones and smartphones are being joined by tablets, phablets, TVs and games consoles, bringing us an ever-increasing range of screen sizes and capabilities.

Like any question worth discussing, the answer to “Native or Cross-platform for Mobile Development?” is “It depends.” This year’s SPINJam aims to have a frank and open discussion around the options and approaches available, and the pros and cons of each.

The format of the SPINJam will be similar to last year’s inaugural event: we will have a panel of 4 people, with a facilitator to lead the discussion. We’ll begin with a few minutes from each of the panellists to put forward their take on the topic. This will lead into an open floor discussion lead by the facilitator.

Topics may include:

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CT-SPIN #82 – Built in, not bolted on: web application security done right

Event Sponsors

Alacrity web site
Polymorph Systems web site

Security for your web applications is not something you should ignore or defer to a later stage of your project. Paul van Woudenberg and Theo van Niekerk, the founders of ThinkSmart Information Systems and Security, will discuss the strategy of incorporating security measures into the development process from an early stage.

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Snacks kindly sponsored by Alacrity.
Wine kindly sponsored by Polymorph Systems.

Venue

Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn’s NEW location,
3rd Floor,
Block B
66 Albert Road,
Woodstock

Note: It is one of those old industrial buildings in Woodstock that is getting a revamp. 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.

RSVP

Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP at ctspin82.eventbrite.com. Alternatively, RSVP by sending YES or MAYBE via our contact form.

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CT-SPIN #81: Simple Measuring

Event Sponsors

DVT Logo
Polymorph Systems web site

By using simple measurements it is possible to effectively quantify value and measure the workflow of various distributed agile teams, helping ensure that you are cutting fat and not meat when trying to be lean.

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Snacks and drinks kindly sponsored by Dynamic Visual Technologies

Wine kindly sponsored by Polymorph Systems.

Venue

Wednesday, 15 August 2012, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn’s NEW location,
3rd Floor, Block B
66 Albert Road,
Woodstock

Note: It is one of those old industrial buildings in Woodstock that is getting a revamp. If you enter through the entrance on Albert Road you have to walk all the way to the back (through a construction site). There is also an entrance on 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 Albert Road, Station St and Williams St around the venue.

RSVP

Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP at ctspin81.eventbrite.com. Alternatively, RSVP by sending YES or MAYBE via our contact form.

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Agile India 2012

Agile Alliance is happy to present Asia’s largest Agile conference. Agile India 2012 is the first Agile Alliance conference to be held outside North America.

Come and join us for three spectacular days in India’s technology hub—Bengaluru. Learn and share your experience in software development and agile adoption with various speakers and attendees from different parts of Asia and around the world. Participate and exchange ideas with researchers and academics from around the world as they showcase the best of international research on Agile software development.

Agile India 2012 will have many sessions on all aspects of agile including agile product management. Learn more at Agile India 2012.

I am actively looking for speakers for the agile product management stage, for any further information, please contact me at: annua@digiata.com

Hoping to see some of the passionate South African agilists there!