I am facilitating a panel discussion as one of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 events, in collaboration with the IEEE. Attendance is free.
This is the brief that I have given to the panelists.
Software development in South Africa is still a closed society. It is also a consumer society. It is closed because we are not inclusive nor embracing of our cultural diversity. It is a consumer society because we are net importers of technology, fed by global technology companies motivated by profit in a third world market. This is the lifestyle of software development – import ideas, import technology, and restricted participation. A desired future state is a lifestyle of software developers where we are net exporters of ideas, exporters technology and encouraging inclusive participation. In this session, we want to explore why this future state is valuable, and what we need to do to achieve this.
And the panelists are …
- Philip Copeman of Pink Software. He is the custodian of TurboCash, most probably South Africa’s most successful open source software
- Brain Leke of ThoughtWorks. Brain is a long time champion of equality of demographics in African software communities.
- Lorraine Steyn of local startup I’m Bored. Lor has been in the trenches of helping young developers kick start their careers for over 25 years.
When, where …
- Date: May 20, 2014
- Time: 12.30PM to 1.30PM. It’s deliberately being held over lunch, and it’s a free attendance.
- Where: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange
- Address: 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town (here’s the map)
- Cost: Free
Why are we doing this?
… because it is an important for the sustainability of software development as a thriving sector, and this spurs further discussion and action too; and to a much wider audience.
… and because we should care.