DevConf 2019

Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa March 26, 2019, March 28, 2019

CFP closed at  August 31, 2018 23:08 UTC

DevConf is a community-driven, developer focused, one-day conference which is hosted annually in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; that is one day for Joburg (28 March 2019) and one day for Cape Town (26 March 2019). The aim of the conference is to provide software developers vendor neutral and technology agnostic content on tools, practices and principles applicable to tackling current and future challenges in the South African software development environment. It’s an event where attendees can learn, network and be inspired regardless of their specific technology stack and programming language of choice.

Types of talks

We have a single type of talk, a 50min presentation style. Do demos, play audio, do anything! The 50min is the TOTAL time is for everything; including Q&A.

The audience at DevConf is a wide range of people, from junior developers to senior management. There is no specific tech or vendor association. Our majority of attendees are corporate developers so we find that talks which help developers find explore tech or solve problems are really well received. Java, JavaScript and .NET are very popular in South Africa but we would love talks for other languages too. Security talks have been consistently rated highly.

We also have a small number of slots for a more fun content which is relevant to developers. These are great to cover something not so work-related, for example: flying a drone with VR, machine learning & brewing beer, or integrating hardware to Kerbal using JavaScript are all great talks.

Sales pitches are not welcome.


DevConf 2019 will take place for the fourth year in Johannesburg on the 28th March 2019 and, for the second time, in Cape Town on the 26th March 2019.

The Cape Town event is smaller and as such not all speakers selected will present in Cape Town. All selected speakers will present in Johannesburg.

Accepted Proposals

All selected speakers to DevConf include a pass for the event and invite to the speakers-only dinner. Travel and accommodation can also be included for full slot presenters, including international speakers. Local travel for speakers who are selected to present in both cities will be arranged.

International Speakers

Yes, we can cover travel and accommodation for you too! We have a tight budget for international speakers, so if you can assist in any way please let us know as it does help.


  1. We are accepting papers from 1 August 2018 0:08 UTC
  2. We will close the call for papers on 31 August 2018 at 23:08 UTC
  3. Every talk will be scored by a panel of approx. 8 people with a diverse set of backgrounds by 28 September 2018
  4. Based on the scoring, a proposed agenda will be organised by 6th October 2018
  5. Selected speakers will be emailed by the 7th October through Paper call (please make sure you check your spam)
  6. Speakers to confirm, by email by 15th October. Any speaker who does not confirm will forfeit their slot.

CFP Description

What type of content are we looking for?

Anything that is relevant to developers, be that about code, platforms, technology, methodologies, how to work with people or just things which are cool. We want transparent and real experiences - this isn’t a place for a sales pitch. We want all types of speakers - first timers or experienced! We have an opportunity for all to speak.

Non-developers are especially welcome to present. Talks from security, database, UI and other technical experts sharing information that developers should know are often fantastically well attended and rated highly.

Expectations for speakers

In addition to the presentation on the days of the event, we will have two additional functions for speakers we require you attend: * The day each before the event we will have a tech check at the conference venue from 4 pm. It should take no longer than an hour. * The night before the events we will have a speakers dinner near the venue and we would love for you to attend and meet the other speakers.

You are welcome to submit multiple talks, but we will only select one talk per speaker to enable you to network and attend other talks during the day.

How to get accepted? * New content is prefered over old * You present your own experiences from the field * You can bring a diverse view to a subject * Live demos over just slides * Have a look at talks from previous years to get inspired for content * Something that makes your talk stand out from other talks on the same topic

How to get rejected? * Topics which have been covered often (unless there is a twist or deep experience) * Marketing or sales pitches

Blind Review

This is a blind review process so please do not enter personally identifying info in the elevator pitch, description or notes fields. If you want to include information which may identify you, please use the additional information field which will only be seen after the sessions are rated. If you can represent a diverse view please make sure you state that in your notes as we actively aim for having a very diverse set of talks.