Meetup of Meetups: CT 21st of May

May 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Cape Town Women in Tech organisers are trying something different for a meetup this time. We’re teaming up with CTPUG and DevOps to join forces make a meetup of meetups. The one meetup to rule them all. 

Date: 21st May 2019

Agenda 🗓
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18:00 – 18:45: Arrive & mingle with people.
18:45 – 20:00: Three short talks.
20:00 – 21:00: Continue chatting & networking.

Talks 📢
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– Zinidi Data Science Platform – Celina Lee

Celina Lee, CEO of Zindi joins us to discuss the platform and how
data scientists can find all the tools they need on Zindi to compete, share ideas, hone their skills, build their professional profiles and find career opportunities. Zindi is also a place to access African datasets and solve African problems. Whether you are a veteran or a newbie this exciting new platform is definitely worth exploring.

– Blameless Culture: Keeping promises even when people F*** up bad – Gareth Dwyer

Blameless culture in technical teams is a growing trend. I’ll talk about taking this to the extreme, focussing on DevOps teams, and ask some questions about how to handle situations where someone has obviously and badly f***ed up (and maybe provide some answers). Even if they don’t get blamed, should they at least receive negative feedback as an incentive to not do stupid sh*t again? Maybe not. If you don’t enjoy this talk, I am obviously not to blame.

– How to power up your Django ORM – Jethro Muller

The Django ORM is a powerful tool. However, it is often misunderstood and confusing to
debug, optimise, and use effectively. Properly using the Django ORM can lead to incredible
speed improvements and allow complicated queries to be expressed simply. In this talk,
I’ll discuss common debugging, optimisation, and querying techniques to improve
productivity and avoid common pitfalls.

Venue 🏢
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Takealot
12th Floor, Takealot Building 18a Rua da Gama Plain, Foreshore · Cape Town

As you arrive on the 12th floor, to the left is the bar. And to the right is the auditorium.
Please visit the bar and have a drink and a light snack (thanks to Takealot’s sponsorship).
Please be in the auditorium at about 18:45 for the talk.

* Street parking on
– Hertzog Blvd on the Auto Atlantic side
– DF Malan on both sides of the street by the Artscape
– Rua Bartholomeu Dias Plain
– Salazar Plain

* Secure parking in
– Auto Atlantic parking ~R10/hour
– Media 24 parking next to Salazar Plain ~R30
– Netcare / Virgin Active parking (access via DF Malan) “Not sure on price”

Please see the map here: https://imgur.com/7bAKHtp

Sponsors 💝
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AWS are gold sponsors of this unique event

Jetbrains for giving away a full license to one of their products
Takealot for the drinks.
Takealot for the venue.
OfferZen for the speaker gift, shirts and stickers

Code of Conduct
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Please refer to the DevOps Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Cape-Town-DevOps/pages/21932587/Code_of_Conduct/

Women in Tech Intro to Python Workshop

September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Women in Tech ZA along with PyConZA brings you “Python for Everyone”, a beginners Python workshop.

If you haven’t programmed before, or are new to programming, this hands-on workshop will teach you the fundamental concepts of computer programming, and get you started with using Python to solve problems, automate work, and bring your ideas to life.

Everyone is welcome!

Requirements: A laptop computer with Linux, macOS, or Windows installed, and administrative privileges to install Python. Previous programming experience is not required.

Book your place here now!

Female Devs Wanted in Cape Town

April 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Female Devs Wanted in Cape Town

Cape is a Silicon Valley backed startup based in Cape Town and San Francisco. Last week we were acquired by Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) for our first of its kind Wi-Fi monitoring product, and for our team! As a result of this deal we’re growing our Cape Town office (currently 12 people) so that we can scale our systems to meet an expected surge in demand as our product is marketed through Aruba’s sales channels.

A bit about Cape:

– Small team (15 people across ZA and USA), founded in Cape Town (2014), backed by Silicon Valley venture capital
– “Full stack” startup: we design & build our own hardware, firmware, back-end and front-end software
– First product of its kind in the world — a device + dashboard that helps companies like Apple, Marriott, Dimension Data make sure their Wi-Fi and SaaS performance is excellent 24/7
– Awarded “Best Startup 2017” from Wi-Fi Now (international industry body)
– Acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise last week(!) for the team and technology (plus huge market)
– Expecting 100X scale in next 18-24 months
– We’re investing significantly in our Engineering & Design team in Cape Town
– We’re hiring senior software engineers (front-end, back-end, iOS, ML, embedded), and a senior UI designer

Cape offers a unique opportunity as a truly full-stack startup. We design our hardware in-house and manufacture in Cape Town. Our back-end and front-end systems and software are built entirely in-house using Python, ReactJS, Java, InfluxDB, and AWS Kinesis among other technologies.

Experience in any of the technologies mentioned above would be a big plus for the engineering roles.

Please contact victor@capenetworks.com if you’re interested in working for us!

If you want to advertise job opening or anything else to our network please get in touch with Robyn Farah.

Yes, We Have Changed Our Logo!

April 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

Yes, We Have Changed Our Logo!

You may have noticed that we, Women in Tech ZA, have changed our logo. We have done this as we have connected with several Women in Tech Chapters around South Africa and Botswana, so we wanted to use a logo that can easily be altered to suit each chapter as well as clearly be associated with their umbrella organisation, US!

About the logo: In 2016 Women in Tech Cape Town ran an online competition for the community to submit designs for the community. After receiving over 20 designs we got the public to vote for their favourite design and the winner was the below by Samuel Molahloe.

 

Women in Tech Chapters:

As of March 2018, Women in Tech ZA is grown from being an online platform to being connected to 4 Women in Tech Chapters around Sub Saharan Africa. (Thank you to Mishal Weston for editing all the logos from Samuel Molahloe’s original design)

 

Women in Tech ZA Goals: In February 2018 Robyn Farah became chairperson for Women in Tech ZA. Her aims are:

  • To have active women in tech communities all over South Africa connected to Women in Tech ZA
  • A “Woman in Tech of the Week” feature on the Women in Tech ZA website weekly.
  • Have active Social Media platforms
  • Get sponsorship to collect data on females in Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in South Africa

Get Involved:

Did you know that Women in Tech is registered as an NPC this means that donations to our organisation are tax deductible!

 

#InspiringFifty South Africa 2018 nominations open on IWD

March 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Call for nominations are now open for #InspiringFiftySA 2018

This year marks the second edition of #InspiringFiftySA, an initiative that benchmarks and awards the 50 most inspiring women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). In celebration of International Women’s Day, the call for nominations has officially opened. The initiative is by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cape Town.

“The African tech ecosystem is growing exponentially. This is re-shaping the South African
economy as technology and innovation are leapfrogging beyond established technology, ideas,
and infrastructure. The instrumental role played by women in this sector should be made more
visible on a local and global level. These women are the inspiring role models for the future.
Inspiring Fifty South Africa allows us to create a platform for these women in technology,
showing our girls that they can do the same,” says Bonnie Horbach, the Netherlands Consul
General in Cape Town. The collaboration forms part of the Dutch campaign in South Africa,
named #cocreateSA.

Last year #InspiringFiftySA received 252 nominations of which fifty amazing women were
awarded the #InspiringFifty accolade. Amongst these women were Adriana Marais, Aisha
Pandor, Nunu Ntshingila, Portia Maurice, Mickey Mashale, Magda Wierzycka and Yolisa Kani.
What makes this award different, is that it includes women who paving the way in government,
education and the corporate space, to empower girls aspiring a career in STEM.

“To be recognised for doing inspiring work is one thing, but to do so while being featured
alongside the amazing Inspiring Fifty SA women was simply incredible! The initiative introduced
me to incredibly smart and bold women who inspired me to continue being the same. The 2017
cohort proved that there’s a plethora of women doing world class work in STEM and I’m only
excited to meet the nominees for Inspiring Fifty SA 2018. I hope the new nominees jump at the
opportunity!” – Lethabo Motswaledi, winner of the 2017 Inspiring Fifty SA and Co-founder of 3D
Power.

“Being an #InspiringFiftySA judge exposed me to a high caliber of women in the SA tech space
that I didn’t even know existed. It was tough to choose as I was in awe of the 270 nominations
from all over SA. I made new connections with very powerful women in Tech. I believe South Africa has a great pool of role models that need to be exposed to girls and #InspiringFiftySA is
doing exactly that,” said Baratang Miya, #InspiringFiftySA 2017 Judge and Founder of GirlHype.

“​#InspiringFiftySA is a valuable initiative which allows young girls and boys from all walks of life
to see role models across the STEM fields who they can aspire to be. It showcases the
abundance of hard work and talent which our country possesses. Personally for me
#InspiringFiftySA gave me access to a network of women who share the same value of making
our country a better place in growing the STEM field,” said Dr Mmaki Jantjies, winner of #InspiringFiftySA and Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Information Systems,
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of the Western Cape.

To meet the criteria, a nominee has to be a founder of a technology company; or hold a position in a C-Level position in a technology company; or be an influencer, academic or politician in the technology or innovation space. Inspiring Fifty encourages South Africans and the technology eco-system to nominate their most inspiring female role models.

To nominate your most inspiring women in tech, visit https://inspiringfifty.awardsplatform.com/
For more information on Inspiring Fifty, visit http://cocreatesa.nl/inspiring-fifty-homepage/

One million maths exercises completed on Siyavula’s online learning platform

October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

One million maths exercises completed on Siyavula’s online learning platform

[Cape Town] 25 October 2017: Learners in Grades 8-12 around the country completed one million maths exercises on Siyavula Education’s online learning platform in October – meeting the target of the #1MillionMaths Challenge ahead of schedule, one week before 31 October. The #1MillionMaths Challenge was launched by Siyavula and Google.org at the end of September in a nation-wide drive to promote maths revision and practice for final exams. Siyavula made its platform accessible for free to every single learner in Grades 8-12 in Sout

Siyavula maths challenge participants

h Africa both during and after the challenge – removing the R599 annual subscription fee until 15 December. This means that the huge numbers of learners who signed on to use the tool for free in October will still be able to benefit until after exams are over. But the really big news is that this is just a taste of things to come: the first 150,000 users from low-fee public schools will receive free access for the entirety of 2018 thanks to sponsorship from Google.org, which gave Siyavula a $1.5 million grant in July this year.

To stand a chance to receive one of the 150 000 Google-sponsored subscriptions for 2018, learners can visit the Siyavula website at www.siyavula.com, register for a trial account and redeem the following access code: siyavula-one-million-maths. This code will grant them premium access until 15 December. There are still two more weeks of prizes to be given out, including iPads, Samsung Galaxy phones, airtime, vouchers and the grand prize of a MacBook laptop. We invite learners to join the Siyavula Facebook page to monitor our progress and stay up to date.

MTN announces winners of Women in ICT Partnership for Change Awards

September 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

MTN last week announced the winners in the second annual Women in ICT Partnership for Change Awards at a glittering event held in Sandton.

The Awards were hosted by MTN in partnership with Kagiso Media and ITWeb Brainstorm and seek to accelerate the participation of women in the sector through recognising and rewarding those who have made a significant contribution to it.

The Leadership Recognition Award went to Carol Thomas, CIO of the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Technical director at Aurecon Rene Pearson won the Innovator Recognition Award. The SME Recognition Award went to Matua Ramapuputla, CEO of Moepi Publishing. Founder of The Click Foundation Martine Shaffer, won the Community Builder Recognition Award.

Dr HF Swanepoel, who was unfortunately not on hand to receive her award, won the Lifetime Achiever Award. Dr Swanepoel is the Chief Technologist at Eskom Group’s Technology Engineering Division.

ITWeb’s Paula Gilbert and Simnikiwe Mzekandaba jointly won the Excellence in ICT Journalism Award. MTN’s Group CEO and President Rob Shuter handed the CEO’s Award to MTN employee Fatima Mayet. Awards judge Charmaine Houvet from Cisco won the Ministerial Recognition Award.

 

Wits Navigator Challenge – entry deadline extended

March 9, 2017 in Uncategorized
WITS NAVIGATOR CHALLENGE 

Wits University’s Disability Rights Unit (DRU) assists over 1000 students and staff each year. Almost a third of these are physically or visually impaired. While Wits University’s campuses meet very high standards of accessibility for those with disabilities, it remains difficult for some disabled students to navigate around Wits.

The Wits Campus Personal Navigator Challenge aims to develop innovative systems that will increase the independence of students with visual and physical disabilities by providing them with a “personal navigator” around Wits’ vast campuses. The system should be able to safely guide a visually impaired or a physically impaired student from one location to another by using predefined safe accessible routes.

The system could be a simple standalone device that attaches to a walking cane or wheelchair or be a wearable device (e.g. wristband). This unique navigation system may work independently or in conjunction with relevant existing and/or future systems (software, apps, maps, etc.) to provide visual/audible directions and information to the student. To do this the proposed system might use multiple sensors installed at key points on campus which will provide location information and alerts to the base unit installed on a walking cane/ wheelchair/wearable device.

The aim of the Challenge is to assist successful entrants in turning a great idea into a viable tech startup. The top 10 ideas will have an opportunity to work in Wits University’s new startup incubator in the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein. The winner of the Challenge will spend 4 weeks working in a partner incubator in Canada, USA, Netherlands, UK or India.

The Challenge is open to all – not only Wits Students – and is being run by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) with sponsorship from the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: 24th MARCH 2017

SUBMIT APPLICATION

Click here for more detailed information on the event.