What we're about

We love all things developer.

We are a technology & vendor-neutral group (so we do not favour anyone or anything) which lets us share and learn on WIDE variety of topics from software development methodologies to patterns, best practices, various language paradigms and xkcd humour etc.

It's great to meet local developers and see what they are doing! From beginner to expert, all are welcome.

We meet monthly to learn about things related to software development. Our regular meetings happen in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town every month!

We also run ad hoc special events.

Upcoming events (5+)

Cape Town: How to become the most sought after IT Professionals in South Africa

Agenda · Session 1 - How to become the most sought after IT Professionals in South Africa · Session 2 - ======================================================================= Session 1 Title: How to become the most sought after IT Professionals in South Africa Facilitator: Vanessa Raath Vanessa will look at the most in-demand skills – both tech and soft skills, in South Africa at the moment. She will help you get the audience to an understanding the benefits of standing out from their peers on social media as that is where recruitment is happening! Recruiters are hand picking Thought Leaders off Social Media platforms and placing them in exciting new roles! ======================================================================= Session 2 Title: Facilitator: To be announced

JHB: How I built a self driving car in under a week / Entelect Challenge

Agenda · Welcome (start 16h30) · Lightning talk (start 16h35) - 10min · Session 1 (start 16h50) - 20 min · Session 2 (start 17h15) - 40min Lightning Talk: Title: Building the Entelect Challenge In this talk we will introduce the Entelect Challenge and what it is about. Besides an introduction to the challenge, this talk includes a demo on starting out to build your own bot, entering the competition and competing in the tournaments for the prize money. We will end of with an overview of the systems making this possible, talk about how we built the different parts of the system and show how we used a serverless architecture and containers to make all of this possible and run the challenge in the cloud. Facilitator: Edwin Fullard Edwin is currently working at Entelect as a Software Engineer. He has a keen eye for user experience design and is passionate about full-stack development. He started at Entelect as a graduate in January 2016 and has since then worked his way into a trustworthy role on his team. Edwin also helps to run the Entelect Challenge and volunteers to help update some of the internal projects at Entelect. When he doesn't work, Edwin likes to spend his time outdoors, drinking fine wine, playing board games and solving puzzles. Session 1 Title: TBC Facilitator: TBC TBC Session2 Title: How I built a self driving car in under a week. Self-driving cars are a major topic of interest in automobile research. As a machine-learning hobbyist intrigued by self-driving cars, I've always wanted to build one myself in a simulated environment. By using the power and accessibility of deep-learning, I achieved this in under a week! Facilitator: Jason Webster Jason Webster is a scientist that loves exploring the way the universe works. He’s recently graduated with an MSc in Physics at the end of 2018, and has since spent his time being a part of the world of science, software, and tech. He is currently employed as a Data Scientist at Explore-AI. You can find his recent developments on GitHub, LinkedIn, and Google Scholar. If you are new to the group, read our monthly meeting FAQ to answer some common questions (http://www.meetup.com/DeveloperUG/pages/Monthly_Meetings/).

PTA: Burnout - A Burning Issue

Momentum

· Welcome (start 16h30) · Lightning talk (start 16h35) - 10min · Session 1 (start 16h50) - 20 min · Session 2 (start 17h15) - 40min Lightning Talk Title: Building the Entelect Challenge In this talk we will introduce the Entelect Challenge and what it is about. Besides an introduction to the challenge, this talk includes a demo on starting out to build your own bot, entering the competition and competing in the tournaments for the prize money. We will end of with an overview of the systems making this possible, talk about how we built the different parts of the system and show how we used a serverless architecture and containers to make all of this possible and run the challenge in the cloud. Facilitator: Daan Keun Daan is currently an intermediate software engineer at Entelect. He enjoys spending time on his various pastimes that include but is not limited to video games, gentle guitar strumming, knife sharpening, and his newly acquired interest in game creation and design. He hopes this new interest will one day form part of his career. He also helps out in maintaining internal systems, such as the Entelect blog, and is currently lending his skills and expertise to help make the Entelect Challenge a success. Session 1 Title: TBC Facilitator: TBC TBC Session 2 Burnout - A Burning Issue About the talk Do you ever feel that the fire inside you has burned out? Burnout is a prevalent issue among IT professionals. A recent Blind survey shows that an average of 57% of employees from 30 tech companies reported burnout. People in the IT profession are especially prone to burnout due to high job demands manifesting in a variety of forms, such as high mental and emotional load and frequent irregular working hours or excessive amounts of overtime. This in combination with environmental factors such as trust in leadership, alignment in values and communication all contributes to factors that can lead to burnout. Some of the dangers of burnout are that it is not always easily identifiable and may not necessarily be limited to jobs requiring long working hours. Additionally, a person may not always be aware that he or she is experiencing it. With one of us have spent 15 years working in the IT industry and the other being a registered Industrial Psychologist, we as a couple have personally experienced and had to deal with the impact of burnout more than once in our lives. We, Tanya and Riaan, would like to share our experiences as well as equip the audience with some tools for identifying, understanding, preventing and dealing with burnout. About Tanya Tanya is a registered Industrial and Organisational Psychologist with over 13 years’ experience in Human Resources and 5 years’ experience in the field of Industrial Psychology. She worked in different industries including banking, investments, stockbroking, retirement fund administration, manufacturing, retail and short-term insurance. During her career, she developed a passion for the IT industry and community. She has extensive experience in dealing with employees, line managers and people in senior management. She enjoys facilitating change on an individual, team and organisational level. Her "why" is to make the workplace a better place for everyone. About Riaan Riaan has been working in the IT industry for the last 15 years in a variety of industries and has fulfilled roles ranging from designated keyboard cleaner to Solutions Architect. Riaan has a passion to improve the safety-related aspects of Software Development for the benefit of everyone who is touched by this practice. If you are new to the group, read our monthly meeting FAQ to answer some common questions (http://www.meetup.com/DeveloperUG/pages/Monthly_Meetings/).

Cape Town Monthly

Entelect - Cape Town

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