Coders4Africa, the largest network of African software developers, is hosting its first gathering on U.S. soil. Nearly 300 coding and IT professionals from Africa and the diaspora are expected to be in attendance. The conference will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 8:30am to 6:30pm at the offices of Washington D.C. startup incubator 1776 (1133 15th St. NW).
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CODERS4AFRICA TO HOST AFRICAN IT PROFESSIONALS IN NATION’S CAPITAL
Conference Will Focus on Developments in Burgeoning African Tech Space
The goal of Coders4Africa’s first U.S.-based conference is to explore the many opportunities that exist in Africa’s growing technology sector. CEO and co-founder Amadou Daffe says, “Africa missed the industrial revolution, but we won’t miss the digital revolution. African IT professionals are growing in numbers and they need to be visible so we can position Africa as the next tech hub and innovation destination.” Topics to be discussed at the conference include how companies in the United States can benefit from the surge in African technology skills and the latest tools and trends in software development on the continent.
“Silicon Cape” and “Silicon Savannah” have been used to describe the growing tech hubs in South Africa and East Africa respectively but other countries and regions are not to be outdone. A recent World Bank report found over 90 tech-hubs across the continent and that over half of African countries have at least one. Much of this growth is inspired by the mobile phone sector. The Coders4Africa conference is just one extension of this rapid growth in African innovation and entrepreneurship.
Founded in 2009, Coders4Africa is a full-service software and consulting startup with 1400 members in the United States and across the African continent. The company specializes in software development for both web and mobile platforms and provides the resources needed to power the next generation of African IT professionals. Coders4Africa was recently awarded a Google RISE award for its efforts to train young women in coding.