Speaking at DevConf South Africa 2018

I attended and presented a talk at DevConf 2018. I gave my talk “Neural Networks: A Primer” at the Johannesburg and Cape Town events. The conference organisation was great, and the organisers, Robert Mac Lean and Candice Mesk created a great experience for all the speakers including travel arrangements and on-the-day convenience. It was fun and interesting interacting with the local development community. It’s great to see more people share their knowledge and shows that our efforts to create more thought leaders in the community are fruitful.

Talks

During the two events, I caught up with friends in the community, I attended some talks, and tried my hand at some sketch notes.

Something, Something, Data Science by Gail Shaw

Gail took the audience through the terminology used in data science and how everything fits together. This talk demystified some of the buzzwords and gave everyone a clear idea of what data science involves.

Noobs Journey to Pi by Arohan Naidoo

Arohan took the audience through his journey of learning how to use IoT(Internet of Things) to do something useful with cloud platforms.

Habit Driven Design by Nico Botha

Nico gave an interesting talk on how design decisions when developing products can influence users in positive and negative ways by creating habits.

The Courage to be a Professional Software Developer by Peter Wiles

Peter gave an inspiring talk on the values and principles a developer should embrace in caring for the customer, self, and community. The bottom line was being courageous and responsible in everything you do.

Augment your Reality by Dries Cronje

Dries presented an interesting technical talk about how he used IoT, computer vision, smart home technology, cloud platforms, and neural networks to monitor a chilli garden.

An Introduction to Kubernetes by Amy Chen

Amy gave a technical talk that introduced the audience to Kubernetes and other useful tools that help developers create and manage containers with ease.

Building for the bad guys by Neo Ighodaro

Neo gave a great primer of security principles that are often neglected when developing web applications. This made the audience aware of possible tests that can be conducted to determine security flaws in a solution.

Neural Networks: A Primer by Rishal Hurbans

Lastly, I gave a talk introducing the approaches within artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. The talk included a guide through the intuition of how neural networks learn, operate, and can be tweaked for different purposes. The talk demystifies some of the math behind neural networks, and highlights technical tools that can be used to help the audience get started with machine learning and deep learning with their newly acquired intuition.

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