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Schedule

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Day 1- Friday March, 15th

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8:15am - 8:45am

Main Hall

Registration

 

We request you to visit the registration table with your event ticket and pick your name tags and swag.
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9:00am - 9:45am

MAIN HALL

WordPress Plugin Development Best Practice. 

By Jonathan Bossenger, Freelance Developer, Cape Town

Community Manager, Global WordPress Community

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WordPress plugin development is a million dollar business. As companies like Sandhills development report plugin sales of $2.7 million for 2018, and with the rise of large plugin development shops around the world, the requirement for skilled WordPress plugin developers has increased. So how do you stand out above the crowd and level up your WordPress plugin development skills.
This talk will cover a range of plugin development best practices, sharing lessons learned from my time as a member of the Codeable plugin vetting team. 
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9:45am - 10:30am

MAIN HALL

Unified Commerce – Innovative customer experience with Magento.

By Kuba Zwolinski, CEO @ Snowdog

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E-commerce is evolving rapidly, new purchasing behaviors require innovative approach to stay ahead of competition. Online is seamlesly going back offline, merging e-commerce with retail. Progressive web apps unifing experience between web and native mobile applications, open source software changing technology approach. Artificial intelligence and robots take over customer service. Amazing perspectives but also challenges from solution provider perspective.
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10:30am - 11:00am

Lobby

Healthy Break

By Akeeba

About Akeeba

Akeeba is an award-winning open source extension and software for Joomla and WordPress. www.akeebabackup.com

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11:00am - 11:30am

main hall

WordPress as a headless CMS with VueJS.

By Ed O’Reilly, Co-Founder and COO , NONA

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Our experience in implementing WordPress as a headless CMS with VueJS as a frontend on a large content site with many thousands of daily users. What went right, what went wrong – timing, code, hosting, SEO, everything.
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11:00am - 11:30am

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Vue.js for beginners.

By Shailen Naidoo, CTO @ GetTruck

Read Topic Description
These days whenever someone tells me how great is the JavaScript framework they are working with, my immediate and biased reaction is Oh no! Not another JS Framework.

I had a similar view (pun intended? You decide) about Vue.js. I told myself that I will wait till Vue.js gains popularity and then maybe I will have a look. This motivated me to dig deeper into Vue. I liked what I saw.

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11:45am - 12:20pm

main hall

Building a successful business around open source technology.

By Bruce Lunnis, Global Community Manager @Startup Grind

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How using open source technologies, a digital nomad work environment, and the power of community can build a successful business.
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11:45am - 12:20pm

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Becoming a Good Open-Source Citizen.

By Hugh Lashbrooke, Community Manager, Global WordPress Community.

Community Manager, Global WordPress Community

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The nature of open-source means that everyone involved in the project, whether as a user or contributor, is responsible for how they engage with the rest of the community. With most open-source projects being both global and online, it can be tough to navigate relationships, collaboration and involvement. How do you work alongside others online? How do you engage with contributors from other cultures? How do you make decisions across timezones? What do you do when conflicts arise? These challenges aren’t necessarily exclusive to open-source, but the solutions can be very unique and understanding your role as an open-source citizen will help you handle them effectively.

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12:20am - 1:00pm

MAIN HALL

Design First Approach to Building Products.

Ola Olusoga, Product Designer @ Automattic

Community Manager, Global WordPress Community

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A deep dive into how using design first principles—research, data, cross team collaboration, and sprints—can lead to successful product decisions and output that positively impacts revenue, customer satisfaction, and overall product experience.

 

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1:00PM - 1:45pm

LOBBY

Lunch Break

By TYPO3.

About TYPO3
TYPO3 is a free and open-source Web content management system written in PHP. It is released under the GNU General Public License. It can run on several web servers, such as Apache or IIS, on top of many operating systems, among them Linux, Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD, macOS and OS/2. www.typo3.org
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1:45PM - 2:30pm

main hall

People First: Building ideas that thrive in a connected world.

By Elizma Nolte, Facebook Africa’s Regional Manager

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Over the past 15 years, we have learned a great deal about people and what they expect from our products. Today, I want to share with you the key trends and changes we are seeing happen all around us.
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2:45PM - 3:20pm

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Joomla! : A new era for African Education and Business Organisation.

By Abdulkadir Shehu, JoomSchool International

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“There is a need for the Education system in Africa to be revamped. Technology evolves, open source software is taking the lead and Joomla is found to be the most suitable, flexible and easy but powerful to adopt. Therefore, young entrepreneurs and students need to be exposed to the use of open source software (Joomla) to help prepare them for life after school. We also will explore how Businesses and organisations could benefit from Open Source Software as the shift is leaning towards Open Source Technologies”.
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2:45PM - 3:20pm

main hall

WPooW – An object oriented wrapper for creating WordPress themes or plugins.

By Chido Warambwa, Coder @ DevChid

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In this session I delve into creating WordPress themes and plugins using a library I wrote, WPooW. This library approaches creating WordPress themes or plugins in a simplified, object oriented way. This library does this by abstracting most of the code associated with creating items like custom Post Types and providing API calls to handle interacting with these items. The session will be loosely based on the example found at http://wpoow.devchid.com (docs site). The session will also touch on items to consider when thinking about creating themes or plugins in an object oriented way.
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3:30PM - 4:05pm

main hall

Less is More, More than ever.

By Stephen Tredrea, Coder @Amibe Websites

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3:30PM - 4:05pm

king shaka

Marketing : It’s All About The Data.

By Elsie Birech, Business Development Manager @ Eskimi DSP

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Programmatic & Data facts for marketing success.
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4:15pmPM - 5:00pm

main hall

Running Enterprise Sites On TYPO3.

By Mathias Schreiber, CEO TYPO3

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TYPO3 is an Open Source Enterprise CMS built to run big websites. With a large feature-set out of the box, such as multisite, multilanguage and state of art security and access control it offers everything companies, universities and governments need to drive their digital success. In this talk we’ll explain TYPO3s capabilities as well as its unique position in the market which enables you to get the best of both worlds – the freedom of Open Source software and professional services normally known from commercial CMS solutions.
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5:00pm - 5:15pm

main hall

Closing Remarks

By David Aswani, CMS AFRICA

Q&A | Closing | Networking

Day 2- Saturday March, 16th

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8:50am-9:00am

Main Hall

Opening Statements.

By  Gareth Alison, MC, Captain of the Ship. Woo Designer @Automattic

Wifi Password/Housekeeping.
Gareth is a designer at WooCommerce (Automattic) and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. As part of the marketing team, his focus is on social media, emailers and the Woo blog. With a background in front-end development, he has also been an MC for the previous three editions of WordCamp Cape Town, as well as at WooConf San Francisco in 2014. His spare time mostly consists of music, comedy & food.
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9:00am – 9:30am

main hall

Getting formal Project Management going with a team.

By Tania Melnyczuk, Director, Programme Design @ProjectManagement.co.za

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Tania’s talk covers the principles for getting Project Management going, and the typical pitfalls for organisations that attempt to do this — and how to avoid them. The presentation is relevant not only to startups and small teams which are growing organically, but also to established multinationals which may have entrenched systems whilst there are some fundamental gaps. Tania will speak from experience in working with businesses and NGOs, showing where CMS tools fit into the initial stages of optimisation, while laying out simple but powerful principles for change.
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9:35am – 10:10am

main hall

“Why joomla?”

By Alexander Metzler, Vice President – Joomla!

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“In a world full of CMS and SAAS platforms, why choose Joomla?”
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10:15am – 10.45am

lobby

Healthy Break

By Akeeba

About Akeeba

Akeeba is an award-winning open source extension and software for Joomla and WordPress. www.akeebabackup.com

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11:00am – 11:35am

main hall

The Unmistakable Power of Branding (Why your branding matters more than you know)

By Shane Rielly, Team Leader Lonely Viking

Read Topic Description
When we think of branding we almost always immediately think of the visual representation of a brand. The logo, the typography, the stationery. Obviously, this is a major part of it but a brand is so much more than what can be seen. It is essential to understand the importance and power of what branding does for a business and why you should care about yours a lot more than you probably do.

No matter what sector you’re in or what audience you are trying to reach, your branding matters. And not just a little bit.

In this presentation, you’ll find out what branding is and why it impacts everything you do in business.

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11:00am – 11:35am

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Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization.

By Fred Abu, CEO – Webstar

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Comprehensive information you need to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization.

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11:45am – 12:20pm

main hall

Bringing together marketing automation and CMS.

By JURIAN JANSSEN, TYPO3 Specialist

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Marketing automation is a rising trend, but how do we effectively use it alongside our CMS? By showing the path we took with Mautic and TYPO3, I will explain to you how one can use both systems in simple, yet elegant harmony.
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11:45am – 12:20pm

king shaka

Vue.js for beginners.

By Shailen Naidoo, CTO @ GetTruck

Read Topic Description

These days whenever someone tells me how great is the JavaScript framework they are working with, my immediate and biased reaction is Oh no! Not another JS Framework.

I had a similar view (pun intended? You decide) about Vue.js. I told myself that I will wait till Vue.js gains popularity and then maybe I will have a look. This motivated me to dig deeper into Vue. I liked what I saw.

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12:20pm – 1:00pm

MAIN HALL

(Why do Start-ups fail)- Panel

By Kuba Zwolinski – CEO @ Snowdog, Ed O’Reilly – Co-Founder and COO, NONA, Alexander Metzler – Vice President – Joomla! Moderated by Jessica Hannah, Copywriting and Social Media Strategising.

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“In reality, over 90% of them fail. But you’re not one of them right? I thought my startup made complete sense. It would revolutionize the way entrepreneurs build their business. I was like most entrepreneurs: I never thought I would be one of the failures. And I never expected it to be as lonely and isolating.” So why do start-ups fail? Join our panelists who have built their tech companies from ground up.

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1:00Pm – 1:45pm

lobby

Lunch Break

By TYPO3.

About TYPO3
TYPO3 is a free and open-source Web content management system written in PHP. It is released under the GNU General Public License. It can run on several web servers, such as Apache or IIS, on top of many operating systems, among them Linux, Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD, macOS and OS/2. www.typo3.org
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2:00pm – 2:30pm

main hall

Universal Acceptance and IDNs for Universal Access.

By Bob Ochieng, Engagement Manager – Africa , ICANN

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The concept that all domain names should be treated equally: To achieve Universal Acceptance, Internet applications and systems must treat all TLDs in a consistent manner, including new gTLDs and internationalized TLDs. Specifically, they must accept, validate, store, process and display all domain names.
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2:35pm – 3:05pm

main hall

How far can you go with Joomla and its Custom Fields?

By Marc Dechèvre, Team Leader Woluweb

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Since version 3.7 Joomla ships with Custom Fields which allow you to add Fields to Articles/Contacts/etc. That really makes Joomla super powerful and many have not yet realised how far you can go with these. At the hand of practical examples (e.g. the website of a Joomladay, combining Conferences + Speakers + Rooms), we will show how far you can go by sticking to Joomla Core. No need to install big components or Content Construction Kits (CCKs) : only a few little Custom Fields plugins are needed. Therefore, the website is also easy to maintain for the integrator and easy to manage for the end-users.
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2:35pm – 3:05pm

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Improving the administration UX of our sites: Learning from each other.

By Dane Rossenrode, Team Leader @ Touchdreams

Topic Description: Coming Soon.
Every web platform has its strengths and weaknesses, whether we’re talking about open-source CMSs like Drupal and WordPress, or proprietary platforms like Squarespace or Shopify. Ultimately, what matters most is the user experience, for the site visitor, as well as the client, or whoever will be managing the site.

In this presentation, we’re going to explore the strengths and weaknesses of backends (when logged in) of several of these platforms. We’ll look at who they’re designed for, how they present (or hide) features, and how they achieve their objectives. Then we’ll look at some strategies we can implement to ensure our clients have great experiences using their sites.

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3:10pm – 3.40pm

MAIN HALL

Three Powerful eCommerce Marketing Tactics: Observations from Selling Kitchen Tools, Software, and Syrian Notebooks.

ByMarina Pape, Marketing Brand Manager @ WooCommerce

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When it comes to selling things online, different types of eCommerce products require different types of marketing. Should what you’re selling should determine how you sell it? Yes! But there are also some eCommerce tactics that stay the same and are powerful no matter what you’re selling online. From working on various eCommerce business over the past decade – selling kitchen tools to software to handmade notebooks – here are some things I’ve observed.
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3:10pm – 3.40pm

King Shaka

Social Media Strategy and Implementation.

By Jessica Hannah, Copywriting and Social Media Strategising.

Read Topic Description
Optimizing social media profiles: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter; elements of a social media strategy, process, content strategies vs content types; reading data to make decisions; basics of designing posts and copywriting; community building; rules of engagement; reading analytics.
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3:50pm – 4.00pm

main hall

Closing Remarks.

By Oduor Jagero, Lead – CMS Africa

Announcing next host city | Give Aways | Cocktail Party