DevFest Lagos 2023: A huge success at Africa’s largest developer-focused gathering

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Femi Taiwo, Chief Technology Officer at INITS Limited and co-organizer of DevFest Lagos, highlighted the critical role of community involvement in career success at the DevFest Lagos 2023 event. Femi Taiwo urged participants, that whether beginners or experts, to get actively involved in the community, emphasizing: “Get more involved in the community, whether you are a beginner or a veteran.” Recognizing the power of a strong and united community of like-minded individuals, Femi Taiwo expressed his satisfaction with DevFest Lagos 2023 in serving as a pillar supporting everyone’s success in the exciting journey of technology.

Awarded by the co-organizers – Gbolahan Alli, Karen Chukwu, Maryanne Onuoha, Jesudetan Onasanya and Olayinka Peter in line with the vision of the conference, DevFest Lagos 2023 was a dynamic and diverse event that brought together a congregation of technology enthusiasts, developers and industry leaders from all regions of Africa and beyond. The event allowed attendees to engage in fascinating discussions and hands-on workshops and network with people who share a common passion for technological progress and technical innovation.

Highlights from DevFest Lagos 2023

The event offered participants a unique opportunity to participate in interesting discussions and practical workshops and meet people who share the same passion for the technological revolution. This gathering was made possible thanks to the support of Google, Andela, Postman, Geepay, Intmax, Okta, Interswitch and Paystack.

Top Speakers: DevFest Lagos hosted a series of eminent international and local speakers, who presented their ideas on cutting-edge technologies, development methodologies and the future of the technology industry. Notable speakers, Dr. Yele Okeremi from Precise Financial Solutions Limited, Ada Nduka from Shecode Africa, Aniedi Udo-Obong from Google, Emeka Afigbo from Okta, Fola Olatunji David from Kickoff Africa, Gbadebo Bello from Postman and Obianuju Odukwe from Interswitch spoke. on stage at the event to speak directly to attendees and share advice on how they can take the next step in their exciting careers.

Insightful panel discussions: Each day, a discussion addressed recurring concerns that have remained a thorn in the tech industry’s side. The engaging panel discussions allowed attendees to delve deeper into critical topics, such as “Balancing Financial Security and Identity Protection with Product Agility,” with panelists including Paystack’s David Samson, Abdul-Hafiz Ibrahim from Interswitch and Richard Oyome from Geegpay. Jesudetan Onasanya of Aleph Holding moderated the panel.

Panelists for “Unleashing the Power of Women as Catalysts of Change” were Gloria Ojukwu of Her Tech Trail, Tabitha Kavyu of Alt School Africa, Peace Obinani of Non-Tech in Tech and Ada Nduka Oyom of She Code Africa. It was moderated by Ngozi Chukwu of Tech Cabal.

The last roundtable focused on “Media and PR for Startups and Developers”. The panelists included media and brand communications experts Victor Oluwole of Business Insider, Taiwo Kola-Ogundele of Google and Oluwashola Obagbemi of Meta. Mercy Akamo from TUROG Technologies moderated this exciting session.

Tech Expo: The event included a lively technology expo where technology companies and startups showcased their exciting products, services and innovations. Event attendees had the opportunity to explore the latest tools and technologies shaping the future of development.

Networking Opportunities: DevFest Lagos Cultivates a lively atmosphere for networking, allowing attendees to connect with professionals, mentors and potential collaborators/partners. The exchange of ideas and experiences helped to further develop synergy within the developer ecosystem.

Breakout Sessions: DevFest Lagos 2023 introduced over 20 breakout sessions, led by experts in different fields such as product design, UX and product localization, legal aspects of technology, AI and machine learning, Web 2, Web 3 and, most interestingly, Web 5, SysOps, technical writing, marketing and many others, providing an opportunity for critical exploration of specific topics. These breakout sessions allowed attendees and technology enthusiasts to delve deeper into a variety of topics and topics of interest, interact with speakers, and engage in meaningful discussions.

DevFest Lagos is an annual technology conference that brings together world-class professionals, technology enthusiasts and even thought leaders to celebrate technology and innovation, share knowledge and foster collaboration within the technology community. With a commitment to empowering people and driving positive change, DevFest Lagos has now become the largest and most impactful gathering of its kind in Africa.

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