Software engineering community finds its voice

January 19th, 2011, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

The IEEE Computer Society of South Africa and Cape IT Initiative (CITi) have published the proceedings of the Third Software Engineering Colloquium (SE10), entitled “Building value through engineering”. This is a summary of the papers presented at one of the top technical conferences on software engineering in South Africa.

There were ten main areas under review in the colloquium, including certification and skills development, compliance and privacy, “agile” programming in the enterprise, investment and R&D, professionalising FOSS, implementing awards and recognition for outstanding work done in the field, and cloud computing.

Held on the 16 March 2010 in Cape Town, 126 senior software engineers and engineering managers assembled to discuss ways of building the software development industry in South Africa. The colloquium was intended to be a structured discussion between academia, industry and government. SE10 ended with an award to Prof. Jean Cleymans (University of Cape Town) and Dr. Zeblon Vilakazi (iThemba Labs) for a particularly noteworthy local software project for the ALICE experiment at the CERN research facility in Switzerland.

An immediate success of the event was a large scale showcase of South African developers at the International Computer Society Event 2010 event held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in May 2010. Jenny McKinnell, executive director of CITi confirmed that a follow-up event would be held in March 2011. The fourth full-scale colloquium is being planned for August 2011. The Black IT Forum, in conjunction with local industry bodies such as CITi and other professional bodies, will be hosting the event, with the IEEE-CS SA offering technical support once again.

Pictured: Jenny McKinnel, CITi; Joanne Johnson, Dept of Economic Development Provincial Government of the Western, Cape, Prof. Jean Cleymans, UCT; and Dr. Zebron Vilakazi, iThemba Labs.

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Contact Nithia Govender, Korwe Software Tel 021 913-6519,