Last month, we reported that Christian “Codebeast” Nwamba partnered with Microsoft’s Senior Developer, Sarah Drasner, and Cloud Developer Advocate, Brian Holt to bring Concatenate developer conference to Nigeria. As far as we can remember, this is the first International Developers’ Conference to hold in Nigeria.

The event announced on July, 17, quickly sold out before July 19. This shows that Nigerian developers are continuously looking to acquire new knowledge and expand their network.

What to expect at the Conference

All roads leads to the newly-launched Zone Tech Park on Friday, August 10 to Saturday, August 11. You shouldn't miss it if you've registered.

There will be 23 talks, each spanning 30 minutes over the course of two days and with the caliber of speakers, it promises to be a hit.

Please find the schedule by day broken down into 2 tables – Day 1 and 2:

Day 1 - Friday

SPEAKER TOPIC TIME
Simona Cotin Building Nodejs APIs using Serverless 10:00am – 10:30am
William Imoh Static Sites on Steroids 10:30am – 11:00am
Christian Nwamba GraphQL vs REST 11:00am – 11:30am
Colin Bendell Service Workers – Improving Media Performance Beyond Coaching 11:30am -12:00pm
Sarah Drasner Serverless Functions and Vue.js 12:00pm – 12:30pm
BREAK
Burke Holland VS Code Can Do That?!? 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Jem Young How Things Work 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Zach Leatherman Web Fonts Are Rocket Science 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Jason Grigsby Designing Progressive Web Apps 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Aaron Gustafson Designing the Conversation 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Shirley Wu Data Visualization for Web Developers 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Note, most of the speakers will be online from around the world. But, Prosper Otemuyiwa, the event MC will be live at the venue.

Day 2 - Saturday

SPEAKER TOPIC TIME
Egwuenu Gift Crafting Rich Documentation with Vuepress 10:00am – 10:30am
Jeremy Keith The Layers of the Web 10:30am – 11:00am
Eli Fitch Functional CSS at Scale: Clean & Composable UI on Massive Apps 11:00am – 11:30am
Wes Bos CSS Grid 11:30am -12:00pm
Omayeli Arenyeka Finding Unavailable Data 12:00pm – 12:30pm
BREAK
Christopher Schmitt Image Formats and Optimization 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Divya Sasidharan A Reach point of Vue: Common Mistakes and Pitfalls... 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Ire Aderinokun Web Accessibility: “It doesn’t have to be difficult or CSS”... 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Sean Larkin Understanding Webpack Under the Hood!! 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Estelle Weyl Simple. Fast. Accessible 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Brian Holt tbd 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Mina Markham Using CSS Grid Today 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Commentary

This conference has the highest numbers of sponsors for any developer conference we have ever seen in Nigeria.

Currently, the conference boasts of fifteen sponsors and they are still looking for more. Classified into Gold (4), Silver (3) and Bronze (8) categories.

The Gold sponsors are: Microsoft, GatsbyJS, Egghead.io, and CodeSandbox. While the Silver sponsors are: Cloudinary, Twillio and Frontend Masters. And, the Bronze sponsors are: JSHeroes, Mozilla, Scotch.io, A Book Apart, Progress, GitLab, LINC, and Microsoft Edge.

Coming from an event management background, three Gold sponsors are enough to run a successful event and they have way more than that. They have gathered near a 1,500 followers on Twitter and they are not even one month old.

Some of the perks for attending include FREE subscriptions to hosting plans, tutorials, stickers and a wide array of networking opportunities.

We are definitely as excited about this and we can't wait to see you there!

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