On the 13th of May, 2017
Location: Royal Birds Hotel Alagbaka,Akure.
It was a gathering of great minds. Software developers, designers, C.E.Os, Founders and Investors converged to have a conversation & share ideas and experiences.
Our speakers for the day were:
Lawrence Agbani (The tall guy)
Usman Abiola (The not so tall guy)
C.E.O, Planet NEST and co-convener of the Akure Tech up initiative, Kitan David set the tone of the event by introducing the speakers and outlining the reasons for the event.
“I see everybody with laptops. You guys already know how to code, we’re not here to teach you that, we’re here to talk to one another and share experiences” – Kitan
After i jejely close my laptop, Usman Abiola, a UI/UX designer at Flutterwave, took the floor and talked about his story and journey as a designer. He dropped key points on how to stay relevant.
According to him, it’s important you diversify your knowledge base.
i. Have a portfolio.
iii. Improve your communication skill.
iv. Be value driven.
Usman emphasied the need to choose your support system carefully, be financially sensible and prioritise development. In his words “The key to staying relevant is to always find a business need. More importantly, build, build, and build!”
“Develop yourself; you are your biggest project.” – Usman Abiola
After the applause, Lawrence Agbani a developer from Konga took the floor to bless us with his developer journey and experience.
He shared some thoughts on how to grow as a developer:
i. Have someone else review your code.
ii. You don’t know everything, be humble and learn.
iii. Learn how to use Git/Github.
iv. Your functions/classes should have a single responsibilty.
v. You can’t escape maths.
vi. Learn Algorithms and Data structures.
As a developer, you need to specialize and be known be for your niche – Lawrence Agbani
After what seemed like forever, pies and Bottled water started floating around to their respective owners (Smiles).What is a tech event without proper networking? Is that one event?
After some questions by the participants, Kitan rounded off the show and ushered us outside for a group photograph.
Next, it was network, network, Network.
It was a great learning experience for the Akure tech community. Big thanks to the sponsors and speakers.
“I admire the originality of the event. The speakers spoke from their experience on how they went from newbies to achieving the unimaginable. I was able to relate with their stories which inspired me to go on and do more.”-Taslim Okunola
If you missed it make sure you don’t miss the next one.
Content Credit:Oladipo Tomiiide