The Future of DevConf

Hello to all our DevConf supporters and friends!

We hope this mail finds you well, safe and healthy. It has been a really long time since we last shared out any plans and we have some exciting news to share with you, but before we do, a quick recap:

DevConf has been running annually since 2016. Our 2020 events (which were to be held in person in Johannesburg and Cape Town) were replaced by a single virtual event as the country went into Level 5 lock-down (if you missed the event, you can watch the videos on YouTube).

After DevConf 2020, we took the tough decision not to host another purely virtual event. Call us old school if you like, but for us, DevConf has always been about people and interactions.

It's with this in mind that we are ready to announce our planning for DevConf 2022 is underway!

DevConf 2022 is expected to be hosted in March as we've always done! Within current regulations, we're planning to host an in-person event with multiple rooms, safe social distancing and swag, obviously. We're exploring various opportunities to safely scale up, and be able to reach more people. We aim to produce something which feels familiar in as much as it embraces the wonderful things we've learned about our new world.

And yes, COVID has taught us all many things, especially to value relationships. We were humbled by the support we received last year. We have so much appreciation for our marketing partners, our sponsors, the venues and suppliers that worked with us, and every single ticket holder who trusted us to turn the event around. Thank you!

It's time now for us to pay it forward, and this is how:
* Every DevConf 2020 sponsor has been refunded a significant portion of their sponsorship contribution or accepted a discount on future sponsorship; if they preferred. Thanks to the sponsors who've locked into the discount. Your faith in us is something we value greatly.
* Every DevConf 2020 ticket holder will receive a discount towards their DevConf 2022 ticket.
* As far as possible, we will support every supplier we committed to working with for the 2020 event.

So, that was a bit of a long one for us, but we hope you're as excited as we are about the news. We'll be in touch with details about tickets, venues, speaker proposals and sponsorship packages in a few months time.

Stay safe,
Candice and Robert

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