Social media giant, Facebook, announced on Wednesday, 6 September 2017, that the company has begun the roll-out of Developer Circles in South African cities; Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The project, which was launched at Facebooks Developer Conference (F8) in April 2017, now comprises of over 70 initiatives around the world, the four South African circles join other African countries in Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Harare, Lagos, Nairobi and Tunis.
Under the mantra “bringing together people who are passionate about technology”, Developer Circles is a community-driven initiative that members join for free – allowing them to connect, share ideas, learn, and collaborate. Each circle is led by a volunteer who arranges offline meetups and discussions, as well as manages their own dedicated Facebook Group where members can continue the conversation between meetups, share code and deepen their knowledge on topics like React and Bots in Messenger.
Partnering with Udacity, Facebook has launched a custom training program for the Developer Circles community, available via Developer Circles Facebook Groups, Facebook’s website, and on Udacity.
“The developer community has played a large role in Facebook’s success to date, and is one we’re committed to investing in and growing, especially across Africa” said Proud Dzambukira, Facebook Strategic Product Partner, Platform Partnerships.
“We see these groups as key in helping to drive forward Africa’s innovation in tech, and we’re extremely excited to welcome on-board teams from across key cities in South Africa to an ever expanding list of African Developer Circles,” concluded Dzambukira.