Software development conference kicks off in Swansea

Technologists from around the world will descend on Swansea today to attend the 2018 SwanseaCon agile development event.

Now in the fourth year, SwanseaCon is a one-day conference aimed at software developers and testers, business analysts, scrum masters, project managers and consultants.

The event will take place at Village Hotel and is being sponsored by organisations such as Alcumus, Vizolution,, the Office for National Statistics and MySQL.

There’ll be a range of talks and presentations throughout the day, covering the latest trends in agile development, software craftsmanship, teams and business.

Speakers include the likes of Nick Tunes, Equal Experts; Shahid Iqbal, Head for Cloud; David Stokes, Oracle; and Allie Brock, Box UK.

Viv Richards, founder and organiser of SwanseaCon, said he set up the conference to “to help build the software development community” and “try to retain skills” in Swansea.

This year, the event is focusing on the way technology professionals can design, develop and deliver software development efficiently

“SwanseaCon 2018 gives you and your colleagues the right platform to gather cutting-edge information on technology from the best speakers and trainers of the industry,” wrote Viv on his website.

“The conference includes keynotes and presentations, and time between sessions to network and connect with colleagues from around the world.

“Delegates will get the opportunity to learn how to increase their productivity dramatically and save cost, learn how to enhance the quality of their software applications, as well as meet their peers in a productive and social environment.”

By arranging the event, Viv is also on a mission to grow the technology ecosystem in the city and create a community of like-minded software developers.

“Swansea Con reflects the ambition of the Swansea Bay City Region to develop a digital infrastructure and digital district by position Swansea as a location with a strategic commitment to the industry,” he added.

“This includes supporting the growth of associated industries in the region, creating jobs and opportunities for the region’s graduates.