Blockchain technology. Picture: ISTOCK
Blockchain technology. Picture: ISTOCK

Durban is positioning itself as a technology hub for software developers, following the creation of a platform for technology experts to network.

The networking platform was founded by Dev2, a Durban-based software development company founded by Wallis and Barney Buchan.

The company said software had become a core aspect of every company. To ensure that South African developers are "world class", Dev2 said a regular meeting to exchange ideas was necessary.

"This sector is fast-paced, the opportunities and challenges constantly accelerate. Durban boasts top talent and to see this number grow year on year proves that the city is grooming local talent at an impressive rate" Wallis Buchan said.

She said when they began the social evenings in 2012, they attracted about 20 developers — a far cry from the more than 90 who now gather to keep abreast of the ever-changing technology trends.

Open Data Durban founder Richard Gevers said: "From what I can tell from discussions with our partners in Cape Town and Johannesburg, it’s certainly easier to innovate in tech in those cities right now in terms of funding, government support and enablement, and in terms of finding people to partner or collaborate with."

However, he said most of the tech organisations he came across were looking to connect and collaborate, and that that was an early indicator of a hub forming, which boded well for Durban's technology hub future.

"We just need to get over our fear of competition and foster collaboration for all this activity to actually form a hub," Gevers said.

Technology expert Pivendren Naik said location did not determine the quality of software development, adding that although Durban was not on par with what international markets offered, it was a bet he was willing to take.

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