Candice Mesk was born in December of 1983 in the town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. By the age of 7 she knew she would grow up to be Miss South Africa. That was until she discovered computers. Candice has spent the last 15 years as a teacher, a programmer and a coach for aspiring agile teams.
Candice is an eternal student. She graduated from the University of South Africa in 2012 with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. In 2016 she re-enrolled as a student of psychology. She believes the best way to learn and improve is to surround herself with people who are continuously learning and improving. She also believes that a great way to learn is to share, which is why she enjoys giving public talks at community events and conferences.
Candice is passionate about creating and growing a space for communities of people who share her passion for learning and sharing. As such has been on the organising committee of South Africa’s largest developer user group (Developer User Group) since 2014. She has attended, organised and facilitated several CodeRetreats hosted by the Driven Alliance, including at the Agile Africa conference in 2014. She was also a regular volunteer providing programming lessons in the Sisonke Rising classroom, an outreach programme which was active until the end of 2016. She also facilitated Girl Rising in 2013, a two day workshop for young women to learn how to build solutions with technology.
Candice loves organising events. She has been on the organising committee for conferences such as RubyFuza in 2014, she co-ordinated and organised FirstRand’s Africa DevOps Day event which took place in September 2016, and she’s been a co-organiser of DevConf since the 2016 event. Most recently, she has accepted the challenge of running FirstRand’s CodeFest event for 2017 which is an internal hackathon taking place later this year.