Devin de Vries is an entrepreneur and developer dedicated to fostering technological innovation to solve social problems in the developing world. For the last seven years he has lead a growing team of developers, inspired by his vision to bring technological solutions to the problem of South Africa's public transport system. WhereIsMyTransport has outgrown Devin's garage, and
Devin de Vries is an entrepreneur and developer dedicated to fostering technological innovation to solve social problems in the developing world. For the last seven years he has lead a growing team of developers, inspired by his vision to bring technological solutions to the problem of South Africa's public transport system. WhereIsMyTransport has outgrown Devin's garage, and has recently opened an office in London. In 2014 Forbes Africa named WhereIsMyTransport one of "Ten Technology Start-Ups to Watch," and they were a finalist for the Financial Times/IFC Transformative Technology Awards in 2015.
Devin founded his first company when he was sixteen, building websites for small businesses in his neighborhood. He retains his commitment to using technology and entrepreneurship to tackle the challenges of his native South Africa, and to create solutions specifically for developing nations. Devin is a frequent speaker and mentor at his alma mater, the University of Cape Town, where he encourages local investment and cross-disciplinary innovation. In 2008, Devin lead his team (representing South Africa) to be the first team in the history of the Microsoft Imagine Cup to final in three categories (software development, rural innovation, and business readiness), competing with over 220,000 original entrants.
Devin is a passionate and dedicated leader who firmly believes in the potential for emerging markets to hold the world's next great creative solutions. He is a frequent mentor and speaker around start-ups in emerging markets, technology for the developing world, and on topics specific to WhereIsMyTransport such as Smart Cities, New Mobility, and transport technologies.
Co Founder @ WhereIsMyTransport is a rapidly growing, Cape Town-based technology start up that is redefining public transport in emerging cities. We provide an integrated public transport platform that enables cities, operators, and developers optimize service and bring a scalable, sustainable solution to public transport, specifically in emerging markets with a high degree of informal transport.
Recently, Devin presented at the Workshop for the African chapter of the International Union for Public Transport (UATP) and at the Siemens Digital Cities Conference.
Public presentation of the company and speaking at industry events and community forums
Strategic planning and business roadmap development.
Establishing channel partners, building brand reputation and managing stakeholder relationships.
Deciding the business roadmap and ensuring goal orientated resource usage.
Product UX and Brand packaging. From October 2008 to Present (7 years 3 months) Software Developer & Lead Interface Designer @ Developing PHP-based web applications, and social platform (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo) widgets.
Conceptualising and designing the user experience for the new Enterprise product line to be released at the end of ‘08. From February 2008 to September 2008 (8 months) Operations Supervisor @ Hiring of part-time operators.
Training of operators in the monitoring of all online transactions includes debit card and credit card transactions, online prepaid, pension transactions, and money transfers via a Postilion Switch.
Responding and attending to client problems or complaints concerning the services detailed above.
Scheduling monthly shift rosters of part-time staff and ensuring month end part-time payroll completion.
Updating management, via email, on the current status of the switch on an hourly basis.
Performing batch processes on an hourly basis. From October 2002 to December 2007 (5 years 3 months)
Velociti From 2009 to 2009 BBusSci, Information Systems @ University of Cape Town From 2004 to 2007 Rondebosch Boys' From 1992 to 2003 Devin Vries is skilled in: Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Start-ups, Strategic Planning, Software Development, Web Applications, Mobile Applications, Project Management, Systems Analysis, UX Design, Product Design, Public Transport, Enterprise Software, Team Leadership, Agile Methodologies, User Experience, E-commerce, Management