FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


  I’m arriving late on Tuesday, can I still register on Wednesday?

Yes! Come early (8am) to register on the Wednesday morning.


  How much does it cost to attend the Indaba𝕏?

The Indaba𝕏 is free to attend if you applied and are accepted. There are paid registration options for academics and industry professionals.

Speakers have their fees waived.

  How much does it cost the Indaba𝕏 per person?

Each person we have at the event costs the Indaba𝕏 ~R1750. Considering we have 400 people, this is a lot of money. We are very grateful to our partners for making this possible.

As a community-orientated event, we are committed to making the Indaba𝕏 as accessible as possible. We have a number of travel grants available to help people attend the Indaba𝕏. These are allocated at application time. See /register/travel-grants/ for more.

  Can I get funding to attend the Indaba𝕏?

We have a limited number of travel grants that have awarded to applicants. These are allocated at application time. See /register/travel-grants/ for more.

One of the hardest decisions we make is allocating finite resources to infinite passion. We wish we could fund everyone, but we can’t. We are very grateful to our partners for making any of this possible.

If you need funding to attend, but did not get one this year, the best thing you can do is to apply again next year. We will be around and rotating the event across our beautiful country, and we will be trying our best to make the Indaba𝕏 as accessible as possible.

  How can I support the Indaba𝕏?

If you are an organisation, consider partnering with us to gain more visibility and support the Indaba𝕏. If you are an individual, attending through paid registration options is also beneficial. If you are feeling particularly benevolent, consider donating.

Additionally, consider helping organise the event, volunteering at the event, shouting about the event, or just being a good human being.


  Will there be tea and coffee?

Yes, there will be tea and coffee available at certain times throughout the day!

  Will there be food?

Yes, we will provide lunch on the 10th, 11th, and 12th July. We will also provide some snacks throughout the day. Dietary requirements are collected in the registration form.

Each evening will have an activity with some food and drinks provided, but in limited quantities and not intended as a full dinner experience. We strongly encourage you to make friends and go explore the city for dinner.

  I’m still hungry - where can I get food on campus?

There are a range of eateries on Wits campus including:


  Is Johannesburg safe?

Johannesburg is a beautiful city, but like any city, it has its problems. We recommend that you take the same precautions as you would in any other city.

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has security guards on campus and 24/7 CCTV footage.

Security contacts on campus:

  • West Campus (WSS, Law Lawns, parking, Res): 011 717 1842
  • East Campus (Matrix, Great Hall, pedestrian and car entrances): 011 717 4444


  When should I arrive/leave Johannesburg for the Indaba𝕏?

We suggest arriving the day before the Indaba𝕏 starts (i.e. the 8th of July) and leaving the day after the Indaba𝕏 ends (i.e. the 13th of July).

  How packed is the schedule?

Very. We have an awesome selection of speakers and activities to fill up the time from ~8:30 am until 5 pm and beyond each day. The evening activities are normally optional, but we highly recommend you attend them for the full experience. Remember to take time for yourself, and to explore the city and surrounds.

See more on the schedule page (updated over time).


  Where is the Indaba𝕏 exactly?

The 7th edition of Indaba𝕏 will take place at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

We will be in the Wits Science Stadium which is located on the West Campus of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Wits provides a mobile app with information about campus and additional maps. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices.

For more information, see also ABOUT.

  Is there parking on campus?

Yes, there is parking on campus. We will provide more information via email closer to the time.

  How do I get to the venue from O.R. Tambo Airport?

The venue is a 30 minute drive from the airport. There are a number of options for getting to the venue from the airport:

  • Gautrain: We advise taking the Gautrain from O.R. Tambo to Rosebank station, followed by an e-hailing ride to Wits. We do not advise taking the Gautrain to Park Station due to safety concerns.
  • E-hailing services from the airport are also available.

If you are driving, from the airport:

  • Leave the airport and get on the R24 travelling to Johannesburg.
  • Travel on the R24 for ~8km.
  • Use the left 3 lanes to take exit 113 for N3 S towards Germiston/Durban.
  • Travel about ~3km and then take the interchange to the Francois Oberholzer Freeway (M2).
  • Continue on the M2 for ~10km.
  • Take exit 10 to merge onto De Villiers Graaff Motorway (M1) toward Sandton/Pretoria.
  • Take exit 12 for Smit Street toward Johannesburg/M10/Wits.
  • Keep left and turn left onto Smit Street.
  • Take the first left onto Eendracht St.
  • At the first traffic light, turn left onto De Korte.
  • Enter Wits via Yale Road South Entrance.
  • Parking locations on Wits campus TBC!

  What are some things to do in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. There is plenty to see and do close to Wits and further afar if you have the time and are able.

Museums & Galleries

Sightseeing & Parks

Entertainment & Dining


  Can I stay at Wits?

We are pleased to invite attendees to apply to stay in accommodation in a residence hall on Wits Campus. Accommodation is limited and not guaranteed until payment is received.

Please fill in this form if you are interested.

  Other places to stay?