After a rather successful – and highly interesting – debut in Johannesburg last year, BotCon Africa is returning to South Africa next month.

BotCon Africa, which if you don’t know is a conference focusing on the current state and future of AI, bots and conversational interfaces on the continent, will kick off in Cape Town  on May 25 at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront.

The final speaker line-up has yet to be confirmed, but according to the press release, the conference will “feature commercial success stories, brand opportunities and social impact, as well as the technology that makes it all possible”.

If you’re not a software developer, you still have a reason to attend. BotCon Africa provides ample opportunities for networking with business leaders, scientists, digital startups, entrepreneurs, (coughs) journalists and industry leaders.

Even curious onlookers are encouraged to give this a go; I attended last year and even though I’m not exactly a well travelled student of bots, I found many of the presentations fascinating.

If this sounds up your street, tickets are now available on BotCon Africa’s official website and via Quicket. At face value, tickets are R850 a pop, but Students get a discounted price at R350. If this all sounds too steep you can sign up for a sponsored ticket on the BotCon Africa site, cross your fingers and hope for the best.