By Dave Klein (May 8, 2013, at 7:44 AM)
Everything was falling into place for CocoaConf Alt this June. We had secured space in the hotel directly next door to the big show, and we were putting together a phenomenal list of speakers. Ticket sales were better than we had hoped. All was well until we got an email from the Intercontinental San Francisco, saying that they had determined that our event was in conflict with Apple and that due to their contract with Apple, we couldn’t use the space.
A flurry of frantic emails followed, but to no avail. We tried finding another venue close enough to make it work, but that didn’t pan out either. Since many of our speakers had tickets and were going to be at WWDC, we had to be close enough for them to pop over without missing much of the action. Nothing within our radius was available at a price we could manage.
In the end, so that we wouldn’t keep everyone hanging, we gave up on this experiment. CocoaConf Alt 2013 is officially canceled.
Anyone who registered will be receiving a full refund, along with a free pass to an upcoming CocoaConf event of their choice.
We feel terrible about this. We know that many were waiting to sign up and were looking forward to being in the middle of it all. We wish we could have pulled this together, and maybe we’ll be able to next year, but for now, we need to put this behind us and turn our attention to the CocoaConf 2013 Fall Tour.
Our fall tour starts a bit early with CocoaConf PDX on August 15-16. Next up we’ll be returning, for the third time, to Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 27-28. Then we’ll head to the northeast for the first CocoaConf Boston on October 25-26. Finally, on November 15-16, we’ll wrap up in Atlanta, where we’ll be teaming up with the Big Nerd Ranch.
P.S. To our good friends in Raleigh: We haven’t forgotten about you. We’re cooking up something special. Stay tuned for details.