The CocoaConf Blog

By The CocoaConf Team (February 18, 2015, at 2:10 PM)

In an effort to continually supply Andy Ihnatko’s wardrobe, we’ve been working on producing new t-shirts for our four 2015 Spring events. We’ve been tossing around ideas for a while, and after thinking about it, we’ve figured it’d be fun to get some fresher ideas from all of you, because you’re probably more creative than we are. :)

Now you might be thinking “I can‘t do a t-shirt design! I’m a programmer, and Bill Dudney said to ’Never Ship Programmer Art!’”

Yes, he did say “Never Ship Programmer Art”… but he didn’t say you couldn’t put it on a t-shirt!

So, with that, here’s your chance to win a free pass to any Spring CocoaConf, plus three nights’ hotel!

From today till March 5th, we’ll be collecting ideas for our 2015 Spring Tour t-shirts. You can send in as many ideas as you like, in whatever format you choose. We have a file you can download, containing some CocoaConf graphics that you can incorporate in your design in whatever way your cranial organelle deems best.

On March 5th, we’ll pick a design, and its creator will receive a free pass to the CocoaConf of their choice, and three nights’ hotel!*

Send in your ideas to Again, we’ll be collecting artwork from now till March 5th.

We look forward to seeing your ideas. And may the best design win!

—The CocoaConf Team

* If you have already registered for the conference, and your design wins, we’ll refund the price of your ticket.

By Dave Klein (January 6, 2015, at 10:34 AM)

Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point

We are so excited about the Yosemite conference. Not just because of where it will be held, but because of what it is shaping up to be.  We have been organizing conferences for Apple developers for almost four years, but we’ve never held an event quite like this.

With seventeen of the most amazing people in the Apple community—some developers, but most not—Yosemite is a conference for the Apple community.  Our speakers are some of the best and most-loved writers, designers, philosophers, and developers working in the Apple ecosystem.

Those familiar with CocoaConf know that our developer events are mostly about code.  Yosemite is mostly about beauty.  Beautiful designs, beautiful words, beautiful scenery, and yes, beautiful code.


That’s why the location is so perfect.  Right in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by towering sequoias and majestic rock structures like El Capitan, Half Dome, and Glacier Point.  The beautiful upper Yosemite Falls is in view from the conference grounds, and in late April, it should be at peak flow.  It’s going to be awesome!

Yosemite is a conference at the intersection of technology, the liberal arts, and nature.

I hope to see you there!


By The CocoaConf Team (November 24, 2014, at 10:24 AM)

Since opening registration for Yosemite, we’ve received several requests from people who wanted to bring a non-techie companion along to Yosemite. It took us a while to figure out the best way to do this but we’re thrilled to announce our Yosemite Companion ticket!

This ticket will allow your companion(s) to participate in all the mid-day group activities and meals. They will have to chill during morning and evening sessions, but hey, what better place to chill out than Yosemite? :D

The Companion ticket is only available to those that are accompanying Yosemite attendees. It’s a great way to turn this into a family event!

Seating for Yosemite is limited, and tickets are running low. If you haven’t signed up yet, you really should do so soon. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you don’t want to miss it. If you have any questions about the conference or the Companion ticket, please let us know.

See you at the Falls!
The CocoaConf Team

By Solomon Klein (November 19, 2014, at 2:6 PM)

Last weekend, nearly 100 iOS and Mac developers gathered for the second annual CocoaConf Boston!

We’d like to thank all the speakers that joined us. CocoaConf Boston featured 28 sessions, with topics ranging from mastering Xcode to graphics programming to streaming. We’d like to rave on about every session, but for the sake of time, we’ll focus on the four keynotes.

Daniel Jalkut started off the conference with a keynote discussing the pros and cons of being an indie developer. Friday night, Daniel Steinberg gave yet another thoughtful presentation, “Playing by a New Set of Rules.” Using examples from mathematics, agile methodologies, and Swift, Daniel gave us much to think about regarding how we learn, code and interact with others.

Then James Dempsey and the Breakpoints brought the house down with yet another rollicking Breakpoint Jam!

Laura Savino opened Saturday, sharing some important tips about non-toxic human interactions. And last, but certainly not least, Jamiee Newberry closed the conference with her keynote “Through Burnout and Back Again,” giving the lessons she’s learned in her own life about keeping important things first.

Thanks to all that came out! You really made the conference. For those of you that couldn’t make it, you can see what attendees are saying about CocoaConf Boston on the Roundup page.

Once more, with feeling…

Wrapping up the 2014 Fall Tour, we’ll be in Atlanta, GA, on December 5th and 6th. We’ll be joined by some of the Boston gang—folks like Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, and Janie Clayton—in addition to Aaron Hillegass, Rob Napier, Sam Soffes, and others.

We’ll be re-running all four workshops from Boston in Atlanta as well on December 4th. If you want to catch one of the popular all-day classes from Boston this year, you have one more shot at it this year. :)

See you around!

Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team