The CocoaConf Blog

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

By Dave Klein (November 6, 2014, at 1:35 PM)

At CocoaConf, we are so very grateful for our speakers.  If you’ve been to one of our events, you probably are, too.  The knowledge and understanding they have of the Apple development ecosystem, and their eagerness and uncanny ability to share that knowledge with others, are amazing!

It turns out that there is a reason.  Many of our speakers are professional trainers, who have shared their knowledge and experience with hundreds of developers.  And if you think they are good in a one-hour conference session, you’ll be totally blown away by a full four-day class!

We are very excited to announce CocoaConf University, a unique training experience.  CocoaConf University will be staffed, exclusively, by CocoaConf speakers.  We will be offering in-depth, hands-on training classes led by expert trainers like Daniel Steinberg, James Dempsey, and others coming soon.  

There are other training classes out there, so what makes CocoaConf University so unique?  Rather than having a single class with one instructor and a handful of students, we will be holding multiple classes simultaneously.  The classes will be held at the same facility, and all breaks, meals, and evening social events will be shared among the whole “student body”.  Our goal is to find the perfect blend of a focused training class and a developer conference.  We think you’re going to love it!

Our first “term” will be held in Orlando, Florida on January 28–31, 2015, and registration is open now.  In this term, we are offering two classes: an “iOS 8 intro class” with Swift and a “Swift / iOS 8 for experienced iOS developers” class.  So, regardless of your current experience level, you’re likely to find a class that will help you take it up a notch.  

Check out the course outlines and other information at, and let us know if you have any questions.

We would also be happy to assist in organizing an on-site or off-site training class for your company or organization.  Contact us at to get the ball rolling.