The CocoaConf Blog

By Dave Klein (January 28, 2014, at 7:25 AM)

You know what they say: “The harder the winter the nicer the spring.” Well this year that’s true in more ways than one. The CocoaConf Spring Tour schedule is filling out and looking amazing!

We are very excited about the many great speakers who are joining us, and some of the sessions they are planning will blow your mind!

And right in line with us getting the schedules mostly finished is the end of the Early Bird sale. This Friday — Jan. 31st — will be the last day to get these great prices on CocoaConf tickets.

So if you’ve been thinking about registering but weren’t quite sure, now would be a good time to take a closer look at our schedules and sign up for your favorite city. Or maybe your top two. :-)

We look forward to seeing you this Spring!

The CocoaConf Team.

By Dave Klein (January 6, 2014, at 9:26 AM)

That was the cardinal rule of CocoaConf speaker emeritus Bill Dudney. Every time he gave his Core Graphics workshop at a CocoaConf event, he reminded his students to avoid this heinous crime. Of course we agreed wholeheartedly and cheered him on, while trying not to think about how we were doing just that with our website,

So, finally, after two and a half years of business, we broke down and hired a designer to help us redo our site. Wow! I can't stop kicking myself for waiting this long. The difference is amazing!

Of course, it’s very new yet, and will likely have a few glitches. After all, us mere mortal programmers still had to implement the design. :-) But we are very pleased with how it’s looking so far. Please check it out and if you find any issues, drop us a line at

And remember… “Never ship programmer art!” — @bdudney

I hope to see you on the Spring tour,

By admin (December 24, 2013, at 8:28 AM)

Is there a special junior dev or aspiring dev in your life? Brighten their day by using our special apprenticeship discount to purchase a CocoaConf ticket in their name, for 50% off! To receive this discount, the only stipulation is that you (as their mentor) purchase a ticket for yourself, as well.

CocoaConf continues to lead the way in supporting the mentoring of junior developers. If you apprentice or mentor junior devs, or have a young person in your life who is wanting to enter the exciting world of iOS and Mac development, we want to express our appreciation for this noble endeavor. What better jump-start for the new year than to encourage that person with an event that could motivate and inspire them to make incredible software for these incredible platforms?

Whether you are looking for last minute gifts or just for a carrot to dangle in front of their monitor, CocoaConf is definitely one of the best gifts you can give to a new or aspiring Apple developer.

So, sign up for your preferred CocoaConf, then contact us with the name of your apprentice, and we’ll take it from there.

By Dave Klein (December 16, 2013, at 3:28 PM)

We had a total of 15 entries in our recent Blog, Tweet, Win contest, where alumni of past CocoaConf events posted a link to a blog post about their experiences to Twitter.

The three lucky winners, and their blog posts, are:

Tom Burns (@tomburns):

Andrea Ciletti (@DreaCreative):

Jon Reid (@qcoding):

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!