The CocoaConf Blog

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!

By Dave Klein (December 2, 2013, at 9:43 AM)

We held the first CocoaConf in Columbus, Ohio, on August 12th, 2011. Since then, we’ve held 15 events in 9 states, with over a hundred speakers, and we’ve seen over twelve hundred attendees learning from and enjoying CocoaConf events!

This Spring, we are going to build on that momentum by bringing CocoaConf events — including two of our new single-track CocoaConf Minis — to five U.S. cities:

Each of our standard CocoaConf events will include optional pre-conference workshops.

Introducing CocoaConf Mini

CocoaConf Mini is everything you love about CocoaConf, only in a slimmer package: an intense, focused, and engaging training conference that’s approachable and affordable. As always, we’ll bring in some of the brightest minds in the industry — but with a Mini, they’ll all be in a single-track, so you won’t have to try to split yourself in two to catch your favorite presenters.

We’ll still have two days packed full of great technical sessions and awesome networking opportunities. And, of course, you’ll get the much sought-after CocoaConf mug!

We will be holding two Minis this Spring, in Austin and Raleigh, with more to follow in the Fall.

Save big with Early Bird Registration!

While we finish filling our speaker rosters and adding great sessions, we are offering Early Bird rates that will save you up to $150!

Early Bird tickets for the three standard CocoaConf events are $450 (conference tickets plus a workshop ticket are $650). Early Bird tickets for the Austin and Raleigh Minis are $400.

The Early Bird registration for all Spring Tour events ends on January 31st.

There’s a lot of new shiny to talk about. You won’t want to miss it!

See you soon,
The CocoaConf Team

By Dave Klein (October 29, 2013, at 8:48 AM)

Well, CocoaConf Boston is just a memory now.  But what an amazing memory it is!  This event exceeded all expectations.  With a sold-out crowd of 110 smart and engaged Apple developers and designers, there was no way not to learn and be inspired.  

The pre-conference workshops were well attended and brains were stretched, with Chris Adamson digging into the nitty gritty of Core Audio, Josh and Jonathan having way too much fun with SpriteKit in their new 2D Game Development workshop, and James Dempsey bringing the next wave of iOS developers up to speed in his iOS 7 Tutorial.

Then, to kick off the conference proper, Daniel Jalkut delivered a thought-provoking and challenging keynote on raising the bar… on ourselves.  I don’t think anyone walked away from that discussion without a few new items on their todo list.  If you’ve heard Daniel on Core Intuition or the Bitsplitting podcast, you know he has a talent for words. He put that talent to good use on Friday morning!

The rest of the day Friday was filled with three tracks of tech (and not-so-tech) sessions and our famous “We Made An App For That” panel, where we got a glimpse of some of the cool things our attendees have been working on. Then to cap off this great day, Guy English, still recovering from putting on another outstanding Çingleton conference, gave a keynote presentation on batteries: our computers’ and ours.  He explained how battery life is going to become ever more important to consider as we design and build our applications.  Then he brought it back home with some thoughts on keeping our own personal batteries fresh.  Great stuff from a great Guy.  (…sorry couldn’t resist. :-)

Oh, and lest we forget: after Guy’s talk, James and his (Conditional) Breakpoints brought down the house with their Breakpoint Jam. It was great!

The next morning we were once again challenged, stretched, and sobered by Daniel Steinberg’s moving and very meaningful keynote, “Crazy and Focused.”  You had to be there folks.

The rest of the day was only slightly hampered by having to juggle air walls between breakout sessions and general sessions, but everyone worked together in a typical show of Apple developer comradarie, and it worked out great.  Most of us still have sore sides from laughing so hard at The CocoaConf Game Show, hosted by Daniel Steinberg and featuring Jonathan Penn, Josh Smith, T.J. Usiyan, and Chris Adamson.  I start laughing again just remembering it.  

After a couple more rounds of awesome tech sessions by some of the best speakers in the iOS and OS X developer community, we wrapped up with some cool prizes and a bit more fun.  

And now we’re down to our last event for 2013.  It seems like it’s gone by so fast.  But we’re gearing up to for more exciting times in Atlanta on November 15th and 16th.  Joining us in Atlanta will be Aaron Hillegass, Marcus Zarra, Rob Rhyne, Jaimee Newberry, Daniel Pasco, and of course, the awesome usual suspects, Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, James Dempsey, and many more.

There are still a few tickets left, and just over two weeks to get them.  If you haven’t been able to make it to a CocoaConf event so far this year, this is your golden opportunity.  Take it!