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:
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:
Chicago, Illinois – March 7-8
Washington, DC – March 28-29
Austin, Texas (Mini) – April 4-5
San Jose, California – April 25-26
Raleigh, North Carolina (Mini) – May 9-10
Each of our standard CocoaConf events will include optional pre-conference workshops.
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.
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!
By Dave Klein (October 14, 2013, at 8:23 AM)
So far, the CocoaConf Fall Tour has been a blast! Of course, it’s hard to not have a great time when you combine speakers who know their stuff and love to help others learn with attendees who are eager to learn and get involved in this awesome community.
We often hear from attendees and speakers about how great CocoaConf events are, and I always think the same thing… “you’re half of the reason it’s great, and the other half is the person next to you.” Seriously, it’s wonderful to hear that people are enjoying and profiting from our conferences, but we don’t deserve the accolades. All we do is bring these two groups of amazing people together and they make the magic!
Now, with Portland and Columbus only happy memories, we are looking forward to our two remaining events this fall.
In Boston we are thrilled to welcome new speakers along with a sold-out crowd of attendees. Joining us for the first time will be Daniel Jalkut, Guy English, Neven Mrgan, Stewart Gleadow, Michael Gorbach, Jaimie Pinkham, Greg Raiz, and Ben Johnson. Along with them, we’ll be learning from some awesome returning speakers, including Daniel Steinberg, Daniel Pasco, Chris Adamson, Kyle Richter, Jonathan Penn, James Dempsey, and more!
This is our first time in the Boston area and we are very excited to be coming. We can already tell that the Apple developer community is thriving and really ready for an event like this! It’s going to be great!
Then we wrap up our fall season in Atlanta, Georgia — another first for us. Our debut in the deep south will feature an all-star roster with Aaron Hillegass, Daniel Pasco, Rob Rhyne, Marcus Zarra, Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, Jaimee Newberry, and many more. Check out the whole lineup at cocoaconf.com/atlanta-2013/speakers.
Both of our last events will include James Dempsey’s famous Breakpoint Jam. Guaranteed to be the best Apple developer related songs you’ve ever heard!
So, if you haven’t signed up yet, head over to cocoaconf.com and register for your chance to join one of these awesome events.*
See you soon,
* Our Boston conference is sold out, but there are seats left in the all-day pre-conference workshops to be held on 10/24.