The CocoaConf Blog

By Dave Klein (September 9, 2013, at 9:37 PM)

We are excited to be teaming up with the Mobile Slopes team and others from the Ogden tech community to bring you Cocoa Slopes.  Cocoa Slopes is a single-day two-track conference for iOS and OS X developers, held in Ogden, Utah.  The conference will be the first tech event held in the brand-new Startup Ogden building. We’ll be featuring awesome sessions by speakers such as Justin Williams, Jonathan Penn, Paul Mayne, Charles Perry, and more.  And after you soak in all of that knowledge and inspiration, you can unwind with the hosted after event at The Junction.  Free indoor skydiving, rock climbing, surfing, and more!  This is going to be one packed day!  You don't want to miss it!

And all this is only $149... but wait... there's more!  Through September 13th, you can save $50 with Early Bird registration. So, don't wait — sign up today.  

See you there,

By Dave Klein (June 24, 2013, at 3:18 PM)

Congratulations to the winners of our first annual WWDC Week Photo Contest!


We had a tie for 2nd place, so our two runner-up winners, who will each receive a ticket to the CocoaConf conference of their choice, are Janie Clayton-Hasz (@RedQueenCoder) and Alex Argo (@alexargo).  Here are their entries:


Eat your heart out Atlas!


My CocoaConf went over the ocean...


And special congratulations to our 1st place winner, Kevin Munc (@muncman), who wins a ticket to the CocoaConf of his choice along with 3 nights at the conference hotel. Way to go Kevin!

Here's Kevin's winning photo:


WWDC, CocoaConf style.

To those who participated and didn’t win: we still want to thank you, so we will be giving you a code for a 50% discount on any CocoaConf ticket!

Thanks to everyone who got involved, and thanks to Apple for all of the great new stuff coming out of WWDC.  What a week!

By Dave Klein (June 19, 2013, at 11:40 AM)

Some of you may have noticed the lack of the ever-popular Core Graphics workshop on the CocoaConf Fall Tour schedule. Or, for that matter, the lack of Bill Dudney’s familiar face in the “Featured Speakers” section of our site. It turns out that there’s a reason for these gaping holes.

Last weekend, Bill Dudney announced his starting of a new adventure. This Monday, he returned to Apple. I have to admit that my first reaction was despair. It didn’t last long, but I immediately saw the loss to CocoaConf attendees. Bill’s sessions were always among the most popular at our conferences. But more than that, Bill was instrumental in getting CocoaConf off the ground and in making it such an awesome series of events.

Bill presented at eight of our eleven events and has provided tons of help, advice, and encouragement along the way. He is an excellent teacher, presenter, and friend. He will be missed at CocoaConf, no doubt. But the despair quickly faded as I realized what a great move this is for Bill — and, ultimately, for CocoaConf attendees as well.

The only reason that CocoaConf exists is because of the great tools and technology coming from Apple. I am convinced that Bill is not returning to Apple to become a cog in the wheel. He will have an impact. He will make Apple better, and that will benefit all of us.

So while it’s true that we have lost (at least for now) a great teacher and speaker, we are gaining a better and stronger Apple. Truly, our loss is our gain.

To Bill, a huge and heartfelt “Thank You” — we couldn’t have done it without you! And though it will be tough, we will go on and continue to help developers to learn and take advantage of the awesome tools and technology that you and your teammates will be giving us.


By Dave Klein (June 6, 2013, at 12:8 PM)

Next week is WWDC week, and we are celebrating the excitement with a contest that everyone can participate in. We will be awarding three tickets to any CocoaConf event on our Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 tours to the three winning entries. One of those three will win the Grand Prize, which includes three nights at the conference hotel!

To enter this contest, all that you have to do is post, to Twitter or, a picture of yourself, wearing a CocoaConf t-shirt in some creative and unique situation or setting. (Keep it tasteful, please. ☺)

When you post your picture, mention @cocoaconf to be sure that we find it. We’ll post all entries on our website, and a panel of our esteemed CocoaConf speakers will choose the winners in the week following WWDC.

If you’re in San Francisco next week, either for the big show or to hang out at AltWWDC — or just to hang out — you will have many great photo ops! Maybe you can get a shot with the big Apple logo in the background, or a photo at one of the many awesome events scheduled that week, or a group photo with your homies, Tim, Jony, and Phil. Be creative!

If you’re not going out west next week, there are still plenty of great places to wear your CocoaConf shirt. How about a pic at the Apple store (with an iMac showing in the background, of course), or of you on the top of a pyramid made up of your pals from the local CocoaHeads group? Again, the opportunities are endless!

So, get your favorite CocoaConf t-shirt ready and start snapping photos. Every unique posting to Twitter or is an entry.

Have a great week next week, and may all your WWDC wishes / predictions come true!