The CocoaConf Blog

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

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 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.

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.