The CocoaConf Blog

By Dave Klein (November 14, 2011, at 11:34 AM)

Our first-ever Twitter Giveaway was a big success. We received 150 retweets from 76 different people (or is that “tweeple”?).

Anyhow, this morning, we printed out all of the retweets and cut them out. Then we put them all in a bag and held the grand Prize Drawing. (We even had a mock drum roll.)

...and the winner was...


Congratulations, @fablednet! You’ve won a free pass to CocoaConf, along with 3 nights’ hotel stay. Please DM us on Twitter (or email us at info at to get the details on how to claim your prize.

The Runner-Up Prize

For everyone else that participated in the contest, we have a special runner-up prize. DM or email us for details.

Thank you all for joining in the fun. See you in Raleigh!

By Dave Klein (November 9, 2011, at 1:34 PM)

Since CocoaConf is a relatively new conference, one of our biggest challenges is letting developers know that we’re here. And since we can't quite afford a Daring Fireball sponsorship yet, we have to come up with other creative means.

Twitter has been a great tool for getting the word out, so we’re going to take advantage of that: we’re holding a Twitter give-away.

Here's the deal. For 72 hours — 2:00 Eastern, Wednesday, November 9th to 2:00 Eastern, Saturday, November 12th — we’re going to collect all retweets of @cocoaconf tweets. Each retweet will be an entry in the drawing.

And the prize for this drawing? A free pass to CocoaConf and three nights’ lodging! So if you win, all you’ll have to do is get yourself out to Raleigh on December 1st. That's an $800 value, and all you have to do is a bit of retweeting.

Remember, each retweet counts as one entry. The more @cocoaconf tweets you retweet, the better your chances of winning!

So, follow us on Twitter, watch for tweets from us, and start retweeting. We’ll record the actual drawing and post the results here (and, of course, we'll announce it on Twitter).

By Dave Klein (November 9, 2011, at 12:51 PM)

The developers of North Carolina have spoken, and we’ve listened. By popular demand, CocoaConf will be coming to downtown Raleigh, NC, in early December. We will have the same format, with two intense days of technical sessions, relevant keynotes, great food, and cool swag. Included in the two-day conference is an optional all-day hands-on iOS tutorial, in which we will create an iPhone app from design to deployment — a great way to get started in this exciting field!

This workshop was so popular in Columbus that we decided to hold it twice in Raleigh. All CocoaConf attendees can go to the iOS tutorial on Friday, December 2, but we’ll also be offering the tutorial as a stand-alone class on Thursday, December 1. This is a separate registration for those who want only the tutorial, but there is a special combined rate for those that just can’t get enough.

We are also thrilled to announce that CocoaConf Raleigh will feature a keynote by Andy Hunt!

You don’t want to miss this conference, so register today and be prepared to learn!

By Dave Klein (November 9, 2011, at 12:41 PM)

The first CocoaConf was held in Dublin, Ohio on August 12th and 13th. Ninety iPhone, iPad, and Mac developers gathered for two exciting days of training, networking, and good times. With three tracks and sessions ranging from beginner to advanced, there was something for everyone to enjoy and learn from. During the meals and extended breaks, it was great to see old friends catching up and new friends getting acquainted. Then when the sessions began, the hallways were empty and silent, save for the occasional outburst of laughter or applause coming from the session rooms.

According to attendee feedback, the meal times, the speaker panel, Daniel Steinberg's keynote address, and the exclusive “We Made an App For That” session were all big hits. But the honor of Best Session At CocoaConf went to Bill Dudney's talk on Drawing With Core Graphics. Way to go, Bill!

Before, during, and since the conference, speakers and attendees have been blogging about CocoaConf. So rather than go on and on about how great it was, we'll just let them tell you.

What people are saying about CocoaConf