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 cocoaconf.com) to get the details on how to claim your 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.
“Finally, a technical/developers conference in the mid-west !
The first Cocoaconf iPhone, iPad and Mac developer's conference, beginning August 12-13 in Columbus Ohio! There is an exciting lineup of talks by eminent speakers/authors.” Read more...
“Cocoaconf was great. If you haven't heard of it, you should check it out. The first ever Cocoaconf was kicked off here in Columbus last weekend. There was a good turn out and the speakers, many of them local, were great! The conference was two days and consisted of a a range of topics from beginner to advanced. ” Read more...
“I’m finally catching up after CocoaConf. For a first time effort, I was impressed with how well they pulled it off. Logistically trim, good WiFi (!), good food, and a great set of speakers.” Read more...
“Today I attended the first day of CocoaConf, an iOS/OS X development conference near Columbus, OH. This is both the first time this conference has been held and the first Apple-related conference that I have attended. So far I have been very impressed with both the quality and variety of information being presented. ” Read more...
“Let me start out by saying that the weekend at the first Cocoaconf was thoroughly inspiring and very well worth my time. It lived up to its reputation as a technical conference – hands-on tutorials, code walkthrough of various concepts and even the keynote address by Daniel Steinberg” Read more...
“CocoaConf in Columbus was a great conference packed into two full days. The shorter length made it easier to fit into my schedule, but the downside was the limited amount of time I had to talk with other developers.” Read more...
“For a first-time conference my expectations were exceeded. CocoaConf was strictly focused on delivering top-notch tech talks. There weren’t any vendor booths, no business/marketing tracks, no sales presentations, etc.
First off, you should know that the WiFi was good, the food was great, the swag was cool, the sessions were solid, and the attendees and presenters were all brilliant!” Read more...
“What an incredible conference! Although I’ve been to conferences run by families before, they were usually in church circles. I’ve run local workshops where my family helped out, but never at this scale. And, I’ve been to a lot of software conferences before, but never such a combination of intimacy and quality. The speakers were top notch. The program was meaty. The schedule was not too rushed, not too slow, but just right.” Read more...
“Cocoaconf actually took me by surprise as I just happened to hear about it from a tweet within a month of it taking place. It’s pretty rare to find developer events of this size so close by Detroit so I had to jump on the opportunity. Who would’ve thought that I would get so much out of spending a few days in Dublin, Ohio?” Read more...