The CocoaConf Blog

By Solomon Klein (April 19, 2016, at 12:34 PM)

Yesterday, Apple announced the dates for WWDC 2016. As they’ve done for the last two years, they are making tickets lottery-based.

The lottery approach is probably the best way to deal with the immense demand for the conference, but it does have some drawbacks. One is that you of course have no guarantee of “winning” a chance to get a ticket to the event. Another is the issue of where you’ll be staying during the event—hotel rooms in San Francisco during WWDC run anywhere from an arm to a leg to even (in some cases) vital organs.

But you don’t have to make the trip to San Francisco to meet talented, brilliant, friendly members of the Apple developer community and learn about the latest advances in the Apple developer ecosystem. For those who’re looking for a more affordable option closer to home, we’re offering you an instant win!

Until midnight this Friday, April 22, you can use the code “INSTANT_WIN” to save 25% on any ticket to any of our upcoming 2016 Tour events:

CocoaConf Seattle: May 6-7
CocoaConf DC: September 9-10
CocoaConf San Jose: November 4-5

We’ll see you on the Tour!
—Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team

By Solomon Klein (March 24, 2016, at 4:53 PM)


Last week, we wrapped up our second conference at Yosemite Lodge (formerly known as Yosemite Lodge at the Falls). It was a fantastic four days with wonderful people. Thanks to everybody who made it out!Here’s what some of those people had to say about the conference:

"Thanks for a phenomenal time, @cocoaconf. See you again soon". ––Joe Kueser

"thx for an inspiring week. The beauty of the surroundings is matched only by the awesome people involved." –– Maia Olson

"Driving back to civilization and Internet after another incredible year at @cocoaconf Yosemite. All conferences should be in the wilderness." ––Serenity Caldwell

The Cocoaconf Yosemite Conference (why I went, why you should) ––Chuq Von Rospach


We’ll be releasing the session videos from Yosemite 2016 starting later this Spring, thanks to our friends at Smile, DevMate, AgileBits, and The Omni Group. While we work on getting those out, you can check out Jonathan Mann’s four recap songs from the conference:


Several attendees have posted photo collections from Yosemite. They’ve put out some great work, and you should check them out. :)

Alan Forkosh

Dan Drusch

Fernando Pereira

Joe Kueser

Chuq Von Rospach

Dan Holly Wells

We’ve also posted a collection of our own photos from the conference on Flickr, which you can find here: Yosemite 2016.

See you next time

Yosemite 2016 was truly an awesome and inspiring event. We look forward to seeing you there… next time. :)

For the team,

—Solomon Klein

By The CocoaConf Team (February 2, 2016, at 3:29 PM)


In just under 7 weeks, we’ll be back in Yosemite National Park for our second Yosemite conference. We’re excited, to say the least!

For our second time in the Valley, we’re thrilled to have people like Jessie Char, Jonathan Mann, and Jean MacDonald joining us, as well as several members of the old gang like Andy Ihnatko, Jaimee Newberry, Jim Dalrymple, Serenity Caldwell, Michael Lopp, and TED photographer James Duncan Davidson!

Here are a couple of things you should know about Yosemite.


The excellent people at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls are offering Yosemite attendees a fabulous group rate of $159 a night. This offer ends on February 13, which is coming up pretty fast.

The Lodge Combo Ticket

We’re offering a special combo ticket that includes a pass to the Yosemite conference, plus three nights’ lodging at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (where the event will be held). The ticket costs $1,599, and will save you $200 on your stay. This offer also ends on February 13.

Yosemite 2015 was truly spectacular, and 2016 is fixing up to be no different. Join 19 of the Apple community’s finest members in the heart of one of the most beautiful locations on the planet.

We’ll see you at the Falls!

By The CocoaConf Team (December 21, 2015, at 2:45 PM)

We’re really excited to be bringing Daniel Steinberg’s iOS 9 Programming class to the Orange County area this upcoming February 15–18! Join us for a spectacular four-day training class covering the latest and greatest in iOS 9, Swift 2, and Xcode 7!

We’re running an Early Bird sale for the class right now. It will be ending on January 15th. Sign up before then, and you’ll save $500 on the class—plus you’ll get a free pass to any 2016 CocoaConf!

We’re also running a special Christmas shopper sale, which is in effect beginning December 21st (today) and ends at midnight on December 24th. From now unti Christmas eve, you can use the code “CHRISTMAS” to save 15% on any 2016 CocoaConf event, which would include:

CocoaConf Chicago
CocoaConf Austin
CocoaConf Seattle
CocoaConf DC
CocoaConf San Jose

Don’t miss this chance to save on one of the Apple developer community’s premier conferences! Sign up today!

Have a Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2016!
—The CocoaConf Team