Who in their right mind would register for a conference without a schedule and with a fairly sparse speaker list? Well, according to early ticket sales for the CocoaConf 2013 Fall Tour, many of you. (Thanks for that!)
But it turns out that there is a reason for this madness. We are currently offering Early Bird rates that are a significant savings over the regular prices. While we scramble to put all the details together, you can save 25% and ensure that you have a spot in one of these sure-to-sell-out events!
To get an idea of what our schedules will look like, you can check out some of our past eleven events, such as Chicago, DC, Dallas, or San Jose, all from earlier this year. Or check out Portland, Raleigh, or Columbus, from last year. It’s plain to see that this fall, a whole lot of awesome will be coming to Portland, Columbus, Boston, and Atlanta!
So, you can play it safe and wait for the schedules to finalize. There might still be tickets left when they’re up. Or you can save some money and ensure your spot at one of these exciting events. The choice is yours, and choice is a wonderful thing.
This past spring, in about a two-month period, we held four two-day events around the U.S. With over 120 presentations and panels led by 52 of the most amazing presenters in the Apple developer community, the CocoaConf 2013 Spring Tour was packed with solid technical content and engaging conversations, all centered on iOS and OS X development. If you were one of the over 350 people that attended one (or more) of our spring events, we’d like to thank you for making the CocoaConf Spring Tour awesome!
As great as it was, the spring tour was only part of the story. We’re planning four more exciting events this fall; we’ll be returning to two of our favorite cities and expanding into two that we’ve been wanting to get to for some time.
On the fall tour, we’ll be bringing all new sessions and keynotes from many of the great speakers you've come to expect at CocoaConf, along with our ever-popular features, such as “We Made An App For That” and the Reverse Q & A. We’ll also be making some exciting additions to our schedule and speaker roster. It’s going to be all kinds of awesome, but it’ll be even better if you can join us!
So, without further ado…
We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the CocoaConf 2013 Fall Tour! So, find the city nearest you, or the city you’ve always wanted to go to, and sign up today to ensure your spot:
Portland, Oregon – August 15-16
Columbus, Ohio – September 27-28
Boston, Massachusetts – October 25-26
Atlanta, Georgia – November 15-16
Seating at CocoaConf is limited, and this is by design. By keeping our events smaller, we make it easier for you to have quality time with the presenters and other attendees. It’s not uncommon for someone to leave CocoaConf having met everyone else there. But this does mean that you need to reserve your seat early. Just saying.
Also, for the folks who just can’t get enough, we will be offering multiple pre-conference workshops at each of these events. Each event will feature an iOS tutorial, for those wanting to begin developing on the best mobile platform out there. We will also have workshops on topics such as iPad Productivity APIs, Core Audio, 2D Game Development, and more.
Early Bird registration for all four fall events and workshops open today. While we hammer out the schedules for our fall events, you can save up to $200 off of conference registration!
Don't miss this excellent opportunity. Sign up today and save!
See you on the tour!
Wow! We never expected such a huge outpouring of support and sympathy over having to cancel our WWDC alternate event, CocoaConf Alt. It’s great to see that so many understood and appreciated what we were trying to do. I am extremely grateful for the kind words and well wishes. Thank you all!
However, along with the kind words, there has been some ire aimed at Apple. This was not our intent. We really don’t consider Apple to be the problem here. Though I do agree with the sentiment put so eloquently by Daniel Jalkut — that Apple should work with alternate conferences such as CocoaConf — I don’t think that they were maliciously out to get us.
Many Apple employees, including at least one developer evangelist, have attended past CocoaConf events, and have had great things to say about the experience. We have never had any complaints from them about what we are doing or even about our logo, which some have said looks a bit like theirs. :-)
It is true that Apple representatives told the hotel to not allow us to hold our event there. And we have heard from others that this is a standard practice of theirs. As some others have noted, this is not an unusual thing for sponsors of large events to do.
We really should have tried to get in touch with them first. In almost any arena, what we did would (or at least could) have been seen as an aggressive move. Looking at the specifics — our small size, the speed at which WWDC sold out, etc. — it’s obvious to all of us that we were no threat to Apple. But policies are based on generalities, not specifics. Policies can be changed or exceptions can be made, but that usually involves communication beforehand. That’s where we fell down. And for that, I apologize.
The bottom line is that we are doing what we do because Apple puts out such awesome products and platforms — not perfect, but awesome nonetheless. And though Apple is not immune from dumb management decisions (they’ve had some doozies in the past), I don’t think this is one of them.
Everything was falling into place for CocoaConf Alt this June. We had secured space in the hotel directly next door to the big show, and we were putting together a phenomenal list of speakers. Ticket sales were better than we had hoped. All was well until we got an email from the Intercontinental San Francisco, saying that they had determined that our event was in conflict with Apple and that due to their contract with Apple, we couldn’t use the space.
A flurry of frantic emails followed, but to no avail. We tried finding another venue close enough to make it work, but that didn’t pan out either. Since many of our speakers had tickets and were going to be at WWDC, we had to be close enough for them to pop over without missing much of the action. Nothing within our radius was available at a price we could manage.
In the end, so that we wouldn’t keep everyone hanging, we gave up on this experiment. CocoaConf Alt 2013 is officially canceled.
Anyone who registered will be receiving a full refund, along with a free pass to an upcoming CocoaConf event of their choice.
We feel terrible about this. We know that many were waiting to sign up and were looking forward to being in the middle of it all. We wish we could have pulled this together, and maybe we’ll be able to next year, but for now, we need to put this behind us and turn our attention to the CocoaConf 2013 Fall Tour.
Our fall tour starts a bit early with CocoaConf PDX on August 15-16. Next up we’ll be returning, for the third time, to Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 27-28. Then we’ll head to the northeast for the first CocoaConf Boston on October 25-26. Finally, on November 15-16, we’ll wrap up in Atlanta, where we’ll be teaming up with the Big Nerd Ranch.
P.S. To our good friends in Raleigh: We haven’t forgotten about you. We’re cooking up something special. Stay tuned for details.
You know that feeling you have when you just took the steaks off the grill and find that you have no A-1 sauce left, or when you fix up a fresh batch of fried zuchinni and are all out of ranch dressing. The disappointment, the despair, the wondering if you can even go on… then you open another cabinet, and there it is: one more bottle.
Well, that’s what happened to us recently when we thought we were all out of space for CocoaConf San Jose. We knew of several people who wanted to attend but hadn’t registered, and now there were no more tickets left.
Then we checked in with the conference hotel, and found that we could open up more space! We were able to add 10 more tickets!
We were so relieved and overwhelmed with joy that we just had to share it with all of you. So, for the rest of this week — or until they’re gone — you can use the coupon code SOLDOUT to save 20% off of the price of any ticket.
Sometimes you do get a second chance. Don’t let this one pass you by!
The first event of the CocoaConf Spring Tour took place in Chicago last weekend and it was a blast! With over 100 passionate iOS and OS X developers gathered in one place, you know good times are going to be had. But don’t take my word for it. Check out some of the comments from attendees on Twitter:
I know you’re probably kicking yourself that you didn’t make it to Chicago, but there is yet hope! We still have three more exciting events coming up. So, don’t be left out again. Sign up now and join the fun and learning in DC, Dallas, or San Jose!
See you soon!
One thing that no organizer of an Apple developer conference would ever want to do would be to plan an event on or near the week of WWDC. One might find himself sitting with his staff in an empty hotel, or worse yet, washing dishes in that hotel’s catering center. :-O
If you only put on one event a year, you can play it safe and schedule your event in early spring or in the fall. But if you hold multiple — say eight — events a year, it can be a little trickier.
The Apple World Wide Developer Conference has been held in early June for the past six years. So June is a pretty safe time to avoid — but even six consistent years is no guarantee. In the recent past, there has been a consensus of rumors about the date. Often, these rumors have been validated by the published schedule of the Moscone Center, where the event has been held.
This year, the only rumor I’ve been able to find is a post by “djtech42” on MacRumors, written last July. This post is mostly predicting the content of the event, but it does list a date: June 10th to June 14th. That sounds reasonable, as it is about where it was last year. However, there is nothing to back this up, and so it is difficult to use this date for planning purposes. Looking at the Moscone schedule, we see that that week is conspicuously empty. Hmmm...
Another thing that a conference organizer learns by organizing conferences is that it is not wise to schedule an event at the same time as a large event, regardless of type, because hotel costs tend to rise dramatically when there is a big event in town. So, I thought I’d check the prices of a couple of the hotels closest to the Moscone. Lo and behold, it turned out that both the Intercontinental, adjacent to the Moscone West, and The W, across the street from Moscone North, showed significant price spikes for that week. So, I looked at a few other hotels. The table below shows my findings.
|Parc 55 Wyndham||$281||$362||$289|
As you can see, all of these hotels have higher prices for the week in question. It doesn’t seem to be just because of the season, since the prices are lower for the weeks before and after. This looks like what you would expect to see in hotel rates when a big event is in town.
Perhaps these hotel managers are big fans of MacRumors, or maybe they have figured out a way of getting inside schedule information from the Moscone. Seeing that, due to their proximity, a large part of their annual revenue is probably coming from people who are attending at the convention center, this seems pretty likely.
I’m not one to try to start rumors, but I᾿m not opposed to lending some facts to rumors that have already been started. And based on these hotel prices, I’d say that “djtech42“ is on to something with his prediction of a WWDC 2013 date of June 10-14.
Now, if only we could figure out when the tickets will go on sale...
We are very excited about the great things we have coming up in our spring tour. Never before has there been a series of four Apple developer conferences across the U.S. with such an amazing lineup of presenters!
Below are just a few of the awesome speakers featured on the CocoaConf spring tour:
Michael Jurewitz — Formerly a Developer Tools Evangelist at Apple and currently a rock star at Black Pixel, Michael (also known as “Jury”) will be making his CocoaConf debut with a keynote in San Jose.
Bill Dudney — Also a former Apple Evangelist and author of several books (including his latest, All The Image IO You Need to Know), Bill will be bringing his hugely popular pre-conference workshop, “Beautiful and Shiny: The iOS Graphics System,” to DC, Dallas, and San Jose.
Daniel Steinberg — Author, trainer, speaker, and all-around great guy. Among the many books Daniel has written is the companion book for the Stanford University iOS course. His latest book is iOS Storyboards: An Animated Tour For iPhone And iPad Developers. Daniel will be presenting at all four of our spring events!
Daniel Pasco — If you don't think that guitar, drums, kung fu, swordsmanship, and rocket science are the skills that make a good CEO, then you haven't yet met Daniel Pasco. Daniel brings his broad experience and interests to bear at the helm of Black Pixel, one of the fastest-growing iOS and OS X development shops in the U.S. He will be giving a keynote in Dallas and joining our list of rock stars in San Jose.
Jaimee Newberry — Formerly of Zappos and now User Experience Director at Black Pixel, Jaimee brings deep insights into what it takes to build apps that your customers will love, and shares them with such contagious enthusiasm that attendees always leave her sessions inspired to do great things! Jaimee will be working her magic in Chicago, DC, and San Jose.
Michael Simmons — A veteran of Apple as well as several top iOS and OS X software shops. More recently, Michael co-founded Flexibits, makers of Fantastical. Michael will be sharing from his storehouse of knowledge in San Jose.
Marcus Zarra — Veteran Mac and iOS developer and author of two great Cocoa books. His latest book, the must-have Core Data: Data Storage And Management For iOS, OS X, And iCloud (2nd edition). Marcus will be joining us in San Jose.
Nathan Eror — Trainer, developer, and founder of Free Time Studios. Nathan is a popular conference speaker with a ton of real-world experience, which he is eager to share with CocoaConf attendees in Chicago and Dallas.
I wish we had space to list even more of the amazing people that will be sharing their knowledge and experience with CocoaConf attendees this spring. Most of our speakers have been with us for one or more of the seven CocoaConf events we’ve held over the past two years, and it has been a privilege to watch the way they interact with attendees, the way they take the feedback received and use it to make their presentations even more awesome. Join us at one of our four upcoming events and see what I mean!
There has been some growing buzz occurring lately about the possibility of Apple coming out with a larger iPhone, to compete with lesser phones such as the Galaxy Note II and the like. What I find even more surprising is that the folks who usually would have shaken off such claims are taking the rumors seriously. In a recent blog post, Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and connoisseur of fine coffees and BMWs, says that Apple is losing sales to Samsung and others because it doesn't have a bigger phone:
“The iPhone has lost a significant number of sales by buyers either wanting a larger screen or being drawn to how much better the large screens look in stores. Here’s how this theoretical iPhone Plus looks next to the large-screened competition:
“Now, imagine that lineup without the iPhone Plus mockup. That’s how the shelf looks today when a buyer goes into a phone store.”
I usually tend to agree with Marco, but here I must humbly disagree. Let’s compare this same idea to the Mac vs. PC arena. Currently, the best selling laptop around is a Mac. What does the shelf look like for Apple?
You have two MBAs and four MPBs (two non-retina and two retina). This brings them up to a grand total of six laptops.
Dell, on the other hand…
Dell is taking the “all things to all men” approach here. They make more Inspirons and Latitudes than Apple makes Macs. But who’s getting the sales? Who’s making the money here? Apple is. Companies such as Dell and HP, which provide varying laptops for every man and his neighbor, actually lose sales by creating a paradox of choice for their potential customers.
I would say that the real reason the iPhone isn’t as big in places like China and the Koreas is simply that many carriers haven’t had the iPhone until more recently — NOT because Apple doesn’t have a monster phone.
Now, I could see Apple coming out with a bigger phone — partially because of the iPhone 5, and partially because of Auto Layout. I would like to believe that Auto Layout was just for the 5 and the iPad mini. But maybe Apple had bigger ideas in mind. Apple opened a mixed can of bacon and worms when it came out with the iPhone 5. The bacon is an awesome device, the iPhone 5. The worms? It may have marked the beginning of Apple's departure from Simplicity.
If Apple does come out with an iPhone Plus, it will be the beginning of the end.