Daniel Steinberg, through his friendship, support, and speaking, has been a foundational part of the inception and success of CocoaConf for the past 5 years.
It is with much sadness that we learned that Daniel’s dear wife, Kimberli Diemert, passed away on August 23, following a car accident.
We all sense the tremendous loss he and their daughter Maggie have experienced, and we express our deepest sympathy to them, their family and friends.
Daniel will be absent from the DC event, taking some needed time away from the conference scene, but he and his loved ones will not be far from our thoughts and prayers.
We are thankful that some talented and experienced presenters have offered to step in and help fill the gap. The Swift tutorial will be given by Jonathan Lehr, founder of About Objects and an experienced iOS trainer. Ken Auer, founder of RoleModel Software and a long-time member of the software development community, will deliver the Friday night keynote. Chris Adamson, author, engineer, and veteran CocoaConf speaker, will be filling in for Daniel's lunchtime activity with a Reverse Q&A panel.
Again, our deepest sympathies go out to Daniel and Maggie and their family and friends. Donations in the memory of Kimberli Diemert can be made to SmileTrain.org.
After last year’s Yosemite event, the opinion was unanimous: We have to come back!
Yosemite is no ordinary conference. It is a unique opportunity to gather with a small group of Apple enthusiasts and be inspired, challenged, and motivated by some truly amazing people, like Daniel Steinberg, Georgia Dow, Brent Simmons, Ashley Nelson-Hornstein, David Smith, Andy Ihnatko, and Matt Drance. All of this takes place amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Yosemite Valley, where we will enjoy guided hikes, and a photo walk with TED photographer, James Duncan Davidson. And don’t forget music provided by Jonathan “Song a Day” Mann, and James Dempsey’s Breakpoint Jam!
Right now, we’re running an Early Bird sale for Yosemite. We have three ticket options this year:
The Lodge Combo Ticket (Early Bird price: $1,399)
Admission to Yosemite 2017, plus three nights’ lodging at Yosemite Valley Lodge.
Yosemite Conference ticket (Early Bird price: $899)
Admission to Yosemite 2017.
Yosemite Companion ticket (Early Bird price: $399)
Allows a companion of a conference attendee to participate in group activities and meals (does not include admission to the conference.) Companion attendees must be accompanied by a registered Yosemite attendee.
As always, seating is very limited. Don’t wait to get your tickets!
We’ll see you in the Valley!
––The CocoaConf Team
A big thank you from us at CocoaConf to the awesome folks at Twitter—producers of fastlane—for sponsoring the CocoaConf 2016 Tour!
fastlane is the easiest way to automate building and releasing your iOS and Android apps. It lets you define and run deployment pipelines for your different environments and helps you to unify and automate your app’s release process. For more information, visit https://fastlane.tools.
You can also follow fastlane on (surprise!) Twitter, at @FastlaneTools.
We’d like to thank the amazing Twilio for sponsoring our 2016 Tour.
Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software. They take care of the messy telecom hardware and expose a globally-available cloud API that you can use to interact with and build intelligent complex communications systems.
—The CocoaConf Team
We’d like to thank the incredible people at Perfect for sponsoring our 2016 Tour.
Perfect is a web server and toolkit for developers using the Swift programming language to build applications and other REST services. It lets you build using only Swift to develop both the client-facing and server sides of your projects. It’s the (yes) perfect backbone for cloud and mobile technologies. You can be more productive and efficient using Perfect to write less code and work in one fundamental language.
Check it out at perfect.org.
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:
We’ll see you on the Tour!
—Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team
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. :)
We’ve also posted a collection of our own photos from the conference on Flickr, which you can find here: Yosemite 2016.
Yosemite 2016 was truly an awesome and inspiring event. We look forward to seeing you there… next time. :)
For the team,
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.
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!
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:
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
We are excited to announce the opening of registration for our CocoaConf 2016 U.S. Tour!
CocoaConf will be coming to five U.S. cities in 2016:
|Chicago, IL||March 25 – 26|
|Austin, TX||April 15 – 16|
|Seattle, WA||May 6 – 7|
|Washington, DC||September 9 – 10|
|San Jose, CA||November 4 – 5|
We are still filling out the speaker rosters and schedules, but you can rest assured that the content will be amazing and the experience will be inspiring!
The Early Bird tickets are limited, and will probably sell out quickly. So sign up today!
I hope to see you on the tour!