Over the past three years, at the fifteen CocoaConf events that we’ve been privileged to put on, we have been totally blessed to have the help of such awesome speakers. Without the help of people such as Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, Jonathan Penn, Josh Smith, Jaimee Newberry, James Dempsey, Ben Scheirman, Mark Pospesel, and so many others, CocoaConf wouldn’t exist. We are grateful to them all.
This Spring, most of your and our favorite CocoaConf speakers will be returning to the following cities:
March 7–8 (Sold Out)
April 4–5 (Sold Out)
Joining them will be several new (or newer) additions to the CocoaConf speaker roster. So, I just wanted to introduce you to some of them. We are looking forward to hearing from them and we’re sure you will be too!
Mike Ash — Mike is the author of the bi-weekly Friday Q&A, a blog series focused on deep technical topics related to Mac and iOS programming. He’s been developing for the Apple platform for over 20 years, and he’ll be joining us at CocoaConf DC.
Matt Drance — Formerly a developer evangelist at Apple, Matt is the owner of BookHouse Software. He’s co-author of iOS Recipes for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Matt will kick off CocoaConf San Jose this coming April.
Mike Rundle — Mike Rundle is a iOS developer and designer in Raleigh. He's the creator of Interesting for iPhone, and the author of Building iOS Apps From Scratch. He’ll be making his debut at CocoaConf Mini Raleigh this May.
David Smith — David Smith is an independent iOS developer. He’s the creator of apps like Check the Weather and Pedometer++ and of services like Feed Wrangler. He’s also the host of a weekly podcast, Developing Perspective. You can find him at CocoaConf DC.
Sam Soffes — Sam is a developer and designer from the Bay Area. He currently runs Full Package and has worked on applications like Hipstamatic and Cheddar. He’ll be joining us for the first time at CocoaConf San Jose.
Mattt Thompson — Mattt is a software engineer at Panic. He’s also the creator & maintainer of AFNetworking, and writes about the obscure & overlooked parts of Cocoa on NSHipster. He’ll also be speaking at CocoaConf San Jose.
Ray Wenderlich — Ray is a iPhone developer, instructor, and the founder of Razeware. Along with the iOS Tutorial Team, Ray has provided a host of articles and tutorials for iOS development at raywenderlich.com. Ray and his wife, Vicki, will be joining us at CocoaConf DC.
Dave Wiskus — Dave is the third guy at Q Branch, the makers of the celebrated Vesper note-taking app. He’s an interaction designer and podcaster, and legend holds that he’s also the owner of an adorable canine. He’ll be joining us at CocoaConf DC.
Marcus Zarra — Marcus is the co-founder of Empirical Development, which recently merged with MartianCraft. Marcus is the author of Core Data for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. He’ll be joining us at CocoaConf San Jose.
We hope to see you on the tour!
You know what they say: “The harder the winter the nicer the spring.” Well this year that’s true in more ways than one. The CocoaConf Spring Tour schedule is filling out and looking amazing!
We are very excited about the many great speakers who are joining us, and some of the sessions they are planning will blow your mind!
And right in line with us getting the schedules mostly finished is the end of the Early Bird sale. This Friday — Jan. 31st — will be the last day to get these great prices on CocoaConf tickets.
So if you’ve been thinking about registering but weren’t quite sure, now would be a good time to take a closer look at our schedules and sign up for your favorite city. Or maybe your top two. :-)
We look forward to seeing you this Spring!
The CocoaConf Team.
That was the cardinal rule of CocoaConf speaker emeritus Bill Dudney. Every time he gave his Core Graphics workshop at a CocoaConf event, he reminded his students to avoid this heinous crime. Of course we agreed wholeheartedly and cheered him on, while trying not to think about how we were doing just that with our website, cocoaconf.com.
So, finally, after two and a half years of business, we broke down and hired a designer to help us redo our site. Wow! I can't stop kicking myself for waiting this long. The difference is amazing!
Of course, it’s very new yet, and will likely have a few glitches. After all, us mere mortal programmers still had to implement the design. :-) But we are very pleased with how it’s looking so far. Please check it out and if you find any issues, drop us a line at email@example.com.
And remember… “Never ship programmer art!” — @bdudney
I hope to see you on the Spring tour,
Is there a special junior dev or aspiring dev in your life? Brighten their day by using our special apprenticeship discount to purchase a CocoaConf ticket in their name, for 50% off! To receive this discount, the only stipulation is that you (as their mentor) purchase a ticket for yourself, as well.
CocoaConf continues to lead the way in supporting the mentoring of junior developers. If you apprentice or mentor junior devs, or have a young person in your life who is wanting to enter the exciting world of iOS and Mac development, we want to express our appreciation for this noble endeavor. What better jump-start for the new year than to encourage that person with an event that could motivate and inspire them to make incredible software for these incredible platforms?
Whether you are looking for last minute gifts or just for a carrot to dangle in front of their monitor, CocoaConf is definitely one of the best gifts you can give to a new or aspiring Apple developer.
So, sign up for your preferred CocoaConf, then contact us with the name of your apprentice, and we’ll take it from there.
We had a total of 15 entries in our recent Blog, Tweet, Win contest, where alumni of past CocoaConf events posted a link to a blog post about their experiences to Twitter.
The three lucky winners, and their blog posts, are:
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!
We held the first CocoaConf in Columbus, Ohio, on August 12th, 2011. Since then, we’ve held 15 events in 9 states, with over a hundred speakers, and we’ve seen over twelve hundred attendees learning from and enjoying CocoaConf events!
This Spring, we are going to build on that momentum by bringing CocoaConf events — including two of our new single-track CocoaConf Minis — to five U.S. cities:
Chicago, Illinois – March 7-8
Washington, DC – March 28-29
Austin, Texas (Mini) – April 4-5
San Jose, California – April 25-26
Raleigh, North Carolina (Mini) – May 9-10
Each of our standard CocoaConf events will include optional pre-conference workshops.
CocoaConf Mini is everything you love about CocoaConf, only in a slimmer package: an intense, focused, and engaging training conference that’s approachable and affordable. As always, we’ll bring in some of the brightest minds in the industry — but with a Mini, they’ll all be in a single-track, so you won’t have to try to split yourself in two to catch your favorite presenters.
We’ll still have two days packed full of great technical sessions and awesome networking opportunities. And, of course, you’ll get the much sought-after CocoaConf mug!
We will be holding two Minis this Spring, in Austin and Raleigh, with more to follow in the Fall.
While we finish filling our speaker rosters and adding great sessions, we are offering Early Bird rates that will save you up to $150!
Early Bird tickets for the three standard CocoaConf events are $450 (conference tickets plus a workshop ticket are $650). Early Bird tickets for the Austin and Raleigh Minis are $400.
The Early Bird registration for all Spring Tour events ends on January 31st.
There’s a lot of new shiny to talk about. You won’t want to miss it!
See you soon,
The CocoaConf Team
Well, CocoaConf Boston is just a memory now. But what an amazing memory it is! This event exceeded all expectations. With a sold-out crowd of 110 smart and engaged Apple developers and designers, there was no way not to learn and be inspired.
The pre-conference workshops were well attended and brains were stretched, with Chris Adamson digging into the nitty gritty of Core Audio, Josh and Jonathan having way too much fun with SpriteKit in their new 2D Game Development workshop, and James Dempsey bringing the next wave of iOS developers up to speed in his iOS 7 Tutorial.
Then, to kick off the conference proper, Daniel Jalkut delivered a thought-provoking and challenging keynote on raising the bar… on ourselves. I don’t think anyone walked away from that discussion without a few new items on their todo list. If you’ve heard Daniel on Core Intuition or the Bitsplitting podcast, you know he has a talent for words. He put that talent to good use on Friday morning!
The rest of the day Friday was filled with three tracks of tech (and not-so-tech) sessions and our famous “We Made An App For That” panel, where we got a glimpse of some of the cool things our attendees have been working on. Then to cap off this great day, Guy English, still recovering from putting on another outstanding Çingleton conference, gave a keynote presentation on batteries: our computers’ and ours. He explained how battery life is going to become ever more important to consider as we design and build our applications. Then he brought it back home with some thoughts on keeping our own personal batteries fresh. Great stuff from a great Guy. (…sorry couldn’t resist. :-)
Oh, and lest we forget: after Guy’s talk, James and his (Conditional) Breakpoints brought down the house with their Breakpoint Jam. It was great!
The next morning we were once again challenged, stretched, and sobered by Daniel Steinberg’s moving and very meaningful keynote, “Crazy and Focused.” You had to be there folks.
The rest of the day was only slightly hampered by having to juggle air walls between breakout sessions and general sessions, but everyone worked together in a typical show of Apple developer comradarie, and it worked out great. Most of us still have sore sides from laughing so hard at The CocoaConf Game Show, hosted by Daniel Steinberg and featuring Jonathan Penn, Josh Smith, T.J. Usiyan, and Chris Adamson. I start laughing again just remembering it.
After a couple more rounds of awesome tech sessions by some of the best speakers in the iOS and OS X developer community, we wrapped up with some cool prizes and a bit more fun.
And now we’re down to our last event for 2013. It seems like it’s gone by so fast. But we’re gearing up to for more exciting times in Atlanta on November 15th and 16th. Joining us in Atlanta will be Aaron Hillegass, Marcus Zarra, Rob Rhyne, Jaimee Newberry, Daniel Pasco, and of course, the awesome usual suspects, Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, James Dempsey, and many more.
There are still a few tickets left, and just over two weeks to get them. If you haven’t been able to make it to a CocoaConf event so far this year, this is your golden opportunity. Take it!
So far, the CocoaConf Fall Tour has been a blast! Of course, it’s hard to not have a great time when you combine speakers who know their stuff and love to help others learn with attendees who are eager to learn and get involved in this awesome community.
We often hear from attendees and speakers about how great CocoaConf events are, and I always think the same thing… “you’re half of the reason it’s great, and the other half is the person next to you.” Seriously, it’s wonderful to hear that people are enjoying and profiting from our conferences, but we don’t deserve the accolades. All we do is bring these two groups of amazing people together and they make the magic!
Now, with Portland and Columbus only happy memories, we are looking forward to our two remaining events this fall.
In Boston we are thrilled to welcome new speakers along with a sold-out crowd of attendees. Joining us for the first time will be Daniel Jalkut, Guy English, Neven Mrgan, Stewart Gleadow, Michael Gorbach, Jaimie Pinkham, Greg Raiz, and Ben Johnson. Along with them, we’ll be learning from some awesome returning speakers, including Daniel Steinberg, Daniel Pasco, Chris Adamson, Kyle Richter, Jonathan Penn, James Dempsey, and more!
This is our first time in the Boston area and we are very excited to be coming. We can already tell that the Apple developer community is thriving and really ready for an event like this! It’s going to be great!
Then we wrap up our fall season in Atlanta, Georgia — another first for us. Our debut in the deep south will feature an all-star roster with Aaron Hillegass, Daniel Pasco, Rob Rhyne, Marcus Zarra, Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, Jaimee Newberry, and many more. Check out the whole lineup at cocoaconf.com/atlanta-2013/speakers.
Both of our last events will include James Dempsey’s famous Breakpoint Jam. Guaranteed to be the best Apple developer related songs you’ve ever heard!
So, if you haven’t signed up yet, head over to cocoaconf.com and register for your chance to join one of these awesome events.*
See you soon,
* Our Boston conference is sold out, but there are seats left in the all-day pre-conference workshops to be held on 10/24.
We are excited to be teaming up with the Mobile Slopes team and others from the Ogden tech community to bring you Cocoa Slopes. Cocoa Slopes is a single-day two-track conference for iOS and OS X developers, held in Ogden, Utah. The conference will be the first tech event held in the brand-new Startup Ogden building. We’ll be featuring awesome sessions by speakers such as Justin Williams, Jonathan Penn, Paul Mayne, Charles Perry, and more. And after you soak in all of that knowledge and inspiration, you can unwind with the hosted after event at The Junction. Free indoor skydiving, rock climbing, surfing, and more! This is going to be one packed day! You don't want to miss it!
And all this is only $149... but wait... there's more! Through September 13th, you can save $50 with Early Bird registration. So, don't wait — sign up today.
See you there,
Congratulations to the winners of our first annual WWDC Week Photo Contest!
We had a tie for 2nd place, so our two runner-up winners, who will each receive a ticket to the CocoaConf conference of their choice, are Janie Clayton-Hasz (@RedQueenCoder) and Alex Argo (@alexargo). Here are their entries:
And special congratulations to our 1st place winner, Kevin Munc (@muncman), who wins a ticket to the CocoaConf of his choice along with 3 nights at the conference hotel. Way to go Kevin!
Here's Kevin's winning photo:
To those who participated and didn’t win: we still want to thank you, so we will be giving you a code for a 50% discount on any CocoaConf ticket!
Thanks to everyone who got involved, and thanks to Apple for all of the great new stuff coming out of WWDC. What a week!