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!
Some of you may have noticed the lack of the ever-popular Core Graphics workshop on the CocoaConf Fall Tour schedule. Or, for that matter, the lack of Bill Dudney’s familiar face in the “Featured Speakers” section of our site. It turns out that there’s a reason for these gaping holes.
Last weekend, Bill Dudney announced his starting of a new adventure. This Monday, he returned to Apple. I have to admit that my first reaction was despair. It didn’t last long, but I immediately saw the loss to CocoaConf attendees. Bill’s sessions were always among the most popular at our conferences. But more than that, Bill was instrumental in getting CocoaConf off the ground and in making it such an awesome series of events.
Bill presented at eight of our eleven events and has provided tons of help, advice, and encouragement along the way. He is an excellent teacher, presenter, and friend. He will be missed at CocoaConf, no doubt. But the despair quickly faded as I realized what a great move this is for Bill — and, ultimately, for CocoaConf attendees as well.
The only reason that CocoaConf exists is because of the great tools and technology coming from Apple. I am convinced that Bill is not returning to Apple to become a cog in the wheel. He will have an impact. He will make Apple better, and that will benefit all of us.
So while it’s true that we have lost (at least for now) a great teacher and speaker, we are gaining a better and stronger Apple. Truly, our loss is our gain.
To Bill, a huge and heartfelt “Thank You” — we couldn’t have done it without you! And though it will be tough, we will go on and continue to help developers to learn and take advantage of the awesome tools and technology that you and your teammates will be giving us.
Next week is WWDC week, and we are celebrating the excitement with a contest that everyone can participate in. We will be awarding three tickets to any CocoaConf event on our Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 tours to the three winning entries. One of those three will win the Grand Prize, which includes three nights at the conference hotel!
To enter this contest, all that you have to do is post, to Twitter or App.net, a picture of yourself, wearing a CocoaConf t-shirt in some creative and unique situation or setting. (Keep it tasteful, please. ☺)
When you post your picture, mention @cocoaconf to be sure that we find it. We’ll post all entries on our website, and a panel of our esteemed CocoaConf speakers will choose the winners in the week following WWDC.
If you’re in San Francisco next week, either for the big show or to hang out at AltWWDC — or just to hang out — you will have many great photo ops! Maybe you can get a shot with the big Apple logo in the background, or a photo at one of the many awesome events scheduled that week, or a group photo with your homies, Tim, Jony, and Phil. Be creative!
If you’re not going out west next week, there are still plenty of great places to wear your CocoaConf shirt. How about a pic at the Apple store (with an iMac showing cocoaconf.com in the background, of course), or of you on the top of a pyramid made up of your pals from the local CocoaHeads group? Again, the opportunities are endless!
So, get your favorite CocoaConf t-shirt ready and start snapping photos. Every unique posting to Twitter or App.net is an entry.
Have a great week next week, and may all your WWDC wishes / predictions come true!
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.