Another Yosemite conference is in the bag. We are back on wifi and can now support the claim that it happened. Yes, it’s time for our traditional Yosemite roundup.
Making waves for us again this year was the inimitable Jonathan "Song-a-day" Mann, and we can tell you his middle name is not an accident. Check out his freshly crafted, artisan Yosemite tunes here:
Here’s a list of photo collections from Yosemite 2017. As more people get around to posting them, we’ll update this spot.
Finally, we’ve posted a collection here.
To all you amazing people that joined us this year: thanks again for coming out and enjoying Yosemite with us. To those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next time!
––The CocoaConf team
Learn about some of the most important topics in the Apple software development eco-system, and network with thousands of your peers from around the world, this June... even if you don't get a ticket to WWDC. June 5th through 8th, we will be holding CocoaConf Next Door, a three track, four day developer conference right next door to WWDC.
During the days, you'll learn from top tier instructors like Daniel Steinberg, Chris Adamson, Jean MacDonald, Rob Napier, Mike Ash, Laura Savino, and more, then at lunch and in the evenings, hang out with developers, and designers from around the world.
We will arrange our schedule so that, when WWDC is in session, we'll be in session, when they're out, we'll be out. We'll start off watching the keynote livestream together and then we'll break out into sessions. We're working on a great mix of technical sessions, panels, and keynote presentations, that will leave you better informed, and more motivated to do amazing things!
We're still working on our schedule and we will be posting more speakers and session details in the weeks to come, but right now you can save $300 and guarantee your spot at this exciting event, with our early bird special, which only lasts through April 21st.See you there!
Cyber Monday only comes once a year, so we’ve decided to make it last all week long! That means that you have all week to take advantage of big savings on these exciting events:
Our third Yosemite event promises to be the best yet! This single-track event features some of the most inspirational members of the Apple community in one of the most inspiring places on Earth!
We’ll have presentations in the mornings and evenings, with afternoons left open for exploring the park and getting to know speakers and fellow attendees, on guided hikes or on a photo walk led by TED photographer James Duncan Davidson. Four days of memories that will last a lifetime!
Our sixth annual event near Chicago is shaping up to be a hit as always. This technically-focused multi-track event will cover a plethora of Apple development technologies, from beginner to advanced.
From whiz kids to graybeards, we’ve got you covered. We’ll also have some inspiring keynote presentations, informative panels, and the ever-popular James Dempsey’s Breakpoint Jam! You won’t want to miss this event!
From now through the end of this week, you can save 20% on any ticket to either of these great events. In the case of CocoaConf Chicago, that means 20% off of the already low Early Bird prices! So, hurry up and register at cocoaconf.com/yosemite or cocoaconf.com/chicago-2017/register, and use the discount code CyberMonday.
We’ll see you there!
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,