There are a lot of Apple developers out there these days. And it often seems like few groups like to share information more than those who work in the Apple space. So where can you go to learn more about Apple development? There are a lots of websites and code camps, but what about annual conferences?
- WWDC: San Jose, CA – This is the grandaddy of them all. Hear from the people who build the frameworks and IDEs directly! But registration is limited and no everyone can go to that one place at that one date and time of the year. Also, different conferences can give different perspectives, so even if you go to WWDC every year, it’s worth looking at some of these other conferences as a +1!
- AltConf: San Jose – Everything from iBeacons to how to name a product. The big thing is that it’s held alongside WWDC so I mention it first. By developers for developers – but not really connected to Apple’s developer relations.
- Mac Admin & Developer Conference UK: MacADUK is a great intersection between administration and development. A little bit of everything and a lot of smart. Grows every year.
- MacTech: This is more of an
- Appdevcon: Amsterdam – I like conferences for and by developers. And I like Amsterdam.
- Objective By The Sea: Hawaii!!! – Who doesn’t love a conference in Hawaii?!?! But more importantly, some of the top security minds in the Apple world have signed up for the inaugural conference to
- dot Swift: Paris – A Swift conference in Paris. I prefer how to write code type of conferences, or why pick a framework. So there ya’ go. In Paris.
- RWdevCon: Washington, DC – I love the format of a tutorial-driven conference (and will likely emulate that in the future. Nothing gets rid of the silly touchy-feely stuff in tech conferences more than how-tos!
- Swift by Northwest
- iOSCon 2018: London – Any conference Aaron Hillegass ends up at is gonna’ be good. Especially if you live close.
- iosdevuk: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK – iOS Development
- forwardSwift: San Francisco – Talk about new Swifty-bits!
- FunSwiftConf: New York – Fun is for Functional Swift!
- App Builders: Switzerland – My and for app developers.
- try! Swift: New York and Tokyo
- DeveloperWeek: Oakland, CA – More of an overall development conference
- Playgrounds: Australia – No dates or location for next year, but it’ll be good.
- Swift Summit
- MobileWorld Congress: Barcelona – More upper level but with good dev sessions. Warning, developers sent here might end up writing their own games long term! 😉
- UIKonf: Berlin – I love these videos, test driven development, specific information about frameworks (often from the people that wrote the frameworks. Awesome.
- Teki-Con: Atlanta – Any conference Aaron Hillegass ends up at is gonna’ be good. Especially if you live close.
- 360 iDev: Denver – Good technical workshops that focus on metal and frameworks and all the fun stuffs.
- Game Developers Conference: San Francisco – Guess what? Everything you learn building games translates to building any kind of app you could imagine.
- ADDC: Barcelona – More of a focus on design than hard core coding techniques. Some people are into that!
- OSCON: Portland – Learn about all the latest and greatest open source languages and projects.
- QCon New York – A bit more about organizing software teams and team structure.
- Microsoft Ignite: Orlando – If you build enterprise software, you likely leverage the Active Directory, Azure identity, or even host on Azure, meaning Ignite is very pertinent to what you’re doing. While you might not see sessions on how to drop a specific Swift framework into a project, you might.
- Google I/O: San Francisco – What I said above but for s/Microsoft/Google.
- Facebook F8: San Jose – What I said above but for s/Microsoft/Facebook.
- AWS reInvent: Las Vegas – What I said above but for s/Microsoft/Amazon
- IT/Dev Connections: Dallas – When you deploy software, you likely need to automate the build process. When you get into that intersection between IT and DevOps, you should at least read the session descriptions for this conference to see if it’s something you’re into.
- DockerCon: San Francisco – If you devop (yes, I made up a verb) in Docker all day then this is your conference.
- DevOps Con: Berlin – More on DevOps, but in Germany!
- MacDevOps YVR: Vancouver – More on Devops, but for Macs!
- Jax DevOps: London – Devops, but a little more businessy and processy.
- PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit: Bellevue (Seattleish) – Devops, but more Microsofty.
- GoTo Conference: Chicago – More devops but kinda’ like an unconference. Which leads to some really interesting and diverse sessions. I like getting ideas from really niche workflows.
- O’Reilly Fluent Conference: San Jose – Ever read an O’Reilly book on HTML5 or CSS or Java? If so, you will likely find this a cool conference.
- JavaOne: San Francisco – Like WWDC but for Java.
There are also a number of conferences on general Apple administration topics. If you’re doing general Apple devops and admin work I’d definitely check those out! I have a page of those here:
Apple Admin Conferences 2018
I like engineering topics, but if you’re into the businessy side of Apps, check out:
Top Mobile App Conferences and Events To Go To in (2018)
krypted October 31st, 2018
Posted In: Apps, Swift
apps, Conferences, software development
The MacAD.UK (aka macaduck) is coming up in February. The schedule and lineups are coming together nicely and I really like the sessions that have been announced thus far (turns out our friends at Amsys have their finger on the pulse!). Soooo, you should join us! And for a limited time, you can join us at a sweet, sweet discounted price! The code is 2017sp10 and is valid for a 10% discount! Sign up at http://www.macad.uk
krypted November 19th, 2016
Posted In: public speaking
Conferences, europe, london, MAC, macaduk
The world of Apple is bored with me (or at least I am) and so I think it’s about time for some new blood in the Apple speaker community. I’d be happy to help a few talented MacAdmins get some exposure in whatever way I can. If you’d like any help in preparing a presentation or a proposal, please feel free to reach out!
To quote the most excellent organizers of the Penn State MacAdmins conference:
The MacAdmins 2016 Call for Proposals is now open! We’re looking for engaging, well-crafted sessions and workshops that showcase the latest tools and strategies for managing Macs and iOS devices. From technical deep dives, case studies, and soft skills, to workflow improvements, tool overviews, and essential admin skills – we want to showcase your knowledge and experience at one of the premier Mac and iOS conferences in the world.
If you’d like to present a workshop or conference session, please visit our site below and fill out a proposal:
< http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/submit-proposals/ >
Call for Sponsors
Interested in sponsoring the MacAdmins Conference in 2016? Want to get your products and services in the hands of influential Mac and iOS administrators from across the world? See our information below and become a sponsor!
< http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/sponsorships/ >
Save the Date
Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2016 will be held June 27-30.
Early Bird Registration
Details on registration will be released in February! Stay tuned!
Again, I think it’s time for a whole new generation of speakers, and please feel free to reach out if you’d like to be amongst them and would like a little help getting there!
krypted December 28th, 2015
Posted In: public speaking
Conferences, MAC, MacAdmins, penn state, public speaking
MacTech 2015 is coming in November 2015. Sign up now for the early discount and get a pretty sweet deal!
Thank you for joining us for MacTech Conference 2014. The planning is underway for MacTech Conference 2015 and it is already shaping up to be the best conference yet. Because you have joined us before, you know the value that MacTech Conference brings to you, and the community.
We’ve announced the 2015 dates — and now is your opportunity to sign up at the lowest price possible. The “Special Early Discount” will be available only until November 30th. Don’t wait: register now.
November 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Like 2014, it will be a full three days.
Pre-Conference workshops: November 3rd
For 2015, the multi-track conference is being specifically designed for IT Pros, Enterprise, techs and consultants through sessions, labs, and a variety of ways to interact with experts and your fellow techs.
More than just a “save the date” note — you can sign up now at the best rate we will have available — saving you $700+ on your registration. And, you’ll be the first to be notified on hotel rooms, which will sell out as they have the past few years.
But this rate will ONLY be available until November 30th.
Seriously, November 30th, and that’s it for this pricing — it’s that special.
Register now at:
krypted November 20th, 2014
Posted In: Mac OS X
Conferences, mac conference, MacTech, sysadmin
We’re one month out.
Are you missing out?
MacTech Conference is our 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT Pros, Enterprise, developers, and programmers.
MacTech Conference has been working hard to give you the best event in the most cost effective ways we can. Part of the way we do that is through Pre-Registration Pricing, which expires in three weeks, and saves you $200!
MacTech Conference is not only about learning, but about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for world-class speakers and content, but it’s also known for the entire experience, food, and activities. All together, you have the opportunity to spend time with your peers, and we’ll help you get to know new people and expand your network.
As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night … having a whole lot of fun in the process. And, we’ve already let you know about some of our plans including:
- General Event Information
- Speakers from around the globe
- Activities including a very special visit to Disney Animation Studios
- Workshops for your hands on, deep-dive
- Accreditations from Microsoft and Apple
MacTech Conference is an amazing 3 day event: one you should not miss. Now is the time to register and save $200. Meals and activities are included along with the sessions and awesome content.
, and save.
Main Conference: November 5-7, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4th, 2014
Manhattan Beach Marriott • Los Angeles
krypted October 3rd, 2014
Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment
apple conferences, Conferences, ios, los angeles, MAC, MacTech, os x
I love going to conferences. MacTech Conference this year is a great example of why. The conference organizers and staff did a superb job, the attendees were top notch and the weather was just right. But it was the same last year in all three regards. What I felt really made MacTech special this year was the Disney pixie dust magic coming together with all of that. And I was only there for a day, regrettably…
The talent level at these events continues to be top notch. As Jeff, Nigel, Peter, Gary, now Zack and others have moved on to other platforms and other roles I have continually wondered whether the Mac community would stay as vibrant and talented. But what I forget is that there are more and more people joining us every year as well as tons that have been there all along and just not been as attention-deprived as those of us who tend to write a lot.
The talent has shifted, for sure. Once upon a time the OS X community offered an upgrade. Get good at the client and then the server. Now, it’s become more about get good at the client and then get really good at the client. This ends up involving getting good at automating things, scripting, 3rd party management tools such as JAMF and even going beyond scripting and writing things that we feel the OS should have. Ed Eigerman, from Google, with the first talk of the IT track really drove this home with an excellently thought out jab at the lack of Apple Remote Desktop development.
While the talent has shifted, the community has continued to get stronger. This is no more evident than when you get to see Rich Trouton, Derick Okihara, Armin Briegel, Aaron Freimark, Nathan Toups and others in one day. I’m sure I’d throw a lot of other names in that list, but either a) I have more to say about them later or b) I didn’t actually see them the day I was there.
I hope that I can continue to in some way help to grow and shape the community. Allister Banks, who practiced his talk the night before delivering it, has been a great addition to my team at 318. While his contributions to the community are his own, I’m glad that I’m able to give him the freedom to work on community projects and speak at conferences with company time (as well as what seems like plenty of his own time). I have also brought in a few more people recently that I hope will continue to contribute plenty to this community that has given me so much (and I will likely be hiring more soon if you’re interested!). But Allister deserves praise for a great presentation, assuming it went as well in front of the MacTech audience as it did for me.
Now, there is already a ton of hero-worship for Greg Neagle in the OS X sysadmin community. But I’ve never really jumped on that bandwagon. So let me just tell you how I feel about that… It is obviously completely deserved. I could go on and on about his code and his website and his public speaking and even that book he did. But you probably know about all of that already. What impresses me the most is how much he loves where he works: Disney. The way he puts Disney movies into his presentations, the way he talks about the creatives he enables, he’s a Disney man through and through. And from others I know within Disney he’s as highly regarded as they come both at work and in the community. The ability to take that love for your employer and fuse it with the love for the community has a lot to do with the night he was able to help put together for the MacTech community. He is responsible for a lot of the good things that happen inside the Mac community and it is great to see the appreciation that community has for him!
Speaking of Greg’s book, Ed Marczak (who wrote it with him) was wearing a tie. He ran dozens of miles around the valley while managing to do a little of his day job and a lot of cat herding of the speakers delivering the presentations he pretty much selected and coached. He called me while I was still developing the idea for mine, checked in before the conference and then while we were there carved out a little time to talk to me. After doing that with everyone, I’m not sure how he managed to have any fun at all. But his hard work has a lot to do with the quality of the presentations and the direction of the IT portion of the MacTech conference. Ed is in every way a class act and someone I hold in the highest regard. AND he was able to pull off a tie with as busy as he was!
And then there’s Neil Ticktin. Neil is a speaker, but not on the speaker list. Namely due to the fact that he puts on the conference. When WWDC didn’t have an IT track any more, a lot of people were complainy complainersons. Neil responded not with cluttering my inbox with countless gripes to message lists. Instead he took his position as the publisher of MacTech Magazine. And now it’s a national traveling show for consultants and in depth as well as a national conference showing off the best and the brightest. Neil (and his team) worked hard to put MacTech Conference together and their contributions to the Apple community are something to be proud of.
With MacTech, MacWorld/MacIT, MacSysAdmin, Penn State MacAdmins and others one could spend all of their time just preparing for and attending conferences. With JAMF Nation User Conference this week, the conference season is basically coming to a close. I wish I could have spent more time with everyone and hope that I am able take part again soon. You all give me such hope for the future of the community and the platform, and I thank you for that and for the friendship you’ve provided me over the years.
I really wish I could have stayed up there all 3 days. Thanks to everyone I spoke with for the time you took to hang out. And for those I didn’t get a chance to see, I look forward to hearing about how you’re doing next time our paths cross! Now, let’s go ahead and book our flights early for MacTech 2013: Nov 6-8, 2013.
krypted October 21st, 2012
Posted In: public speaking
Apple, Community, Conferences, Mac OS X, MacIT, MacSysAdmin, MacTech, MacTech Conference, MacWorld, Penn State MacAdmins, public speaking