Conferences WWDC

Apps that help you make the most of WWDC

Aside from the official WWDC app, there are a ton of other apps that will help you make the most out of WWDC 2018 if you’ll be attending in person. These are a few of my favorite in no particular order:

Parties/Meetup Apps

ConfFriends

Wondering where everyone is at? Basically the equivalent of the Marauders map from Harry Potter, ConfFriends shows the location of everyone who’s opted into showing where they are during the conference. Andrew Yates has done an awesome job with this reincarnation of wwdc.family from the past couple of years adding options like searching, the ability to set a privacy zone and many other niceties.

Beacon

Not up for the large parties, or want to meet people in smaller settings? Beacon is definitely the app for you. Sign in with your Twitter account and you can create or join events happening locally. There’s even a WWDC specific channel! Use activation code “wwdc2018” to unlock it by tapping your Twitter profile picture in the bottom left corner and putting the code in the text field.

Challenges

This is a new part of the conference this year – Apple is hosting a “Close your Rings” fitness challenge for those of you attending the conference with an Apple Watch on your wrist. Head to this page to grab an invite code if you’re an official attendee of WWDC to put into the Challenges app. You can then join an already existing team, or create your own team of 4.

Parties

WWDC after dark is filled with a variety of live podcasts, benefit concerts, networking events and yummy dinners. Check out this app if you want in on the action! It’s also a good way to catch up with attendees from other conferences in the area.

Conference Websites

One of the best parts about WWDC week is that it’s not just about WWDC. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a golden ticket, no worries! There are lots of other amazing events are happening throughout the week including these 4 conferences (I’d recommend saving these conference schedules as a homepage bookmark on your phone):

AltConf

Also known as the “alternative Apple developer conference,” AltConf is a two-track event with lots of great speakers, panels and podcast events. New this year, AltConf is also offering a labs schedule for those who want to get their hands dirty with stuff like Core Data or server-side Swift during the week.

Note: there is an official AltConf app, but it hasn’t been updated yet at the time of this writing.

Next Door Conf

A reincarnation of the earlier CocoaConf events, Next Door Conf is run by the Klein family and has an amazing array of experienced speakers (myself included 😊). From the live Omni Show reaction panel to Daniel Steinberg’s morning news, to what should be a great retrospective from Serenity Caldwell and Rene Ritchie, Next Door is sure to be a fun and informative event.

try! Swift San Jose

New this year is NatashaTheRobot‘s try! Swift San Jose. Join her and an army of mentors for your chance to contribute to Swift. Even if you have no experience, don’t worry. By the end of the day, you’ll be able to walk away knowing exactly how to contribute to Swift’s open source project.

Layers

I’ve only heard stellar things about this Apple design community conference. There are no published talk descriptions, but the lineup includes a Disney Imagineer, an Apple Design Award winner and one of the designers of Apple’s original emoji set back in 2008! Definitely sounds like you won’t regret a thing attending.

Can’t make it to San Jose this year? I’ll be tweeting and posting stories from WWDC, AltConf, and NextDoor so follow me on Twitter or Instagram to check out the action!

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