The CocoaConf Blog

By The CocoaConf Team (June 20, 2017, at 10:39 AM)

Back in August of 2011, we held our first CocoaConf event, in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t the biggest turnout, but it was an amazing experience. The attendees loved it, the speakers loved it, and we loved it!

So we held another in Raleigh, North Carolina. Then in Chicago. And on and on we went--all along having a great time, learning a ton (watch for a future post on lessons learned), and meeting some of the most amazing people: people like you.

But now, after over 40 events in 11 different cities, two weddings, the arrival of two grandchildren, and the loss of the family school bus (it went down in Indiana), we've decided to retire the CocoaConf touring conference series. This was not an easy decision, but it is one we had to make.

We are so grateful to all of you who have been a part of the CocoaConf community. So many attendees, speakers, and even hotel staff have become like family to us. We can’t thank you enough, and we will not forget you.

We are not leaving the broader Apple developer community. We will still be around, tucked away in a corner of the country, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As we say farewell to CocoaConf, we are thrilled to introduce you all to...

Swift by Northwest

Coming this October 27th and 28th, we will be hosting a brand new event in Seattle. This will be a very focused learning experience for Swift, iOS, and macOS developers. It will incorporate much of what we all loved about CocoaConf, but will also have some new features, some new speakers, and a much more stable address.

You can get more details and register at

We know that for some of you, this is a longer trip, but if you’ve ever been to the Pacific Northwest, you know it will be worth the effort. :) We hope you’ll consider joining us. We’d love to see you again, and we're sure you’ll come away from this event energized, instructed, and inspired to go on and do even more great things on Apple platforms!

See you soon!

--The CocoaConf Team

By The CocoaConf Team (May 3, 2017, at 1:16 PM)

Things are coming together nicely for CocoaConf Next Door. We’ve just posted the first draft of the schedule. You can find it here.

This is still a work in progress: we don’t have a hard schedule for WWDC as yet, so when that comes out, we may adjust things just a bit here and there. But for the most part, what you see on the schedule now is how we expect things to flow during the conference.

A few items we’d like to highlight:

  • iMore Roundtable
  • After the keynote on Monday, we’ll be joined by iMore’s Rene Ritchie and Serenity Caldwell for a WWDC Reaction Roundtable. That’s currently scheduled to be at 1:15 PM on June 5.

  • Under the Radar: LIVE
  • On Tuesday, we’re pleased to be hosting a live Under the Radar with David Smith and Marco Arment. If you aren’t familiar with the show, get out from under that rock and head on over to to check it out. :)

  • James Dempsey and the Breakpoints LIVE Near WWDC
  • Included in your registration for Next Door is a free pass to the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints LIVE Near WWDC show. This takes place on Wednesday night (June 7) at the City National Civic (across the street from Next Door). Even if you don’t make it to Next Door (and you should), you certainly should check this out.

It’s shaping up to be an amazing four days. We hope to see you at Next Door!

––The CocoaConf team

By The CocoaConf Team (April 10, 2017, at 7:5 PM)


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.



Thanks to this year’s friendly sponsors at Perfect, BackBlaze and Twilio, we will be bringing you the session videos from Yosemite 2017 starting next month. We will keep you posted.


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

By Dave Klein (March 27, 2017, at 12:18 PM)

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!