AltConf 2019 Offers San Jose Alternative for Developers Unable to Attend WWDC, Plus Satellite Events for Keynote Viewing

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AltConf, a popular alternative conference that takes place at the same time as Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, is returning in 2019. Developers unable to get a ticket to WWDC can instead attend AltConf to meet and mingle with others in the iOS and macOS communities.

    This year's AltConf event will take place at the Marriott San Jose, located close to the McEnery Conference Center where WWDC will be held. AltConf will kick off on Monday, June 3, and will last through Thursday, June 6.


    There will be speakers at AltConf, along with a community labs feature where attendees can get expert advice on their apps, discuss ideas, and more. On Monday, AltConf will kick off with viewings of Apple's keynote event and State of the Union for developers, with the venue able to accommodate more than 900 attendees.

    New to AltConf this year is an Apple-themed escape room that will require attendees to use their "Apple skills and knowledge" to save a doomed Apple keynote from failure. Tickets are priced at $5.

    AltConf is free to attend, but there is an option to become a Hero Supporter to show support for the event.

    For developers unable to make it to San Jose who still want to attend a developer-centric event, AltConf is hosting a number of satellite events in Europe that will be all-day conferences.

    AltConf satellite events will take place in London, Madrid, Paris, and Berlin, with each hosted and curated by local community volunteers. There will be speakers and events, which will be followed by a viewing of Apple's keynote event at night.

    Tickets to the satellite conference events will range in price from 29 to 50 pounds based on location, though keynote viewing in the evening will be available for free.

    Article Link: AltConf 2019 Offers San Jose Alternative for Developers Unable to Attend WWDC, Plus Satellite Events for Keynote Viewing
  2. deebinem macrumors regular

    May 7, 2017
    Man, at first glance, that logo got me all "APHEX TWIN IS GOING TO BE THERE!? YES!!"

    EDIT: Ok, put the vape down, dood... it's not even close...
  3. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    Did this last year, totally sucked, the satellite viewing rooms had projectors that where missing a color, so it looked awful (ended up going back to the hotel room and watching it there). All the sessions where just sales pitches for the sponsors. Did the Hero Supporter, had I paid myself, I would have been very upset.
  4. dumoore macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2017
    This really feels like sitting at the back end of the cafeteria being envious of the cool kids table, trying to make each other feel better.
  5. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Cool kids, yeah definitely.

  6. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The Apple-themed escape room is a clever idea, better than a plain old Apple trivia contest.

    In addition to missing products and a broken clicker, perhaps there is a zombie chained to a wall. You have to stop it from reaching the keynote stage, as its chain gets longer and longer, so it can't announce any zombie-themed products.
  7. Scooz macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
    This year they take 5 bucks for that experience and market it as an escape room.
  8. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Wow, this is convenient for me. Makes me wish I still loved Apple. Maybe I'll check it out anyway.
  9. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    So this is like the poor man's Apple WWDC?
  10. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Well, what do you prefer: Zombies or Trolls? Take your pick! :D
    --- Post Merged, Mar 20, 2019 ---
    Not necessarily poor man. Not all developers registering to WWDC will get to buy tickets. Tickets are limited and assigned by lottery.
  11. WoodpeckerBaby macrumors 6502


    Aug 17, 2016
  12. YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
  13. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    The problem is not just winning the lottery, is the price of hotels and flights.
    The reason why I din't even subscribe to the lottery is because the whole trip would be way too expensive and my company is not willing to pay for it. The price of the ticket is reasonable for a 5 days conference considering you can talk to Apple's engineers on the labs, but for people around the work, and I guess even for many US citizens, it is far too expensive.
    It is great they offer other conferences, but if I don't have the chance to go to WWDC I'd much rather attend one of the many conferences about iOS development like iOSCon that is happening this very day.
  14. cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    For those who don't get the reference, see :) Seems like old copies disappear or are hard (harder?) to find.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 21, 2019 ---
    Indeed. Even my work has to go thru the lottery like everyone else but fortunately, my work is only about a 10 mile drive from the San Jose Convention Center.
  15. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    If I lived in California and be able to commute there in a reasonable time I'd have applied for the lottery even if I needed to pay the full price myself. And AltConf would have been a great alternative.
    Good luck with the lottery!
  16. Romeo_Nightfall macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2018
    Nope its the liquid retina XR version of WWDC
  17. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    "New to AltConf this year is an Apple-themed escape room that will require attendees to use their "Apple skills and knowledge" to save a doomed Apple keynote from failure. Tickets are priced at $5.:

    lol.. hilarious. no wonder its only $5

    Well worth it i'd say :)

    That's one way to look at it. I see this more as a 'savior"
  18. SgtPepper12 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2011
    I thought naming anything Alt-Something is a pretty bad idea these days
  19. adamw macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2006
    Interesting that Apple is embracing this concept to reach even more people than WWDC's capacity. Hope this goes off well.
  20. macguru212 macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2009
    At least this was sincere and entertaining.
  21. jicon macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Renting even a small room with a projection screen from Marriott (or any hotel) for the day is quite expensive. If entry is basically free, the room has to be paid for somehow. So there we have it: Sessions from sponsors. Community lab might be beneficial?
  22. jamツ macrumors newbie


    Feb 28, 2019
  23. agffth macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2014
    At first glance I thought it was a conference for people in all the different forms of "alt" groups.
  24. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    Doesn't seem like any kind of WWDC to me.

    Seems more like while lottery winners are next door learning about the newest Apple updates from actual Apple engineers, AltConf attendees get to listen to people who presumably don't work for Apple talk about the previous year's updates from Apple.

    I think it would be more exciting and productive to just stream this year's WWDC keynotes and sessions as they become available in the comfort of your own home. It'd be a lot less expensive too.
  25. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    I think I'd rather stay home and watch the sessions on the WWDC app. Save a few thousand.

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