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AltConf, which is a popular alternative conference for developers that takes place at the same time as Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, has been canceled for 2020 following Apple's announcement that WWDC is set to be a digital only event.

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AltConf is designed for developers who are unable to get a ticket to WWDC, and typically, there's an event in San Jose along with satellite events around the world.

AltConf organizer Rob Elkin yesterday announced the official cancelation of AltConf gatherings.
Much like many of our contemporaries, AltConf has been watching carefully the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world, and assessing how this potentially affects the many worldwide AltConf events.

Unfortunately, we've come to the conclusion that it would not be prudent or safe to put on any AltConf events in 2020. It's been a tough call to make, but the safety of our team, our attendees, and the public as a whole is our most important priority.
AltConf had planned to host events in San Jose, London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon, NYC, Tokyo, and São Paulo. None of the events will be made digital as AltConf is meant to be an in-person affair that's offered as an alternative to WWDC. With WWDC taking place in a digital capacity, everyone will have the same opportunities for attendance, networking, and learning what Apple has to offer in 2020.

According to Elkin, if there is a way to bring some of the satellite events to their cities in a safe way in 2020, that may happen, but for now, it's not the plan. There will, however, be AltConf events that will take place in 2021 alongside the WWDC 2021 event.

Article Link: AltConf Alternative WWDC Event for Developers Canceled in 2020
 

calzon65

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This is funny, an Apple developer conference for developers who can't get an invite to Apple's developer conference.
 
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Paradoxally

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Cancel product launches at this point. Who is gonna buy the new iPhone in scale when the economy will suffer a recession?

Perfect the iPhone 12 and release it next year. There's no rush, especially on the consumer side. Sadly, investors will push forward and Apple will likely release a half assed product with buggy software just to please their egos.
 
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Relentless Power

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Seems like the first half of 2020 is cancelled

At least until summer 2020, and the Summer Olympics are probably next to be canceled. As a matter fact, there’s like nothing slated at all for any mass audience for the next six months, especially given professional sports at a complete halt, let alone any conferences/mass audience attendees. It’s the new norm moving forward.
 
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recoil80

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A iOS developer conference in Switzerland has recently been cancelled and will be online only, just like WWDC. I expect others to do the same.
 
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2010mini

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At least until summer 2020, and the Summer Olympics are probably next to be canceled. As a matter fact, there’s like nothing slated at all for any mass audience for the next six months, especially given professional sports at a complete halt, let alone any conferences/mass audience attendees. It’s the new norm moving forward.

new norm in deed. My company just Instituted a strict work at home policy for the foreseeable future. Went so far as to turn off all our key fobs to the offices.
 
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