Every year, about 5000 people descend on San Francisco to attend Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Attendees get direct access to Apple’s software engineers, who are directly responsible most of the software that ships on Apple devices. They get to attend sessions covering various topics on how to build the best apps for iPhones, iPads and Macs.
In 2013, tickets sold out in under 2 minutes. This year, Apple opted for a more orderly system: Registered developers could enter a lottery to win an opportunity to purchase a ticket. Both of us were chosen, a rare event we discovered later at the conference where most companies there only had one attendee.
So we packed our bags and descended on San Francisco.
Sunday morning was the calm before the storm. We picked up our badges and our exclusive attendee jackets in the morning then spent the rest of the day walking around the city (and eating. A lot.)
Many people waited out all night to be among the first to get in a seat for the conference. We opted for sleep (sort of). At 6:45 am we arrived at the Moscone Centre to line that wrapped around the building. We still managed to get an awesome seat!
Parties and Gatherings
There are no shortage of parties and gatherings throughout the week! We managed to attend a few!
Monday: Crashalytics + Twitter Party
Amazingly creative and intelligent people + DJ + Apple themed cocktails (UICocktail, NSAssert & #WWDC Sangria in case you were wondering) = FUN!
Oh yeah, and flat screen demo stations for showing off apps!
Tuesday: NSHipster Pub Quiz
The NSHipster Pub Quiz took place in New Relics gorgeous office. Delicious food, craft beer, trivia, and the sweet, sweet taste of victory!
Wednesday: Learn, learn, learn
Thursday: Beer Bash
The Beer Bash took place at the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens. There were samplings of food from pretty much every part of the world and an awesome performance by Bastille!
Friday: Learn, learn, learn
Well, that’s about it! We hope you enjoyed taking a peek into our WWDC experience! We look forward to sharing everything we learned with the rest of Push Interactions and using it to create even more innovative and awesome apps!
Oh yeah, and what would a conference be without snapping pictures with some cool people!