AltConf releases info on venue, speakers, tickets, and more
30 MARCH 2015
The 2015 edition of AltConf promises to be bigger and better than ever before. AltConf is the tech community’s response to the increasingly unavailable WWDC tickets for developers on Apple's platforms. The volunteer-driven conference takes advantage of the fact that people flock into San Francisco, with or without a WWDC ticket. The event runs the entire week in conjunction with Apple’s WWDC, providing a centralized place for Apple enthusiasts to gather while offering thought-provoking talks and panel discussions each day. While dates for Apple’s WWDC are yet to be announced, there’s one thing for sure--AltConf planning is well underway and will have plenty of room for everyone.
Since its inception in 2011, AltConf has grown by increasing capacity and the number of talks each year, while continuing to attract both WWDC attendees and non-attendees alike. With the growing demand for space, AltConf is proud to announce that the AMC Metreon is the venue for 2015. Now, with a total capacity of over 1000 people spread across three auditoriums, there will be plenty of room for everyone. Attendees can choose between two simultaneous tracks of talks or watching Apple’s WWDC live stream in the Viewing Room, presented by Release Notes podcast. Located just across the street from Moscone, AMC Metreon provides easy access to all WWDC-related events throughout the week. There’s no better place to be than the heart of all the activities surrounding WWDC.
As with every year, AltConf will be live streaming the WWDC keynote to all auditoriums, as well as the State of the Union and Apple Design Awards (subject to a live stream being available). Thanks to Sauce Labs, breakfast will be provided during the Monday morning Keynote. There won’t be a better place in SF to experience the unique atmosphere with other developers and enjoy the new announcements Apple has in store.
Although AltConf has been completely free for the past four years, some participants have requested paid tickets for various reasons. Because of the high demand, this year a limited number of paid tickets are available at $300 each. The paid tickets will provide guaranteed seating, a swag bag, and a reason for your employer to approve your attendance. Proceeds from ticket sales will fund AltConf’s ongoing efforts in increasing diversity at future conferences. The majority of tickets will remain free.
To encourage as many diverse attendees as possible, guaranteed entry tickets will be given away to community groups and individuals that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend. If you plan to be in San Francisco and you’d like to be considered for one of these tickets, please fill in the form here.
To pick up a ticket, visit http://www.altconf.com/#tickets.
Those who wish to attend AltConf but can’t make it in person can take part via live stream on the AltConf YouTube channel. The videos are automatically saved to the YouTube channel, available for later viewing.
AltConf is dedicated to a harassment-free experience where everyone is safe and welcome. The safety policy can be found at http://altconf.com/#safety.
Confirmed speakers so far:
- Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat
- Jay Freeman of Cydia
- Mike Lee of New Lemurs
- Laura Savino of Khan Academy
- Uri Baghin of Facebook
- Peter Steinberger of PSPDFKit
- Natasha (the Robot) Murashev of General Assembly
- Ben Sandofsky of Twitter
- Justin Spahr-Summers of GitHub
- Greg Raiz of Raizlabs
- Joe Cieplinski of Bombing Brain Interactive
- Aral Balkan of ind.ie
Call for Speakers
AltConf is committed to a diverse, community-based speaker lineup. The Call for Speakers is open until April 6 and everyone is encouraged to submit talks with a wide range of topics. Welcome topics may include, but are not limited to, anything Apple related, business development, design, marketing, ethics, philosophy, indie life tips, and more. The sky’s the limit.
AltConf is made possible by the generosity of some wonderful sponsors, who graciously help the community by enabling the conference to rent a venue, give away swag, and the countless other expenses it takes to put on a fantastic event. Current sponsors include FastSpring, CodePath, Smile, Sauce Labs, and Raizlabs. If you’re interested in sponsoring, email email@example.com.
AltConf can’t happen without the time and energy put in by a vast array of volunteers from every part of the community. Whether it is setting up in the morning, assisting attendees when they arrive, facilitating the session rooms, or running the technical parts of the conference, AltConf can always do with having more fantastic volunteers who are willing to donate their time to help the community. Volunteers get priority access to the conference, a snazzy volunteer t-shirt, and a feel-good feeling! If you’re interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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