CocoaConf Review

by Bob McCune on April 24, 2013

I had the great opportunity this spring to attend and speak at a couple different stops on the CocoaConf Spring Tour. I was at the event in D.C. in March and this past weekend returned from the event in San Jose. Now that I've had a couple CocoaConfs under my belt I thought I'd share my thoughts on the conference.

CocoaConf is a technical conference for iOS and Mac developers. The conference offers three concurrent tracks on a wide variety of topics so at any given time you're sure to find something of interest to you. The sessions offer a nice mix of introductory and advanced technical topics along with some great business-oriented talks as well. It has a really strong speaker line up featuring guys like Daniel Steinberg, Bill Dudney, Chris Adamson, and Jeff LaMarche, to name but a few. It was great to meet so many of the people whose writing and other works have been a big source of professional inspiration over the years.

One aspect of the conference I really like is the organizers put a cap on the number of attendees at a given event. Having a smaller group of attendees makes it much easier to meet new people, make new friends, and have meaningful conversations. I have learned a lot from the people I have met over the past couple months and listened to a lot of great stories along the way.

No mention of CocoaConf would be complete without discussing the family behind the conference. The Klein family puts on the conferences and does a great job of juggling the logistics while managing to make everything run like clockwork. It has been great getting to know Dave and his family a bit better. I can't say enough good things about the Kleins and am very thankful for their contributions to the Cocoa community.

The bottom line is CocoaConf is a great place to learn, connect, and grow. The CocoaConf Spring Tour may be over, but the bus will be rolling again this fall. Be sure to keep an eye on their website for upcoming dates. If you haven't been to CocoaConf before you owe it to yourself to go.