Free alternative to Apple’s WWDC launches

By , Apr 26, 2013

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Getting a ticket into WWDC is increasingly becoming akin to winning a lottery. And with tickets to this year’s conference selling out in under two minutes, and only five thousand of $1,599 seats available, Apple’s annual pilgrimage for developers is quickly becoming too crowded a place. Enter #AltWWDC, a free and open five-day alternative to Apple’s summer event.

Basically the conference that happens outside the conference, #AltWWDC takes place June 10-14, 2013 at the San Francisco State University’s Downtown Campus at 845 Market Street, only a block from the Moscone building…

Their blurb:

Five days of talks, food, co-working, and mingling with other developers all without the bar noise. Got a WWDC ticket? Didn’t get a WWDC ticket? Doesn’t matter – the conference happens outside the conference.

With free lunch everyday, Wi-Fi access and coffee machines all over the place, the event promises to become the mingling place for those unfortunate developers who couldn’t secure their WWDC ticket.

The #AltWWDC organizers – Appsterdam, a non-profit by app makers, for app makers – also confirmed a list of speakers, which include Mike Lee, Victor Agreda, Jr., Brett Terpstra, Brent Simmons, Saul Mora and many others.

There will be a keynote breakfast on Monday, June 10, 2013 between 10:00am and 12:00pm where visitors will get to watch live WWDC streams “as we catch up on the news and events coming out of the WWDC keynote.”

If you’re interested, check out the #AltWWDC web site.

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  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    $1600 for a WWDC seat? My god people are idiots to buy this.

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      Actually it’s not just a seat. And they are expensive to avoid people who know nothing about development go there just like it was a theater…

      Google, for example, charge $900 and don’t sell so fast…

      • Ben

        The comment that was deleted read this:

        $1600 for a WWDC seat? My god people are idiots to buy this.

        By: iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Why’s that ?

    • http://twitter.com/yashgorana Yash Gorana

      YOU MAD BRO ?
      -WWDC is not just Keynote!
      -Dev’s bring their code here and ask help from Apple OS Engineers.
      There are various labs (Technology Labs, UILabs, App Store Labs etc)
      Here you can discuss about various things regarding development, kind of a forum.
      -There’s music concert, dance, party, beer, whiskey and all.
      -WWDC offers scholarships to students who make great apps.
      -The Apple Design Awards are given to dev’s who make breakthrough apps.

      It’s an event every dev is waiting for. Nobody is an idiot to buy a ticket. Dev’s work thousands of hours trying to make the best apps for you and you are acting like a nicompoop. Dev’s can afford it. It’s not for random bunch of users, it JUST FOR DEVS.

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    The only alternative I would most likely go would be WWJC

  • Gorgonphone

    eh i hope all this over hyping results in a less boring IOS UI in IOS7 and a really improved iPhone 6…

  • Liam Mulcahy

    apple makes more than $5,000,000 at WWDC

    • immovableobject

      Gross receipts does not equal net profit. Moscone center does not come cheaply. There is lots of overhead preparing and running a conference. I’m not saying Apple runs WWDC at a loss, but let’s not exaggerate.

      WWDC attendees have the opportunity to meet Apple engineers face to face. Those contacts are like gold to developers. The ability to speak to the right person at Apple when dealing with a show-stopping bug makes the high cost of admission worthwhile.

      WWDC is a victim of Apple’s success. Even if they could physically accommodate a larger crowd, there is no way they could provide the same individual attention. It wouldn’t be much better than just watching the videos, which thankfully Apple publishes freely.