IndieDevLab: a WWDC alternative for developers

Early yesterday morning, Apple put 2012 WWDC tickets up for sale. The World Wide Developer Conference is a popular meeting place for both iOS and Mac developers, featuring hands-on workshops and previews of Apple’s latest software.

It’s so popular, in fact, that tickets sold out in a matter of a few hours yesterday — leaving thousands of people disappointed. Luckily, some guys got together to create the IndieDevLab, an alternative conference for Apple developers…

Put together by Kyle Kinkade, Nate True, and JailbreakCon’s Craig Fox, IndieDevLab is a three-day conference for iOS and OS X developers. It will be held at the Box SF in San Francisco, California, and coincide with WWDC’s dates of June 11-14.

Developers will be able to learn from each other, collaborate on projects, or just hang out. There will be free Wi-Fi and a number of scheduled events, including a hackathon, where teams will be given a basic iOS game and a set amount of time to turn it into something awesome.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, at a special “early bird” price of $99 per day. While this may sound a bit pricey, it’s still far less expensive than WWDC tickets, which cost $1600 a pop.

Even if you’re not a developer, you have to admit this is pretty cool. A bunch of indie guys getting together to throw a conference because Apple wouldn’t let them into theirs. Sounds a lot like Cydia and jailbreaking if you ask me.