Were you lucky enough to get a ticket to the “epicenter of change”?
Instead of putting up tickets and letting the fastest purchase them within minutes, Apple now uses a lottery system to sell tickets to its World Wide Developers Conference.
The 2015 lottery for a chance to get a WWDC ticket ended at 10AM PST on Friday, and over the weekend, Apple began notifying developers who signed up for a chance to attend the five-day, twenty-sixth in a row WWDC if they get a ticket or not.
Developers who were lucky enough to win received an email from Apple, with a credit charged to their account. As you can see in the screenshot above, the $1,599 ticket shines with glee and makes us who weren’t picked a tad jealous.
The conference kicks off on Monday, June 8, 2015 and lasts through Friday, June 12.
If you weren’t lucky enough to get the chance to purchase a WWDC ticket, Apple says some sessions throughout the event will be live streamed, and most will be available to watch on-demand following the event. Suddenly that $1,599 feels a little better in my pocket.
Like prior WWDCs, this year’s developer conference will give Apple’s community and users around the world much more than a glimpse into the future of iOS and OS X. Apple is rumored to give previews of iOS 9, OS X 10.11, a new Apple TV, and Internet TV service.
Since it’s a developer event, Apple will hold events just for those who make apps:
- more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
- over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
- access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
- the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
- a series of get togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities;
- engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
- Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
The Apple Design Awards are on the agenda as well, which typically showcase the best new apps in the last year.
Are you purchasing a ticket?