360|iDev 2014 (and 2015) – Downtown Denver. August.

I was all set to write a post about how hard finding a venue is, etc. but really what’s important is this.

360|iDev 2014. August 24-27. Downtown Denver, at the Sheraton.

360|iDev 2015. August 23-26. Downtown Denver, at the Sheraton.

This years’ Call For Papers is open. It’s not gonna be open as long as usual, don’t delay. We’ll be closing it and making speaker selections by the end of May.

Haven’t bought your ticket yet? We’re already 1/3 sold, now that we have a date and a place we expect to sell out in record time. Don’t miss out.

Downtown Denver

For years now we’ve been hosting 360|iDev just south of Denver in Lonetree. The marriott there is really awesome, except it’s 40 minutes from downtown via light rail, and about that far or more by car from the airport. We slogged through this less than ideal location, because the hotel was so awesome, great food, better than most internet, staff that bent over backwards to make us and more importantly our attendees feel at home.

But it was FAR from downtown. Worse there wasn’t much else near it. Parties were stuck being in 1 sports bar nearby that wasn’t big enough. For the good points, there were many many bad points.

So… we’re working on being back in downtown Denver for 360|iDev 2014. You probably noticed that we haven’t announced the dates or location yet, nor have we opened the Call For Papers.

That’s because we’re having to start the “finding a home” process from scratch. It takes time. We had hoped to have it locked in fast, but that fell through.

We didn’t want you wondering what was going on, with nothing but silence on our end, so here we are. Stay tuned, we’re aiming to have the final details locked in this month and open the CFP  as well.

 

See you in Downtown Denver!

A Word on Dates

We’ve got some cool stuff in the works for 360|iDev 2014

Nothing is locked in yet, unfortunately. but first bit of news is we’re looking at a hotel Downtown Denver. That’s big for us, we’ve been down south at the Marriott for a few years, and while we love it, we’d love to be downtown again.

Change is hard and often scary. We’ve been the same week and location for 3 years now, and it’s causing not small amount of nail biting on trying to pick a date.

The second change is the dates, right now they’re not locked in, but should be soon. We have two potential dates we’re looking at. As you know we believe in transparency, so we’re sharing this all now so there’s (hopefully) less confusion :)

Dates we’re looking at:

Week of August 17th

Week of Oct 5th.

 

We’re leaning towards the August dates. Here’s why. September puts us right in Apple announcement time, fun but disruptive to the schedule for sure. We’re also in a weird spot of “will the NDA drop or will it stay in effect?” It almost never lifts during 360|iDev though. August removes that problem because the NDA is unlikely to ever end in August :)

Also September is right at the beginning of the school year, so it puts strain on some folks who’ve got kids. August eliminates that too, but does possibly intersect those last minute summer vacations. That said, Denver is awesome for a summer vacation :) Our hope too is that in announcing as early as we can, summer plans can be made with us in mind :)

October does solve many of the same issues for us, but puts us in contention with other events that we’d rather not be in contention with if we can avoid it, also October is definitely a colder month, September is always iffy, October there’s no ‘if’. It’ll be cold, windy, possibly snowy.

August, in Downtown Denver is amazing.

So that’s where we are, we should hopefully have the concrete date and location locked in soon. Of course if our choice doesn’t work and you bought a ticket, you can get a full refund.

We wanted to share this because we know you’re wondering, and we’re working as fast as we can to lock in these details.

Sponsor a kid

Last friday we added a ticket add on called “Sponsor a kid” to the registration form. We wanted to explain what it is and how it will work.

From the beginning we’ve been asked if there’s a student discount or scholarship program, and we always declined both. The former because our tickets were so cheap we were often cheaper than many other events’ student price. The Latter because we never knew how best to handle it. Who got such a scholarship, how did it work, etc. We’re at a place now where we think it makes sense to figure out these two issues.

First, you as an attendee can add as many ‘Sponsor a kid’ add-ons as you like, they’re in $50 increments. Everyone who supports this program will be recognized during the State of the Conference general session. That’s not to entice support, but to thank those who do.

Also, we’ll match the contributions of the community, to help this fund go as far as possible.

Anyone who’d like to apply for the scholarship can do so. The rules (or guidelines really) are simple. You have to be a student, and if you’re under 18 you’ll need to be accompanied by a chaperone. The chaperone doesn’t need a conference ticket, likely the chaperone will be bored out of their minds, why make them pay to suffer :)

Here’s the part that’s gonna take work on our end. All the money collected for this effort will be put into a pool. The current plan is that there will be a cut off period for applications, and after that we’ll convene a panel to review applications. Depending on the size of the pool, we’ll approve as many applications as possible. The panel will be volunteers from the community. Much like speaker selection, we think the scholarship selection will be done blind, to eliminate as much bias as possible.

Who should apply? Anyone who is a student and is interested in iOS. Whether development or design, whether you’ve already got an app in the store or not. You can apply here