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!

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

What’s the Faithful Ticket?

Since we’ve rolled out the faithful ticket along with our new look, I figured a little explanation might be in order.

Quite simply the faithful ticket is the cheapest ticket ever available for 360|iDev. It’s $300 off the full price. The reason we call it the ‘faithful’ ticket is easy, you’re buying it on faith that the conference will rock. There’s no line up yet. No schedule. No Sponsors. Nothing, not even a date usually.

However it’s not blind faith, when we announce the date, or the line up, or anything for that matter, if it’s not to your liking, you can get a full refund. Really this ticket is your way to tell us a few things; you love the conference and know we’ll do a good job creating an awesome line up, and you want the best deal possible for the best indie iOS conference around.

 

We have a simple refund policy, you can get a full refund up until 3 weeks before the conference. No questions asked. No matter what ticket you buy, how much you pay. Full refund up until 3 weeks out. After that, we don’t do refunds. We’ve committed on swag, food, etc and it just doesn’t work for us. Many events have a convoluted sliding scale of this % by this time, and another % in this window of time, etc. That’s just not worth the trouble.

Community is important

There’s “being about the community” and there’s actually supporting it. We choose to do the latter whenever and where ever we can.

 

WWDC provides a lot of opportunities to support and help grow the iOS/Mac Community. This year we’re really happy to be supporting two great efforts that you should check out.

For the second year in a row we’re supporting #AltWWDC. The folks behind Appsterdam are some of our best friends. The things they’re doing there, are the single biggest reason moving overseas appeals to me. I dunno if I’ll ever get a chance to, but I want to and it’s 100% because of the hard work of the Appsterdam crew. On top of the awesome line up of speakers, it’s a great place to just be. Get out of the starbucks by Moscone and just hang out and be around the community. I’ll be there working most days during WWDC, as AltWWDC is my remote office for 360|iDev that week. I love having a place surrounded by friends where I can get work done during the day. If you weren’t planning on stopping in, you should. The free tickets are ‘sold out’ so now it’s first come first served, but stop in when you can and check it out. The talks are TOP NOTCH!

 

The other awesome thing we’re involved in this year is WWDC Girls. Women in technology or for that matter diversity in technology is a big deal. At every 360|iDev we encourage women to submit, every year we fail to meet the goals we set for ourselves. We keep trying because it’s a challenge that needs to be met. In addition to helping encourage women to submit topics to 360|iDev we try to support things outside the conference that help raise women in technology up. WWDC girls this year is hosting a happy hour to benefit App Camp for Girls. We’re happy to be a part of it and glad that they were able to make room to let us sponsor.

 

There’s a lot of community focused things happening the week of WWDC. The week is about so much more than sitting in Moscone. Night of Meat, the other three Nights of Meat that exist when the first fills up, Alt WWDC and things like it, and so much more.

 

360|iDev is one week a year, we try to make sure that event enables us to help the community all year long. Hope you’ll be able to make it in September!