MacTech Promises to Be a Magical Developers Conference

Perhaps you didn't attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, either by choice or you didn't win Apple's lottery to earn the privilege of paying for WWDC. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones to make it to Apple's event. Either way, you will be interested in attending the independent MacTech Conference in Los Angeles, the first week in November.

Unlike Apple's show, MacTech is run by programmers, engineers, and other experts who are not on the Apple payroll. That means you get to hear the straight scoop, warts and all. There are certain topics, like programming with Swift, that could benefit from an independent perspective.

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All work and no play makes for a boring conference, so don't worry there. Last year, we got up close and personal with the Space Shuttle Endeavor and engineers from NASA. We also had the chance to test drive a $100,000 Tesla Model S. The latest email update from MacTech suggests that this year, attendees can expect more out-of-this-world activities! Even though iPhone Life is a media partner for the MacTech Conference, they're not telling me exactly what is planned. But I'm expecting something pretty magical.  


Here's the text from the organizers' email:

What are we doing this year?

It’s one of the most common questions people are asking us right now about MacTech Conference.

You see, MacTech Conference is not only about learning, but about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for conference activities that not only give you an opportunity to spend time with your peers, but help you get to know new people and expand your network.

As an immersive conference, we'll have you busy from morning until night … having a whole lot of fun in the process.

We’re not ready to give full details on our Wednesday evening event …

… but you now have enough of a hint to guess what we’re up to.

 Be sure to book early to save on the conference price. And if you see me at the conference, be sure to say Hi!


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