As we are all kicking off new iOS projects for 2015, we should also take a moment to look at furthering our education in the iOS space. With HealthKit, WatchKit and a new programming language called Swift, now is the time to start planning which conferences to attend in 2015. In this blog post, I’ll list out my top 10 conferences that are aimed at the native iOS Developer. So without further ado, here is my list:

  1. WWDC (June 8-12 rumored)– Is Apple’s premier conference and is a five-day conference where you can network, watch Apple’s presentation on what is new and upcoming and get hands on experience with Apple’s Engineers.
  2. AltConf (June 8-12 rumored)– Is a free, community-driven event with some of the top names in the iOS space. It happens parallel to WWDC, so if you are going to WWDC, then it might be worthwhile to swing by and check out the sessions and meet some of the authors of your favorite iOS frameworks and libraries.
  3. CocoaConf (March 27- 28, April 10-11, May 8-9 and May 22-23) – Happens 4 times a year in multiple cities without a hefty price tag like WWDC. They have top-notch speakers and regardless of which one you attend you are sure to learn something.
  4. RWDevCon (Feb 6-7) – Is new to the scene, but is made up by the wonderful tutorial team of Ray Wenderlich. Instead of sessions, they focus on tutorials that walk you through step-by-step how to build an app. The event is currently sold out, but you can join the waiting list by signing up for the newsletter.
  5. 360iDev (August 16-19) – Has been around for a long time and provides 4 days of training for $700 USD. We’ve had several people attend in the past and they came away with some practical knowledge for their next app. They even record the videos, so if you have a conflict you can always watch it later.
  6. iOSDevCamp (End of August - rumored) – Is another conference that we have attended in the past and presented on our testing software. All of the sessions were rock-solid and hopefully we will see the lineup for 2015 soon.
  7. dotSwift 2015 (Feb 6) – Is the first worldwide Swift conference to hit the scene. You can rest assure that they will cover all of the new things that Apple talked about at WWDC 2014 and much more.
  8. MdevCon 2015 (March 5-6) – Describes itself as a conference by developer for developers. This conference has a taste of everything from iOS, Android, Windows Phone and mobile web.
  9. NSSpain (End of September - rumored) – Is a small conference, but packed with a handful of workshops and sessions. As you are aware, some of the smaller conferences tend to have the best hallway conversations. 
  10. AppsWorld (May 12-13, April 22-23 and November 18-19) - Brings together the entire spectrum of the app ecosystem for debate and discussion over its two day event.

 Here are the top 10 Conferences ordered by date, to help you plan better:

  1. RWDevCon, February 6 – 7, Washington DC, USA
  2. dotSwift, February 6, Paris, France
  3. MdevCon 2015, March 5-6, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. CocoaConf, March 27-28, Chicago, IL, USA
  5. CocoaConf, April 10-11, Washington, DC, USA
  6. AppsWorld, April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
  7. CocoaConf, May 8-9, Portland, OR, USA
  8. AppsWorld, May 12-13, San Francisco CA, USA
  9. CocoaConf, May 22-23, Austin, TX, USA
  10. WWDC, June 8 – 12 (rumored), San Francisco CA, USA
  11. AltConf, June 8 -12 (rumored), San Francisco CA, USA
  12. 360iDev, August 16 – 19, Denver CO, USA
  13. iOSDevCamp, End of Aug (rumored), San Jose CA, USA
  14. NSSpain, End of September (rumored), Spain, Europe
  15. AppsWorld, November 18-19, London, England

There you have it, my Top 10 iOS Conference List. Hopefully after looking through this list, you have found one or two that you might be interested in. Also, if you are a native iOS Developer, then you might want to check out our UI for iOS suite, which includes components such as charts, calendar and app feedback.  If you would like to see the controls in action, then I’d encourage you to check out our iPad or iPhone  example app as well as our roadmap.

While we're on the subject of conferences, our first ever TelerikNEXT user gathering is slated for May 3-5 in Boston. It's a gathering of great Telerik minds in one spot talking about all things app development. Give it a look. We'd love to see you there.

 


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Michael Crump

is a Microsoft MVP, Pluralsight and MSDN author as well as an international speaker. He works at Telerik with a focus on everything mobile.  You can follow him on Twitter at @mbcrump or keep up with his various blogs by visiting his Telerik Blog or his Personal Blog.

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