You know how you see TUAW staffers on the ground at various conferences? Well here’s another to add to the list: TUAW is once again sponsoring the MacTech Conference, and as in the past, you can find some of us in attendance. If you haven’t checked out MacTech Conference 2013, this year’s speaker lineup is (as usual) fantastic — including keynote speaker Jacqui Cheng from Ars Technica, and an incredible cast of IT leaders, as well as developers from around the world. Not to brag, but I’ve made it on the speaker list too, so you can hear me talk about things in person instead of on a podcast!
This year’s event has not only a new venue, but an expanded schedule, a wide array of pre-conference workshops, more sessions, more labs, more certifications and a new Vendor Forum.
Here are the two most important things to know about MacTech: You’ve heard me talk about the “hallway track” at conferences, and particularly for developers and IT folks, this hallway track is second to none. So not only do you get to hang out and chat with awesome attendees, but you get to do it over some of the finest food available at any conference I’ve attended. Organizer Neil Ticktin has said on more than one occasion, “You will never walk away hungry from a MacTech event.” Truly, if you are hungry at MacTech, you are actively doing it wrong.
Not only is the conference full of great material, but this year MacTech has added four full day pre-conference workshops. They are: iOS Development 101 by RayWenderlich.com; Mastering Auto Layout for developers by Rich Warren; The Automation Mindset-Scripting, Command Line, and More by Scott Neal; and iOS Mobility Solutions by Russell Poucher. Pricing for the pre-conference workshops is currently $299, and includes lunch. Early Bird pricing of $999 for the three-day conference will end Monday, September 30th. However, as a TUAW reader, you can save an extra $100 — but you need to act quick. Discounted hotel guest rooms are selling out fast, and you don’t want to miss out!