Now that Apple is running the primarily online but one-day on-site version of WWDC that we’re about to enjoy for the second time, it finally feels like we can look at what a modern WWDC looks like.

As someone lucky enough to enjoy many on-site WWDCs in the past, that “one-day” event felt a little disappointing compared to what happened pre-COVID. All the people I met and friends I made over the years, those events were fun and hugely beneficial. I don’t regret a penny of the … well, let’s not think about how much I spent on them over eleven years of attending in person. 😬

But as I was gathering links to community-organised events for the newsletter, I found more and more in-person events stretching that “one day” into an entire week, if that’s what you’re looking for. There are additional official Apple events on the Sunday before and the Tuesday after the keynote, and so many community-run events. The team are organising several Cupertino-area events throughout the week, and there are also sponsored parties, meet-ups halfway up a climbing wall, and of course, what WWDC week is complete without a James Dempsey and the Breakpoints show?

So where are the rest of the links I mentioned I was gathering? It turns out that this year, Paul Hudson’s repository of WWDC events has an comprehensive list of Cupertino events, virtual events, and other in-person events worldwide. I’ll defer the task of trying to capture everything to the team of people managing that effort and thank everyone who is getting involved in making this week bigger and better. It’s also worth mentioning that Apple has a great list of worldwide community events, too.

I don’t think we’ll ever get back a five-day on-site conference, and that’s fine! There are plenty of reasons to attend in person if you want to and are able to.

Dave Verwer  




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