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Apple on Monday sent out emails to developers who participated in this year's WWDC 2014 ticket lottery, notifying those accepted that tickets will be saved until Apr. 14.



As announced last week, Apple held a lottery for developers wanting to attend the company's popular Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple sent out notification of the randomly selected tickets at around 8 p.m. Eastern. Developers who made the cut have exactly one week to complete their ticket purchase as their spot will be held until 8 p.m. Eastern on Apr. 14.

In addition to regular admission tickets, Apple is also granting 200 scholarships to give student coders the chance to participate in this year's event. In addition, this year the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.

Alongside an expected debut of Apple's next-generation iOS 8 and possibly a sneak peek at OS X 10.10, events scheduled for WWDC 2014 include more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers, over 100 hands-on labs and events and other sessions for developers.

The usual Apple Design Awards for outstanding iPhone, iPad and Mac apps will also be held, while a new series of "get togethers" will boast special guest speakers and activities.

WWDC 2014 kicks off on June 2 with a State of the Union address at San Francisco's Moscone West. The opening will be streamed live via the WWDC website and select videos and technical sessions will be made available online to registered developers throughout the week.
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I dunno.


To me the answer is to get a bigger venue. If one doesn’t exist, to build a bigger venue and use it for other things off-season. Yes, they’re building the “product intro keynote room” at Infinite Loop 2: This Time It’s Actually An Infinite Loop, but that’s not WWDC.

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No WWDC for this year. Again.

 

I guess I'm neither fast enough, nor lucky enough now.


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I dunno.


To me the answer is to get a bigger venue. If one doesn’t exist, to build a bigger venue and use it for other things off-season. Yes, they’re building the “product intro keynote room” at Infinite Loop 2: This Time It’s Actually An Infinite Loop, but that’s not WWDC.
Are there enough Apple engineers that can take off for a week to accommodate more attendees?
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Can't wait to watch it
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Are there enough Apple engineers that can take off for a week to accommodate more attendees?

Perhaps if they stopped using WWDC as a platform for announcing new products and software and instead used it for training and developer enhancements, they could have a dedicated staff to travel throughout the world holding developer conferences much like Adobe does. And also stop calling WWDC because obviously, they have very limited availability for the world. How would you like to be on a development team where only a random member of your team was allowed to attend?

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So who won the lottery -and- will be attending?

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I dunno.


To me the answer is to get a bigger venue. If one doesn’t exist, to build a bigger venue and use it for other things off-season. Yes, they’re building the “product intro keynote room” at Infinite Loop 2: This Time It’s Actually An Infinite Loop, but that’s not WWDC.

The theatre being built at Campus 2 can only hold a few hundred people. It is not suitable for a conference keynote nor the breakout sessions, labs, etc. The Campus 2 theatre is geared toward press announcements, etc.

 

There is no larger venue in the SF Bay Area. If Apple wanted to expand attendance, they would have to lengthen the duration, or move to a different city (like Las Vegas).  That said, I'm not sure those are reasonable alternatives.

 

Lengthening the event duration would sap engineering resources from the company, and might burn out speakers/presenters. Twice as long might not end up being twice as good.

 

Apple should not be the one to build a larger conference center than Moscone. Note that Apple can easily afford to host WWDC at a different city (like Vegas), but deliberately chooses not to do so.

 

There's a good chance that the event (and other developer conferences) does not scale beyond a certain size. You still need 1-on-1 labs, smaller classes/sessions, and need to keep your speakers fresh, focused, and productive. Google, Salesforce, and Oracle all use the same venue for their respective developer conferences.


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Perhaps if they stopped using WWDC as a platform for announcing new products and software and instead used it for training and developer enhancements, they could have a dedicated staff to travel throughout the world holding developer conferences much like Adobe does. And also stop calling WWDC because obviously, they have very limited availability for the world. How would you like to be on a development team where only a random member of your team was allowed to attend?

 

This! I can maybe see them showing off iOS and OS X, but releasing other things just doesn't seem like the right place. I thought this was why they stopped doing MacWorlds? It also puts an expectation on Apple to release something. 

 

I don't think simply building a larger venue is something Apple wants to do. I would think thats part of Apple Campus 2. 

 

I also don't think a larger venue would be as good for developers to attend. There would be more attendees than Apple can support so there would be developers who wouldn't get the attention they may want and its not as simple as just add more Apple Engineers. 

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Yeah, my understanding (I'm not a developer) is that there is a limit on how big it can be before it ceases to really be functional.  I think most of us remember the difference between those huge 250+ student survey classes and the intimate, tiny little advanced classes, for example (though I did have a GREAT Art History 101 class, and there must have been 300 people there).

 

As far as Vegas is concerned, you definitely have one major advantage: Moar Hookers! ;)

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Are there enough Apple engineers that can take off for a week to accommodate more attendees?

If not, Apple needs to go on a hiring spree.

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Wondering just how random this was.

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If not, Apple needs to go on a hiring spree.

 

Yes, because having a bunch of people is always better.  Sheesh.

 

Apple is not a large company, outside of retail.  

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Yes, because having a bunch of people is always better.  Sheesh.

/s

Sheesh.

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/s

Sheesh.

 

Sorry, it's been a long day. :)

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Wondering just how random this was.

 

My guess is that it will be like the Shuffle mode in iPod. No one will get picked twice and developers with a higher star rating are given more preference.

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Perhaps if they stopped using WWDC as a platform for announcing new products and software and instead used it for training and developer enhancements, they could have a dedicated staff to travel throughout the world holding developer conferences much like Adobe does. And also stop calling WWDC because obviously, they have very limited availability for the world. How would you like to be on a development team where only a random member of your team was allowed to attend?
I thought Apple was doing tech talks in different cites around the world? https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/

Last year they had video of sessions from WWDC posted online (sometimes same day I think) and this year they're streaming the 'state of the union' speech live.
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I thought Apple was doing tech talks in different cites around the world? https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/

Last year they had video of sessions from WWDC posted online (sometimes same day I think) and this year they're streaming the 'state of the union' speech live.

Those Tech Talks aren't nearly as in-depth as their WWDC sessions, but as you note they have those sessions online so quickly that it's not really a huge loss if you can't be one of the lucky 5500.

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The important part of WWDC is having access to Apple's engineers. They've been incredible useful in the past when it's come to a particular sticking point for our dev team. The sessions are nice but not the reason why I want to attend.

 

Sadly, I'm a contractor. I'm the last person in the team who'll be sent. :)

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I am an iOS developer from Armenia, and I HAVE BEEN SELECTED to buy a ticket to WWDC (to my big surprise).
Saving money now)))
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Sorry, it's been a long day. 1smile.gif

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Wondering just how random this was.

Mostly. Most people fall into the lottery tier, but what Apple doesn't publicize is that there are other tiers, like a VIP group--seats reserved for important or influential people. How so I know this? I don't. I'm speculating. But I know a high-level someone from a Fortune 500 company who was invited in by Apple after WWDC had sold out in a previous year. And I'm sure seats are held for Apple executives and their "plus ones."

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Maybe they could have 2 per year and only allow people to attend one or the other, not both.  That would give the Apple engineers and presenters 6 months break between the two.  The winter conference could be more low key with less media and focused on developer sessions and meetings.

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Mostly. Most people fall into the lottery tier, but what Apple doesn't publicize is that there are other tiers, like a VIP group--seats reserved for important or influential people. How so I know this? I don't. I'm speculating. But I know a high-level someone from a Fortune 500 company who was invited in by Apple after WWDC had sold out in a previous year. And I'm sure seats are held for Apple executives and their "plus ones."
 

 

My company's Apple rep sends 1 ticket per year.  Anything beyond that we have to do the normal register process.  So at least 1 person from the company is guaranteed to be able to go.

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I dunno.


To me the answer is to get a bigger venue. If one doesn’t exist, to build a bigger venue and use it for other things off-season. Yes, they’re building the “product intro keynote room” at Infinite Loop 2: This Time It’s Actually An Infinite Loop, but that’s not WWDC.

It's California, there's gotta be a mega church nearby that can seat several thousand people. Most of those churches are non-denominational, and don't have many religious symbols.
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I am an iOS developer from Armenia, and I HAVE BEEN SELECTED to buy a ticket to WWDC (to my big surprise).
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I am an iOS developer from Armenia, and I HAVE BEEN SELECTED to buy a ticket to WWDC (to my big surprise).
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I dunno.


To me the answer is to get a bigger venue. If one doesn’t exist, to build a bigger venue and use it for other things off-season. Yes, they’re building the “product intro keynote room” at Infinite Loop 2: This Time It’s Actually An Infinite Loop, but that’s not WWDC.

 

 
Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post

Last year they had video of sessions from WWDC posted online (sometimes same day I think) and this year they're streaming the 'state of the union' speech live.
 

 

I would think Apple has to go virtual.

 

Online cost is the same as physical cost (savings are travel/lodging/life-impact).

- Buy bandwidth commensurate with the virtual attendees

- Implement Facetime 3, where it's Many to (2/3) windows:  Many people watching, Display window, Presentor camera window, and the monitored 'questioner' window.

- voice mode breakout sessions, ask the developer.

- Curated 'tours' of the product displays.

 

Since Apple is recording most sessions, this is really a step up on the realtime internet streaming.

 

Deploy out a iCloud 'Management App' (and bandwidth broker... buy your bandwidth stream)   and...  instant Killer App.

- Businesses want this.

- Universities/MOOC's want this

- Families want this (Multi-Site FaceTime - virtual family reunions)

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It's California, there's gotta be a mega church nearby that can seat several thousand people. Most of those churches are non-denominational, and don't have many religious symbols.

There are no megachurches within two hundred miles of Cupertino, maybe farther away; the megachurches you associate with California (like the Crystal Cathedral) are mostly in SoCal and the Central Valley.

 

The problem isn't a large auditorium. There are plenty of those including sports facilities. 

 

WWDC needs to take place in a facility that has a fairly large auditorium plus smaller rooms for breakout sessions, labs, etc. with all the relevant infrastructure (networking, power, projection screens, etc.). You can't set up a high-tech developers conference in a basketball arena and its parking lot, the county fairground, or a NASCAR racetrack.

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Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post
Are there enough Apple engineers that can take off for a week to accommodate more attendees?
Originally Posted by mpantone View Post

There's a good chance that the event (and other developer conferences) does not scale beyond a certain size. You still need 1-on-1 labs, smaller classes/sessions, and need to keep your speakers fresh, focused, and productive.

Originally Posted by AaronJ View Post
Yeah, my understanding (I'm not a developer) is that there is a limit on how big it can be before it ceases to really be functional.

 

Yep. That’s definitely the primary concern with scaling up the size of WWDC.

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I have not been able to get a ticket for the last few years despite trying really hard. This year I did but sadly it looks like I will be the only one in my organization attending despite that several of us had been attending since before Jobs came back to Apple. The value of WWDC is not the content. If it were I'd just watch it. The value is being able to have one on one conversations with peers and Apple engineers. Only a small part of it is even directly technology related. I imagine, as we usually do, we will have at least one person from the team go who couldn't get a ticket but wants to hang out before and after the sessions.

As a side note it has to happen in the bay area because that is where the Apple employees live. There is no way they would be able to have so many employees attend if it were elsewhere.
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For those saying there is no larger venue for WWDC in the Bay Area, that's completely untrue. WWDC has always been held in Moscone West. Right across the street is the main Moscone Center which is far larger. Apple could easily have a bigger conference, but chooses not to.
Yes, a larger conference would mean changing how you can interact with Apple Engineers, but other companies have been having developer conferences for years that are larger, and still get good information out to developers. Even if Apple broke WWDC into separate Mac OSX and iOS conferences that would be better than the current state.
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