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MacTech Conference 2014: About

 About: General Information | Speakers | Labs | Additional Activities | Schedule | Why Attend?
 Certifications & Workshops: Pre-Conference Workshops | Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation | Apple Certification
 Community: Comments | Attendee Tweets | Who Attends? | Peer Networking Opportunities | Vendors | Speaker App
 Registration: Registration | Sponsorship Options | Hotel & Travel | Media & Press | Edu Discounts | Scholarships
November 5-7, 2014 • Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4 • Manhattan Beach Marriott, Los Angeles, CA








You're Invited!

... to join us on November 5-7, 2014 in Los Angeles for three days of learning that goes beyond technology (and a fourth day if you'd like to come to our new Pre-Conference Workshops on November 4th!). Come talk about the future.

Where iOS and OS X Meet Reality

Apple has set the course with iOS and OS X -- and there are more announcements likely coming in the months prior to MacTech Conference. With new technologies come new challenges for developers and IT professionals. MacTech Conference will likely be the first major event after Apple ships the next versions of its operating systems. If you are a developer or IT professional, then you should be a part of this event. Find out why, year after year, MacTech Conference attendees rave about... The content. The people. The experience.

iOS, OS X, Mavericks and Yosemite are trademarks of Apple, Inc.
MacTech Conference is not affiliated with Apple.

What is MacTech Conference?

MacTech Conference is a 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT Pros, Enterprise, developers, and programmers.

"The whole idea of MacTech Conference is to allow members of the Apple community to meet and exchange ideas," says Edward Marczak, Conference Chair and Executive Editor of MacTech Magazine. "This will be spurred on by presentations from some of the best and well-known experts in the community."


Over 350 people attended MacTech Conference 2013.

MacTech Conference has a combination of joint sessions, two concurrent sessions, and labs/forums targeted for IT Pros, Enterprise, consultants, programmers, and developers. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, as well as OS X and iOS.

"In addition to the awesome content, we strive to create a unique environment at MacTech Conference -- one where collaboration, spending time with one's peers, and new knowledge and connections are fostered," said Neil Ticktin, Conference Organizer and Editor-in-Chief of MacTech Magazine. "Based on the response from our attendees, I believe we've exceeded our mark."

Each year, MacTech Conference gets better and better. Want to know more? Ask around in the community, or check out comments from attendees or tweets from past years. Our events have been acclaimed, right from the start. Even our inaugural event, years ago, was very well regarded.


What's in the plan for this year?
Awesome Venue. Expanded Schedule. More Pre-Conference Workshops.
Sessions. Labs. Certifications. Vendor Forums. Amazing Peer Networking.

This year's event has an expanded schedule with more time for more sessions, expanded labs, the best peer networking opportunities around, multiple accreditation options, and optional pre-conference workshops. Our expanded selection of Pre-Conference Workshops and the acclaimed Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation Courses take place on Tue, November 4, 2014.

And the core of the event: the sessions? They're better than ever! Great speakers. Awesome, timely topics for both IT and Devs. There are a whole lot more industry leaders, sessions, and even surprise speakers coming. MacTech Conference 2014 will be three full days — we'll end by 5pm on Friday. Not to mention our widely talked about evening events.

And, we're really excited about our venue: The Manhattan Beach Marriott. It's a beautiful venue, with easy access to LAX, overlooking a golf course, and we've secured awesome deals on guest rooms. As it did last year, the discounted guest room block is expected to sell out, so don't wait (you must be registered for MacTech Conference to reserve).
Register by August 31st, and save $400 on Early Bird Registration Pricing!


Who Should Attend?


Sessions chock full of content.

Technologists passionate about improving their craft. IT Professionals, Consultants, Programmers and Developers that focus on Apple technologies. Anyone that wants to get an idea of where technology is headed and how it intersects with everyday life.

Why Should I Attend?

Simply put: The content. The people. The experience.

You're going to leave a better, more connected tech. We want you to learn better ways of working directly from the people that are already putting new tools and practices to work. When you're ready, go register here.

You'll be in an immersive environment with your peers and the best talent in the Apple community. MacTech Conference will provide opportunities for structured and unstructured conversations. Think of it as the ultimate hallway session.

Most importantly, before you're a great Mac or Apple tech, you need to be a great tech. The comprehensive list of sessions looks to lay the foundation that taps you into the topics that you need to be a great tech. See the list of topics for more specific information.

Amazing Speakers


Personality and enthusiasm shine through
from MacTech Conference speakers.

From our keynote speaker, to all of the speakers in the Developer and IT Tracks, MacTech Conference draws from the best and brightest in the industry. Our speakers come not only from all over the country, but from several countries. A world-class line up of world-class talent. Don't take our word for it: see for yourself.

Packed Schedule. Morning 'til Night.

You won't just be in sessions hearing about great technologies and products. MacTech Conference has a packed evening schedule designed not only to be fun, but also to give you the opportunities to get to know your fellow attendees. And, starting last year, we made the event a half-day longer for the main schedule (now all the way through Friday), plus our new pre-conference activities.

MORE! Labs

This year, MacTech Conference will have more labs than ever before. Interactive, hands-on, get the help you need from those "in the know". See the Labs page for more info.

OS X and Mac

MacTech Conference will be one of the first events and a key opportunity to discuss OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), how to take advantage of the new technologies, the impacts of 10.10's new features, and issues in development and management of Yosemite, Mavericks, and related software. Attendees can talk through their options with industry experts and peers, form strategies for adoption and support, and more.

iOS

We expect to see iOS 8 in the weeks just before MacTech Conference. Like OS X, MacTech Conference will likely be the first event and key opportunity to discuss iOS 8, writing software for it, managing devices, and more. MacTech Conference is not only your opportunity to learn from the speakers, but from the attendees.

iCloud

iCloud is not just another cloud, it's a platform unique to Apple devices. It gives developers, and IT Pros unique opportunities not afforded on other platforms. But, with opportunities also come challenges. Again, MacTech Conference is at the forefront of this technology being one of the first events to discuss the new version of iCloud, developing for it, solutions in using it, and challenges for IT Pros and Enterprise. Learn from expert speakers, as well as fellow attendees, on best practices, creative ideas, and strategies for adoption, and support.


Wed night dinner at MacTech Conference 2013
overlooking the golf course on a beautiful So. California evening.

All Meals Included

This is an immersive conference, and as such, the time you spend with peers you know and new people that you meet is as important as the sessions themselves. We'll be feeding you throughout the event not only to make it all-inclusive, but also so that you can maximize your time with other attendees.

For more information on meals, special hotel rates and more, see our hotel and travel page. Please note: We've been selling out the discount hotel room block each year. We expect the same this year, and even if we get more rooms in the block, they will be more expensive than the initial allocation. You can only reserve rooms if you are registered for MacTech Conference, so don't wait.

Conference Activities Continue into the Evening

MacTech Conference is not only about learning, it's also about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is well regarded and well known for conference activities that not only give you an opportunity to spend time with your peers, they also help you get to know new people and expand your network.


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.

As an immersive conference, we'll have you busy from morning until night. We're working on our plans now and will reveal what we have up our sleeve soon for 2014!

UPDATED! Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation:
Included for First 100 Registered!

Do you support Office for Mac? Office 365? Office Web Apps? If you are doing anything with Microsoft Office in relation to Apple technologies, this is a must-have accreditation taught by Microsoft Trainers the afternoon prior to MacTech Conference. Once you pass the exam at the end, you are immediately a Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional. For more information, see our Office for Mac Accreditation page.

EXPANDED! Optional Pre-Conference Workshops

This year, we're adding EIGHT optional activities that will take place the day prior to MacTech Conference -- on Tue Nov 4. You can take an Apple Certification Exam, get Accredited by Microsoft on Office for Mac, or take one of the full-day, hands-on workshops including:


2013 included a 'field trip' to the California Science Center,
with guest star Endeavour.
  • RapidStart on Swift and iOS/Mac Development;
  • The Automation Mindset: Scripting, Command Line, and More;
  • OS X Server for Server Experts;
  • Security;
  • Using Amazon Web Services;
  • Mastering Auto Layout.

The Office for Mac accreditation course is included in your MacTech Conference registration (but you still need to reserve a spot). The other optional activities have additional charges. See more on the dedicated pre-conference workshop page.

Apple Certification Tests Available

Have you been dragging your feet on getting that Apple Certification you've always wanted? Well, now's the time to get it done! Apple Certifications are one of the best ways to prove to your clients or employer that you possess the knowledge & know-how to be considered a guru in your Mac-related field of expertise. You can take any available Apple Certification testing exam on-site at MacTech Conference, on the day prior to the event. For more information, see our Apple Certification Testing page.


Andy Ihnatko has spoken at every MacTech Conference
to date -- and never disappoints.

Space is Limited

We have a limited number of conference attendee spots and hotel rooms available. As a conference with hundreds -- not thousands -- of people, we want you to have time to get to know people. But, that also means that (like other conferences in the Apple market) if you don't act fast, you may miss out.

How do MacTech's BootCamp and Conference differ?

While all our events can be of interest to anyone technical, the focus of MacTech Conference is a full, three-day immersive conference for IT Pros, Consultants, Programmers and Developers that focus on the Apple, iOS, and OS X technologies. MacTech BootCamp, on the other hand, is a one day event specifically for those techs supporting others including small-to-medium sized business, larger organizations, EDU, and home users.

Pricing: Conference, Workshops, Certifications

MacTech Conference is priced economically including food, a MacTech Magazine subscription, a schedule packed full of sessions, exclusive entertainment, and more. Here's how the pricing works for conference, and the optional items. Take note of the dates, and register early for the best deals.


  Special Early Discount by
Nov 30, 2013
Super Early Bird
On or by June 15
Early Bird
On or by Aug 31
Pre-Registration
On or by Oct 24
On-site
After Oct 24th and on-site
3-Day, Main Conference
Main Conference Pass
Wed-Fri, Nov 5-7

Meals and activities included.
$799 $899 $1,099
Save $400
$1,299 $1,499
Half Day, Tue Nov 4, Pre-Conference Workshops - more...
Certification:
Apple Certification Study Session & Exam
Tue, Nov 4, 9am-12:30pm

- $249 $249
Save $100
$299 $349
Accreditation:
Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation
Tue, Nov 4, 1:45pm-6pm

- Limited space. Must RSVP.
No addt'l cost
for first 100.
Limited space. Must RSVP.
No addt'l cost
for first 100.
Limited space. Must RSVP.
No addt'l cost
for first 100.
Limited space. Must RSVP.
No addt'l cost
for first 100.
Full Day, Tue Nov 4, Pre-Conference Workshops - more...
Rapid Start: Objective-C & Cocoa for iOS & Mac
Tue, Nov 4, 9am-6pm
Lunch and breaks included.

- $299 $349
Save $150
$399 $499
Security
Tue, Nov 4, 9am-6pm
Lunch and breaks included.

- $299 $349
Save $150
$399 $499
Automation Mindset: Scripting, Command Line, and More
Tue, Nov 4, 9am-6pm
Lunch and breaks included.
- $299 $349
Save $150
$399 $499
OS X Server
for Server Experts

Tue, Nov 4, 9am-6pm
Lunch and breaks included.
- $299 $349
Save $150
$399 $499
Mastering Auto Layout
Tue, Nov 4, 9am-6pm
Lunch and breaks included.

- $299 $349
Save $150
$399 $499
Using Amazon Web Services
Tue, Nov 4, 9am-6pm
Lunch and breaks included.

- $299 $349
Save $150
$399 $499


Don't wait. Register today by clicking here.

Note: Partial and full student scholarships are available. See EDU page and Scholarships page for more information on education discounts for students, faculty and educational institution staff -- as well as scholarship opportunities.

EXCLUSIVE! Talk to Key Vendors

MacTech selects key vendors to be a part of our events. Speak to representatives from companies about the solutions they offer not only in the hallways, or at their sponsor tables, but our new Sponsor Forums! It's a unique opportunity to make contacts within these companies and get your questions answered.

Media Outlets are Thoroughly Involved

These great publications and sites will be covering MacTech Conference in a variety of different ways.





Space is Limited

On the first two days of the event, the conference will have on-site editorial teams from assorted media outlets, discussion tables with the media at meals, and we've already been asked by reporters to do interviews with developers and techs, articles on the conference and more. You'll be able to set up appointments to try and get exposure for what your company does.

Is that it?

We're adding more speakers and sessions -- especially as we see how some things develop in the community. There will be a few surprises along the way, too. The most important benefit is that you return to your work energized, with new ideas and new contacts that will let you work smarter, not harder. Register here.


Ready to register?
Do so now as space is limited for ALL pre-conference workshops.



Note: All information is approximate and projected, but it does evolve. All sessions, speakers, descriptions, and schedules are subject to change at any time without notice.

 
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