Planning the good stuff - what shall we hack?

I've just put together a first cut at what the programme for iOSDevUK 6 looks like.

No you can't see it - thanks for asking. I need to check it with the speakers before releasing it to the rest of the world. Should be out pretty soon though.

This posting is for a different purpose. I want to know what people woul like to do in the hack - about 20 people have booked the Thursday night to stay for the hack so far (or they just like drinking in Aber). Some of the speakers will join us too, and it isn't too late to add that extra night to your booking and be there.

Given that, we need to decide what to do. Now that WWDC is over, there are two or three areas that interest me - maybe you have other good ideas.

1/ I'd already proposed SpriteKit as a possibility - even more interesting now it runs on four platforms.

2/ Using Siri in our apps. This happened at last - now what can we do with it?

3/ Watchkit 3 - building usable apps(?)

4/ creating Swift Playgrounds

Please throw in your opinon below if you think you might join us.

Any of these that you fancy?

Any better ideas?

Alternatively, we could just eat pizza and chicken, and drink beer or dandelion and burdock all evening.

Only 40 places left

The response to early bird booking has been great. It means that there are only 40 out of 180 places with on-site accommodation left. We have to provide the university with a final list of everybody staying on-site a month before anyway, so if you are thinking of getting a conference package ticket, then you have a month to book it (or until we run out of places, whichever comes first).

Early booking finishes at end of June

We are really grateful to people who book early for iOSDevUK, as they let us plan with some confidence in how many people are coming. We reward that support with a £50 discount on the already low price of a ticket.

Last day for early booking is 30th June.

While the full price ticket for iOSDevUK is still great value, if you want the best price and want to help us plan, now is the time to get your ticket.

What shall we hack this year?

Well, the speakers are mostly listed, Greg Heo's pre-conf Swift tutorial is arranged, and the bookings are going well (a third of all tickets gone with six weeks left until the end of early booking). Now we need to sort out the Hack for Thursday.

My first thought was a SpriteKit hack - we haven't done a Games hack since 2012, when Chris Wilson got us going with Cocos2D. SpriteKit is so much easier, and useful for other things too (nice talk about that in the conference...). We could run a tutorial on it alongside Greg's tutorial on Monday, and then get in nearly 12 hours of hacking on the Thursday.

Another possibility might be getting Siri into your App - I'm convinced Apple are going to announce proper Siri integration with third party apps at WWDC, hence the Hey Siri intro to this year's WWDC. 

We certainly won't make any decision until after WWDC but we'd be interested in your thoughts about what would be a good hack. Please add your comments!

(Other past hacks - talking to Arduino devices, iBeacons, Watch apps)


Planning for iOSDevUK 6

While the conference is still 7 months away, planning is coming along well.

We now have a full set of speakers, and will be publishing the list of speakers within the next few weeks - it looks really exciting! We will start taking early bookings after Easter, but there should be no great hurry - the closing date for early bookings will be late in June. About that time, we should be getting a draft schedule for the conference together.

Early booking prices are planned to be the same as last year.

At the same time, we will be looking for sponsors to help us bring you the best experience at that bargain price. If you know any likely candidates, please send them our way.