Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apple WWDC Set For June 8th, Register Now Through April 17th For Ticket Lottery

Apple has set the date for the company's 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year the widely popular event will be held June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. Similar to last year's event, attendees will need to per-register for tickets, which will be sold through a lottery system.

As per usual Apple's focus will be on core devices and services, though developers can expect a large portion of that focus to be shifted towards the newly launched Apple Watch as well as Apple's newly released ReaserchKit software framework designed specifically for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices.

For those looking to attend you can apply for tickets starting today via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets) with registration running through Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. PDT. Tickets cost $1599 and will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will know the status of their application by Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. PDT. There will also be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and members of participating STEM organizations around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships).

You'll need an Apple developers account in order to register for the conference. Specifically, you need to be a current member of the iOS Developer Program, the iOS Developer Enterprise Program or the Mac Developer Program as of Tuesday morning's announcement of WWDC. Developers ages 13 through 17 must have their submissions completed by a parent or guardian who is an eligible member.

For those attending WWDC 2015, Apple promises the event will feature more than 100 technical sessions, with over 1,000 Apple engineers. There will also be hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year.

WWDC 2015 activities include:
  • more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • a series of get togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities; 
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
 For those not selected to attend, Apple is promising that WWDC 2015 will still offer you plenty. This year there will be more sessions than ever being streamed to developers. Select Worldwide Developers Conference sessions will be live streamed throughout the week via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/videos) and the WWDC app, giving more developers around the world access to the latest information in real time. Videos from all technical sessions will also be available by the end of each day.

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