Welcome to AltConf 2018
AltConf is a community-driven event, assembled to serve developers and a product driven community. Held in downtown San Jose at the San Jose Marriott with 900 seats spread over 2 theatres. AltConf is an annual event timed alongside Apple‘s WWDC, June 4-7, 2018.
AltConf will be hosted next door to WWDC, with a direct connection between the San Jose Marriott and the San Jose Convention Center as well as an entrance beside the WWDC entrance, we've never been in a better position to bring an amazing conference to the community!
AltConf will continue to host its traditional Keynote and State of the Union viewings with capacity for over 900 attendees on Monday 4th June, followed by 3 packed days with content spread over 2 tracks. And new for 2018, we’re introducing AltLabs which will be available to you to book out for your community group event or to host your own lab!
Code of Conduct
AltConf cannot happen unless everyone is safe and welcome. If anything happens to make you feel unsafe or unwelcome, let us know, and we will fix it.
AltConf is organized by volunteers as a service to the community. We care about what the community cares about, so we actively work to increase diversity at our conference and in our industry by providing a stage for under-represented people and ideas around Apple's platforms.
Social interaction is hard, and conferences bring so many different types of people together. We have as much to learn from each other as from the speakers. If we want to bring people together and help them understand each other, everyone must be safe and welcome.
To make clear what is expected, all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers, and volunteers are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code before and throughout the event.
AltConf is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to: Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, Sexual images in public spaces, Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following, Harassing photography or recording, Sustained disruption of talks or other events, Inappropriate physical contact, Unwelcome sexual attention, Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior,
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately Exhibitors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff, including volunteers, should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the organizers immediately either in person, or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a safety response team available at all times during the conference. We will have phone numbers available to reach the team directly for urgent issues.
If you’re currently afraid of your physical safety or are in danger, call local law enforcement in SF: Emergency (Fire, Medical, Police): 911
The staff is well informed on how to deal with the incident and how to further proceed with the situation. Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
AltConf is a great way to meet people in the community
AltConf remains free for the majority of attendees. Paying for a Hero Supporter ticket is an option, not a requirement. Becoming a Hero Supporter is a great way to show your support for AltConf and helps us to start a budget for next year. Hero Supporter tickets provide guaranteed seating to speaker sessions, a swag bag, and a reason for your employer to approve your attendance.
AltConf will continue to provide a limited number of Hero Supporter tickets as part of our Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. Applications are available here.
Seat availability for the Free ticket holders is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Call For Papers is Open!
The AltConf 2018 Call For Papers will close April 28, 2018! Mark your calendars, ask Siri to remind you! Come April 28, we close this down, don’t miss it!
Please submit as many proposals as you like, keep in mind, we might tap you to do more than one session.
The Community Review Panel will use the following selection criteria when voting on submissions:
- Technical – Does the content have technical substance?
- Relevant – Would the topic be interesting to a group of iOS/Mac developers?
- Community improvement - Can the talk help us all be better developers, better people, etc. Growth as humans is important!
For intermediate and advanced level talks, they will also look into:
- Fresh – Is the information covered new or a new approach to a common problem?
- Immersive – Does the proposal cover many aspects of the topic in-depth?
Remember, Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be an expert to teach. Not only is teaching a great way to learn, but often we know more than we give ourselves credit for.
*Unfortunately we can't cover the cost of travel, accommodation etc. for speakers, so it's more of a "if you happen to be in town" type of thing.
John WilkerDenver, CO
Anna CrookSydney, Australia
Rob ElkinLondon, England
We’ve been lucky enough to be sponsored by some amazing companies, without whom we wouldn't be able to put this on.
Interested in becoming a sponsor? We've got lots of opportunities to spend time with the iOS community!