MacDev 2009: A European Conference For Mac Developers

October 22, 2008 in Seminars and Events (E)

[] Tetbury, UK - On the 16th and 17th of April 2009 The Mac Developer Network (MDN) with Steve Scott (Scotty) and Tim Isted will be hosting the UK's only independent Mac Developer Conference and we have very imaginatively called it MacDev 2009 (Europe).

The conference is designed for experienced Mac Developers who want to spend 2 days together geeking out while being educated by some of the worlds top Mac Developers. Booking opens to MDN members on the 20th October 2008 and for everyone else on the 1st of November.

Conference Details

We have gathered together a fantastic collection of speakers from the USA, Europe and the UK currently including Bill Dudney, Matt Gemmell, Mike Lee, Graham Lee, Drew McCormack, Philippe Mougin, Andre Pang, Fraser Speirs and Marcus Zarra. Profiles of these speakers can be seen at the end of this release.

The conference will consist of 11 one hour sessions. All the sessions will be at an intermediate or advanced level, no beginners stuff here I'm afraid. Each session will be designed to be as broadly relevant as possible while maintaining our desire to be a conference for experienced Mac Developers.

The early booking price for the conference is just 399 + VAT (Rising to 499 + VAT after 31st Jan 2009). The conference price includes 1 night's accommodation, and all your meals during the conference.

We are also holding a number of pre-conference workshops running from 10am to 5pm on the 15th April 2009 (You must attend the full conference to book a workshop place).

Workshop 1
User Interfaces with Mike Lee. This workshop will spend the day looking at how decisions should be made when designing user interfaces.

Workshop 2
Core Data with Marcus Zarra. This workshop will spend the day looking at practical issues of using Core Data in your applications.

Workshop 3
iPhone Development for Mac Developers with Bill Dudney. If you are an experienced Mac Developer looking to write your first iPhone application Bill will spend a day helping you get up to speed.

The Venue
MacDev 2009 is being held at Conference Hertfordshire's de Havilland Centre in Hatfield about 5 miles north of the M25 Junction 23 in South East England. Situated only 25 minutes from London by train, 10 minutes from the M1 and M25, and 30 minutes from Luton and Stansted airports, the conference campus features modern, state-of-the-art conference facilities, conveniently located all on the one site. There is ample free parking available, and Hatfield train station is only minutes away by taxi/shuttle bus.

Delegates be staying in single en-suite bedrooms with everybody who is attending the conference housed within one building, only steps away from the main conference seminar and lecture rooms. Each bedroom offers an internet connection, telephone and small refrigerator.

Conference sessions will take place in one of the purpose-built lecture theatres, with comfortable, tiered seating, air-conditioning and a full host of AV equipment. There are also additional rooms available nearby for 'quiet' work should delegates need them.

The conference ticket includes all meals throughout the day, all available in the on-site restaurant, including a self-service 2-course lunch, a fully-served 3-course dinner, and a choice of full English or Continental breakfast. Alcoholic drinks may be purchased, either with food in the restaurant or in the conference Bar after dinner.

All conference delegates will have access to the Sports Village during their stay, also conveniently located within the same campus. Facilities on offer here include a swimming pool, 100-station fitness centre, squash and badminton courts, cricket and football pitches, and even a 12 metre climbing wall.

Speaker Profiles

Bill Dudney
Bill Dudney is a software developer and entrepreneur currently building software for the Mac and iPhone. Bill started his computing career on a NeXT cube with a magneto-optical drive running NeXTStep 0.9. He's the author of iPhone SDK Development and Core Animation for OS X. He has several iPhone applications currently selling on the App Store.

Matt Gemmell
Matt Legend Gemmell is a freelance Mac OS X and iPhone developer based in Edinburgh in the UK. Matt has been developing for Mac OS X since 10.0 Developer Preview 4 in late 2000. Matt is a prolific contributor to the Cocoa open source community and focuses primarily on intuitive interaction and interface design. Matt has source code in use in more than 60 third-party applications (that he knows of; likely many, many more).

Mike Lee
Mike Lee, the World's Toughest Programmer, is the founder and CEO of United Lemur, a philanthropic revolution disguised as a software company. Mike also cofounded Tapulous, whose titles include Tap Tap Revenge and Twinkle. Prior to iPhone, Mike cut his teeth - and won an Apple Design Award - at Seattle-based Delicious Monster Software. Mike is originally from Honolulu, is a popular blogger and occasional pundit.

Graham Lee
Graham is a senior software engineer at Sophos, where he is the technical lead for the Mac team. He has spoken at numerous Mac and UNIX user groups, and is an active member of the Mac community, being on the committee for the Oxford Mac User Group and a co-founder of the Swindon branch of CocoaHeads, a worldwide Mac developer gathering. Before joining Sophos in 2007 he studied Physics at Oxford University, where he is currently reading for an MSc in software engineering. Graham believes that many problems can be solved by reversing the polarity of the neutron flow.

Drew McCormack
Drew McCormack is a scientific programmer and researcher in the Theoretical Chemistry Department of the Free University in Amsterdam. His interest in computing is broad, ranging from High Performance Computing in Fortran, to Python scripting, and Cocoa development for the Mac and iPhone. He is a board member and regular contributor on the MacResearch web site, and develops the Cocoa flash card application 'Mental Case' in his spare time. Drew has written articles and tutorials on Cocoa development for the Apple Developer Connection (ADC), O'Reilly's Mac Dev Center, and, and co-authored the book 'Beginning Mac OS X Programming' with Mike Trent.

Philippe Mougin
Philippe Mougin, a long-time Mac OS X and NeXTSTEP developer, is the creator of F-Script, a dynamic language and interactive environment for Cocoa. Philippe is also the co-author of "Become an Xcoder" and of a number of publications and talks in the fields of Mac OS X development, dynamic languages and enterprise systems.

Andre Pang
After being distracted with the underground demoscene and music, Andre studied Computing Science & Psychology at the University of New South Wales in his home town. There, he found his love for coding, functional programming languages, open source, Linux, and learning about what makes people tick. In 2002, Andre discovered Mac OS X (Jaguar, for the curious folks) and Cocoa, and became the Mac lead at a number of projects such as Annodex and cineSync. Andre is currently living a nomadic lifestyle at Realmac Software working on RapidWeaver and LittleSnapper.

Fraser Speirs
Fraser Speirs is a Mac OS X and iPhone Developer and Director of Connected Flow, Ltd. On Mac OS X, he is best known for the FlickrExport plugins for iPhoto and Aperture. On iPhone OS, his Flickr client Exposure has consistently been one of the most popular photography applications on the App Store. In the past, Fraser has written for O'Reilly Media's Mac Developer Journal and blogged at MacDevCenter. He has also worked on the LHC Computing Grid project to support the Large Hadron Collider experiment at CERN.

Marcus Zarra
Marcus S. Zarra is the owner of Zarra Studios LLC and the creator of seSales and iWeb Buddy as well as being a co-author of "Cocoa Is My Girlfriend", a wildly popular blog covering all aspects of Cocoa development. Marcus has been developing software since the mid-1980s and has written software in all of the major technological fields. Marcus has been using Core Data since its original release in OS X 10.4 Tiger and has released numerous applications and papers covering all of the topics of Core Data.

Based in Tetbury, United Kingdom, The Mac Developer Network (MDN) was founded in 2007 by Steve Scott (Scotty) to provide high quality podcasts , screencasts and video training to the Mac developer community. The Mac Developer Network (MDN) is an effort to help promote the development of applications to run on Apples OS X operating system and iPhone. The Mac Developer Network is a privately held, privately financed limited company registered in the UK. Since joining the software industry in 1987, Scotty has worked as a developer, trainer and consultant in the British Isles, Europe, Asia and the USA. Scotty has written many articles for developer websites and magazines as well as featured as a guest speaker at developer conferences in the Uk, Europe and USA. Tim Isted is an IT Consultant and Developer, writing software for the Mac, the iPhone and for the web. Apple, the Apple logo, OS X and iPhone, are registered trademarks of Apple in the U.S. and/or other countries.