Apple’s just announced that its annual developer conference, WWDC, will commence on June 2nd and run through June 6th. In a departure from its traditional application process, the company has already opened ticket sales on its website, but will now select attendees randomly instead of a first-come-first-served basis. That means we’re no longer likely to see the super-quick ticket sellouts we’ve witnessed in previous years, but a lottery will ensure there’s a fairer chance for all. We can expect to see all of the latest iOS and OS X developments, and anything else the company might have up its sleeve in a few short months.
“We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”
How to get the ticket?
The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC 2014 will be offered by random selection. Register by Monday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to attend.
Apple will let you know your status by email on Monday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
“Simply sign in with your developer account and submit your information. You need to be a current member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (April 3, 2014 at 5:30 a.m. PDT). Developers between 13-17 years of age must have their submission completed by their parent or guardian who is an eligible member.
Randomly selected applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a WWDC ticket for 1599 USD or in local currency where available.* The purchase must be completed by April 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. WWDC tickets are for use by the selected applicant only and may not be sold, resold, bartered, auctioned, or transferred in any way.”
Registration is now available at developer.apple.com/wwdc/.
Apple also announced that 200 student scholarships will be available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket. In addition, this year the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its alliance partners will help promote scholarships to female engineers and coders.
Events scheduled for WWDC 2014 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;
- more than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 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;
- the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance 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 new 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 and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Apple also announced that the June 2 State of the Union session and the Apple Design Awards will be live streamed via the WWDC website, allowing developers from around the world access to the latest information in real time. Videos from all technical sessions will be posted throughout the week on the Apple Developer website and will be available to all registered developers.