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A curated awesome WWDC resource list for conference attendees

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Tips

  • Carry a business card.
    Apple employees wont give you theirs, but will accept yours
  • Labs are for rockstars, come early to register your slot.
  • Speed up your check-in.
    Apple emailed you a personal Passbook for faster check-in at Moscone West. You can check in early on Sunday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT.
  • Download the WWDC app.
    Get the app to mark your favorite special events, lunchtime speakers, and Get Togethers. After the keynote you’ll be able to view the full schedule and get access to news updates, session videos, and more throughout the week.
  • Bring all your gear.
    Make sure to pack your Mac with the latest developer tools installed, iOS devices for testing, and essential peripherals like power and Ethernet adapters.
  • Sandwiches are delivered during launch time.
    • They are usually meh at best.
    • Lactose-intolerant sandwiches taste better.

Keynote

Keynote is the highlight opening event of the conference. Usually a line begins to form starting at 6am. Waiting the line is an adventure and you should treat it as such, you will meet amazing people and optionally form life lasting friendships. If you prefer the chillback approach, arrive at 8:30. Apple will overflow to a second hall with live video once the first hall gets full. Additionally AltConf operates a standing-room with live stream video of the keynote.

  • You need to pick up your WWDC badge on Sunday to get in time for the keynote on Monday.
    • Visit the check-in desk at Moscone West on Sunday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. PDT.
  • On Monday come early if you want to get good seats.
    • Bring a chair to sit through the line.
    • If the chair is foldable put it in your bag before going in, otherwise the guards will throw it away.
    • Come in a group. Makes taking coffee trips much easier.
  • Wi-Fi usually dies during the keynote due to high demand, no work-arounds. Be prepared.

Developer

  • Bring a secondary device for iOS 9 hacking
  • First floor has a network CDN to download the new release

Tools

  • ASCIIwwdc – Searchable full-text transcripts of WWDC sessions
  • WWDC – Watch WWDC sessions on your Mac.
  • Business Card - Geekout on exploiting Apple’s Passbook app to distribute your business details.
  • WWDC Downloader - Download the whole conference videos, pdfs and sample code on to your laptop for comfortable watching on your flight back home.

Swag

  • Company Store is open speacial hours during WWDC.
    • June 7, 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • June 8-12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • There is a mini store in Moscone during the conference, carrying less items but saves you the 1 h trip.

Events

Mingle and talk to as many people as you can, all through the conference.

Parallel Conferences

  • AltConf – The original alternative to WWDC
  • Layers – A conference about design

Party

  • Parties for WWDC – an app to help you find out what’s going on during WWDC
  • WWDC Parties – Aggreated list of WWDC focued events, filted by alcohol, food, meetup, presentation and outdoors.
  • @WWDCParties – Twitter feed of WWDC Parties website, listing all the recent hot stuff as they are announced.

Pure Fun

  • WWDC Hike - June 7th, 2015, the Sunday before WWDC. We’ll leave at 2pm.

San Francisco

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Visit

  • 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, California (?)
  • Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine - a fun walking tour if you’re interested in San Francisco history.
  • Chinatown is fun to walk around in and there’s lots of good food.
  • Musee Mecanique in Fisherman’s Wharf is a free museum with lots of old arcade machines.
  • Free Gold Watch in Haight-Ashbury is the best place to play pinball in SF.
  • Golden Gate Park is a short MUNI ride away with attractions like California Academy of Science, De Young Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Drink

  • The Chieftain bar is a popular watering hole during WWDC festivities. 198 5th St, San Francisco
  • After keynotes at Moscone Center, you can often bump into off-duty Apple employees minglingat the W Hotel bar just across the street. 181 3rd St, San Francisco
  • House of Shields, on New Montgomery Street across from the Palace Hotel
  • Thirsty Bear is popular for beer & tapas.
  • 21st Amendment is another popular brewpub restaurant.

Eat

  • Cafe Chaat Good Indian food a block from Moscone
  • Osha Thai - Thai food a block from Moscone
  • Canton Dim Sum Chinese restaurant on Folsom St.
  • Tommy’s Joynt - a San Francisco tradition.
  • San Tung a bit out of the way, but worth the trip for the best wings.

Sleep

Travel

  • Muir Woods is a great place to hike if you want to get out of the city for a little while.
  • Yosemitie is beautiful for a weekend, and only 4 h by car.

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