After the stress of moving (tomorrow!) is passed, I’ll be tackling a slate of new challenges this fall, including the usual work at Red Sweater, developing future versions of MarsEdit and my other apps. But I’ll also be punctuating the season with a few speaking opportunities at three great conferences.
- Çingleton. October 14-15. Montreal, Québec. My friends Guy English, Scott Morrison, and Luc Vandal teamed up to put on a very small, very focused “symposium.” I love the small scale and single-tracked nature, but it comes with one huge drawback: low capacity. Just as the similarly formatted C4 conferences sold out quickly every year, I expect Çingleton will do the same.
- MacTech. November 2-4, Los Angeles, California. This year’s show features a keynote from Guy Kawasaki, which will be exciting for me, since I’ve corresponded with Guy over the years: he’s provided a ton of valuable feedback about MarsEdit. Also exciting is the addition to the organization team of Scotty from iDeveloperTV, who will be running the developer side of the conference.
- Voices That Matter. November 12-13. Boston, Massachusetts. The floating conference moves back to Boston, the site of its first show, at which I also had the pleasure of speaking. They have just posted the schedule, revealing that Aaron Hillegass will be delivering the opening keynote. Definitely wake up for this!
The Voices That Matter folks are offering a coupon code with a twist: $150 off for the purchaser, with a $50 bonus for me as the speaker. I am not paid for the speaking itself, so if you are looking for a discount, consider using “BSTSPK5“. When combined with the early-bird pricing, it brings the cost of the conference down to $395.
With such a busy speaking lineup, I have once again had to pass on some other conferences where I would have enjoyed the less demanding experience of simply attending. In particular, I am bummed to be missing:
- 360iDev. September 11-14. Denver, Colorado. Another show I haven’t had the pleasure of attending yet, but that is celebrated by many of my peers. The schedule a more conventional, multi-track affair, which is great for those who prefer to pick a favorite topic from a variety of choices. The keynote address will be delivered by my friend Matt Drance, whose work you may also know from his past life as an Apple evangelist.
- SecondConf. September 23-25. Chicago, Illinois. Seen by many as the organic successor to C4, I have been hoping to attend for the past two years. This year’s roster of speakers is outstanding, featuring some well-known developers and … Andy Ihnatko! But it’s also notable for featuring some folks who don’t do as much public speaking, including Mike Rohde, the designer of Red Sweater’s logo!
Suffice to say, there is a lot going on this fall. If you are looking for something to do, take a click-through to some of these great shows and see if any of them sounds like the right place for you.