We're thrilled to announce our full schedule for the first ever Swift Craft!
We have an amazing line up of some of the community's favourite speakers. We also have some new voices who are on their way to joining those ranks. And content-wise we do, of course, have some cutting edge sessions on visionOS and Spatial Computing, as well as Swift Macros and SwiftData. But we also have plenty of sessions on the fundamentals, and how to craft the best with what we have.
So with three full day workshops, from Daniel Steinberg, Paul Hudson and Jon Reid, six tutorials (half-day workshops), 28 60-minute sessions, 2 keynotes an evening of lightning talks and a dinner with the speakers overlooking the sea as the sun sets, don't miss this opportunity!
On the subject of tickets, we have two rates: Our standard rates are intended for those who are being paid for by their employer as a business expense. But we know we have many indie developers, hobbyists, or others who are paying out of their own pockets. For those we have our special "Indie Developer Rate". Please be honest when selecting the appropriate ticket category so we can keep this event sustainable and accessible for everyone.
We look forward to welcoming you all to our venue by the sea in May!
The long awaited Apple Vision Pro launched in the US today (as this is written).
What does that have to do with Swift Craft? Other than it being an Apple product - and a new Apple platform?
visionOS proposals and speaker selection update
Well, firstly, being a new Apple platform is definitely of interest to many Swift and iOS developers. Our final speaker selections have not been made, yet, but I can tell you that, out of the (incredible!) 129 proposals we recieved, 8 of them are specifically about visionOS or Spatial Computing! Compare that to the 3 proposals related to watchOS and you can see that there is a lot of interest in visionOS in the developer community.
We're going to try and record at least the keynotes in Spatial Video (as an experiment on the side - we'll still have the normal 2D recordings). We don't know, yet, if this will be the second best way to consume conference content (other than being there) or a faddish novelty - but we'll be there blazing the trail anyway 🙃
And finally, as the title suggests, if your budget doesn't stretch to a Vision Pro this time round (or you can't get one outside the US) the good news is that it's much more likely to stretch to a ticket to the first ever Swift Craft! And that's all the more true while they are still in Early Bird pricing. That discounted rate will run until the speaker selection is announced, which is due the first week of February - so don't delay!
Don't worry - there's enough awesome submissions to put on at least three full world-class conferences the size of Swift Craft - so you can't go wrong!
The Call for Speakers was due to close at the end of 31st December (2023, of course). We've had an incredible response and we're really excited at some of the proposals we've seen come in! But we also know that a lot of people who would like to submit heard about us late and, of course, have been busy with holiday and family matters over the last week or so. So we've decided to keep the call open for a few more days. We'll now close it at the end of Friday, the 5th.
So if you were worried you'd missed it you have a second chance! And that's for workshops as well as regular talks.
Visit the Call for Speakers page now, before it's too late ... again!