AltConf 2015

The Alternative Developer Conference

AltConf is a free, community-driven and supported event,
held in downtown San Francisco alongside Apple's WWDC.


Welcome to AltConf 2015

AltConf is a community-driven event, assembled to serve developers and a product driven community. Held in downtown San Francisco at the AMC Metreon with 1,000 seats spread over 3 theatres, AltConf is an annual event timed alongside Apple‘s WWDC, June 8-12, 2015.

Confirmed Speakers

Brianna Wu

Giant Spacekat

Jay Freeman


Mike Lee

New Lemurs

Laura Savino

Khan Academy

Uri Baghin


Peter Steinberger


Natasha (the Robot) Murashev

Capital One

Ben Sandofsky


Justin Spahr-Summers


Joe Cieplinski

Bombing Brain Interactive

Abizer Nasir

Greg Raiz


Ray Wenderlich

Brent Simmons

Gwynne Raskind

James Dempsey

Michele Titolo

Ash Furrow

Saul Mora


Sarah Allen

Plus many, many more!


AltConf cannot happen unless everyone is safe and welcome. If anything happens to make you feel unsafe or unwelcome, let us know, and we will fix it.

AltConf is organized by volunteers as a service to the community. We care about what the community cares about, so we actively work to increase diversity at our conference and in our industry by providing a stage for under-represented people and ideas around Apple's platforms.

Social interaction is hard, and conferences bring so many different types of people together. We have as much to learn from each other as from the speakers. If we want to bring people together and help them understand each other, everyone must be safe and welcome.

AltConf is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or anything, really; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by their official volunteer t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact the authorities, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

If you want to know more about the thought behind this policy, check out Geek Feminism

If you have any question or concerns, please contact


AltConf is a great way to meet people in the community

Although AltConf has been completely free for the past four years, some participants in recent years have requested paid tickets. Because of the high demand, this year a limited number of paid tickets are available at $300 each. Hero supporter tickets will provide guaranteed seating to speaker sessions, a swag bag, and a reason for your employer to approve your attendance.

Because AltConf allows both free and guaranteed entry tickets, Hero ticketholders will be guaranteed entry up to 15 minutes before sessions begin in the morning and the afternoon. A limited number of seats will also be reserved in each speaking auditorium for all sessions for Hero ticket holders. Hero ticket holders get guaranteed entry to speaker sessions, but not the WWDC viewing theatre. Free entry tickets are not a guarantee of entry to AltConf, and entry using these tickets is on a first come, first served basis depending on availability. In fact, you don't technically need a ticket to get in, you just need to turn up and there to be space. But having free tickets lets us predict demand a bit.

To encourage as many diverse attendees as possible, guaranteed entry tickets will be given away to community groups and individuals that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend. If you plan to be in San Francisco and you’d like to be considered for a Diversity Scholarship ticket, please fill in the form here.

Become a speaker

Have something you want to share at AltConf?
Submit a talk before April 19th and make it happen.


The AltConf Call For Speakers will be open until 19th April. Submissions are via this google docs form. AltConf organizers welcome a wide range of topics related to the Apple platform. Whether it’s a deep-dive technical talk, advice about marketing your app, debating about design, or how to survive the indie life, it’s no holds barred on what potential speakers can submit.

AltConf is a free, community-driven and supported event, held in downtown San Francisco alongside Apple's WWDC. Unfortunately we can't cover the cost of travel, accommodation etc for speakers, so it's more of a "if you happen to be in town for WWDC" type of thing.

To encourage a diverse speaker lineup, all papers will be anonymized by removing any identifying information before being screened by a panel of 4 members from the iOS/Mac community. Multiple submissions are welcome.

What if I can't make it?

We understand that planning to be in SF during WWDC can sometimes depend on if you get a ticket for WWDC. If you're worried that you won't make it to town for AltConf, and you're on the fence about submitting a talk because of that, we'd encourage you to submit anyway! We'd rather have your proposal and have to find someone else to fill your spot if you can't make it than lose out if you never submit and do make it!

Meet our sponsors

We’ve been lucky enough to be sponsored by some amazing companies, without whom we wouldn't be able to put this on. Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Gold Sponsor

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Live Stream Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Event Partner

The Viewing Room

Presented by Release Notes

In addition to our own great lineup of speakers, AltConf is excited to offer WWDC sessions in The Viewing Room presented by Release Notes. The Viewing Room gives you the opportunity to get all the great technical content that's being presented in WWDC, as the sessions are released by Apple. With select sessions being live streamed daily and videos of other sessions posted throughout the week, The Viewing Room is the next best thing to being in Moscone!

The schedule for The Viewing Room is subject to video availability and will change frequently. Consult the schedule to get the latest information on which sessions will be shown and when.

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