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Un-conventional: How WWDC became the heart of the Apple world's calendar

This week Apple opened registration for WWDC, the company's annual developer conference, which will be held June 8-12 in San Francisco.

WWDC is a huge deal in the Apple community, but it wasn't always so. I've been going to WWDC since the mid-1990s, when it was a sleepy affair that took place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Probably the most memorable moment of any of the San Jose-based WWDCs I attended was the last one: That was 2002, when Steve Jobs laid the classic Mac OS to rest — no, seriously, there was a coffin on stage.

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At @AltConference speakers focus on code, hearts, and minds

AltConf speakers impart best coding and consciousness-raising practices

Much of AltConference, which happens at the same time and almost in the same place as WWDC 2014, is focused on technical information and labs to assist developers with coding problems. But it's not all about the code. It's also about the people.

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Didn't get tickets for WWDC? Go to AltConf instead

Now that Apple's announced the results of its lottery, you have a good idea as to whether you're going to be attending Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June. If you didn't get a ticket — or even if you did — there's an alternative happening at the same time that you can go to instead. It's nearby and it's absolutely free. I'm talking about AltConf.

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Inside AltWWDC with Judy Chen and Rob Elkin

Some of the most interesting things to come out of WWDC last week didn't actually happen at WWDC, but at the nearby SFSU dowtown campus, where altWWDC happened. To find out more, I spoke to two of the show's coordinators: Judy Chen and Rob Elkin.

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Tripping with Andrew Stone at AltWWDC

Andrew Stone has seen a lot of changes in the Apple ecosystem - changes he talked about as a featured speaker at AltWWDC, the event that's happening concurrently with WWDC and is only a few blocks away.

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#AltWWDC offers and alternative to developers who couldn't score a ticket to Apple's event

#AltWWDC is a free, independent alternative to Apple's WWDC 2013 scheduled to take place the same week, just down the street of Moscone Center at SF State Downtown Campus. Since WWDC 2013 sold out in under 2 minutes yesterday, AltWWDC could be of interest to anyone who didn't score a ticket to WWDC, but still plans to be in San Francisco that week and wants something more formal than just hanging out and bar hopping. Here's the abstract from the AltWWDC:

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AltWWDC planned for same time as the "real" WWDC

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) tickets sold out in minutes, but if you're going to be in San Francisco the second week of June, there's an alternative event happening that you may be interested in. AltWWDC is scheduled to take place at the same time as WWDC, and only a block away from the Moscone Center, where WWDC is held. What's more, it's free.

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