AltConf is set to return to San Francisco at the same time as (the as-yet unannounced) Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), and will happen nearby at a bigger venue than last year. Some speakers have already been announced, too — even though no one is quite sure when, exactly, WWDC is going to happen.

Tickets to WWDC are always hard to get: They've sold out in mere minutes in years past. Apple even put in place a lottery program to help assure a fair distribution of tickets last year.

If you're going to be in SF for WWDC and you can't get tickets or don't want to bother, the nearby AMC Metreon (right across the street from the Moscone West location that serves as WWDC's home) will host this year's AltConf — the free alternative to WWDC that's run by volunteers.

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AltConf features talks and panel discussions that run the entire week. This year's venue is three times the size of last year's, with room for over 1,000 people in three auditoriums.

AltConf plans to offer two simultaneous tracks of talks as well as live streaming from WWDC in the Viewing Room. That live streaming will include the keynote address, State of the Union and Apple Design Awards (assuming, of course, that Apple live streams the events this year as they did last year). Breakfast will even be provided during the keynote.

AltConf remains free, but for the first time since its 2011 inception, the event will also offer a limited number of paid tickets. $300 guarantees seating and a swag bag. Proceeds from the tickets fund Altconf's ongoing efforts. Guaranteed tickets will also be given away to community groups and individuals. More details are available at the web site.

Can't make it to San Francisco for either event this year? Don't worry — AltConf's YouTube channel will sport a live stream of the event, with videos automatically saved for later viewing.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat
  • Jay Freeman of Cydia
  • Mike Lee of New Lemurs
  • Laura Savino of Khan Academy
  • Uri Baghin of Facebook
  • Peter Steinberger of PSPDFKit
  • Natasha (the Robot) Murashev of General Assembly
  • Ben Sandofsky of Twitter
  • Justin Spahr-Summers of GitHub
  • Greg Raiz of Raizlabs
  • Joe Cieplinski of Bombing Brain Interactive
  • Aral Balkan of

If you're interested in presenting at AltConf this year, the Call for Speakers is open until April 6. Volunteers are welcome to apply too.

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