If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but you still long for human contact with your fellow developers, Apple’s Tech Talks are for you. The company earlier this yearÂ announced its attention to once again hold the series of one-day programsÂ this spring; on WednesdayÂ it released the schedule, which will see the sessions hitÂ six cities around the globe: San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London.
This year, the Tech Talks will sport two separate tracks in each city: one focuses on app developers, while the other is aimed at game developers. Both deal with updating your programs to take advantage of new features in iOS 7 and offer one-on-one help from Apple experts as well as a full day of talks.
In order to be eligible for a Tech Talk, you need to be a member of the iOS Developer Program or the iOS Developer Enterprise Program, and be at least 13 years old as of Wednesday’s announcement. Attendees will be selected at random from the pool of applicants meeting these qualifications. You can only apply to a single day and track, so choose wisely. The window for applications remains open until this Friday, 27 September at 10 am PT (3am in the morning of Saturday 26 September Australian Eastern Standard time for any Australians who fancy an Asian jaunt).
Presentations are in English, though the Shanghai and Tokyo events will be simultaneously translated into Mandarin and Japanese respectively.
App development sessions take place on 8 October in San Francisco, 15 October in New York, 6 November in Tokyo, 12 November in Shanghai, 12 December in Berlin and 17 December in London. Game development sessions are offered the day after the app development sessions: in San Francisco on 9 October, New York on 16 October, Tokyo on 7 November, Shanghai on 13 November, Berlin on 13 December and London on 18 December. If you can’t make it to one of these events, don’t worry: shortly after the year’s last Tech Talk, Apple plans on posting video of the sessions for all registered developers.
by Dan Moren, MacworldÂ