CocoaConf Alt canceled for WWDC

CocoaConf Alt was a conference that was organized for the week of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for all of the attendees that couldn’t get tickets for Apple’s event. However, organizers of CocoaConf Alt contacted attendees this morning and said the event has been canceled.

“We have decided to cancel CocoaConf Alt 2013. It turns out that it’s not just the hotel that had concerns, but that Apple has a policy of stopping ‘competing’ events in the area,” wrote CocoaConf Alt, Dave Klein. “You know and we know that CocoaConf Alt was not in competition with WWDC, but there just isn’t time to find the right person at Apple to explain that to, nor any guarantee that we could convince them if we found them.”

Of course, all attendees that paid for the event will be refunded and Klein is offering those people a free pass to an upcoming CocoaConf event.

There is still one other event planned for the week of WWDC called AltWWDC, which was announced in late April. According to its Web site, that event looks like it’s still going on as planned.

  • gjgustav

    How does Apple stop a competing conference, unless the conference planned to present NDA-covered material.

    • E K

      Maybe it was easier to cancel it then to deal with any legal headache that could arise from it?

      • Td

        Maybe it was easier to say there would be legal trouble (when there probably wouldn’t be) rather than providing a real reason for the cancellation (low attendance / speakers dropping out?)

    • wjl

      Well, the majority of the content on the developer site is behind a sign-in wall (even with a free account), and all it takes is one comment from a speaker before Apple can open up on you for mentioning something that’s only available to people who signed in and agreed to their terms. But more importantly (especially to developers and Apple conference holders) if you work with Apple, they’re more likely to work with you. Given the nature of the platform (play by Apple’s rules on the App Store or don’t play at all), it’s generally good to cooperate with them.

      • gjgustav

        Currently shipping SDK documentation is not behind a sign-in wall and does not have an NDA. However, it is likely that they’ll discuss new material, which is under NDA. That must be the worry.

        • manodrum

          They certainly don’t disclose material that is under NDA. I attended CocoaConf DC last year, which happened after WWDC 2012, and the speakers were careful not to disclose NDA material.

  • Wow. That’s a royal fuck-up. This could have only helped the community. Uber bummer.

  • I’m skeptical. What evidence is there of this “policy,” and how in the world could they do it? And why would they care? As for NDA violations, they can hardly stop the event. The NDA is individual agreement, and Apple certainly can’t “enforce” it in anticipation of it being broken.

  • This isn’t terribly unusual. At my last job, we wanted to hold an event the day before a conference we were exhibiting at, since a lot of our customers were going to be at the conference. The hotel had an agreement with the conference organizer forbidding any similar or related events in a window around the conference.

  • yummyyummyfly

    Apple has a policy of stopping competing conferences?


    They have laws against this sort of thing. If Apple genuinely has such a “policy”, get the US dept of commerce attorneys on the case.

  • innerspacerobot

    What contract does Apple have with the hotel anyway? The conference is at Moscone, not the nearby hotels. Given the intense demand for rooms in proximity to Moscone during the conference, why would the hotel want a contract with Apple – the rooms are going to fill.