While WWDC didn't deliver exactly what many Cocoa developers wanted to hear in regards to iPhone, this will still be an incredible opportunity for Mac devs. I envision a whole new class of users who will be wowed by Apple's ease-of-use and design aethetic. These soon to be converted users will be looking for apps and experiences better than their current Treo, RIM, or ahem, Razr offers!
Many Mac developers will be able to extend functionality of current apps to iPhone while others will dream up the next must-have apps. It will be exciting to see what comes out of this DevCamp.
Be sure to check out the iPhoneDevCamp wiki and help spread the word among your Coccoa & web developer buddies as well as designers. RSVP on either Facebook or Upcoming or set up a local mirror event wherever you live.
The iPhone launch is going to hit hard next week and the media attention, I'm afraid, may be overwhelming for even the most ardent Apple supporters. The iPhoneDevCamp should be a breath of fresh air and we're gunning to make it a rockin' event for all who can attend.
Calling all sponsors: If you're interesting in sponsoring, take a look at the open needs (meal sponsors would be great) on the wiki and contact me (cocoaradio[at]mac dot com) to discuss. Money or in-kind donations for prizes is fine -we only ask that your prizes be related to iPhone. There will be loads of prizes throughout the event.
iPhone Developers Camp is an upcoming gathering, inspired by BarCamp, SuperHappyDevHouse, and MacHack, to develop web-based applications and optimize web sites for iPhone. It is a non-commercial event, organized by volunteers, with attendance free to all. By the completion of the weekend event, a number of iPhone-ready web applications and web sites will be launched to the public. The event will be held at the San Francisco offices of Adobe, and out-of-town guests are welcome.
Attendees will include web designers, developers, testers, and iPhone owners, all working together over the weekend to improve the web experience for iPhone. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. While some attendees will wish to work solo during the event, we encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on a development project during the event. You do not need to own an iPhone to attend (although, a large number of iPhones at the event will make the development and testing process much easier).
Attendees will be able to:
* Create new web applications for iPhone.
* Optimize existing web applications for iPhone.
* Migrate Dashboard Widgets to web-based widgets for iPhone.
* Test and optimize web sites for iPhone.
The event is being held the week following the public release of iPhone, to allow prospective attendees some time to acquire an iPhone. This also allows early-acquirers the opportunity to do some experimentation before attending the event.