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Mentors for 2018

Daniel Steinberg

Daniel Steinberg

Siri Shortcuts

Daniel Steinberg has been writing code for Apple platforms since System 7. He’s been teaching and writing code in Swift since it was released. Each year he finds joy in what Apple releases at WWDC and can’t wait to explore some new avenue with you at Swift Island.

Meghan Kane

Meghan Kane

Machine Learning

Meghan is an iOS developer at Novoda in their Berlin office. She is the co-creator and instructor of a Udacity course on Core ML. When not coding, she can usually be found reading at a coffee shop or cycling. In her former life, she lived in the US and studied Mathematics & CS at MIT.

Roy Marmelstein

Roy Marmelstein

Best of the rest - the other new iOS12 frameworks

Roy works on iOS at Spotify. He is the creator of PhoneNumberKit, Interpolate and Zip.

Kate Castellano

Kate Castellano

ARKit 2

Kate is an Senior iOS Developer at Clue. One of her passions is to work towards the inclusion of more women in technology and is the co-organizer of 'Women Who Go' Berlin chapter, event-manager for Berlin's 'Geekettes Mentorship Program' and a mentor in 'Learn It Girl!'

Manu Rink

Manu Rink

ARKit 2

Manu Rink is a mobile enthusiast long before the dawn of the smartphone. Currently she shares her passion as a tech evangelist @Microsoft and inspires a wide audience of techies for her beloved topics including mobile development, serverless computing and gaming.

Donny Wals

Donny Wals

Instruments + building your own instrument

Donny is a curious and passionate iOS developer who loves to learn and share knowledge. He wrote two books on mastering iOS development and the third is underway . You'll often find him browsing through Apple's frameworks and documentation looking for hidden gems.

Marijn Schilling

Marijn Schilling

Playgrounds

Marijn is an iOS developer at the Amsterdam office of Bakken&Bæck, a digital agency from Norway. She loves taking on new challenges and writing clean code that smells like flowers.

David Hart

David Hart

Swift’s secret dynamic life

David is the Lead iOS Developer at Atipik, a small mobile development shop in Geneva. He's shown his passion for Swift Open Source as a contributor to the Swift Package Manager and by pitching in on Swift Evolution.

July 4 - 5

2018

Texel

Netherlands

56 Tickets

Starting at €699

8 Mentors

50-50 Men/Women

About

Swift Island is an all-inclusive experimental conference happening a month after Apple's WWDC 2018.

The Pitch

You know that feeling you get after WWDC ends, when all you want to do is catch up on all the videos Apple just released? That urgent need to experiment and play with all the new betas, frameworks and APIs. The overwhelming desire to spend hours on all of the above, quickly followed by the sinking realization that you can't - because you have actual work to do.

Yep, we've all been there and that feeling sucks.

Our mission is to break the cycle!

Swift Island is an experimental conference in the broadest sense. In the month following WWDC, we invite you to join us for a hands-on experience with all of Apple’s newly announced API's and Frameworks, in sessions guided by top-notch mentors.

The Format

The format is very simple: 2 days, choose from 4 sessions per day provided by 8 mentors. Everyone peer programs and has fun.

The Kicker

A conference ticket is all inclusive: You will get two days of workshops, three days of lodging in a shared cabin (private rooms) and all the food you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay. And if you want, a bike. And did we mention it’s on an island?

It's called Texel (pronounced tes-sel) and it’s one of the five Frisian Islands, located in the Wadden Sea, which is a Unesco World Heritage. In short - it's an island in the Netherlands and it's awesome.

What to expect?

Beyond the experience of being introduced to WWDC material by top-notch mentors on a frikkin' island, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Seals. Actual real life seals (the fluffy kind, not the military kind)
  • Choose from eight topics covered in workshops in the course of two days.
  • Fun activities the Friday right after. (like visiting the local brewery, the seal shelter and walking on the mudflats of the Wadden)