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About

Swift Island is an all-inclusive experimental conference happening after Apple's WWDC 2020.

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. After 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 workshop days, choose from 4 sessions per day provided by 8 mentors. Everyone peer programs and has fun. In between the workshop days there is one surprise day.

The Kicker

A conference ticket is all inclusive: You will get two days of workshops, a surprise day, four days of lodging in a shared cabin (private rooms) and all the food you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay. And 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.
  • Surprise Day to digest the information of the workshops better.

August 25 - 27

2020

Texel

Netherlands

60 Tickets

Starting at €799

8 Mentors

50-50 Men/Women

Location

Swift Island Location

Prins Hendrik Texel
Stuifweg 13
1794 HA Oosterend
Email: [email protected]

FAQ

For this year we are finalising the details with the last mentors, so currently we’re all set. Please send us an email though, so we can contact you if one of our mentors has to cancel. And we will definitely put you on the list for next year!
Yes! All photographs used on this site were shot on Texel. Some of them are shot by our attendees from 2018.
Yes. The venue has bungalows and regular hotel rooms. Bungalows have 3 bedrooms, are more spacious, and have a shared kitchen and living room, while the Hotel Rooms have a private bathrooms. With your ticket you always get a private bedroom and you buy a ticket you can specify a preferred room type. While we try to accommodate everyone towards their preference, we can't guarantee you the room-type of your choice.
Sure! Once you both have booked a ticket, please send us an email and we will make sure you will be placed in a bungalow together.
No, because there are no other options for accomdation in the vicinity of the venue. Part of the atmosphere of the conference is having everyone in the same location for the duration of the conference.
No. While the topics will be inspired by what is announced at WWDC, there are no talks at Swift Island, only workshops. During those workshops you get hands-on experience with these topics. So even if you are lucky enough to go to WWDC, Swift Island will be a great way to dive in deeper. Having been to WWDC is not at all a requirement, though. We expect the attendees to have some basic knowledge of what is announced, but we will quickly get you up to speed if you did not find the time to look into it yet.
No. It happening after it. WWDC takes place in June, while Swift Island is the 25th, 26th and 27th of August. You will have some time to rest, catch up, and look forward to a great time on The Netherland's most beautiful island.
Conference tickets to Swift Island are all-inclusive. This means that apart from the conference, you will get accomodation and breakfast for four days, and lunch and dinner during the conference days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), and of course a magnificent view.
We are also giving every attendee a free bike to use during the conference. And seals, those are also included 😉.
The conference days are the 25th, 26th and 27th of August, the four nights of accommodation are the nights around that. We expect everyone to arrive on the 24th of August, have three awesome conference days and leave on the 28th of August. Except if you bought extended accomodation of course.
Kids up until 3 years can visit the conference for free. The reason for this is that there are some travel beds for kids on the venue site. If you have one or more kids that you would like to bring, please contact us via email so we can discuss the options.
For this year we will:
  • Refund the full amount (minus transaction costs) up until 3 months before the conference (April 2nd)
  • Refund €500 up until 1 month before the conference (June 2nd)
And you can always transfer your ticket to someone else.
There’s no VAT/BTW rate. We have a special tax rate because we use a 'travel agency arrangement'. More info can be found on the Dutch tax service.
You can just send us an email with the template letter you'd like us to sign and wi'll send it back to you. You can send this to our email.
As part of Swift Islands's ongoing commitment to encourage diversity in the Swift community, we are pleased to offer diversity sponsorships at Swift Island 2020 to support people interested in attending the conference. All who identify as members of groups underrepresented in tech (Specifically people who program for the Apple ecosystem) are encouraged to apply.

You as attendee can sponsor a person who wants to apply. With your order you can add a 'Sponsored ticket'. You can order as many as you want.

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Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Need Help? Contact Us!

Niels van Hoorn
Twitter: @nvh
Email: [email protected]

Sidney de Koning
Twitter: @sidneydekoning
Email: [email protected]

The Quick Version

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.