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 year
announced its attention to once again hold the series of one-day programs this fall; on Wednesday
it released the schedule, which will see the sessions hit 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.
The company last held
a Tech Talk in 2011, after the launch of iOS 5, though it also held similar events in
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, September 27, at 10 a.m. PT.
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 October 8 in San Francisco, October 15 in New York, November 6 in Tokyo, November 12 in Shanghai, December 12 in Berlin, and December 17 in London. Game development sessions are offered the day after the app development sessions: in San Francisco on October 9, New York on October 16, Tokyo on November 7, Shanghai on November 13, Berlin on December 13, and London on December 18. 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.