Developers are desperately trying to find a way to experience this year’s sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with one even willing to change his name in order to get hold of a ticket.
Apple announced the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Wednesday, but much to the disappointment of many developers, the tickets sold out in less than two hours. Those living on the west coast of America were particularly annoyed with Apple’s timing, as the tickets went on sale at 5.30am where they are, and were sold out before most of the developers there had even woken up.
Developers that missed out took to eBay and other resellers, only to find that Apple has barred the resale of the tickets for WWDC.
“WWDC tickets (including activation codes) are non-transferable and may not be sold, resold or auctioned in any way,” says Apple.
But one developer has decided that he won’t let a thing like that stop him, and has posted an advert on Craiglist saying that he will legally change his name to that of the WWDC ticket holder willing to sell for $1600 (£986).
“WWDC tickets are non transferable this year, so naturally I’m willin to legally change my name to yours in order to buy your ticket,” the developer writes on his Craiglist ad.
To “sweeten the deal”, the developer also says that, for one year, he will also perform duties including Jury duty, DMV license/registration, and court ordered community service up to 40 hours, and visit senile grandparents on your behalf.
For those developers who are not willing to go to such desperate measures to get a ticket for WWDC, there’s the Indie Developer Lab. The event, which will take place in San Francisco from 11 – 14 June, gives developers an opportunity to “meet up with other professionals in the industry”, says that event’s website.
There will be power, WiFi and free snacks, and the event will take place “a couple of blocks from Moscone,” which is where WWDC will be held. Developers will also be able to take part in a competition called the IDL Remix Challenge in which they will be given code that they need to turn into a game.
According to Craig Fox, one of the team behind Jailkbreakcon and an organiser of Indie Developer Lab, the event was planned the moment that WWDC sold out. Fox told us that the conference has been put together "in order to help the developer community have a place to collaborate during WWDC. This is a unique cultural event for iOS and OS X developers."
There is still a chance for students to get entry to WWDC through a Scholarship programme offered by Apple, which will give 150 budding developers the opportunity to experience the conference for free.