You have probably already heard about how great the 360|iDev conferences are. You may have even attended one or two of them. In that case I’m sure you’re planning to attend the upcoming one (November 7-10, Austin TX). But if you haven’t, or are on the fence about attending, don’t delay! There is still time to book inexpensive flights and hotels, and you can still get discounts on the conference registration page.

I’ve been to many conferences in the last year or so, and 360|iDev is, in my opinion, the one to choose if you can only attend one. I’ve never been to Austin, but this should be a great time of year to venture to Texas. Wherever you are in the US, it’s much easier to travel across half the country than to attend an event on the opposite coast. I’m in Colorado so we’re planning to drive down this time. I’m looking forward to the road trip!


What makes 360|iDev special? First of all, it’s an event by developers and for developers. There is no corporate agenda, but it’s still what I’d call an “immersive” experience. The three or four days you’ll spend there are going to be non-stop fun, learning, networking, and possibly coding. You’ve got a list of top-notch developers and industry experts delivering a full schedule of presentations for three days, and there’s a full day of additional workshops on Sunday if you want even more.

You’ll leave inspired to start (or finish) that app you been thinking about. But even better, you’ll have at least half a dozen new friends or contacts to encourage you toward that goal. Many, many folks report 360|iDev as the turning point in their iPhone careers, leading to new gigs or partnerships or a dream job at the mothership. Whatever you come for, you’ll probably get that times two before you leave.


Did I mention that you’ll have a good time? If you are up for the all-night GameJam, you can work alone or in teams to come up with a game in about 12 hours. There’s no winners or losers, but you’ll get a chance to show off your new killer idea if you want to. Each day there’s a reception or party to unwind after the conference sessions, and you’ll almost always find some activity (Rock Band/Sumo Wrestling???) taking place. Of course we’ll probably want to sample some of the legendary Austin nightlife too.

Best Investment

So if you haven’t decided yet, how about a discount? Just use the code martelRocks on the registration page to get a sweet 15% discount. This conference is small enough that you won’t get lost in the crowd. There are real people running the show because they love doing this. It’s not just a job to them. We appreciate what John and Nicole are doing for the community, and want to make sure they continue doing this for us.

Don’t believe me? See what other past attendees have to say about 360|iDev:

Hope you can make it! By the way, I’ll be giving a talk about ad mediation services on Wednesday morning. If you are curious about AdWhirl or Mobclix or things like that, you may want to attend. Be sure to say hi if you see me there.


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