William designs serious-business productivity apps at the Omni Group. Design is an ongoing conversation — with users, with your colleagues, and with yourself. He's going to talk about how to keep that conversation healthy and productive.
Join us for insightful conversations with your peers and some delicious Philly cheesesteaks. Leave with a strong sense of community and a rejuvenated inspiration to do great things.
Ask about inspiration and people discuss the beginning or end of the process; rarely the importance of good editing in the middle. Cinema, photography, and literature are creative fields defined by editing, and Rob will discuss how he draws inspiration from professional editors in those fields.
Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus work on Vesper at Q Branch. They’ve launched and maintained a product and companion service by leveraging the single best resource available to any Mac or iOS developer: the community.
It's easy to lash out towards, mock, and/or hate the creators of "bad" code or "bad" designs, but can we take a healthier approach? Laura is here to help us all be more constructive in our teams and community.
Amanda is an iOS developer for the Swedish game studio Toca Boca, who makes mobile apps for kids. She’s going to talk about Toca Boca’s approach to making games that aren’t tailored for a specific gender, and why that is important.
Joe is Creative Director at Bombing Brain Interactive, and he's going to be speaking about the role design plays in Apple’s success and yours, which you may find surprising.
Through personal anecdotes Austin will show you how iOS improves the lives of the blind and why you should make your apps accessible. Learn why universal design doesn't just mean designing something to help the blind, it means designing a better product for everyone.
Kristina has volunteered for the last two summers with App Camp for Girls. She'll talk about the surprising, terrifying and enlightening experience of spending a week with 12 middle-school girls, and how everyone can help tackle the issue of diversity in software.
Klaas Pieter has worked at two very different companies when it came to shipping products: Sofa and Karma. He's joining us to talk about one of the most difficult questions we always face: when do we just say "ship it!"?
Soroush is joining us to speak about being totally terrified all the time. Fear and self-doubt are common occurrences with people in our field, and by talking about them in the open, we can start to take away their power.
Registration & Keynote Dinner
Friday October 24th, 2014The Chemical Heritage Foundation
Welcome to Philadelphia! Take some time to check into your hotel, then kick off the weekend with a meal and talks in our main conference hall at The Chemical Heritage Foundation.
- Registration opens at 6pm, dinner starts at 7pm
- Keynote by Philly CocoaHeads lead Mike Zornek
A Day of Conversations
Saturday October 25th, 2014The Chemical Heritage Foundation
Get an early breakfast and settle in for a day packed with talks. Be prepared to do some talking of your own — we're making sure you get plenty of opportunities to discuss these topics while getting to know everyone here.
- Great conversations sparked by our talented speakers
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks provided
Dinner & Drinks with Friends
Saturday October 25th, 2014Frankford Hall
We're hosting an after party at our local beer garden, Frankford Hall. It's a great chance to relax and chat with your new friends in a less formal setting.
- Free dinner, great beers on draft for purchase
- Ping pong and cozy fire pits
- (must be 21+ to attend)
Sunday October 26th, 2014Franklin Square Park
You won’t be sitting inside all weekend; the conference is in beautiful Old City with plenty to explore nearby. Take a tour of nearby landmarks and then join us for a great lunch at Franklin Square Park before you have to say goodbye.
- Walking tour of our nation's historical landmarks
- Authentic Philly cheesesteaks, made to order in the park
- Beat your new friends in free games of minigolf
A short hop off of route 95 with plenty of parking garages near by.
Code of Conduct
We strive to make CocoaLove an enjoyable experience for all those involved. If you plan to attend, please review our Code of Conduct.