A conference about people, not tech. CocoaLove highlights the iOS/Mac community's passions, challenges, and triumphs.

October 24th-26th 2014 · Philadelphia, PA

About CocoaLove

Three days. Single-track. 150 developers / designers / all-around good people.

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.


William Van Hecke

Your App Is Good and You Should Feel Good

William Van Hecke UX Lead at The Omni Group

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.

Rob Rhyne

Learning from Editors

Rob Rhyne Co-founder of MartianCraft

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 Dave Wiskus

Bring Your Friends

Brent Simmons & Dave Wiskus Creators of Vesper

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.

Laura Savino

Hate the Code, Love the Coder

Laura Savino iOS Developer at Khan Academy

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 Rosler

Gender, Toys, and the Color Pink

Amanda Rösler Game Developer at Toca Boca

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 Cieplinski

The Back of the Fence

Joe Cieplinski Creative Director at Bombing Brain Interactive

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.

Austin Seraphin


Austin Seraphin Independent Accessiblity Consultant

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 Sontag

Tackling Negative Stereotypes

Kristina Sontag Test Manager at The Omni Group

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 Annema

Shipping Is a Feature

Klaas Pieter Annema iOS and Android at Karma

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 Khanlou

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Soroush Khanlou Developer at Genius

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.

Schedule of Events

Mike Zornek

Registration & Keynote Dinner

Friday October 24th, 2014

The 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, 2014

The 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
Chemical Heritage Foundation

Dinner & Drinks with Friends

Saturday October 25th, 2014

Frankford 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)
Frankford Hall
Franklin Square Park

Experience Philadelphia

Sunday October 26th, 2014

Franklin 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


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    We're in Old City Philadelphia, just 10 miles from the Philly airport.

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    A short hop off of route 95 with plenty of parking garages near by.

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    We have a block of rooms available at a group rate. Sold out

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.

Thank our Sponsors

CocoaLove 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 are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr: Don’t be a Jerk

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The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). 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, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, 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 t-shirts.

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.

Original source and credit: & The Ada Initiative


Hotel Group Rate

We've secured a group rate for the Independance Park Hotel, located one block from the main venue.

Call 800-624-2988 to book a room and mention "CocoaLove" to receive the group rate.