Today marks the end of the third NSConference I’ve been to. I attended NSConference in 2010 and 2011 which were held at Wokefield Park, but this year it was set in the beautiful, Art Deco-style Athena conference venue in Leicester. After three days at this year’s caffeine-rich, whisky-fuelled and mixology-teaching NSConference, I’m shattered.
Although touted as a Mac and iOS developer event, NSConference has evolved in recent years to cover topics more than just development, and have resulted in talks focussed on areas like design and the indie software business. Criticism from last year (although I didn’t attend myself) seems to have been that the list of talks had swung too far the other way, but this year there seemed to be a nice balance talks about software development but also other areas involved in building apps.
The thing I’ve always liked about NSConference is how sincere it feels; you can tell that it’s put on by a great bunch of people who really care about the community and want to hold a fantastic event. It’s not a conference plagued by advertising and sponsorship, and any that’s there is done in a very tasteful, unobtrusive way.
The proof is in the pudding: I always come away from NSConference with a buzz, inspired to build something great. Although incredibly busy lately, I hope that this will be the year that I build and release something of my own.