MacTech Conference, which has become a key gathering point for Apple IT professionals, techs, and consultants, has announced that this year’s event will add a new feature: an Apple-focused Home Automation Showcase for attendees. Vendors will be on hand during the conference to demonstrate products and technologies that enable Apple users to control their surroundings, whether in the home or the office. Many products will be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, but products that work with other Apple-compatible home automation platforms will also be present. Plus, for those interested in installing, maintaining, securing, and troubleshooting home automation and so-called “Internet of Things” setups, MacTech is offering a full-day pre-conference workshop.
Now in its seventh year, MacTech Conference 2016 will be held in Los Angeles from November 16th through 18th, with the pre-conference workshops taking place on 15 November 2016. Although MacTech is holding off on announcing a full speaker list until after Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference announcements, the conference organizing team includes MacTech Publisher Neil Ticktin, Executive Editor Ed Marczak, session co-chair Nadyne Richmond of Genentech, and event daemon Sean Costello of BackgroundBackup.com. Announced speakers include Greg Neagle of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Janie Clayton of Red Queen Coder, and Charles Edge of JAMF Software, who’s also notable in the community for authoring “Take Control of OS X Server.”
Super Early Bird pricing for the three-day conference costs $999 through 31 May 2016 and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with break food and evening activities. The Home Automation workshop the day before will be an additional $299. Early registration prices for the conference jump $200 on 1 June 2016 and another $200 if you register between 30 September 2016 and 28 October 2016 — the standard pricing after 29 October 2016 is $1599.
Tonya and I plan to attend MacTech Conference again this year, and if you make your living selling, installing, or supporting Apple products, we hope to see you there!