Every year Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. It’s the only time out of the year that third-party App Store developers can meet with Apple engineers face-to-face. For the indie dev making apps out of his home office, WWDC is Mecca. Besides the knowledge that can be gained, the conference holds tremendous networking value for many who make their livings from selling apps on the iPhone and Mac.
WWDC 2013 sold out in under two minutes this year, and about 5,000 developers will be descending upon the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the week-long conference in June. Some new information shows how WWDC attracts quite the international audience.
iOS developer Adam Swinden created a list of hundreds of WWDC 2013 attendees he polled online. “After creating the WWDC 2013 Attendee List I noticed that many of the people introducing themselves on the Glassboard were from all corners of the world,” said Swinden. “So I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see them all plotted on a map.”
The above map shows a small sample of devs who have paid $1600 for a WWDC ticket + airfare to attend next month. Apple will be uploading its session videos for registered developers to watch for free as WWDC is happening, but that hasn’t stopped people from wanting to attend in person.
As you can see, App Store developers are sprinkled throughout pretty much every continent. A larger map is available here.
WWDC isn’t going anywhere soon.