Apple is now accepting requests to attend its next developers conference in person. WWDC22 in June is mostly online, but a fortunate few developers and students will be able to watch the keynote from Apple Park. The company will soon randomly select the lucky group who can attend from all the requests it receives.
The submission window isn’t open for long – don’t procrastinate.
A lucky few can attend WWDC22 in person
In a typical Worldwide Developers Conference, thousands of developers flock to the San Francisco Bay Area for a rare chance to learn from Apple staffers in person. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last two Apple developers conferences took place online only.
And the 2022 version will be still be online for most people. But not everyone. On the first day of WWDC22, Apple will allow a randomly selected group of developers and students at Apple Park to watch the WWDC22 keynote and State of the Union presentations in person, alongside Apple engineers and experts.
Even these fortunate few won’t see a live keynote — they’ll watch prerecorded videos together, at the same time as the online community. Afterward, the group will have an opportunity to explore an all-new Developer Center at Apple Park.
How to sign up
“Invitations will be allocated through a random selection process and are non-transferrable,” says the Mac-maker. Any members of the Apple Developer Program, Apple Developer Enterprise Program and 2022 Swift Student Challenge applicants are eligible to take part in the drawing. Attending the WWDC2022 Special Event at Apple Park is free, though the cost of getting there is up to the attendee.
Go to Apple’s developer website to submit a request.
The company began taking requests on May 9 at 9:00 am PT/Noon ET, and will continue to do so until to May 11 at 9:00 am PT/Noon ET. Apple will notify the winners by May 12 at 6:00 pm. PT/9:00 pm ET.
All Apple devs can attend WWDC22 virtually
Ever since the first WWDC in 1983, Apple uses its annual event to showcase its upcoming technologies for developers. Sometimes Cupertino reveals new hardware, but upcoming versions of iOS, macOS and other software advances usually steal the show. As such, WWDC offers the clearest official picture of Apple’s roadmap for coming years.
No lottery is necessary to attend WWDC22 – virtual attendance is free for all registered Apple developers. The conference will start Monday, June 6, and stretch through Friday, June 10.
“WWDC22 invites developers from around the world to come together to explore how to bring their best ideas to life and push the envelope of what’s possible,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s VP of worldwide developer relations, in a press release Tuesday. “We love connecting with our developers, and we hope all of our participants come away feeling energized by their experience.”