Top software conference returns

30 August 2013


iOSDevUK, hailed by blogger Ray Wenderlich* as one of the ‘Top 10 iOS Conferences in 2013’ for developers of apps for the iPhone and the iPad, takes place at Aberystwyth University on 3 to 5 September.

Supported by Software Alliance Wales and in its third year, over 200 software developers from around the world, including Argentina and Malaysia, have pre-registered to attend this year’s event which is a sell-out.

Professor Chris Price, from the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University and one of the main organisers of iOSDevUK said: “The iOSDevUK team are looking forward to welcoming back the novice and expert software developers who are keen to share their knowledge and skills with a community of like-minded people.”

“There are so many interesting and inventive people building Apps for iPhone, so it’s great that we can get so many of them together in Aberystwyth for the conference”

Keynote speakers include Dave Addey, managing director of Agant  - who will be sharing his experience of having developed the popular UK Train Times App for iPhone users – and Matt Galloway, founder of Swipe Stack – a software development company that has developed a number of iPhone Apps that have featured in Apple’s highly competitive and profitable ‘Best Apps’ category.

In addition, delegates will be invited to attend a series of technical and business workshops hosted by Software Alliance Wales - a Swansea University led multi-million pound project supported by the European Social Find through the Welsh Government.

Chris Loftus, Teaching Fellow at Aberystwyth University and Course Developer for Software Alliance Wales, explained: “The shared aim of iOSDevUK and Software Alliance Wales is to help software developers share their experiences and learn new skills.

“Through working together we can identify the future training needs of this community and, ultimately, help Wales and the rest of the UK to address the recognised and growing ICT skills gap.”

For many attending the conference, the highlight will be the Arduino-iPhone Hack – an opportunity for iOS developers to get together to build intelligent devices, based on the latest technologies, that have the potential to deliver practical solutions to real-life problems.

Each development will be demonstrated at the end of the conference and, following a peer review, the winners of the ‘Best Idea’ and ‘Best Implementation’ will be awarded a small prize in recognition of their achievement.        

Professor Chris Price concluded: “iOSDevUK is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues, hear some interesting and thought provoking talks, learn new skills and, not least, to take part in the exciting Arduino-iPhone Hack that will end the conference this year.” 

iOSDevUK is a three day indie-oriented iOS developer conference held at Aberystwyth University between Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 September. The conference attracts iOS developers from around the world and offers two distinguished tracks – one for the technologically advanced and the other for the budding iOS developers where there will be detail on the ‘need to know’ iOS developments in industry - business, design and graphics. Visit

Software Alliance Wales, led by Swansea University, is a partnership between the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, South Wales and Trinity Saint David. The multi-million pound project is funded by the EU through the Welsh Government and aims to develop the ICT and software development sector in Wales, through CPD training, company certification and student development projects – plus ICT workshops for the wider business community.  It creates a platform for developers across the region to network and share best practice, and to promote Wales as a key driving force in Software Development. Visit

*Ray Wenderlich is an indie software developer currently focusing on iPhone and iPad development, and the administrator of this site. He’s the founder of a small iPhone development studio called Razeware. To read the blog ‘Top 10 iOS Conferences in 2013’ visit,



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Professor Chris Price
Department of Computer Science
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Communications and Public Affairs
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