Apple has officially announced dates and opened registration for its annual developer conference where WWDC 2019 will kick off on June 3rd at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, and will continue till June 7th. The event will likely unveil iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.
“WWDC is Apple’s biggest event of the year. It brings thousands of the most creative and dedicated developers from around the world together with over a thousand Apple engineers to learn about our latest platform innovations and to connect as a community,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Registration for the opportunity to buy a $1599 ticket is open now through March 20 through the WWDC website. Tickets to the event are distributed by a lottery, although even lottery winners have to pay to attend. Here’s everything you need to know about the lottery system.
WHY WWDC TICKET LOTTERY SYSTEM?
Due to limited availability, tickets are allocated through a random lottery selection process. But keep in mind you still have to pay an expensive price for the ticket if you win.
In 2014 Apple adopted this new approach hoping it would be fairer for the developers in case they have missed to get tickets. In 2012 all 5,000 WWDC tickets sold out within two hours of being released and in 2013 it took just two minutes.
The ticket lottery will remain open until midnight of 20 March. In case you miss out in the lottery, you can get into WWDC via the Scholarship programme, or by purchasing an unclaimed ticket.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’VE WON A WWDC TICKET?
Apple sends you an email with a message that you have won a WWDC ticket within a day or so of registration closing. Successful applicants are selected completely at random.
If not selected then you might get an email that reads:
“Dear Developer. Thank you for registering for the random selection process to attend WWDC 2019.
Unfortunately, you were not selected to purchase a ticket. However, you can still take advantage of great WWDC content. We’ll be posting session videos, slides, and sample code throughout the week for all Registered Apple Developers.”
We appreciate your support. Best regards, Apple Developer Program Support.”
WWDC 2019 SCHOLARSHIPS
Apple offers students the chance to win a free ticket to the conference through the WWDC Scholarships scheme. “Your talent and enthusiasm could take you all the way to WWDC19. Build a Swift playground to showcase your ingenuity, answer a few questions with written responses, provide documentation, and submit” reads the scholarship web page. Submissions for the 2019 scholarships are open now and will remain open until 24 March at 5 pm PDT or midnight in the UK.
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- Be 13 years of age or older, or the equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction (for example, 16 years of age in the European Union);
- Be registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or be a member of a paid Apple Developer Program; and
- Fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official home school equivalent;
- Have graduated from high school or equivalent within the past 6 months and be awaiting acceptance to an accredited academic institution; or
- Be an active member of a STEM organization, which can be any organization with a membership program that teaches science, technology, engineering, or math outside of a regular school curriculum and is legally recognized as a nonprofit organization.
You might get the chance to buy an unclaimed ticket, in case you didn’t win in the ticket lottery or scholarship programme. For this, you should regularly check your inbox and Apple’s WWDC microsite for updates and wait to grab the opportunity for a ’round three’.
Those with WWDC Scholarships get to attend WWDC for free; only ticket lottery winners have to pay.