Renaissance is a three day conference in San Francisco designed to bring out the best in the iOS app making community.
With a single track of sessions, Renaissance addresses the design, technology, and business of apps in a format that brings app makers together to talk about things that make us and our world better.
Look around our site and join us to get the insight and connections to help you make the apps of your dreams.
We recorded every session of Renaissance 2013 and Renaissance 2014. These 36 sessions (plus two lunchtime forums) will be classic references for iOS app makers and are online for viewing by Renaissance IO members.
Renaissance 2014 was held in January 2014 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Could it live up to the expectations created in 2013? In the words of one reviewer, Just about the best conference I have ever been to, and I've attended, presented, or worked hundreds. Very well run, considerate. I feel taken care of and learned a lot. It's great to reconnect with colleagues, talk with legends in person, and meet new people in diverse specialties. Thanks, Team Renaissance IO!
The first day of Renaissance 2014 inspired us with a great builder's story and some amazing creative tools.
On the second day, we rolled up our sleeves and dug into some tough but essential topics for successful app making.
On Friday we took a critical look at the state of the iOS app business and explored new areas for growth and app making.
We think that ethics is an important part of professionalism and that, specifically, ethics for app makers hasn't gotten enough attention. We started working to change that by inviting Santa Clara ethics professor Shannon Vallor to speak at Renaissance 2014. Watch her session here or on YouTube.
At Renaissance '14 we were fortunate to hear Bob Ippolito speak about Mission Bit, an educational nonprofit where he serves as a board member and lead instructor.
Mission Bit offers free programming classes to San Francisco public school students. Classes are taught by experienced engineers and include everything the students need, including equipment.
In addition to his description and video of Mission Bit instructors in action, Bob gave us a privileged look back at a young student who was destined to teach.
We enjoyed eighteen sessions and two lunchtime forums designed to bring out the best in the iOS app making community.
What do app makers look like? At the first Renaissance, we thought it would be fun to start our conference with the personal stories of three people in our community. We heard three very different people share many common themes: enthusiasm, challenge, opportunity, wonder. It was so inspiring that we did the same thing again in 2014. Meet those app makers here, and join us in this exciting — and difficult — endeavor.
The first Renaissance conference was held in January 2013 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. We spent three days together learning to excel at the design, business, and technology of apps. How did it go? One of our reviewers wrote this: Before this conference I believed WWDC was almost a requirement. Now Renaissance is my first choice for the limited conference funds I have as an independent developer. Thank you, keep it up and see you next year.
We heard from the designers of some of the most popular apps on iOS, and looked at app making through the eyes of designers: animation, text, audio, engagement, aesthetics, and user experience.
We went straight to the people who are succeeding. We had sessions on App Store success, contract app development, enterprise apps, and IP and corporate acquisitions.
Sessions on animation, text, audio, and engagement tied technology directly to design, and as a bonus we had in-depth sessions on quality assurance and the exciting possibilities of Bluetooth LE.
We shared eighteen sessions that brought us together in an entirely new way.
We're making plans for a third Renaissance to be held in early 2015. Like our first two events, it will be a single-track conference designed for leaders in the iOS app making community and held in the SF Bay area. Later this year we'll have more information and details about topics we'd like to cover. Until then, send your comments and suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Renaissance IO 2014 membership includes:
Renaissance IO membership is $99 for the 2014 Renaissance year and runs through January 31, 2015.
2014 session videos are online now!