I attended the Boston stop of the CocoaConf tour this year. As always, it was a quality experience. I learned a ton, and I’m still processing all the valuable information that was crammed into my brain. The Klein family puts together a great mix of technical content, community interaction, and fun events.
The speakers were top notch. I got to meet Ben Scheirman of NSScreenCast fame, who I’ve admired for a long time. Both of his talks were packed full of useful information. Laura Savinola had my favorite session, which was basically 45 straight minutes of Xcode tips, tricks, and hacks. (Lots of note-taking and audience participations in that one!)
The event is paced so that the technical content is buffered with 15 minute breaks, some less technical talks, and meals in-between. In my opinion, this prevents your brain from being completely overwhelmed with technical content. It also gives the attendees a chance to mingle and have some good side conversations.
As always, if you get a chance to attend an CocoaConf, grab the opportunity. I’ve been 3 times, and had great experiences at every one.