FAQ - try! Swift NYC


How is a Conference different from a Meetup?

A meetup is usually a small local gathering of people with shared interests that takes place monthly or weekly and lasts for about 2 - 3 hours each time, usually in the evenings. In contrast, a conference is a big international event that spans several days and that only typically happens once a year. We’re expecting 20+ international speakers and 300+ attendees from all over the United States and the world at try! Swift NYC!

By attending a conference such as try! Swift, you expose yourself to people and thinking about your field from all over the world, not just your locale. This will help you get ahead in your career - you will learn the latest technologies and have the opportunity to make connections with very important people in the global community.

What is the format of try! Swift NYC?

The main conference days for try! Swift NYC are August 31st and September 1st, with various optional workshops on August 30th. To get the most out of the conference days, we highly recommend attending the workshops the day before the conference.

During the conference days, there will be 20+ international speakers giving 20-minute presentations each about various Swift topics such as Open-Source Swift, Server-Side Swift and Swift on Android, as well as using Swift for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS development, and anything new Apple has announced at their annual WWDC conference. There will also be a few presentations about other important career-related topics, such as design and workplace best practices.

In addition to 20-minute presentations by our impressive international speakers, attendees will have the option to attend one-on-one office hours with each speaker. The official office hours are timed at 20 minutes, but usually these discussions last much longer, making this the most valuable part of the conference for both attendees and speakers. Speaker office hours are relatively unique to the try! Swift conference - most conferences only have a 5-minute public Q&A after each talk. Make sure to take this opportunity to meet the speaker in person and ask them about any issues you’re facing in your code that they may be an expert on!

How can my organization get involved?

try! Swift is a community conference, and we really need everyone's help to make it happen! The easiest way to get involved is by attending. If you're a manager, we ask that you send your mobile team to the conference.

We are also looking for sponsors. If you’d like more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Where can I see the presentations topics?

Presentation titles and abstracts will be available on the website starting in July. We want to make sure that all speakers present the latest and most relevant topics, and we think it is too early to have speakers commit to topics. Since WWDC just happened in June, before the conference, we want to make sure that our world-class speakers review all the newest announcements and technology before submitting the final topic.

You can view videos from previous try! Swift conferences in Tokyo and New York for a better idea of the type of topics that are discussed.

Is there a CFP?

There is no CFP for try! Swift. Speakers are hand-picked based on many factors to make sure we can put together the best conference for the community. If you’d like to speak at a future try! Swift, please fill out this form.

Keep in mind that our community is filled with amazing developers and speakers. So if you are not selected for a try! Swift Conference right away, please don’t take it personally. We are limited by the number of speakers we can have at each conference and we’re doing our best to accommodate as many amazing developers and speakers as possible! For example, we make sure to change speakers for every conference around the world, so there are very few repeat speakers (there haven’t been any repeats in 3 conferences so far!).

I am a beginner. Is it ok for me to attend the conference and workshops? What can I expect from the conference and attendees?

Yes, of course! Some of our attendees are beginners. However, we highly recommend learning as much basics as possible before the conference. The conference will help accelerate your learning and make connections with others who have been in your shoes before (aka everyone!). We encourage all our attendees to keep a beginner’s mind and provide a friendly and harassment-free environment. You can view our Code of Conduct here.


What is a workshop?

A workshop is your opportunity to get hands-on and in-depth with Swift or another topic with the guidance of world-class instructors for a half day before the conference! You will also have the opportunity to meet and work with other conference attendees during the workshop, making new friends and building important career relationships.

Whether you’re a beginner or already using Swift in your day-to-day job, you will doubtlessly challenge your skills in one of our workshops!

What are the different workshops?

We are still finalizing all the available workshops, but so far we plan to have workshops about RxSwift, Contributing to Open Source Swift, Building iMessage Apps, and Conference Proposal Writing!

What is the time and location for the workshops?

The workshops will take places in fun tech offices all around NYC! Most of the workshops will take place between from 2pm to 6pm on August 30th. There might be a few workshops at a later time, as per venue restrictions. We will provide workshop details to all attendees as it gets closer to the conference!

How do I sign up for a workshop?

We will provide workshop sign-up details in a few weeks! All try! Swift NYC attendees will get detailed instructions via email on how to sign up!

Purchasing Tickets

What is the difference between the Super Swift Bird, Swift Bird, and Penguin tickets?

All tickets provide you the same conference experience - entry into the conference, access to presentations and office hours with 20+ international speakers, conference party, and much more! The only difference is price!

Those who support us early by purchasing a Super Swift Bird ticket, before all the details are announced, get the most discounted price.

Please wait until July to buy the Swift Bird ticket if you’d like to see the full conference schedule first.

If tickets are still available, you’ll have the option to buy the Penguin ticket the month before the conference. Note that those who wait this long will likely not get personalized conference badges.

Is the conference ticket amount refundable?

We will completely refund the full ticket price amount if you ask any time before June 30th, 2019. We cannot issue any refunds after June 30th due to the conference expenses associated with your purchase.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

Yes, you can transfer your ticket to someone else at any point. If you can't attend the conference due to an unexpected reason, please send us a ticket transfer request to [email protected] with the new attendee’s name and email address, and we will help you transfer the ticket.

Can I apply two coupons at the same time? Maybe more than two?

No. As per Eventbrite, you can’t apply multiple discount coupons for a single event.

What happens once I purchase the ticket?

Please check your registered e-mail address with electronic ticket and invoice. We will ask you to show the ticket at registration on the first day of the conference and give you your badge, t-shirt, and special swag bag once you’re checked-in.

We will keep in touch with you over the next few weeks (especially as it gets closer to the conference) with the latest information.


Is food included in the conference ticket?

Yes - we will provide a light breakfast, lunch, and two coffee breaks with snacks throughout each day of the conference. Dinner is not included.

Can I choose specific food type, what if I am allergic to some foods?

We will be providing American food with multiple options, including vegetarian and gluten-free. Please let us know about your food preferences or allergies in the questionnaire when you purchase the ticket and we will do our best to honor your request. We will let you know if if we cannot accommodate your allergy.


Will there be Wi-Fi?

Yes, there will be free Wi-fi at the conference and workshop venues! We will announce the connection details during the conference. However, keep in mind that this Wi-fi will be shared by 300+ people, so please download Xcode and videos ahead of time!

Do I have to bring my laptop? is it even allowed?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your laptop. However, we recommend that you fully charge it at home, as there will be very few places to charge it throughout the conference venue. Please also keep your laptop with you at all times - we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

How is the seating arranged? I didn’t get any seat number?

New World Stages is arranged theatre-style and will have enough good seats for everyone! We do not assign seat numbers, so please arrive early on each conference day to reserve your preferred seat.


Is accommodation included in the conference ticket?

No, try! Swift does not provide accommodation. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements. However, we do have a group discount with Yotel Hotel in New York City

I am an overseas participant. What is the process for getting a visa?

Visa requirements for the United States vary based on the country you are from. Please look up the exact requirements through your embassy. If you need further assistance, including an invitation letter, email us at [email protected] .


What should I do if I have a question that is not on this list?

No problem! Just email us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

To purchase your ticket, just go here. We look forward to seeing you there!