Earlier this week, when WWDC tickets sold out in 90 seconds (and when I failed to acquire one), I posted to Twitter/ADN that Apple should switch the conference to a bigger venue and use a ticket lottery system. But then I read this post by Daniel Jalkut and changed my mind because he’s right: They should end WWDC entirely. Daniel lays out the stats:
The conference has room for at most 5,000 developers. According to Apple’s job stimulus statistics, there are 275,000 or more registered iOS developers alone. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Mac developers add only 25,000, bringing the total to 300,000. Every year, 5,000 attendees are selected from the qualified pool, meaning just 1 out of 60, or 1.5% of potential attendees will have the chance to attend.
And gets to the root of the problem:
The whole point of the conference needs to be rethought, and the goals addressed from scratch using new approaches. As the greatest challenge for WWDC is in scaling to meet demand, I think it’s obvious that the rethought WWDC should be considered in terms of digital solutions. Call it WWDC if you like, but it needs to take place 365 days a year instead of 4. It needs to serve 300,000 developers, not 5,000. And it needs to take place online, not within the cramped confines of a small convention center in San Francisco.
I should really just quote the whole post, it’s excellent.