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MacTech Conference 2010 Kicks Off This Week in Los Angeles
Nov 03, 2010 (02:11 PM EDT)

Mac Technical community gathers to learn, network and expand horizons

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers kicks off this week at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, MacTech Magazine announced today. Some of the Apple industry's best and brightest will not only be speaking at MacTech Conference, but attending to learn how to be better and more effective at what they do, share insights, and network with their peers. The hotel-based, immersive conference is being held November 3-5, 2010. The conference starts off with the first public display of Mac-based Planetary Exploration Rovers, an entertaining keynote by Andy Ihnatko, internationally beloved tech journalist (currently a columnist for the Chicago Sun Times), and then continues into over 40 great sessions by industry experts.

The MacTech Conference has two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, with appropriate levels of attention paid to the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. MacTech Conference's schedule is jam packed with some of the biggest names in the industry from some of the most recognized companies. Full descriptions of sessions, speakers, and more are available to peruse on the sessions web page at, the schedule is at

The conference has registered attendees from approximately 35 U.S. States and 10 countries with more than two thirds of the hundreds of attendees coming from outside of California. Those interested in following the conference can view the live twitter feed contributed to by conference attendees. Follow @mactechconf

Gold sponsors for MacTech Conference include: eSellerate, Parallels, Southern Stars, Absolute Software, FileMaker and Nuance. Additional event sponsors include: Microsoft, Bweasel, Google, Telestream, Global Delight, elgato, the University of Arizona, Ruckus Wireless, eReleases, and Peachpit. Media sponsors include: The Mac Observer, TUAW, the Loop, MacUpdate, TidBITS, MacNN, AppleInsider, MacNews and Macworld.

MacTech Conference 2010 Highlights include:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Panel. MacTech Conference will be the first public opportunity to discuss Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), how to take advantage of the new App Store for Mac, and the impacts of Lion's new features (including Mission Control, Full Screen, Launchpad, Auto save and Apps resume). As the first major industry event after Apple's announcements, attendees can talk through their options with industry experts and peers, form strategies for adoption and support, and more.

  • Macworld panel on "Trends in Virtualization" with Pat Lee from VMware, and Nick Dobrovolskiy (inventor of Parallels Desktop) from Parallels. The panel will explore and discuss virtualization trends in the industry for both desktop and server virtualization related to Apple technologies. "As with any major Mac event that serves the community, we're happy to participate and keep Macworld readers informed," said Jason Snell, Editorial Director and VP for Macworld. "It's always enjoyable when members of the Mac community get together to discuss our shared interests, and the MacTech Conference is another great opportunity to do that."

  • Immediately following the conference, v.2 will conduct Apple Certification Exams on site. Apple Certifications are a great way to prove to clients or employer that one possesses the knowledge & know-how to be considered a guru in a Mac-related field of expertise. Attendees can take any available Apple Certification testing exam on-site at MacTech Conference, immediately after the close of the event.

  • Exclusive trip to the Griffith Observatory including a special behind the scenes talk about the creation of Planetarium show animation. On the first evening of the conference, conference attendees will load up in buses for a short ride from Universal City to Griffith Observatory, overlooking the Los Angeles basin and the Hollywood hills. This internationally renowned observatory is one of Los Angeles' greatest landmarks, featured in hundreds of movies (including Rebel Without a Cause and Charlie's Angels) and has touched the hearts of millions of visitors through a unique look at the universe.

  • MacTech Conference Party includes dinner, billiards, video games, and more as well as the MacTech Bowl. On the second evening, we'll take a walk from the hotel down Universal's CityWalk to Jillian's. At Jillian's, we'll enjoy all that Jillian's has to offer (arcade, billiards and more). During the event, we'll enjoy the friendly competition of the first MacTech Bowl to raise money for the Griffith Observatory's "School Field Trip" program to educate local 5th graders.

  • In the first public display outside a university or research setting, MacTech Conference will have Mac-based planetary exploration rovers and boat controlled by iPod Touches on hand. Professor Wolfgang Fink, who came to the University of Arizona from Caltech last year, will be demonstrating the units on the first day of the conference prior to the Conference's keynote by Andy Ihnatko. See more info at

About MacTech Magazine

Established in 1984, MacTech Magazine is the only monthly magazine focused on Apple at the technical level. Each month, MacTech and is read by 150,000 technical Macintosh users in over 175 countries ... from network administrators to programmers, from solution providers to Enterprise, and in general anyone that's interested in the Macintosh beyond the user level. If you're interested in getting under the hood of your Mac, if you want to know how to make things happen inside the box, you should be reading MacTech Magazine. Contact the magazine. Toll free: 877-MACTECH, International: 805-494-9797,, and online discussion areas at

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