The premier independent
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Swift Developers.

October 30th - 31st, 2017
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What's it like at Swift Summit?

Swift Summit is all about community.

Swift developers from around the world are coming together in San Francisco for 2 days. A large portion of each day is spent listening to talks from developers who have interesting ideas to present, or who have done something notable with the language. The event is designed with the social aspect as a ‘first-class citizen', so there's ample opportunities to meet the people around you and have fun. Attendees come as a collection of professionals sharing an interest in Swift, and leave as part of a community.

Learning and education is hugely important to Swift Summit. Aside from the social aspects, the mission is for every attendee, regardless of their skill level, to leave as better Swift developers with new knowledge, tools and ideas that provide immediate value.

If you would like to join us this year- please get a ticket as soon as possible; we do expect to sell out. Please note that Swift Summit is an independent conference and is not affiliated with or sponsored by Apple Inc. Please also read our Code of Conduct: We take it seriously.

-The Swift Summit Team

Last year's recap video:

What's included?

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  • 21 Technical Talk Sessions
  • Developer Labs - new for 2017!
  • Tasty catering on both days
  • Exhibitor hall with sponsor swag
  • Social side events (like our afterparty!)
  • Jobs portal: meet lead developers from top tech companies working with Swift.
  • Face-to-Face time with speakers at the Fireside chat area

This year we are introducing Labs. Makers from some popular open-source projects and other relevant tools will be available to assist attendees.

The Speaker line-up

Swift Summit is known for having really good speakers- It's something we're very proud of.
This year about 21 skilled speakers will present their talks.

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Joe Groff

-Apple Inc.

Joe is a member of the Swift Core Team and works on the Swift runtime at Apple.
Twitter: @jckarter

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Michele Titolo

-Capital One

Michele is a Lead Software Engineer at Capital One, and has shipped over a dozen apps to the AppStore. Michele enjoys debugging, refactoring, and finding elegant solutions to difficult problems. Outside of work, she is an advisor to Women Who Code.
Twitter: @micheletitolo

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Xi Ge

-Apple Inc.

Xi is a member of the Swift team and works on development tools at Apple.
Twitter: @xge_apple

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Brandon Williams

(previously Kickstarter)

Brandon did math for a very long time, and then lead iOS and Android development at Kickstarter for 5.5 years. He enjoys talking about functional programming and how to use it to better our craft as engineers. @mbrandonw

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Andy Matuschak

-Khan Academy

Andy explores ways to make powerful ideas more learnable and personally meaningful at Khan Academy, where he co-directs long-term research while contributing engineering and product leadership to nearer-term work. Andy’s prior work includes UIKit at Apple, the Sparkle software update framework, and Pixen, an early OS X pixel art tool.
Twitter: @andy_matuschak

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Ryan Nystrom

-Facebook, Instagram

Ryan Nystrom is an iOS Software Engineer at Facebook working on Instagram client infrastructure in New York City. He is the author and maintainer of IGListKit, which is one of Instagram’s core open source libraries.
Twitter: @_ryannystrom

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Daniel Steinberg

-Author, Educator

Daniel has been programming for iOS since "day one", is author of the official companion book to Paul Hegarty's Stanford iTunes U course, and wrote A Swift Kickstart – the first Swift book to join Apple's own on the iTunes Store, and a great introduction to Swift.
Twitter: @DimSumThinking

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Anat Gilboa

-Blue Apron

Anat Gilboa is an iOS engineer based in New York. You can find her breaking tests in Blue Apron's app.
Twitter: @anat_gilboa

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Chris Bailey

-Swift@IBM Chief Architect

Chris Bailey is a developer and technical leader in the Runtime Technologies team at IBM. Chris has spent over 15 years working on open source runtimes including Java, Node.js and Swift. Chris is a contributor and committor to the Swift Language, Foundation and Dispatch projects. He is also the Chief Architect for the Swift@IBM, providing the open source Kitura server framework.
Twitter: @Chris__bailey

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Garo Hussenjian


Garo currently leads the iOS core team at Tinder. He enjoys evolving Swift, making music, and teaching his kids how to code.
Twitter: @garohussenjian

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Tim Burks


Tim Burks spent a decade building Electronic Design Automation systems and another building mobile apps. Now he's focused on the thing that holds them all together. In 2016 he joined the world's biggest API company where he works on open source tools to help developers build and use APIs better.
Twitter: @timburks

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Priya Rajagopal


Priya Rajagopal is a Developer Advocate with Couchbase. She started professionally developing software over 18 years ago by writing low-level device drivers/ kernel code. She never thought she’d ever build anything that needed more than a command line interface until she started doing mobile development 7 years ago. She is a co-inventor on 22 technology related US patents.
Twitter: @Rajagp

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Ontario Britton


Ontario is a freelance Unity game developer and mobile software engineer. Ontario specializes in front-end design, UX and graphics. He has programmed for mobile devices, head mounted displays, augmented reality and even a gamified, head-mounted brain-computer interface.
Twitter: @ontariobritton

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Brandon Kase


Brandon Kase loves functional programming. He has shipped (typed, functional) production code on Android with Kotlin, iOS with Swift and React Native, and Web with JS/Flow/React. Brandon is an iOS core-platform engineer at Pinterest. He is excited that strong static typing and functional programming are becoming mainstream.
Twitter: @bkase_

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Steven Hepting


Steven Hepting is an iOS developer working at Airbnb on build tools (previously at Twitter working on the Twitter Kit iOS SDK). He loves build tools, networking protocols, and his family. He lives in the city with his wife, 1 year old son, and a very excitable greyhound.
Twitter: @stevenhepting

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Sam Agnew


Sam Agnew is a developer evangelist at Twilio and loves inspiring and equipping developers around the world. He particularly enjoys being a member of the New York Swift community. Primarily a Python and JavaScript developer, he has been delving into the world of Swift and iOS over the last year and a half and loves it. Aside from code, he loves playing fast guitar solos and figuring out how old video games work.
Twitter: @SagnewShreds

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Sommer Panage

-Chorus Fitness

Sommer Panage is currently the lead iOS developer at Chorus Fitness. Before taking on this role, she spent two years as a freelance iOS dev while pursing a career as professional circus artist and instructor. When she is not Swifting away, you can find her training rope, trapeze or handstands, running or even doing CrossFit. @Sommer

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Korhan Bircan

-Capital One

Korhan is a Senior Engineering Manager at Capital One leading infrastructure and feature teams and has worked on a number of projects including the award winning iOS app. Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his 1.5 year old daughter and playing lead guitars in a rock band.

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David Okun


David Okun is a Developer Advocate for IBM, specializing in Swift & Node.js. He has an extensive background in mobile development, previously leading the mobile division of IDscan Biometrics Ltd. in London. He now brings his experience in low level client-side processing and mobile application architecture to the Node.js realm, specifically focused on tools to generate easy-to-use and modifiable API layers.@dokun24

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Leah Culver


Leah Culver is the CTO and co-founder of Breaker, the best iOS app for listening to podcasts. Leah has been a developer in San Francisco for over a decade, working on both the web and mobile. Breaker is her third startup and her favorite Swift feature is guard statements.
Twitter: @leahculver

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Florent Vilmart


Florent is an Lead Software Engineer working on iOS, backend and infrastructure. He's also the core maintainer of the parse-community organization.
Twitter: @flovilmart

A big thank-you to our wonderful MCs: Andyy Hope and Garric Nahapetian:

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Andyy Hope

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Garric Nahapetian


Swift Summit is independently organized. Here's the faces behind the show:

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Beren Rumble

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Ida Kristiansson



This year, we have a main-track and also an alt track (which has Labs, Workshops and a Fireside Chat)

Day 1 (Main track)
Time Speaker Session Title
09:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
10:00 AM Daniel Steinberg "Becoming a Map-Maker"
10:30 AM Joe Groff "Swift's Reflective Underpinnings"
11:15 AM Break
11:45 AM Ontario Britton "AR before and after the Kit"
12:15 PM Priya Rajagopal "Introducing Swift 4 Codables"
12:45 PM Chris Bailey "Swift on the Server: State of the Union"
01:15 PM Lunch
02:45 PM Anat Gilboa "Incrementally Open Sourcing your App"
03:15 PM Tim Burks "Fast and reliable Swift APIs with gRPC"
03:45 PM Florent Vilmart "Modern Swift for the Parse SDK"
04:15 PM Break
04:45 PM Steven Hepting "Swift and Hardware"
05:15 PM Ryan Nystrom "Insurance for Apps: How to avoid risk and bugs"
05:45 PM MCs Goodbye's, reminders for tomorrow etc
05:50 PM After-drinks at nearby bar Bar address: Reed & Greenough - 3251 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123
(First drink is on us!)
Day 1 (Alt track)
Time Run by Session Title
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Apple engineers Lab: "Open Sourcing Swift"
02:45 PM - 3:45 PM Chris Bailey (IBM) Lab: Server Side Swift with Kitura
02:45 PM - 3:45 PM Ben Asher Lab: "CocoaPods"
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM Marek Sadowski (IBM) Lab: Adding AI to your mobile apps
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM Josh Holtz Lab: "fastlane tools"
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM IBM Workshop: Serverside Swift
(Free. Includes catering. Limited to 30-50 seats, reserve a spot here)
Day 2 (Main track)
Time Speaker Session Title
09:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
10:00 AM Michele Titolo "From iOS to Distributed Systems"
10:30 AM Brandon Willams "Server side Swift from Scratch"
11:00 AM Xi Ge "Creating Refactoring Transformations for Swift"
11:30 AM Break
12:00 PM Brandon Kase "Reader or Weep: Mock-free, Compile-time checked, Dependency Injection with Reader"
12:30 PM Sam Agnew "Writing Cleaner Asynchronous Code in Swift using PromiseKit"
01:00 PM Garo Hussenjian "iOS Architectures in Context"
1:30 PM Lunch
3:00 PM Leah Culver "Say 'Yes' to User Feedback"
3:30 PM Korhan Bircan "Scaling iOS development at Capital One"
3:45 PM RealBadiOSTips (humorous talk) "Why I only Code in the App Delegate"
4:00 PM Break
4:30 PM Sommer Panage "iOS accessibility: from Zero to Hero (2.0)"
5:00 PM Andy Matuschak "A Means to an End"
5:30 PM Raffle draw & wrap-up
5:50 PM After Party! Food and beverages served in the Lobby of the Palace of Fine Arts.
Day 2 (Alt track)
Time Run-by Session title
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Couchbase Lab: "Couchbase engineering Lab"
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Ian Partridge (IBM) Lab: "Server Side Swift with Kitura (reprise)"
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Apple engineers Lab: "Refactoring Transformations"
02:00 PM - 2:20 PM David Okun (IBM) Fireside chat: "Focus on your Functions with Serverless Swift"
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM David Okun (IBM) Lab: "Going Serverless with Swift"
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Devslopes team Workshop: "Advanced Xcode: Targets, Schemes, & User Defined Settings"

Conference Venue

This year's conference will be hosted at the Palace of Fine Arts theatre, in the heart of San Francisco.

This famous San Francisco icon was built in 1915 in a Greco-Roman style and is one of the most photographed sites in the city. We will be seated in the theatre and have ample room for refreshments, catering and exhibitors in a large adjoining space. Attendees may also enjoy the outer gardens at the Palace of Fine arts in between talks, with fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Social Responsibility

Code of Conduct

Please read our Code of Conduct; We take it seriously.
The behavioural expectations at Swift Summit may be different from what you are used to, so it is very important that all attendees familiarize themselves with this document.

Scholarship Program

We run a Scholarship program for Students, Interns, Unemployed people or those who are in Financial Hardship. If you enter into one of these categories, please apply here.

Sponsorship & Exhibitors

Hiring & Brand Awareness

Sponsoring or Exhibiting at Swift Summit is a great way to engage with the developer community in San Francisco. We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available to interested companies. Please use the contact form below to discuss your needs, and we'll get back to you quickly.

Some previous sponsors include:

2017 Major Supporters:

(Thank you for your support!)

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About the organizers:

Swift Summit is run by Swift Community LLC. We are independently organised from the meet-up community in San Francisco, and we are not affiliated with any large companies.

"Legal note: Apple and Swift are trademarks of Apple Inc. Swift Summit is an independent conference and is not affiliated with or sponsored by Apple Inc."

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