MacHack 18: June 19 – 21, 2003
MacHack: the Advanced Developers Hands On Conference
Spunky MacHack stays on Calendar Despite Apple WWDC Move
Dearborn, Michigan – Where does a 600-pound gorilla sit? Anywhere it wants
is the punch line to that one.
What does a small, focused and vital programmers’ conference do when
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference suddenly reschedules to an adjacent
MacHack, the Advanced Developers Hands-On Conference, keeps its date and
tries to make things work for all attendees.
Leadership and management of MacHack announced today that it was retaining
its traditional dates in the third week in June, and will meet June 19-21
“Speakers, sessions, travel plans, people have had arrangements in place
for months now,” Dave Koziol, conference chairman said. “Our dates may
make it difficult for some to attend both conferences, and we intend to
work with them to find ways for them to continue to participate. MacHack
offers many things to attendees beyond what they can learn at WWDC. There
is plenty of expertise in a lot of areas committed to a strong MacHack.”
MacHack organizers intend to continue offering attendees the unique
experience that the show has rendered to developers since the early days of
Macintosh success with System 3.2. The show continues to garner fierce
loyalty from its supporters.
Miro Jurisic, a five-year attendee of the show, said “I wouldn’t be who I
am today if it weren’t for MacHack, and I don’t want to lose that
opportunity to learn and interact. I would reschedule every other event in
order to attend MacHack.”
MacHack traditionally consists of three days of intense sessions and
off-the-cuff development of innovative programs that are showcased at the
Friday night “Best Hack Contest.”
Avi Drissman, this year’s MacHack Sessions chairman, said the experiences
at MacHack allow developers to truly reap the benefits of Apple hardware
and software, and give expert users a chance to go beyond customary
marketed capabilities of Apple products.
“What Apple says at the Worldwide Developer Conference is all nice theory,
how things should work; what our sessions do is delve into how things _do_
work. Sessions like these provide the return on investment for companies
and individuals,” Drissman said.
Technical papers formatted in academic style are also part of the MacHack
experience. Each year, 10 or more formal papers give in depth looks at
current developer issues. This year’s papers already under development
include safeguarding use of commercial wireless networks, hacking
possibilities of Mac OS X, extending Palm OS 5, and building POSIX features
in a Mac way.
Scott Boyd, co-founder of The MacHax Group, and ringleader of the annual
Best Hack Contest, loves the creative chaos of the contest, and the
long-term friendships that result.
“Nowhere but MacHack can you sit down with and get to know such an amazing
array of experts who so freely share what they know,” Boyd said. “There’s
nothing like working with talented people to pull off a great hack!”
Past entries have ranged from the bizarre and twisted to the simply-useful.
Rendering the whole screen in ASCII in real-time, a shooting gallery of
icons during boot time, NetBunny, Pong in Open Firmware, and even Undo in
the Finder (back when that was unheard of).
“Collaboration in an environment where there’s always somebody with the
right answer, mixed with a bit of caffeinated, sleep-deprived time
pressure, is a sure-fire way to make friends, cement working relationships,
and have a blast,” said Boyd.
This year’s MacHack will continue the proud tradition of wackiness and
intensity that attendees have praised since the early days of Juggler and
Up to date information on the conference can be found at