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Bombing Brain at 360iDev

There really is no substitute for face to face interaction.

Tim plays skeeball at 1up

Tim plays skeeball at 1up

It had been more than 11 years since I had a chance to hang out for more than a few hours with my good friends and collaborators at Bombing Brain Interactive. Living on two different coasts, we just barely get together whenever I’m visiting family back in Philly.

Sure, the WiFi and the coffee in the hotel sucked, and maybe not every session was everything I’d hoped it would be. But there were more than enough informative sessions, talented speakers, interesting parties, and surprisingly good free lunch to make up for it. If you’re just getting started out in iOS development, or even if you’ve been at it a while and just want to surround yourself with like-minded people, 360iDev is a great conference. The price is more than reasonable for what you get.

And Denver is no bad place to be in mid September, either.

El Mariachi! Mike Lee's memorable General Session

El Mariachi! Mike Lee's memorable General Session

More than anything, though, it was just good to spend time with Gene and Tim. Don’t let anyone tell you different; doing business with old friends you trust is the way to go. We accomplished more over a few beers than the last thousand corporate meetings I’ve attended. (I’m sure David Whatley would agree.)

I still don't know which button is the 16th Floor

I still don't know which button is the 16th Floor

Seveal late night design/coding sessions also put us well on our way to finishing a few upcoming projects, including new features for Teleprompt+, and a big update to Spooky Playtime, just in time for the Halloween season. (Bats in tuxedos and Junk Food Zombies—need I say more?) We cant’ wait for you all to see what we’ve got in store.

I look down at my iPhone as FlightTrack Pro has informed me that Gene and Tim’s plane back to Philly has just taken off. I’m reminded that I met the guy who designed that app this week, and that I’ll be on my way back to San Francsico in a few hours myself. Time to check out a few more of Denver’s sights, have some good coffee for a change (at ink!), and be thankful for a very productive week.