What I’m up to this week (and next)

Tampa iOS Meetup (Tuesday, March 27th)

On Tuesday, I’ll be leading the Tampa iOS Meetup group through another exercise building an augmented reality app with ARKit. This time, we’ll build a simple version of IKEA Place, the app that lets you see how furniture in the IKEA catalog would look in the room you’re in.

Tampa iOS Meetups are “code along with me” exercises. I’ll provide you with a starter project, and together, we’ll build a working app. Note that this meetup requires you to bring the following:

  • A Mac with the Xcode 9.3 beta installed (you can get it from
  • An ARKit-ready iPhone (iPhone 6S or later) or iPad (any iPad Pro, or the 2017 iPad) running the iOS 11.3 beta

Tampa iOS Meetup will take place this Tuesday, March 27th at the Sourcetoad office (2701 West Busch Blvd., suite 1018). We’ll provide omnivore and vegetarian pizza and drinks. If you want more details or to register (it’s free), visit our meetup page!

Synapse Innovation Summit (Wednesday, March 28th – Thursday, March 29th

I’ll also be at the Synapse Innovation Summit, which takes over Amalie Arena this Wednesday and Thursday.

With 2,500 attendees catching the following over two days…

  • 56 breakout sessions
  • 200 speakers (including IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer, a colonel from SOCOM’s Transnational Threats Division, the CEOs of Hyperloop, Connectwise, Bionic Miracle, and Innovation Hub)
  • 60 showcases
  • 250 exhibitors

…it should be an interesting event.

RWDevCon (Thursday, April 5th – Saturday, April 7th)

Next week, I’m off to the D.C. area to do double speaking duty at RWDevCon,’s annual tutorial conference. RWDevCon 2018 is their 4th annual mostly-tutorials, high stuff-to-fluff ratio conference, and I’ll be there to do both a full-afternoon workshop and basic tutorial on building augmented reality apps for iOS with ARKit.