Back to the Mac

An online conference for Mac developers


Call for proposals

Join us in November for the annual Back to the Mac conference. The conference is completely online as a collection of videos on our YouTube channel. Videos are recorded by the speakers and information is provided so viewers can contact presenters with questions or comments.

Deadlines for the 2020 conference:

  • Submissions are open from August 1 through September 8
  • Accepted speakers are notified on September 15
  • Recordings of accepted presentations and demos are due by October 31
  • Conference videos published on YouTube on November 9 and 10

Submit your talk

If you would like to give a presentation or demo, please submit your talk via email by September 8. Include the items listed below in your submission. Keep in mind that presentations and demos should be less than 30 minutes.

  • Presentation title
  • Presenters first and last name
  • A brief description of your talk or demo
  • Links to your GitHub, Twitter, personal website, or blog

Here are some ideas for presentations. Other topics are welcome as long as they are relevant to native Mac app development.

  • Command line applications
  • Server side programming with Swift
  • Machine learning on macOS
  • Using Swift and SwiftUI for Mac app development
  • Utilize C++, Python, and other languages in a native Mac app
  • GPU programming with Metal
  • Scientific computing with Swift and Accelerate
  • Distributing Mac apps outside the App Store

Recording your talk

Presenters should record their presentation or demo at fullscreen resolution. This will ensure the videos are encoded at the highest quality for YouTube. Try to keep the duration of the video to 30 minutes or less. Presenters will be given a Dropbox link for uploading their video. See the resources provided below for information about recording videos along with some recommended software and hardware options.

Q&A session

To make the online conference interactive and more personal, presenters are encouraged to hold a Q&A session during the week of the conference. The session is held by the speaker on a day and time that works best for the speaker. The session can be conducted with Zoom, Skype, Jitsi, or whatever online meeting tool you want to use. If you decide to hold a Q&A session, please provide the connection details at the end of your presentation video. Also, send an email to the conference organizer with the day, time, and connection details of your Q&A session. The connection details will be posted to your video's description on YouTube and in the conference newsletter.


If you would like to support this conference and its organizer, Gavin Wiggins, then please make a donation using the options given below. Thanks 馃榿

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Back to the Mac since 2020.

Back to the Mac is an independent conference
and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple, Inc.

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