Apple to Hold Lottery for WWDC Tickets (Finally)

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Apple has announced its 2014 WorldWide Developers Conference, to be held from June 2 to 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. For the first time, Apple is holding a lottery for tickets to this conference, since, in the past, not only has the event sold out in minutes, but developers in certain time zones have gotten better chances to get tickets.

For previous WWDC events, tickets went on sale at times when people on the west cost of the United States, and in Asia, were likely to be sleeping. This meant that more European developers were able to get tickets, but the ticketing process was ridiculous, with only a few minutes before all tickets were sold.

Registered developers can apply for tickets at Apple’s WWDC website, now through April 7. If you submit a ticket request, Apple will email you by 5:00 PM on April 7. If you change your mind, you have to tell Apple by 10:00 AM that day.

Note that you have to be a registered developer before the announcement was made:

You need to be a current member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program as of the announcement of WWDC (April 3, 2014 at 5:30 a.m. PDT).

It will be interesting to see how many developers apply for WWDC tickets. Apple may use this as a survey to determine how to handle future WWDC events. I’ve long felt that this event should be held in different countries, so developers not in the US could attend without the high cost of travel and lodging; perhaps, in the future, Apple will hold simultaneous events in several countries.