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2019 MacDeployment Conference

MacDeployment is an Alberta-based group for Mac Admins, sharing current best practices in the area of deploying and maintaining Macs. We've held four conferences so far and now offer local meetups on a (mostly) monthly basis in Calgary.

Our MacDeployment Conference has brought in top speakers from the Mac Admin community and is the main gathering place for our Alberta Mac Admins community biennially.

2019 Conference

Our biennial conference will be held June 10-11, 2019 at the University of Calgary.

Our Focus This Conference

This year's focus is on MDM and the changing workflows of Mac admins. If you are deploying any Macs with the T2 chip, you'll already know that deployment workflows that involve NetBoot or Imaging don't work on those Macs. Moving forward, you'll need to leverage the benefits of Device Enrolment via an MDM and installation-based workflows. This year's conference aims to help you understand the whys and some of the hows. We're inviting MDM vendors to talk about why you might want to choose their particular offering and answer your questions. And since our conference is the week after Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC), it will be a great opportunity to get up to date on things that will affect our Apple deployments in the near future — we even will have a couple of dev-oriented talks within the Mac admin context.

Speakers

We've got a fantastic lineup of speakers this year from North America and Europe. Check our Speakers page for an up-to-date list.

Cost

The registration fee for the Conference is $299 + GST (= $313.95).
An Early Bird Rate of $249 + GST (= $261.45) is available until May 18 at 2:30 p.m..
University of Calgary staff are eligible for a heavily subsidized rate, which was announced internally.

While this is one of the lowest rates available for a two-day Mac Admins conference, we understand that some may still not be able to attend without some financial help. Contact us (info [at] macdeploy.ca) if you require a registration bursary or subsidy.

Please note that lunch and coffee/snacks are included each day.

Registration

Registration is now open using the Register Now! button on this page. (University of Calgary staff should use the registration link circulated internally.)

Registration for the 2019 Conference is open until 9:00 a.m. local time on June 3.


Next Meetup

Our next MacDeployment Meetup will be in September (if you don't count activities surrounding the Conference).

Our format is open to "lightning talks" or mini-workshops (5-15 minutes each, although we're open to longer), but we generally spend the bulk of the time in discussion. Anyone who wants to give a lightning talk should propose it (see below for methods). Of course, if there is a topic you want to hear about (because, for example, you're struggling with it right now), you can also float the idea in one of our online channels and perhaps someone will volunteer to share what they know at the meetup. One possible topic for a quick talk is to simply explain your context — what do you support (type, quantity, scale), what tools do you use, what are you looking to change or improve? Regardless, you are always welcome to bring your questions to the meetup; we've already seen successful connections built.

There is no charge for the meetup, but if you intend on coming, please let us know so that we have adequate space at the venue. There are three ways you can let us know:

  • By posting in the #macdeploy channel in the Mac Admins Slack (this is preferred); or
  • Sending us a message on Twitter (@MacDeploy); or
  • By contacting the meetup host directly.

Hope to see you there!

Edmonton Meetup

The second Edmonton Mac Admins Meetup is planned for September or October.