Kicking Off The Road to Macstock 8 on MacVoices

Chuck does such a great job with The Road to Macstock each year! If you don’t subscribe to his YouTube channel, be sure to do so because the best installments are still to come as Chuck introduces you to each of Macstock 8’s presenters!

Our annual ‘Road to Macstockseries kicks off as organizer Mike Potter talks about the changes to this year’s must-attend Apple event. Some of those changes include a new venue where everything is one place (conference, lodging and food) as well as a third day of workshops, new speakers, and more. Mike also talks about the sessions scheduled so far, the third Macstock Film Festival, and more. 

Returning in 2024: The Macstock Short Film Festival

Motion picture film reel with film unrolling to the bottom right. The Macstock logo consisting of a Peace Sign, a Heart, and a stylized early Macintosh are overlaid atop the extended film.The Macstock Short Film Festival will be back for its third year at Macstock VIII!

Brought to you by Wally Cherwinski, the 3rd Macstock Short Film Festival gives those attending Macstock a chance to relax as the weekend winds down by sharing first-run screenings of videos made by your friends & family within the Macstock community.

Ready to Begin?

Grab your camera or iPhone, record some memorable moments, and share your creative efforts with Macstock’s audience!

To take part in this year’s Macstock Short Film Festival, put together a short video (less than 2 1/2 minutes please) from some new or old footage and submit it here.

The more short films submitted the better, so dust off your director’s cap, shine up your clap board, and get rolling!

Don’t have a video ready? That’s okay, but we’d like to know one is coming. So, even if your film isn’t quite ready, please use the submission form to let us know that too!

All completed videos should be received by June 29th, 2024. You’ll find more on Wally’s Third Macstock Short Film Festival here:
https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/macstock-film-fest/

Speaker Line Up Levels UP!

Stylized classic Macintosh with a large X representing the Roman numeral 10 on screenWe’ve updated Macstock’s list of presenters headed your way in July and we’re now looking to have one of the largest lineups of speakers since … gosh … 2019?? It’s been a while since we’ve had this many presenters, but I’m excited at the voices who’ll be joining us this year including several presenting for the very first time from Macstock’s stage!

A few of the presenters added to the line up since last month include: Brett Terpstra, Kirschen Seah, Jill McKinley, Brian Flanigan-Arthurs, and Michael D.J. Eisenberg — with more on the way!

We’re kicking off 10 Years of Macstock this summer with Macstock 8 and whether you take in the Weekend Sessions or attend the new Friday Workshops, Macstock’s presenters are ready to help you Level UP your productivity, knowledge, and skill sets with new tools & tips that you can put to use right away! It’s going to be a great weekend and you’ll be seeing our speaker line up continue to grow as we get closer to July.

I’m finalizing talk descriptions with this year’s presenters, so keep an eye out for the full Workshop and Weekend Session descriptions to begin appearing in the days ahead!

Here’s a Quick Re-cap of Macstock 8’s Weekend:

Macstock VIII will take place July 12, 13 & 14, 2024 at the Elara Convention Center
at Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, where we’ve got a specially discounted block of rooms at a great rate for Macstock Weekend. More info on that below.

Standard Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday):
Sessions will be held from 9:00am – 5:00 PM on July 13 & 14, 2024

Weekend Pass + Workshops (Friday, Saturday & Sunday):
Please plan to arrive a day earlier! Workshops will be held from 9:00am – 5:30 PM on Friday, July 12, 2024.

Final Call for Macstock 8 Presenters!

FINAL CALL! We still have a handful of speaking slots open! If you’ve been struggling with submitting an idea, be sure to reach out to me soon! Not sure about your topic or have reservations about taking the stage? Macstock is open to everyone and we’re looking for fresh new ideas! I’m here to help, so if you have any questions, drop me a note and we’ll chat! mike@macstockconferenceandexpo.com

Macstock 8’s theme this year is “Level UP” and we’ll be hosting many of your favorite presenters from past years (yes, a few are lined up already!), but the Macstock Community is made up of an amazing group of people from all walks of life who offer a broad range of interests and experiences, so we’re always looking to help bring YOU to Macstock’s stage to share your unique twist on tech or this year’s theme!

As we did last year, Macstock’s Saturday & Sunday Sessions will take a more traditional, 45-minute format and should be focused on a specific concept, skill, or way of working with Apple (or other) hardware & software. As in past years, these sessions will be available to all Weekend Pass attendees.

You have something special to offer and All Are Invited to submit a talk for Macstock!

If you are interested in presenting at Macstock this year, please reach out to me ASAP and we’ll discuss your idea! And if you know someone who would make a great presenter, please get in touch with them, introduce Macstock, and ask them to contact me directly to learn more!

Whether or not your presentation is selected, learning about you, your experiences, and topics that you enjoy exploring helps us Level UP Macstock for the future!

Level UP at Macstock 8!

Stylized classic Macintosh with a large X representing the Roman numeral 10 on screenWe’re kicking off 10 Years of Macstock this summer and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you what’s planned for Macstock 8!

Not only are we building a line up of 14+ great presenters who will be giving talks centered around this year’s theme, “Level UP!”, but we have a brand new venue this year too! For the first time in Macstock history (and you’ve all been asking for this), you’ll have hotel, conference center, and plenty of room to hang out with fellow attendees each evening all…in…one…place!

And that’s not all! With 8 Speakers announced so far (and more coming in the weeks ahead), we’re topping off what will already be an awesome weekend by offering a day of Workshops as an “add on” to the Weekend Pass! Developed with the help of Mike Schmitz and led by some of your favorite Macstock presenters, Macstock’s Workshop sessions aim to provide deeper dives into topics through Interactive Discussion and In-depth Demonstrations. I’ve been wanting to bring workshops to Macstock for several years and the new venue makes it possible this year!

Here’s a Quick Re-cap of Macstock 8’s Weekend:

Macstock VIII will take place July 12, 13 & 14, 2024 at the Elara Convention Center
at Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, where we’ve got a specially discounted block of rooms at a great rate for Macstock Weekend. More info on that below.

Standard Weekend Pass (Saturday & Sunday):
Sessions will be held from 9:00am – 5:00 PM on July 13 & 14, 2024

Weekend Pass + Workshops (Friday, Saturday & Sunday):
Please plan to arrive a day earlier! Workshops will be held from 9:00am – 5:30 PM on Friday, July 12, 2024.

One More Thing:

Macstock VIII’s Weekend Pass is Available NOW and for the next two weeks (exp. April 3rd) you can SAVE on your Weekend Pass by using the code, EARLYSPRING, when checking out!

Official Call for Presenters!

Macstock VIII will host many of your favorite presenters from past years (yes, a few are lined up already!), but the Macstock Community is made up of an amazing group of people from all walks of life who offer a broad range of interests and experiences, so we’re always looking to help bring YOU to Macstock’s stage to share your unique twist on tech or this year’s theme!

As we did last year, Macstock’s Saturday & Sunday Sessions will take a more traditional, 45-minute format and should be focused on a specific concept, skill, or way of working with Apple (or other) hardware & software. As in past years, these sessions will be available to all Weekend Pass attendees.

We’re also exploring the idea of offering Workshops at Macstock VIII! Workshops would be offered as an “add-on” experience that provides a more in-depth, deeper dive, into a topic. Workshops should encourage discussion & activity and may range from as little as 90 minutes to up to half a day!

You have something unique to offer and All Are Invited to submit a talk for Macstock!

If you are interested in presenting at Macstock this year, please reach out to me and we’ll discuss your idea! And if you know someone who would make a great presenter, please get in touch with them, introduce Macstock, and ask them to contact me directly to learn more!

Whether or not your presentation is selected, learning about you, your experiences, and topics that you enjoy exploring helps us Level Up Macstock for the future!