Macstock VI Tickets Now Available!

Macstock Weekend Pass - Two Tickets with Macstock LogoI mentioned this during the live stream this week, but I can’t believe that after two long years, I finally get the opportunity to announce that Macstock Ticket Sales are underway! Woo hoo!!

Once again, we’ll be filling the auditorium at McHenry County College’s Luecht Conference Center with 2 days of awesome talks featuring many of your favorite personalities from throughout the Apple Community! Not only do we have several of your favorite past presenters coming back to Macstock’s stage, but we have a few NEW faces in the works too!

And while the official theme for this year is “Rebuilding”, for the first time in Macstock’s history, our speakers have an opportunity to give talks from ANY of Macstock’s past themes including Productivity, Create!, Play!, and, of course, this year’s theme, Rebuilding.

WHEN? Macstock VI will take place July 23 & 24, 2022, 9am – 5pm each day.

WHERE? McHenry County College’s Luecht Conference Center

Best of all, from now through May 31st, you can save $50 per ticket when purchasing a Macstock VI 2-Day Weekend Pass!

Each Macstock VI Weekend Pass includes:

  • All featured morning sessions
  • Your choice of available afternoon Deeper Dive talks (may be limited seating)
  • Lunch Included Saturday and Sunday
  • A Limited Edition Macstock VI T-shirt!
  • A Macstock VI Digital Pass included with your Weekend Pass to re-watch your favorite talks later!
  • Virtual Macstock 2020 & Virtual Macstock 2021 talks included with your Digital Pass!
  • Bonus swag for Weekend Pass holders (there’s always bonus swag!)

If you can’t make it for the entire weekend, Single Day Passes are available too!

ONE MORE THING: A Macstock Waitlist

Because we pre-sold so many tickets to Macstock 2020, the number of Weekend Passes available for Macstock VI is very limited!

If we “sell out”, but you would like to be notified if/when more Passes become available, please Contact Me and I’ll put you on a first-come, first-served waiting list!

**** Did You Purchase a Weekend Pass to Macstock 2020? ****

PLEASE don’t buy another one! I’ve got you covered!

ALL MACSTOCK 2020 WEEKEND PASSES WILL BE HONORED FOR MACSTOCK VI!
(Not sure if you bought a 2020 Pass? Contact Me!)

Safety Protocols at Macstock VI

Macstock VI will have Safety Protocols in place as a requirement to attend in person.

Because of Macstock’s widely diverse attendance and COVID-19 numbers continuing to fluctuate, in keeping with the overwhelming preference of Macstock’s attendees, there will be several safety protocols in place including proof of vaccination against COVID-19, social distancing sections where indicated, and an indoor mask requirement.

Details of Macstock’s Health & Safety Protocols may be found here: https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/health-safety/

By purchasing a Weekend Pass to Macstock VI, you understand and agree to follow the Health & Safety protocols for Macstock VI.

If you purchased a Weekend Pass to Macstock 2020:

Macstock understands completely that some people may be uncomfortable with in-person events, or may be unable or unwilling to observe the new requirements laid out to attend Macstock VI. For those folks, Macstock will provide options to get a refund for your Weekend Pass or to donate the value of your pass to Macstock’s Community Fund.

NEW for This Year: Macstock RSVPs!

Beginnning in mid-late May, I’m going to send out RSVP Confirmation Emails to Macstock 2020 Weekend Passholders. (New Macstock VI Weekend Passholders will get an RSVP at a later date)

Because it’s been so long since anyone purchased a Weekend Pass to Macstock 2020, it will be super important you reply to the RSVP to confirm your attendance OR to let me know you won’t be able to make it.

Your RSVP will help me manage the crowd size and admit any waitlisted attendees.

So watch for that email!

Macstock VI: April Live Stream

 Duck with speech balloon saying Quack. Macstock logo beneath duck.Join Me Live for Macstock VI’s April Updates!

I mentioned to someone the other week that, unlike previous years, Macstock in 2022 was taking “shuffle steps” toward an in person event this summer, and then I’d start running.

Well, that running is just about to begin!

I just have a few more “ducks” to line up in a row before that happens, but we’re definitely close enough to sprinting season that next week’s April live stream will have a lot of ground to cover!

So let’s hang out next week for my latest updates on Macstock VI!

Here’s what I’m planning to share:

  • The format of Macstock Weekend’s Schedule
  • A Surprise Change to Our Talk’s Themes (yes, plural!)
  • Hotel Block Reservation Links
  • Quick Safety Protocol Update
  • And, Yes, the Start of Macstock VI Ticket Sales! Woo hoo!

As we get closer to Macstock weekend and the rest of those Quacking Ducks (quack, quack!) start lining up, I’ll begin to dig deeper into everything you need to know about Macstock VI — like our confirmed line up of talk topics!

When?

April 19th, 12 PM Central Time (18:00 UTC)

Check your time zone here: https://time.is/UTC-6

Where?

Watch Live on YouTube April 19th!*

Click here and set a Reminder!

*Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. Recordings will be available on Macstock’s YouTube Channel for your time-shifted viewing pleasure.

See you then!

Mike

REPLAY: Macstock VI March Live Stream

A replay of Macstock’s March Live Stream
Recorded March 15th, 2022

Let’s hang out in a live stream to talk the latest updates for Macstock VI!

I intend for this to be a quick one:

I’ll cover the latest statistics (they’re looking good), give an update on Macstock’s venue & hotels, let you know where we stand with Macstock VI’s safety protocols, and give a sneak peek at who we have signed up to present at Macstock VI!

Chapter Markers:
00:00 Countdown
4:58 Welcome and Intro
6:30 Macstock’s Dates and Schedule
9:05 Local Statistics
19:15 Global Risk Estimates
22:50 Hotel Update
25:05 Venue Updates
26:20 Socially Distanced Seating Plan
32:55 Protocol Updates for Macstock VI
38:45 A Look at Other Small Conferences
43:35 RSVP Attendance Requirement
48:45 First Round of Speakers
55:40 Comments, Wrap Up, and Thanks

LINKS:
GA Tech Event Risk Tool: https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/
CDC Know Your Community Level: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Macstock VI: March Live Stream

**** UPDATE: The Replay of the March 15th Live Stream May Be Watched HERE ****

Join Me Live for Macstock VI’s March Update!

Is everyone recovered from Apple’s announcements yesterday?? I’m already hearing from friends who’ve pre-ordered their Mac Studio! I’m so jealous — but I’ve also started saving my pennies! Only 230,000 to go (it might be a while).

Well, if you’re up for a second live stream in March, let’s hang out next week for my latest updates on Macstock VI!

I intend for this to be a quick(er) one than last month’s:

  • I’ll cover the latest statistics (they’re looking better!)
  • Give an update on Macstock’s venue & hotels
  • Let you know where we stand with Macstock VI’s safety protocols
  • AND I’ll give a sneak peek at who’s signed up to present at Macstock VI!

When?

March 15th, 12 PM Central Time (18:00 UTC)

Check your time zone here: https://time.is/UTC-6

Where?

Watch Live on YouTube March 15th!*

Click here and set a Reminder!

*Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. Recordings will be available on Macstock’s YouTube Channel for your time-shifted viewing pleasure.

See you then!

Mike

REPLAY: February Live Stream with Macstock VI Announcements

A replay of Macstock’s first Live Stream in 2022!
Recorded February 8th, 2022*

I take a look at local COVID-19 statistics, share an overview of the Macstock in 2022 survey results, discuss why Macstock is moving away from years in the name, give the latest updates from Macstock’s venue, and we’ll close out with some important protocol and programming updates for Macstock VI.

Sitting in with me this time is Chuck Joiner of MacVoices!

* Though this was recorded live as the stream progressed, this replay has been edited to fix brief glitches in the stream, minor audio and video issues, as well as an echo on Chuck’s side due to a misconfiguration of the mixer on my end.

Chapter Markers:
00:00 Countdown
14:20 Welcome and Intro Chuck Joiner
21:40 Agenda
23:10 Local Statistics
37:15 MacVoices on Live Stream Content
41:10 Survey Results
57:18 MacVoices on CES and Remote Interviews
1:09:03 Macstock’s Name Change
1:10:28 Updates from the Venue
1:12:32 MacVoices Wrap Up
1:14:42 Protocol Updates for Macstock VI
1:25:29 Programming Updates for Macstock VI
1:30:52 Wrap Up and Thanks

LINKS:
Chuck Joiner, MacVoices: https://www.macvoices.com/
Event Risk Tool: https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/
Shaw Media Latest News: https://www.shawlocal.com/northwest-herald/coronavirus/
How Vaccinated Where You Live?: https://www.shawlocal.com/coronavirus/2022/01/26/how-vaccinated-is-where-you-live-fully-vaccinated-residents-by-zip-code-in-illinois/