Chuck Joiner once again treats us to a behind the scenes look at Macstock, it’s presenters, and sponsors in his special MacVoices video series, The Road to Macstock!
The Road to Macstock is almost over, but we wanted to get one last volunteer interview in with someone who is behind the scenes, but is absolutely essential to Macstock’s success. Brian Henson is the guy who helps each and every Macstock speaker on stage on time, plugged in, and ready to go. He talks about how the different speaker personalities require different approaches, how and why he got involved in Macstock, and offers some advice for potential speakers.
Macstock Conference has a great mix of new and returning presenters to share with you to this year and I’m excited to introduce you to our fourth and final round of speakers who will be presenting their talks at Macstock 2019 this July 27 & 28! If you missed any of our other speaker announcements, you can find them here: Round One, Round Two, and Round Three.
If you’d like to learn even more about our presenters as we get closer to July, check out Chuck Joiner’s annual Road to Macstock series on MacVoices! Every year Chuck sits down with Macstock’s presenters and dives deeper into their backgrounds and offers a quick sneak peek at their talks. Subscribe to Chuck’s show here: http://www.macvoices.com/
And now, our final round of speakers!
A staple of Macstock’s stage since Macstock #1 and inventor of the Road to Macstock series on MacVoices, Chuck has been crafting original Apple, Macintosh, and tech-oriented audio and video content since 2000. MacVoices, delivered in both audio and video versions, includes one-on-one discussions with authors, developers, pundits, panel conversations on current trends in tech, and real-world hardware and software reviews. With interviewing skills honed by a career in insurance investigation, negotiation and litigation management, and a passion for technology, Chuck delivers content that is curiosity-driven and designed to both inform and entertain.
Joining us for the first time with a celebration of 500 episodes of Mac Power Users, Stephen is the co-founder of the Relay FM podcast network, where he hosts numerous nerdy shows, including Connected, Liftoff and Mac Power Users. He lives in Memphis, TN, with his wife, their three children and ever-growing collection of old Macs.
Building on the success of his Video to Go series of talks at Macstock, Wally created the idea of hosting the first ever Macstock Short Film Fest this year. Wally is a Videographer based in Ottawa, Canada and a Mac user since the original 128K. Starting with 16mm film, he has written and directed numerous documentaries and television features, including projects with Canada’s National Film Board. More recently, he has combined his passion for video with his love of travel. Wally is the author of a multimedia ebook, Video To Go, A Home Movie Primer(Apple Books Link). The book contains a wealth of simple tips, hands-on techniques, and advice to help anyone capture lasting video memories and share them with family and friends.
Guy Serle & Tim Robertson
Every year Macstock’s attendees look forward to the MyMac Game Show and Tim & Guy will be back this year with their prize-filled interactive quiz!
Guy is one half of the world famous — in his own mind — MyMac Podcast along with the equally famous Gary “GazMaz” Malpas. He’s been doing the podcast since 2005 in various roles and teamed up with GazMaz (who should have known better) in 2009, when through a serious breach of wisdom was handed the keys to the podcast. In hindsight, people should have known better.
Tim founded MyMac.com in 1995, the MyMac Podcast in 2004, and TechFan Podcast in 2010. An early pioneer in online content publishing, he enjoys old video games, history of technology, and making people laugh while on stage.
Macstock Conference has a great mix of new and returning presenters to share with you to this year! Along with our first round and second round of speakers, this next group of speakers will also be presenting their talks at Macstock 2019 this July 27 & 28!
If you’d like to learn even more about our presenters as we get closer to July, check out Chuck Joiner’s annual Road to Macstock series on MacVoices! Every year Chuck sits down with Macstock’s presenters and dives deeper into their backgrounds and offers a quick sneak peek at their talks. If you don’t already subscribe to Chuck’s show, be sure to do so here: http://www.macvoices.com/
We have a couple more rounds to go until I’ve introduced you to all 14 Speakers who’ll be taking the stage at Macstock 2019, so be sure to check back next time for another round. In the mean time, let’s go ahead and meet our next round of speakers!
Taking Macstock’s stage for the first time with both a feature presentation and a celebration of 500 episodes of Mac Power Users, David (MacSparky.com) writes and produces the MacSparky Field Guides, and co-hosts several podcasts including Mac Power Users, Automators, and Focused. David speaks and writes often about Apple technology and productivity. When not falling down ﬁddly geek rabbit holes, David is a business lawyer and (very) amateur jazz saxophonist.
A first time Macstock attendee AND presenter, Rosemary describes herself as a nerd, automator, and chocoholic. When she’s not making Shortcuts or podcasting about them, you’ll frequently find her discussing her love of iPads and other Apple technology on Automators, The Sweet Setup, and MacStories. Originally from the UK, she now calls Vienna, Austria, home.
Marking his fourth appearance as a presenter at Macstock, Mike is a productivity coach and the creator of Faith-Based Productivity where he helps individuals connect to their calling, discover their destiny, and live the life they were created for. He also co-hosts the Focused and Bookworm podcasts, produces screencasts for ScreenCastsOnline, and writes for The Sweet Setup. Links to all of Mike’s projects can be found at mikeschmitz.me.
Macstock has a great mix of new and returning presenters to share with you to this year and I’m excited to introduce our second round of speakers! You’ll find these three fantastic speakers along with our first round all presenting their talks at Macstock 2019 this July 27 & 28!
We have a few more rounds to go until I’ve had a chance to introduce you to all 14 Speakers who’ll be taking the stage at Macstock 2019, so be sure to check back next time for another round of announcements AND don’t forget Macstock 2019 Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for $70 OFF your 2-Day Weekend Pass! But our Early Bird sale ends April 30th, so if you’re planning to join us July 27 & 28, be sure to get your tickets and book your room today!
Let’s go ahead and meet our next round of speakers:
A regular on our stage and favorite among Macstock attendees (esp. the Nosilla Castaways!), Allison started podcasting in May of 2005, just 7 months after podcasting was invented, and her primary show, the NosillaCast has come out every week without missing an episode since late 2005. From the NosillaCast she spun off an interview show called Chit Chat Across the Pond and from that with her co-host Bart Busschots another show called Programming By Stealth. She’s a frequent guest on Daily Tech News Show, Clockwise and the SMR Podcast, with appearances on MacBreak Weekly, Cordkillers, Tech’s Message, and The Productive Woman Podcast. She and her husband Steve produce video interviews from trade shows CES, NAB and CSUN’s Assistive Tech conference.
A first time Macstock presenter, Josh is an engineer, gamer, and cook. So is his wife. And they share a small, 120 square feet kitchen. This lack of space can make creating healthy fun meals a challenge when only one drawer exists in the kitchen! Efficiency with their space and time is vital. Armed with various Apple products and apps, together they plan and create great meals and dishes. Including custom bacon and marshmallows! Mmm, marshmallows…. (you thought I was going to say “bacon” didn’t you?)
When not presenting, you can count on Dave to be wandering the halls of Macstock sharing his in-depth knowledge of iOS with other attendees. As host of the podcast, In Touch With iOS, Dave talks about all things related to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch and is frequently joined by guests from the Apple Community including many past and present Macstock speakers. An early adopter of many Apple products including the iPhone, Dave brings real world experiences and his passion of technology to every episode as he teaches and entertains his listeners. He loves podcasting so much he hosts another show which is a non-tech podcast talking about all things horse racing called Off The Charts Horse racing.
It’s been a few weeks since the last Macstock 2019 update announcing the Early Bird Sale, but I’ve been busy making my way through all the amazing talks submitted this year — the most I’ve received yet! And I wanted to start things off by saying to everyone who sent in a speaking proposal this year: Thank You! Without the support of folks like you, Macstock simply wouldn’t be possible.
With the final selections made, this year’s Macstock will host 10 Featured Speakers and 5 Special Presentation speakers who will be bringing you over 13+ hours of content during the course of Macstock 2019’s 2-Day weekend taking place July 27 & 28! In the next few posts, I’m going to introduce you to everyone presenting at Macstock and, after you’ve had a chance to meet them, I’ll go ahead and post the final schedule so you can see the day and time they’ll be on Macstock’s stage as well as information about their talks.
Once you’ve had your whistle whetted, don’t forget Chuck Joiner’s annual Road to Macstock series on MacVoices! Every year Chuck sits down with Macstock’s presenters and dives a little deeper into what makes them tick as well as a quick sneak peek at their talks. I’ll be posting those videos here, but If you don’t already subscribe to Chuck’s show, be sure to do so at: http://www.macvoices.com/
Macstock has a great mix of new and returning presenters to introduce you to this year. Here’s the first round of speakers you’ll meet around the halls July 27 & 28 at Macstock 2019:
A first time presenter at Macstock, Rick is a self-described geek who has used Macs and iOS devices for many years. His background in software design has given him a passion for all things tech. After retiring at the end of 2017, he now spends his free time with his wife, Teresa, photographing nature. This past year he turned more of his attention to creating, editing and sharing videos as an additional means of sharing his love of nature.
Presenting for her third time at Macstock, Kirschen brings with her a background in Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, and macOS / iOS development and over the course of her 30 year career, she has been awarded 22 US patents for her contributions to engineering. In her remaining spare time, she works on her blog and develops macOS and iOS apps. Kirschen says: “I’m really motivated to share my experience to help fellow software practitioners develop better skills – be that in good design, implementation, or computer science fundamentals. As much as I can, I try to share the delight in discovering how iOS and macOS applications for productivity and creativity have helped me do better in my personal life and professional career.”
Always hitting the Macstock stage with informative, entertaining, talks, Brett is an independent developer, designer, writer, and podcaster hailing from Minnesota. Among other things, Brett develops Marked 2 for Mac and co-authored 60 Mac Tips Volumes 1 and 2 with David Sparks. He talks with amazing guests on Systematic, and has a blast with Christina Warren on Overtired, both on ESN.fm. You can find Brett at his website, brettterpstra.com, as well as “@ttscoff” on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, GitHub, and just about everywhere else. He’s very consistent.
Check back next time for another round of speaker announcements AND don’t forget Macstock 2019 Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for $70 OFF your 2-Day Weekend Pass! But our Early Bird sale only lasts so long, so if you’re planning to join us July 27 & 28, be sure to get your tickets and book your room today!