After a few years without holding a major developer event, Facebook today opened the application process for its F8 developer conference in San Francisco on April 30th.
Unlike other developer conferences, Facebook is not using a first-come, first-served system. Instead, Facebook says, the application process is “designed to ensure that we have a diverse mix of attendees at the event who represent the Facebook and Parse global developer ecosystem.” In total, about 1,500 tickets will be available for the event, which will cost $495 each.
Since Facebook acquired Parse, its developer ecosystem has become more diverse than ever before — and Parse developers aren’t necessarily fully wedded to Facebook’s own developer tools either. The conference this year will feature tracks that will focus on both groups of developers.
Developers will get to choose from four tracks. The Build track is for those who want to create cross-platform apps with Facebook and Parse tools. Grow is for those who want to learn more about using Facebook to increase the number of users for their apps and the Monetize track will — unsurprisingly — focus on monetization. There will also be a “Hacker Way” track for developers who want to know more about how the engineers at Facebook, Parse and Instagram work and the open-source tools they have developed.
For those who don’t get in, Facebook will make a live stream of the keynotes and afternoon sessions available on the F8 homepage.
For more background on the event, see Josh Constine’s post from last week.