Pre-Conference Workshops

The Strongest Pre-Conference Workshop Offering Ever

All new for 2015 are several optional, certifications and pre-conference workshops — half-day for a study group and Apple Certification Exams in the morning (additional charge), half-day Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation (afternoon, no additional charge), and several full-day Pre-Conference Workshops (additional charge).

All pre-conference workshops take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the same location as MacTech Conference.

The Office accreditation is limited in size, but we confirm your spot at registration time. The exams must be reserved in advance. And, the workshops are small group, interactive and hands-on. Student to teacher ratios are approximately 20:1 or better.

Where appropriate, instructors may require you to bring a computer with specific, and freely available tools or software installed. See each workshop description for specifics.


You can register for the pre-conference workshops when you register for MacTech Conference (it’s an option on the conference registration form). Or, if you are already registered for MacTech Conference, simply contact MacTech customer service to assist you.

Note: Workshops may require minimum participation levels.
All times are approximate. All sessions, speakers and descriptions are subject to change at any time without notice.



Accreditations/Certifications

Apple Certification Exams
Study Group and Exams by MacTech Conference Testing Partner, Creative Resources Technology Group
Prior to MacTech Conference but at the same venue, Apple Certification Exams will be available during the “Pre-Conference” activities on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, our testing partner and local Apple Authorized Training Center will offer a study hour and exam session on-site. Testing will conclude by 1pm (if not earlier), so that you can also attend the Microsoft Office for Mac and iOSAccreditation.

All registered attendees to MacTech’s 2015 Events are welcome to register for the study group and an exam. The price is normally $349, but you can register early at $249. Space is limited.

What attendees need to bring: A laptop (not an iPad) with a web browser.

See additional information on the Apple Certification Exams page.

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Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation
Workshop taught by Bobby Toledo, Microsoft Senior Trainer
Microsoft has created this program specifically designed to train and accredit Apple techs and consultants on Microsoft Office for Mac, iOS and Office 365 suites. The “Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional” accreditation is a half day long program. This newly updated Microsoft accreditation program is training and evaluation focused on the issues every consultant and tech should know when advising on or supporting Microsoft Office for Mac, iOS and Microsoft Office 365, with a focus on Apple users.

All registered attendees to MacTech’s 2015 Events, are welcome to attend the course, and become accredited, at no charge. Space is limited. If you haven’t already registered for MacTech Conference 2015, you can do so now.

What attendees need to bring:A laptop or iPad with a web browser. It’s helpful to bring a Mac with Office for Mac 2016 installed.

See additional information on the Microsoft Accreditation page.

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Business Strategy

Learn to Thrive as an Expert in the Changing Tech Landscape via A Next-Gen Toolset for Solving Complex Business Problems
How Leaning-In to the Consumerization Revolution of Tech will Transform You for the Better, Add Decades to your Career, and Move You to the Center of your Organization
Workshop taught by Joe Schram, Sparktivity

Apple has sold millions of mobility devices and created a new software economy that has shepherded a massive industry shift in countless technology-related businesses—it’s part of what has brought us all to MacTech to learn more.

The question for every technologist paying attention is—what does this mean for my career in the years ahead? Well, it turns out consumerization is just a side effect of what’s really happening—a massive shift in the business world toward improving the human experience.

As a forward-looking technologist, you’ve been navigating this shift in your work life, and you know in your gut that things are changing in a fundamental way. Even if you “get it”, this shift can be challenging, exciting, and disorienting—for both you and for the organizations and colleagues you work with. As a contemporary technologist, how can you adapt your career and personal practice to these changing times?

Our work now resides at the nexus of technology, design, and service—fluency across this multi-disciplinary landscape is the new hallmark of expertise when creating and implementing modern systems, workflows, and experiences. Every company and organization is navigating the changes brought about by this convergence, and they need your help—both with the technology, but also with the cultural changes arriving alongside new tools.

Joe will lead a series of exercises, examples, and discussions about how we can help our colleagues, customers, and ourselves through this convergence—enabling us all to do satisfying, valuable, rewarding work in today’s changing world.

In this workshop, Joe will provide an introduction to problem-solving and research tools you can bring to your practice as a technologist. These tools will help you solve bigger, more challenging problems inside your organization or for your clients, moving your work from the periphery to the center.

Business Model Canvas; Value Proposition Design; Field Ethnography; Service Design; Agile Development & Delivery; and Minimum Viable Products

What attendees need to bring: A laptop or iPad for opening URLs and PDFs, and to download these three PDFs in advance:

New York Times Magazine – “The Golden Age of Design”:
https://sparktivity.egnyte.com/dl/5siD6xrBJq

Harvard Business Review – “The Design Thinking Issue”:
https://sparktivity.egnyte.com/dl/CsSYP4BBsn

Bloomberg Businessweek – “What is Code?”:
https://sparktivity.egnyte.com/dl/efMv4uXw9Y

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Security

Penetration Testing Macintosh Networks
Workshop taught by Christian Woodward, Watchman Monitoring

Security is paramount, and Mac networks are so often vulnerable to attack. While this hasn’t been as much of a problem to date for some, you can just turn on the news to see how prevalent attacks are on a regular basis. How do you know your network is safe? Are you or your organization at risk?

We’ll go in depth on the tools, procedures, and tactics for exploiting and maintaining control on networks with mostly Mac clients.

We’ll run through installing wipe-resistant backdoors, bypassing code restrictions, and leveraging access to one computer to the larger network.

Prerequisites: good working knowledge of the command line, an understanding of the layout of Mac OS X, an overview knowledge of TCP/IP and commonly used protocols, and a willingness to say “I don’t know” — as we’re glad to help.

What attendees need to bring: Attendees need to bring an Apple laptop with the latest version of OS, and Xcode installed, as well as either VMware or Parallels Desktop with Windows installed.

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Project Management

The Essence of Project Management on the Mac. How to start your next important project.
Workshop taught by Frank Blome, Project Wizards

This course is designed for people new to managing projects, and project management software. We cover the main topics to introduce you to project management and on how using software to managing projects.

You will be guided through a planning process and will leave with a template designed by you for your own organization to use after the training. As we work through the day we build on your initial knowledge of project management and software features you should expect to use. Time permitting, we will push as far as possible into project management, experimenting with new ways of working through complex example projects.

By the end of the course you will be able to take a project through from planning to completion, using software to track time, money and deliverables of the project.

In this workshop, we’ll cover:

  • Introduction into project management
  • Principles of successful project management
  • Why doing some countries better projects than others
  • How to start from scratch (and other ways to find the right start)
  • Create a widely useable project structure
  • Solve the miracle of scheduling in a easy and understandable way
  • A short digression of risk management (and say hello to Murphy’s law)
  • Do a perfect reporting to your clients

Each attendee will receive a USB stick with the course details and some further documents, as well as a single user licence of Merlin Project free to use for six months (which you can later convert into a perpetual license).

Frank Blome is the CEO of ProjectWizards, the company behind Merlin Project. He has more than 20 years experience in leading projects which he loves to share in trainings and talks all around this world.

What attendees need to bring: A computer with OS X installed (Yosemite or later)

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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Design & Troubleshooting
Workshop taught by Jeanette Lee, Ruckus Wireless

WiFi is everywhere, and yet you obviously don’t see it. You assume it will be wherever you go, and will work, but does it? Learn about what it takes to make WiFi work well, and understand what you need to do to “do it right.”

Why does one Wi-Fi network succeed and another fail? All Wi-Fi is not created equal, but we all equally want good wireless!

The goal is to make a Wi-Fi System Engineer or network manager as ‘smart as possible’ regarding Wi-Fi and user-authentication in a day. We presume the attendee understands the basics of Wi-Fi and the ‘basics’ regarding networking terms.

Who should attend? Network integrators, network consultants, school districts, higher education organizations, enterprises looking at deploying or upgrading their Wi-Fi infrastructure.

Topics covered include:

  • Everything you wanted to know about Wi-Fi, but were afraid to ask
  • 2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz
  • 802.11n, 802.11ac
  • interference
  • channel-planning options
  • strategies for airtime fairness, band-steering, beamforming, client load balancing, etc.
  • Engineering Wi-Fi networks to meet coverage and capacity needs.
  • A Wi-Fi site survey
  • Best practices for deploying and validating a Wi-Fi installation.
  • Wi-Fi user authentication. Authenticating enterprise users, BYOD devices and guests (WPA2, DPSK, Captive Portal, 802.1x Radius, Google Apps, FaceBook, subscriber gateways, WISPr)
  • Wi-Fi security, a look at known Wi-Fi vulnerabilities and how to engineer a 100% secure Wi-Fi network
  • Location based services: Using your WiFi network to locate WiFi clients.
  • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks and some of our favorite third-party Wi-Fi management and troubleshooting tools

What attendees need to bring: A laptop with OS X installed (Yosemite or later)

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Command Line

The Automation Mindset: Scripting, Command Line, and More
Workshop taught by Scott M. Neal, Mindset Garden/AcmeFoo

You see all the cool stuff in MacTech magazine (and elsewhere) about scripting, automation, etc., but you haven’t been able to apply those articles to your own uses as well as you would like…

You certainly do NOT have time to get a 4-year Computer Science degree to learn to become a programmer…

Why not let a programmer who works closely with non-programmers on a regular basis give you a crash course in Automation–the basics that you need to be able to walk away with your own Automation at the end of a single day?

In this one-day compressed course, learn the basics of Automation using Automator, AppleScript, and Xcode. It won’t make you a full-blown programmer, but you’ll have the basics you need to not only work with other scripts and modify them in useful ways, but also write your very own scripts from scratch!

Scott M. Neal will happily plant the Automation Mindset into your brain, allowing you to see the big picture about Automation, from scripting to basic programming (and much in between).

What attendees need to bring: Laptop with Yosemite or El Capitan installed.

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Developer Tools

Rapid Start: Swift 2 for iOS, Mac and Apple Watch
Workshop taught by Todd Perkins, lynda.com

A hands-on, fast-paced day learning Apple’s new programming language, Swift, together with the tools for creating applications on iOS, Mac and Apple Watch. Quickly get up to speed with the latest developer tools and current best practices for modern app development on Apple platforms.

The day includes:

  • Ramping up in Swift: what you absolutely need to know
  • The latest improvements to the language: Swift 2
  • Creating applications in Xcode 7
  • User Interface Design for iOS and watchOS
  • Quickly laying out a UI using Storyboards, Scenes and Segues
  • Application architecture – “how to think” when creating best-of-breed apps
  • The best ways to include artwork in your application
  • Tips and tricks for using Xcode to speed up your development time

So if Apple development is something you’ve always wanted to do, but never quite gotten around to – or if you’ve been doing it for a while but want to review the fundamentals and current best practices – this is your workshop.

What attendees need to bring: a laptop with the latest version of Xcode (free from Apple’s App Store).

Prerequisites: You don’t need to be a working programmer, but some knowledge of programming concepts is expected – the more, the better. Knowledge of Swift is not assumed.

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