9.00 - 9.55

Tools and Process for Streamlining Mac Deployment

Tim Sutton, Concordia University

Apple’s popularity and their approach to selling hardware is revolutionizing how IT gets that hardware into the hands of its users. Every year’s new Macs and OS X bring new changes, which doesn’t leave much time for the repetitive setup tasks that are involved in getting machines ready for users (or our testing!). It’s easy to fall behind on OS support, but we have no choice but to support the latest.

The Mac sysadmin community is blessed with so many great open-source tools at its disposal for deploying and managing Macs. We'll look at approaches and tools for automating these to bring speed, consistency and sanity to our deployment processes. By being more systematic, we can be more agile, and reclaim time to work on more important problems.

This session will focus on OS X hardware and tools, but the approaches discussed apply equally to iOS devices.

10.10 - 11.05

Command Line Programs

All Mac Administrators Should Know

Greg Neagle, Walt Disney Animation Studios and

Edward Marczak, Google

The Unix shell layer of OS X contains a wealth of power. It takes a little practice and poking around, but sometimes, it’s just nice to have undiscovered gems pointed out to you. In this session, Greg Neagle and Ed Marczak will cover command-line utilities that you may not know about. Hopefully, you’ll also discover new features in utilities that you already use, too. Greg and Ed will also cover some ways of finding these slightly-hidden utilities on your own.  

11.20 - 12.15


Jonathan Levin - Technologeeks

A history of OS X hacks. Jonathan will give a detailed explanation of past vulnerabilities in OS X - against which no security product would help. How is it that hackers can infiltrate a system, without directly knowing or even needing the root password? Details of actual past hacks, with examples, will be provided.

Join Jonathan in this session where we learn from the past to secure the future.

12.15 - 13.00


13.00 - 13.55

Swift Playgrounds Inside and Out

Mr π

WWDC 16 brought new OS releases, hundreds of new APIs - and a new app, Swift Playgrounds for iOS.  We'll devote one slide to everything else that was announced, and hundreds of slides to dissecting this new tool and the new Playground Books format.  We will also make several references to how tough everything was when we were getting started with programming and how jealous we are of tools like this that not only make Swift fun for beginners, but easier for experienced developers too.

14.05 - 15.00


All speakers and the audience

We’ll gather all the speakers to a panel for a free debate on everything Mac related. But not enough with that! We invite you, and everybody else to take part of the discussion too.