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Hacking with Swift: Live!

July 13th/14th 2020 – Bath, England

If you like Hacking with Swift, you'll love Hacking with Swift Live! This is an in-person iOS event covering everything new from WWDC20 plus a variety of core skills and techniques, all packed into two days of learning.

Even better, all profits go to charity!


The first day Paul is inviting some of his favorite speakers around the world to come and inspire you with new ideas and techniques.


Day two is hands-on: we'll be working through all-new projects teaching you everything you need to get up to speed with WWDC20 and Swift 5.2


Meet old friends and make new ones – Hacking with Swift is a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive community where everyone can take part.


All profits will go to charity. Yes, really. Come and build your Swift skills, meet new folks, and help make a difference to those who need it.

About the Event

For the first time ever, Hacking with Swift is happening live and in person. We're busy putting together a program of events that will help everyone get more from iOS and Swift:

  • INSPIRE: The first day is devoted to talks from some of Paul's favorite speakers, where you'll get fresh ideas to help improve your projects.
  • BUILD: The second day is 100% hands-on tutorials and workshops so you can put into practice the latest and greatest technologies from Apple.

Our goal is to bring people together from around the world to learn, network, make friends, and share our love of programming. More importantly, we believe in helping build others towards their own success, which is why all profits from the event go to charity.


We'll be announcing the first speakers soon!

If you would like to join our event, reach a wide range of iOS developers from the UK, Europe, and beyond, and help support charity all at the same time, we would love to have you sponsor Hacking with Swift Live.

Please email and we can send you our sponsor pack.

Key Info

Here's the least you need to know:

  • Dates: 13th and 14th of July 2020. Both are full days, and your ticket will include lunch on both days plus coffee and assorted treats.
  • Times for day 1: We'll start with a welcome talk at about 9:30am, with the first speaker starting at 10am, and the last talk finishing shortly after 4:30pm.
  • Times for day 2: We'll start at 9:00am and finish later – the last workshop will finish at 5pm, but there's chance to finish up afterwards or come to our informal drinks if you have more questions. Hopefully that gives you ample time to ask all the questions you have and get lots of code-level support!
  • Party: On Monday evening we'll be holding a social event near to the conference venue. More details announced soon!
  • Location: Hacking with Swift Live will be in Paul's home city, Bath, at the Apex hotel. Its address is James Street West, Bath, BA1 2DA (Google Maps link).
  • Getting there from the UK: Bath Spa is a direct train from London Paddington or Bristol Temple Meads.
  • Getting there from elsewhere: Bristol is our nearest airport, and it's about 40 minutes to Bath. If you're coming from further away you might prefer to fly to London Heathrow then get the train to Bath Spa.
  • Accessibility: The venue is fully wheelchair-accessible; please get in touch if you need specific accessibility information.

There are lots of places to stay nearby:

Sponsor Packages

If you would like to join our event, reach a wide range of iOS developers from the UK, Europe, and beyond, and help support charity all at the same time, we would love to have you sponsor Hacking with Swift Live!

Please email and we can send you our sponsor pack.


Code of conduct: We strongly believe that everyone should feel welcome to attend Hacking with Swift Live without fear of discrimination, harassment, or abuse. As such, we have a conduct of conduct that and we expect all attendees to play their part in creating a welcoming, encouraging place for everyone to succeed.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

If at any point you have problems, questions, or concerns you should contact either Paul in person or by email, or speak to one of the organizers. These people will be highlighted during the opening of the first day, and are available to help at all times during both days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the agenda?

We're still working on the details, but the broad plan is for day one to be about inspiring you with new tips and techniques, and for day two to be as hands-on as possible. The Hacking with Swift style is all about giving folks the tools and resources they need to build great apps themselves, so when you leave Hacking with Swift Live you'll have lots (and lots) of code.

How is it different from last year?

2019 was our first year running a conference, and we had a lot of great feedback from attendees to help improve. In 2020 many things will be the same: the first day will still be talks from various speakers, we're still in Bath, and we're still at the Apex Hotel. However, we want day two to have a very different feel this time: we'll be working hard to make sure there's significantly more workshop time to complement the tutorials, and we're also working to find a bigger, better venue for our party.

Will it be recorded?


Am I too junior?

It's hard to put on a "Goldilocks event" where the talks aren't too hard or too easy, but "just right". However, the goal is to make sure we have something for everyone: we'll do our best to make sure there's a spread of challenges that will suit relative newcomers through to experienced developers, and we'll have mentors on hand to help answer questions.

I've never been to a conference before – will I fit in?

We want you to feel welcome, no matter whether it's your first conference or your hundredth. If you're traveling alone, if you don't know anyone, or if you just want a little help meeting people, let us know and we'll do our best.

What if I buy a ticket then need to cancel?

At about four weeks before the event we actually need to pay all the bills to make the conference happen – paying the venue, arranging food, ordering materials for attendees, etc. So if you need to cancel your ticket before June 15th you can get in touch and we'll help. After June 15th we have literally spent your money to make the event happen, so refunds are no longer possible – you should either re-sell your ticket or give it away.

Will Paul's dogs be there?

We can't make any promises, but… 🐺🐺


Hacking with Swift Live is a community-run event run by volunteers – these folks are giving up their time so we can donate everything to good causes. If you have any problems, concerns, or questions before, during, or after the event, they are here to help.

Illy Hudson

Illy Hudson


Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson


Dan Leivers

Dan Leivers


Ian Lockett

Ian Lockett


Chris Rivers

Chris Rivers