This year our partner hack2learn invited us to join in on WWJC, the official Jailbreak Conference, held on 23rd and 24th of August in New York. As we believe that people should be able to use their devices the way they want and not being bound to closed and therefore heavily restricted and controlled systems, we found the WWJC the perfect occasion to meet up with interesting people and to sponsor a good cause.
If you want to find out what jailbreaking really means and how to perform a Jailbreak, please refer to the following article: How to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 6?
Getting ready for JailbreakCon
For some of us it was actually the first time in the United States and we were quite excited to discover the homeland of Apple, the Jailbreak and especially the people behind the Jailbreak, such as Saurik who is the inventor of Cydia and more or less the master of all things Jailbreak.
When it came to organizing our trip, we trusted in the guys from hack2learn, who already traveled on several occasions to the United States. One talk on Skype and a quick search on Airbnb was enough to find the ideal place to stay and discover New York. Right in the heart of Brooklyn, close to Barclay’s Center and only a two minutes walk from the subway, we found ourselves an apartment, which actually turned out to be a cosy and spacious house.
After discovering the surroundings, dinner with friends and a short repairing sleep to outwit our jetlag, it was time to head to New Rochelle and to get started with the Jailbreakcon.
First day at WWJC
The first day at the Jailbreakcon was dedicated to different workshops, mostly for developers talking about the different Jailbreak options and tweaks they developed. The first workshop was held by Jay Freeman (saurik) about developing for jailbroken iOS devices. Saurik showed us how to modify an existing iOS Tweak with mobilesubstrate. For the API Documentation please refer to cydiasubstrate.com
He was followed by Britta (member of team saurik) who was the only one to address non-developing issues like filing bugs, testing and contributing to the JailbreakQA for Cydia.
After the lunch break Saurik got back on stage again to explain how to modify settings via PreferenceLoader.plist and was talking about how to write Cydia Tweaks with Theos.
Also quite interesting for those who are in iOS development, was the workshop with Ryan Petrich, who was talking about Diet Bulletins. In general, the ambiance this first day was quite relaxed and we pretty much enjoyed discovering and talking to committed young people who impressed us with their know how in terms of iOS development.
This first day was also marked by live blogging and heavy use of Social Media. If you want to know what was happening on Friday 23rd you should check out on Topsy and Twitter or click through the live-stream (link at the bottom of the article).
Second day at WWJC
The second day was for the large public and several very talented developers were talking about their projects and presenting them to the participants.
The first talk was done by Joshua Hill (Twitter: @p0xsisninja) about OpenJailbreak. He essentially explained what OpenJailbreak is, what it will contain and for whom it will be.
The 2nd talk was done by Nikias Bassen (Twitter: @pimskeks) the CEO of SamaraIT located in Hamburg, Germany. Nikias Bassen actually teamed up with others to form evad3rs, the team responsible for the iOS 6 Jailbreak. Nikias explained to the audience how they actually did the iOS 6 Jailbreak.
Nikias was followed by Carsten Heinelt (Twitter: @iFile4iPhone), another very well known person among Jailbreakers for its very successful Cydia app called iFile4iPhone, which he actually presented to the audience.
The next one on the schedule is Ryan Petrich, a very skilled young guy, who re-introduced the Tweak Week, a community project that aims to release one tweak a week over the next few months. To find out more about it, follow this link: Tweakweek.com
Ryan was followed by Adam Bell who was talking about his Tweaks and straight afterwards Saurik decided to provide us with some more information about the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and our right to repair, unlock or modify things we own. To be informed about your rights and to join the cause, please refer to Fixthedmca.org.
The closing presentation was held by Filippo Biga, who actually is not only developing for iOS and specially Cydia, but who uses his skills and presence in Cydia to support a good cause. Find out more about his contribution to pediatric cancer research under Filippobiga.tumblr.com
You missed WWJC 2013? The livestream is still available and you are invited to join in on Livestream.com
We enjoyed being part of WWJC and want to say THANK YOU for amazing days in New York!
Our special thanks go to:
- Saurik IT (Jay, Britta and Patrick)
- Carsten Heinelt
- Nikias Bassen from Samara IT
- Bruce from iCarbons
- And all the other speakers and persons we met