Apple (News - Alert) made the announcement yesterday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place this June from the 11th to the 15th in San Francisco, California. On the same day, tickets for the insanely popular event went on sale at about 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and were sold out within two hours. This year, Apple has decided that tickets are not transferable, meaning developers who missed out on the initial sale are completely out of luck — well, almost completely anyway.
An anonymous man posted a want ad on Craigslist Wednesday, shortly after the WWDC tickets sold out, with the headline, “I will legally change my name to yours for a WWDC ticket – $1,600.” The body of the posting states that this San Francisco-based man is willing to offer as much as $2,100 for a ticket, which cost $1,600 when purchased directly from Apple, as well as a number of other services meant to “sweeten the deal” — including jury duty, handling DMV license registration and even “Any of your court ordered community service up to 40 hours.”
Of course, since tickets are not transferable, legally changing his name to the ticket seller's would grant the man access to the WWDC while also allowing him to complete his proposed deal sweeteners. Oddly, the man also says he'll throw in an additional $500 if the ticket holder's first name happens to be Jebodiah.
While this could all be meant as a joke, it isn't that hard to believe that someone might go to these lengths just to secure a spot at what is arguably the hottest event in tech. For one thing, there have been rumors that details will be revealed on the much anticipated iPhone (News - Alert) 5 at the conference. Even without the possibility of a new iPhone announcement, however, Apple's popularity and position in the tech world are enough to make WWDC an event worthy of such drastic measures as a name change for some.
This year's WWDC promises over 100 sessions focused on developing for Apple's OS X desktop and iOS mobile platforms.
Edited by Jennifer Russell