The 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is happening this week in California. It’s an annual forum for Apple to showcase its new software and technologies to software developers. Naturally, there is some pretty cool branded merchandise on offer. Keeping with the tradition of past years, Apple is again giving registered developers and scholarship winners a free jacket when they pick up their badges. This 2018 jacket is a hip denim number from Levi’s that features a removable WWDC 2018 pin on the left breast pocket.
In addition to the fashionable jacket, attendees also received a set of pins. As you can see below, the pins are influenced by Emoji and Animoji.
Certainly, some folks were stoked to receive the swag:
Ran into my son when dropping off Apple store swag at the hotel so I gave him his new WWDC T-shirt and put me hat on him. Looks like an attendee now 👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/94Ehmlzmrh— Ben Chatelain 🚀 WWDC (@phatblat) June 5, 2018
Of course, you can’t please everyone:
Spotted in the trash outside McEnery: someone’s WWDC attendee swag bag— Michael Steeber @ WWDC (@MichaelSteeber) June 4, 2018
Beyond the official conference swag, brands attending the event had merch on offer, too:
First time ever at WWDC: morning (06:30!) HIIT workout with Kayla Itsines (Sweat app, there are a lot of ads over the Internet).— Vera Tkachenko (@iVira) June 5, 2018
It was fun and I got some swag. pic.twitter.com/RfuN4IEXN1
It all goes to show: Even at a conference focused on pioneering digital technology, tangible promotional products remain valuable, sought-after vehicles for brand enhancement, community building, and saying thanks. Swag on ~