About X World

X World is our conference for people who manage or administer Mac OS X & iOS installations in either a support, lab manager, network technician or systems administration role. X World is a public event – anyone who works in the space is welcome to attend.

X World 2017 will be held at the University of Technology Sydney (Broadway City Campus) on June 28-30, 2017.

The conference includes workshops and plenary sessions, and there are plenty of opportunities for delegates to meet and interact, share experiences, and learn about projects they are working on. Networking and meeting other people who share similar interests is a major part of X World and one of the main reasons people return every year.

Sponsors and Partners

This year our event partner is Jamf Software. Jamf has contributed significantly to X World’s and the local Mac admin community in recent years, and it’s a pleasure to be working with them again.

We’re also delighted to have a new sponsor on board for 2017, and welcome Watchman Monitoring as a Silver event sponsor. We thank them for their support!

Special Guests

We’re thrilled to announce two special guests this year – Joel Rennich and John Kitzmiller.
Joel RennichJoel is the General Manager for Trusource Labs Enterprise Services in Austin, Texas providing Apple device management and help desk to customers around the globe. Previously he was an Enterprise Systems Engineering Manager at Apple doing all kinds of fun things with lots of cool people and solving crazy problems to allow for integrating Macs and iOS devices into enterprise environments.

Recently Joel has been greatly enjoying himself working on projects to help people get into a casual binding environment and removing the need for binding to AD at all.

Prior to Apple Joel was frequently seen speaking at Macworld, WWDC and other conferences and gatherings of Apple-minded admins. Joel has traveled the world helping customers adopt OS X and in 2002 he setup afp548.com and had a lot of fun with that too.

Joel is a classically trained journalist and plied his trade as a paparazzi chasing Monica Lewinsky before rising to become the Director of Photography for United Press International in Washington DC. If you’re lucky he’ll even tell you some of his Monica stories, as the stories are better than the photos…

John KitzmillerJohn Kitzmiller has helped organizations big and small deploy Apple devices all over the globe. As a Professional Services Engineer for JAMF Software, he deployed Apple devices on 5 continents in some of the largest and most complex environments. As a Senior IT Consultant for The Linde Group, John helped some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest and fastest growing companies design their Apple deployments.

John has now taken his skills in house at Fastly, a content delivery network in San Francisco. With some of the tightest security restrictions and privacy concerns he’s ever encountered, John has designed a deployment strategy to support a global user base based on his agile deployment manifesto.

Who should attend?

There are no prerequisites for attending X World other than a good working knowledge of OS X (exposure to 10.11/10.12 recommended) or iOS and a basic understanding of UNIX concepts such as file structures, directories and basic networking. Different streams during the event will cater for both technical staff new to OS X & iOS as well as UNIX gurus and Mac veterans.