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Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 04:20 am PT (07:20 am ET)

MacTech registrants get free Apple certification through Thursday

This Thursday marks the deadline for MacTech Conference registrants to receive a free $200 Apple Certification Exam in advance of the three-day event, which will be the first major opportunity for IT professionals and Apple developers to discuss the newly unveiled Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in person.

MacTech Conference 2010 is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2010, at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, Calif. Registrations completed before Thursday, Oct. 28, are eligible for a free $200 Apple Certification Exam included in the $899 registration price.

Those who don't need to take an exam can take $100 off and register for $799. But both of those offers expire on Thursday.

In addition, MacTech Magazine will select one Twitter user who follows its account, @mactech, before this Friday, Oct., 29, at 11 a.m. Pacific to receive a free conference badge for the MacTech Conference. If the winner has already purchased a conference pass, their purchase price will be refunded.

MacTech Conference 2010 is fast approaching, and the Sheraton hotel is filled up for some of the nights of the conference. Additional options are available at mactech.com/conference/travel.

AppleInsider is proud to be a sponsor of MacTech Conference 2010, which will include about 40 sessions from world-class speakers. The full conference schedule can be viewed at macte.ch/conf_schedule. Other highlights of the conference include:
  • Sessions focused on making IT professionals and developers even better techs. Activities designed to help people meet new contacts, experts and spend time with their peers.
  • As the first major event after Apple's Lion announcement, MacTech Conference will be the first public opportunity to discuss Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), how to take advantage of the new App Store for Mac, and the impacts of Lion's new features (including Mission Control, Full Screen, Launchpad, Auto save and Apps resume).
  • Mac-based Planetary Exploration Rovers controlled by iPod Touches — come see the first public demonstration of them. Professor Wolfgang Fink from University of Arizona will be talking about the rovers, the boat, and vision technology on the last day of the conference. See more at mactech.com/conference/rovers.
  • Keynote by Andy Ihnatko, technology journalist of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Macworld's "Trends in Virtualization" panel, including the inventors of Parallels Desktop and representatives from VMWare.
  • Exclusive evening at the Griffith Observatory including a behind-the-scenes look at how planetarium animation is created.