Upon reflecting on the previous two years of my work, I’m incredibly proud of the things I have been able to accomplish. I managed to write some technical posts which got noticed by the community, I was invited to speak at try! Swift NYC, I organised Australia’s first international conference for Swift and Apple developers, and now I’m about to relocate to San Francisco and join the Facebook team.
Speaking of Playgrounds, it was such an amazing experience getting the opportunity to meet everyone and creating an environment for people to learn and make new friends, it was all a blast. Australia and New Zealand have such a rich Apple developer community and I'm so grateful for everyone that supported myself and the event.
While I was waiting for my US visa to be approved, I spent some time in Thailand and caught up on a lot of me-time, which I felt was long overdue. After a bit of introspection and pondering on what I should be next working towards, I’ve decided to take the next to year to focus my attention back towards engineering while settling into and exploring my new Californian home.
Unfortunately, this decision has forced my hand to make some tough decisions and I’m sad to say that Playgrounds won’t be returning in 2018. This decision was an incredibly difficult and daunting one to make, but I hope everyone can understand my reasoning. There's still a slight possibility that it may return the following year, but a lot of things have to fall into place before I'm able to make a decision and commit.
Once again, I thank all of you which showed support and passion for Playgrounds. I couldn't have asked for anything more and I'll be forever grateful of you.