Pony Cons is a convention tracker for My Little Pony conventions. Developed in conjuction with my friend Foalpapers who handles data, Pony Cons takes the data of all the (surprisingly many) conventions and condenses it into an usable and accessible presentation.
The first version of Pony Cons was developed as an iPhone application, but was rejected from the App Store for almost a year due to Apple’s incorrect belief that the project used copyrighted and trademark names and images from Hasbro. After months of rejections, the application was eventually approved in June 2014.
The Pony Cons iPhone app showed a list of conventions and guests which could be favorited, and favorites would trigger push notifications when a convention announced a new guest, or a guest of honor was announced for a new convention. It also showed all the conventions on a map, to help you find conventions to attend.
After several updates, Apple rejected the app again for using the Today widget API. The app did nothing wrong and used the widget APIs exactly in the manner they were meant to be used. Despite this, App Review wrongly rejected the app several times, and it took lots of terribly frustrated emails with Apple developer relations before the app was finally approved. It would be the last update to the app, and the last time I subjected my work to Apple’s App Review process. The app was removed when my developer program expired in 2017, though it still functions for people who have it.
The project lives on, however, in the form of a web application that is currently in development.