Monday, 31 October 2011

Using apps in the event industry

Using apps in the event industry
We pretty much all now have some form of device that can uses apps, be it iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry. Most of us have some social media apps and possibly a few games or so, but can we use them to be more productive when on-site at an event or conference? Below are my top 10 favourite apps for use within the event industry.
Conference CO2 Calculator
To keep an eye on our carbon footprint
The Conference CO2 travel calculator from Tourism Ireland is an application for the iPhone that allows you to calculate the carbon costs of flying to and from your next international meeting or conference. It will help you work out which locations for your event might be less harmful to the environment than others, depending on where your delegates are travelling from.

World calendar
To make sure we don’t plan a meeting on a bank holiday

World Calendar allows you to choose one or more cities from its database of 30,000 cities in 150+ countries of the world. It calculates fixed and movable dates for public and religious and world holidays.
A "must have" application for Traveller's and people who want to coordinate holidays and meetings around the world.

Mighty meeting
To show our pitch presentation at any moment
With MightyMeeting you can store presentations and demo videos in the cloud and access them anywhere and anytime from the web, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Content can be shared privately in online discussions. It can also be presented in online meetings. Any number of people can start or join a meeting via a lightweight HTML-only application running in a browser or using a native application running on a mobile phone or tablet. Meetings can be run over Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G wireless connection.
To make sure you know exactly what you’re doing
Get the best travel app for your iPhone. Builds your itinerary automatically and puts it on your iPhone. Finds flights and hotels. Connects to maps, converts currencies, shows weather forecasts and world clocks.

Super Planner
To make sure you can plan for any eventuality
Super Planner is a business app for the professional event planner. It provides a variety of planning tools, including calculators for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projection and dance floor, as well as useful tips in several areas.

ifly Pro Airport & Flight Guide
To know your way around any airport you’ve been flown into

iFly Pro Airport Guide provides in-depth details to over 700 commercial airports, and is based on the popular service at – but in a portable, native application that can be used off-line.

Want to know what restaurants will be in your terminal, see how to navigate to them? Is there WiFi? How far the connecting gate is? Transport options? Look no further…
To know you can find a good restaurant anywhere

How many times have you found yourself in need of finding the closest Petrol Station?
AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi.

For every listing you can choose to see its location on a map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend.

To allow your delegates to get the most out of your event
Attending conferences, tradeshows or just about any event is a whole lot richer experience with Grupio. Grupio provides instant access to event details, social networking (Facebook and twitter), live updates from organizers and more.

As an attendee, you can access event schedules, sessions, speakers and exhibitors. Also, get latest alerts and updates from the event organizers, connect with other attendees before and after the event, share your thoughts on twitter and Facebook. All of this from within the Grupio application!

To make sure your clients are best prepared for their conference
ShowGuide was designed to provide conference attendees a convenient tool to navigate conferences without having to carry bulky printed guides. With ShowGuide, attendees can view all of the courses/sessions, exhibitors, venue maps and general information available for partnered events. You can setup favourites to streamline your event experience. ShowGuide will allow attendees to download and store multiple events to their device for use offline.
To make sure you can take notes at a moment’s notice
The original, best-selling handwriting app for iPad now includes photo annotation. Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea - in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.

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