Attending a business conference is a great way to learn more in your field and expand your professional network. And keeping a smartphone in your pocket allows you to enhance your skills and development at your fingertips. Below, we’ve compiled a list our 6 favourite apps that you can access directly from your cellphone or tablet to help you get more out of upcoming events.
Navigate the conference like a pro. With EventBoard, simply search for a particular event and browse conference sessions by keyword, name, speaker or time slot. Depending on what information is downloaded from the conference catalogue, you may also have access to maps and floor plans to facilitate your experience.
2. Event Brite
This app displays upcoming events and allows you to instantly RSVP. Plus, the geo-locator within Event Brite not only helps refine your search for what’s happening nearby, but also offers you recommendations based on the types of events you’re interested in. Once you’ve chosen the event you wish to attend, Event Brite shows you whether any of your friends are going. You can also view event details, get directions and purchase a ticket online. The app is great for those who are environmentally conscious, as you can access your chosen event with just your smartphone in hand – no paper ticket required.
3. CrowdCompass Directory
You’ll really get the most out of your conference with CrowdCompass. With this app you can navigate the layout of the event with an interactive map, find what interests you most, and even network with fellow attendees. An added bonus, CrowdCompass works offline as well. Even if you’re overseas for work and turn off international roaming or data, you’ll never get lost at a conference again.
Meeting like-minded business contacts is an invaluable aspect of any conference experience. The app allows you to send out information about yourself and your business, and links up professions with common interests using integrated messaging. Unsocial is also a pool of information for conference attendants, with real-time updates regarding speaker biographies, maps, agendas and social media platforms.
With the amazing quality of cameras and microphones being built into smartphones today, it’s no wonder we use them as our go-to gadget for capturing important moments. Perfect for business functions, Eversnap allows users to privately share knowledge and learnings via photos and videos taken at a certain event, among chosen friends or colleagues. Videos of any length and unlimited photos are all stored for free and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection.
The wealth of information you receive at a conference can be overwhelming, to say the least. Thankfully, all the notes, photos, and voice memos taken on your smartphone or tablet can be pushed across all of your devices, both online of offline, using Evernote – saving you time and multiple paper cuts! You can then share what you’ve got with friends, or keep it filed away for a later date. Once you’re done inputting the information, you can go back anytime and easily search by keyword. For the fun geek in all of us, be sure to check out the business card scanning feature so you stay in touch with new contacts.