Are you wondering what apps can enhance your networking at conferences?
There’s something about a “real-world” conference that can’t be duplicated.
However, your experience can be enhanced with the right apps.
When attending a real-world conference, you benefit from the energy of a room full of like-minded people, the ability to grab lunch with a favorite presenter and the opportunities to network with other attendees.
In this article I’ll reveal mobile apps that can help you maximize your time and results when attending your next real-world conference.Why Mobile Apps at Conferences?
Before we look at some essential conference apps, let’s take a look at how we got here.
First came the paper era.
Years ago, you would attend conferences armed only with a pad of paper and a writing implement (or you’d annoy your neighbor with requests to borrow his).
You’d collect business cards, gather receipts and carry around a tote bag full of exhibitor booth sell sheets and sticky notes. In short, you’d arrive home with reams of paper.
Next came the laptop era.
Later, some forward-thinking people would bring laptops to take notes. Wi-Fi was still uncommon, but they could save their notes for later review.
As more people starting bringing laptops, the value of power sources and extension cords skyrocketed. Outlets became conference campfires, with attendees sitting cross-legged on the floor in semi-circles around them. Chants of kumbaya could often be heard echoing down conference hallways.
Welcome to the mobile era.
Now you’ll likely come armed with a tablet and smartphone to make the most of your conference experience. You take notes, take pictures and record videos. You connect, engage and follow up. And the apps available on these mobile devices continue to evolve.
Via Ricard Lloria