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October 10, 2013

CONVENE -- 20 Must-Download Apps for Event Professionals

By Katie Kervin, Convene

Sometimes, technology actually does make our lives less complicated. We’ve rounded up a collection of apps that promise to make your work life a little simpler to navigate.

As of late August, according to  VentureBeat — a website that covers entrepreneurial ventures and disruptive technologies — more than 1.2 million mobile apps were available for download for iPhone, Android, and Windows (although not all of them have been updated recently) via their various online marketplaces. On average, VentureBeat reports, 2,371 additional apps are published every day.

Thousands of these mobile and web-based apps are specifically designed for our work lives — including a wide range targeted to meeting professionals. Planners now have options for handling event registration, site visits, coat-check logistics, and speaker management through apps developed by companies focused solely on this industry. And a large number of organizations are migrating toward mobile apps that are created exclusively for their meetings — whether they’re developed in-house or by an outside vendor — in order to cut back on or do away with printed programs, quickly communicate scheduling changes to attendees, and generally make it easier to navigate the meeting and explore the meeting destination.

But what about apps that help meeting professionals in their day-to-day work — outside of their on-site conferences? While planners face unique challenges in the workplace that make industry-specific apps a welcome development, they also benefit by downloading apps not designed solely with the meetings industry in mind. But wading through hundreds of thousands of available downloads in the iTunes App Store or Google Play (for Android devices) to find those apps can be daunting, to say the least. To help sort through some of the clutter (Candy Crush, anyone?), Convene spoke with several meetings-technology experts about the apps that they think are most valuable for planners. Their go-to apps span a number of categories and uses, but in general all of them can help planners lead more productive and organized — and maybe even less stressful — professional lives.

Read Convene  story here: http://convn.org/20-apps

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