5 of the best apps for events

As part of the #CITTechIssue we pick five of the best apps for events that are designed to encourage delegate interaction.

Top event tech trends 2014, #CITTechIssue
Top event tech trends 2014, #CITTechIssue

SLI-DO
Sitting in on a two-hour panel discussion on topics that have no relevance to you or your company at a conference you have travelled three hours to get to can be annoying. Sli-do aims to make this a thing of the past. By using the app attendees can submit to the panel the questions that they want answered. Once submitted, and moderated, the questions will appear on an interactive wall allowing each one to be voted on. Those with the most votes will be put to the panel and unpopular questions will drop down the wall eradicating any chance of trivial questions being allowed to spoil the debate.

C&IT verdict: With the added feature of being able to poll your audience, Sli-do allows organisers to put the customer at the forefront of the event.

GENIE CONNECT
Genie Connect's Web Event apps are bucking the trend with their portal for everything an organiser, client and attendee needs, but with usability applicable to everyone's standards. By creating a web portal using the app's 'super simple' CMS, you are able to see who is at your event, what they are interested in and who they are connecting with. Attendees are able to network with other delegates, as well as sending meeting requests and highlighting their favourite sessions.

C&IT verdict: Having all your event information in one place gives you 100 per cent event insight throughout the day.

MOMENT.ME
Moment.me allows organisers to curate images of their event from a multitude of social networks. By creating a 'moment', you are able to harness an array of visual content that has been posted on networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from your attendees. The app uses social media to increase participant engagement and allows others to interact with the event from around the world while it is still happening.

C&IT verdict: With agencies trying to extend audience interaction after the event itself, Moment.me allows delegates to look back and share snapshots of their day with others.

WILD GOOSE
Putting on an event in a foreign destination is all well and good but how often do the delegates get to leave the hotel and actually take a proper look around? This app offers something unique for event planners and allows users to form teams and explore the destination while learning about the event. Because all the content is available via a QR code, the app can be completely self-run. The content can be as creative as you like - from company-themed trivia to a ransom video from your kidnapped boss who you have been given the task of finding.

C&IT verdict: Wild Goose Treasure Hunt gets creative with the tour experience while offering a rare team-building incentive.

MEMECUBE
Having a room full of delegates tweet throughout the day can leave an awful lot of information to sort through. With Memecube, organisers and attendees can sign into the app and it will automatically associate their tweets with the event itself or specific panels or keynote speakers. Memecube also offers incentives to those who use it including prizes for the most tweets and retweets, as well as recognising those delegates who have signed into the most sessions.

C&IT verdict: Memecube offers attendees a real incentive to interact with the event while keeping them up to date with each development as it happens.

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