Conference Organizing Made Easier With BusyConf

August 22, 2011

12:30 pm

We have all been to conferences that are poorly organized – signage sucks, trying to choose a session to attend is nearly impossible due to lack of details, and so on.  While some of those issues can be attributed to inexperience, a lot of it boils down to the simple fact that organizing a conference is not easy – there are a million details to account for, never mind problems that pop up at the last minute.

DC-based startup BusyConf was founded and bootstrapped by software developers Ryan McGeary and Jim Garvin to make organizing and attending conferences easier and better.  As Ryan told me in a phone call,

We wanted to alleviate the pain we felt as conference attendees. Most conference schedules are poorly organized, lack relevant information, and are not published in a way that conference attendees can easily access. We put together a dynamic, HTML5 schedule that is a breeze to use, with different versions optimized for the Desktop, iPhone, Android, iPad, and printer.

Because of the app’s platform, attendees don’t need Internet access to look up the schedule; if any changes are made while they’re offline, the schedule will be updated immediately when connectivity is re-established.  Conference organizers can easily drag and drop speakers and activities into and out of the schedule as they change.

Once they addressed the experience of the attendees, they turned their attention to the conference organizer.  BusyConf helps organizers collect proposals from speakers and sponsors, rate and objectively select them, and keep in touch with them during this process, and instantly build an online schedule.

BusyConf is currently in beta and looking for conference organizers in the early phases of planning their conference.

 

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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