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Next week MobileTechCon 2014 starts in Berlin. As usual I developed a BlackBerry 10 Conference App

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If you already have the app installed from previous MTC conferences you’ll be notified about the Update – if you’re a new user, simply open BlackBerry World and search for ‘Conference2Go’ where you’ll find all my conference apps. http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/35145887

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There’s also an app ‘Conference2Go IoT’ for the IoT Conference happening at the same time.

The App contains the Sessions, Speakers and Tracks, allows to checkIn at Foursquare see location on map and more.

This time new is first support of new BlackBerry Passport device – I’m working on a redesign for BlackBerry OS 10.3.

Here are some screenshots from BlackBerry Passport:

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and here some screenshots from Z30:

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have fun !

Only some days left and german developer conference JAX 2014 starts in Mainz. I’ll be speaking there about M2M, IoT, MQTT and besides all the RaspBerry of course a BlackBerry 10 Device will be part of the show: this time controlling a Flying Shark and collecting Data from a Truck.

Again I developed the native BlackBerry 10 App ‘Conference2Go JAX’ – you can download here at BlackBerry World for FREE:

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Here are some screenshots of the app.

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Hope to see you in Mainz.

I’m speaking at Mobile Tech Conference (MTC) in Munich and I also developed the BlackBerry 10 Conference App. You can download this app from BlackBerry World:

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The APP runs on all BlackBerry 10 Devices with 10.1+, supports dark and bright theme, portrait and landscape and also shortcuts from Q5/Q10.

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Before starting with the app you should go to the settings from App menu (swipe down) and connect your Calendar and Notebook.

From Home Screen you can Invite others to the app, leave a review, CheckIn via Foursquare, Open the BlackBerry Map, get all tweets on #mobiletechcon and more.

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Tapping on the most left Icon shows you the Tabs to navigate throught he App:

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The list of all sessions – separated by weekdays using a segmented TitleBar:

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For each session you can get the details:

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below the abstract you’ll find all presenters of a session. tapping on one gives you speaker details:

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You can take a look at the room. the session-room is marked yellow:

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from session detalis you can also add Notes (via Remember / Evernote), Tweet directly from inside the app about the session, mark the session as scheduled / favorite, open the corresponding Calendar event:

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Here you see HowTo add / edit a note:

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besides the sessions for tuesday, wednesday, thursday there’s also a list of the workshops from monday:

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The list of Speakers:

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Search for Speakers from speaker list:

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get the speaker details

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Besides the list of sessions and workshops there’s also a list with tracks, where the sessions are grouped by Category:

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Selected tracks are grouped by day

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get Session Details as usual:

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from list of session presenters get speaker detail info to see bio and other sessions presented by this speaker:

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The Venue Tab gives you some more infos on the conference and venue:

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Floorplan and Images of all rooms:

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Do your Foursquare CheckIn directly from inside the app:

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get the location on BlackBerry Map:

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From Session Details you can add or edit Notes (Evernote integrated) and from Venue Tab there’s an easy access to all notes you already have entered:

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Open the Conference Website in Browser:

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From all Pages you have access to the Application menu by swiping down from top border.

There’s an About and FAQ Website, you can give Feedback via integrated email Composer and you can edit your settings: Calendar and Notes – integration.

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Give Feedback by integrated Message Composer:

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Set the Calendar to be synchronized with your scheduled Sessions or the Notebook:

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If a calendar is connected, you’ll find your session schedule inside your Calendar and so you’ll get a Notification in BlackBerry Hub 15 Minutes before Session starts.

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From all Lists with Sessions, Workshops, Tracks or only scheduled Sessions in many cases it’s not easy to get the overview: what will happen in which room, which sessions are running at the same time or as next in a room or if there are some holes in your schedule.

That was the reason why I developed a special Overview Page. Here’s a Sessionlist from a selected track for tuesday:

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From ActionBar Overflow menu you can get the Overview:

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This Overview is generated dynamically from your selections – a really great way to do this using Cascades in native apps. it’s so fast that you don#t recognize the dynamic creation.

The Rooms are at x-axis and time slots are in y-axis. The height of a session container depends from duration.

You can switch to landscape if there are many rooms side-by-side. You can also pinch & zoom.

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Tap on a Session Container marks this one as selected and you can get the details and do what you want: set / unset as favorite, tweet about session, get Presenters, write a noe, …

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Wish you fun with Conference2Go MTC on your BlackBerry 10 Device.

As you probably know I’m doing this app in my spare time. If there are any bugs or requests please let me know using the Feedback from Application menu.

In less then 2 weeks this years Eclipse Conference will start in San Francisco.

Unfortunately I’m not there this time because exactly same week the MobileTechCon (MTC) happens in Munich, where I’ll speak at two sessions.

Of course – as all the years before – I developed the Conference2Go EclipseCon App for BlackBerry 10 devices. You can download the app from BlackBerry World here:

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Here are some screenshots:

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Hint: before starting with your schedule please open the settings from app menu (swipe down) and connect a calendar, a notebook, …

Here’s the Sessionlist: select the day from segmented titlebar:

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Selecting a Session gives you details:

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Selecting the speaker shows Bio and all the sessions. If speaker has twitter you can directly tweet with him

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tapping on the room shows you the room of the session. Session-rooms are marked yellow to find them easy.

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of course you can pinch & zoom

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scheduled items are marked gray:

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session details. you can select session as favorite. if you connected the app from settings with a Calendar, your session will inserted as event into the calendar.

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Open the Calendar event directly from inside the app. please notice support of timezone: in this case I scheduled a session from germany and the app automatically created the event in Pacific Time (-8)

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besides the list of sessions, there’s also a list of tracks where sessions are grouped to make it easy to find what you’re looking for:

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sessions of a selected track:

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from sessions or tracks you can get an overview of selected sessions

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this overview shows you the rooms (x-axis) and the start- / end-time (y-axis)

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you can pinch and zoom:

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from the overview tap on a session to see the datails:

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… and get speaker infos:

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there’s also a list of speakers. you can search into the list to easy find what you’re looking for

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Speaker Details:

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From venue tab you can get more infos about the conference:

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the floorplan and all rooms:

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CheckIn via Foursquare directly from inside the app:

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Open the BlackBerry Map for the conference venue:

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Remember (Evernote) is integrated into BlackBerry 10. From Session details you can add Notes (Text, Image, Audio) and from Venue Tab you’ll get an overview of all your notes. The good thing: coming back home from the conference you’ll find all notes on your desktop synchronized by Evernote.

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You can also jump directly to the conference website.

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As you probably know: I’m doing these conferenc2go apps in my spare time.

if something is wrong: there’s a feedback action from app menu (swipe down)

This year first time I’m speaking at Developer Conference in Hamburg about mobile Computing.

I also developed the Conference2Go App DC you can download from BlackBerry World for free:

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TBD (just submitted – waiting for approval)

Here are some screenshots from the app – the first three with little help from Heiko Behrens ShapeitApp.com.

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Have Fun with Conference2Go DC and see you in Hamburg !

Conference2Go MTC

August 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

Now I’m also supporting MobileTechCon (MTC) conferences from my Conference2Go product family.

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You can download at BlackBerry World:

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Conference2Go MTC works the same way as Conference2Go JAX – a detailed information can be found here.

Here are some screenshots (thanks to Heiko Behrens visible on devices) from Conference2Go MTC:

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Have fun with Conference2Go MTC !

Conference2Go JAX

April 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

Conference2Go JAX is the new Conference APP for attendees of JAX conferences.

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You can download this app from BlackBerry World

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BlackBerry 10 FLOW

This article will demonstrate how Conference2Go will be used by Conference attendees. Perhaps you already heard about BlackBerry 10 Flow – but what does this FLOW of seamless integrated workflows mean ? Will this have an impact on the way how to develop mobile Applications ?

Conference2Go APPs are an example and I will explain it. I attended uncount developer conferences in germany and worldwide so I know the requirements and tried to solve as much as possible.

Before you go to the conference

Download the Application

First step of course is to download the application from BlackBerry World.

If you’re wondering about the size of 9 MB – there are some high qualitiy images inside to enable you to zoom into floorplans. Also a first version of data will be delivered with the app, so you don’t have to wait for first initializing the app throught the web. Conferences always have international speaker and attendees, so I want to avoid to transfer a huge amount of data where some attendees are in roaming or expensive hotel wifi or slow conference wifi. Conference2Go later only needs a small amount of traffic to get some updates.

Settings (Calendar, Remember, Foursquare)

If starting the application the very first time, you’ll get a Tip-of-the-day telling you about some settings you should do:

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Settings are placed in the Application Menu you reach if swiping down from top bezel:

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Conference2Go is integrated with the native BlackBerry Calendar: your private schedule can be synced with Calendar Entries and you get the comfort of collision detection if sessions are overlapping. If you would like to use these features, you have to enable the sync: check the box and select your Calendar:

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Conference2Go stores the selection and now uses your selected Calendar to add / remove Sessions and to test against for Collisions.

Conference2Go is also integrated with native BlackBerry 10 Notebooks (Remember App) where you can store all your notes about sessions and more. If you’re using a Notebook from Evernote, then all your notes are synchronized with Evernote, so you have access from other devices and your desktop.

I’m always creating a special Notebook for each conference – so perhaps it’s a good idea at first go to your Remember APP and create a new notebook (Folder) for JAX 2013:

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Now from Settings select your Notebook:

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Last step is the Connection to Foursquare. Conference2Go is connected App and if you always have running Foursquare on your BlackBerry10 device, you can use Foursquare without a new login. Connecting your Foursquare Acoount with Conference2Go is easy: In Settings there’s a button to do this: Conference2Go then goes to your Account and asks you if you want to allow Conference2Go to use it:

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Conference2Go only uses Foursquare to do CheckIns or to search for some criteria near the Conference venue.

Now your settings are configured 🙂

Navigate through the Conference days

It’s a good idea to create your personal schedule before going to the conference. JAX 2013 is a huge conference:

  • 180+ speaker
  • 220+ sessions
  • 30+ tracks
  • 24 special days
  • 14 rooms
  • 3 main conference days (tuesday -thursday)
  • 2 extra days (workshops, special days on monday / friday)

here’s an overview from the website of the conference:

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HowTo manage this on a small device ? a real challenge !

Here’s my solution on BlackBerry 10 developed as native app with cascades.

The most important part of the conference – the main conference – is reached directly from Conference2Go Home screen.

At the bottom there are the most important Tabs:

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tapping on Sessions will give you the sessions from Tuesday to Wednesday. Tap on a day and you’ll see all sessions of this day ordered by starting time.

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Also available directly from Home are the workshops:

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Tapping on Workshops gives you the workshops and also some sessions of special days happening on Monday or Friday:

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If Sessions or Workshops are opened the Tab Bar shrinks and only displays the selected one at bottom left.From there you can navigate through all main components of Conference2Go and here you’ll find more ways to find your sessions and get an overview.

Besides the Sessions and Workshops there are also Tracks and Special Days and infos about Speaker:

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Tapping on the Tracks you get a list with all tracks of the conference:

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Each session can be connected to one or more tracks. For each Track you see how many sessions will happen on which days.

Tap on the List Item of the Track you’re interested in and you’ll see a list of the sessions available for this track.

The list is ordered by starting time and from top you can select the day.

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Same is for the Special Days. Tapping on Special Days from Tab- Sidebar you’ll get the list of all Special Days:

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Then it’s the same as for the tracks: tap on a line to see the sessions – also sorted by starting time and by day.

Now you know where to find the sessions for

  • Main Conference (Tuesday – Thrursday)
  • Extra Days (Monday and Friday)
  • Tracks
  • Special Days

If you’re interested into the speakers at JAX – there’s a special listing of all Speakers:

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For a conference like JAX 2013 this is a long list, so I added a Search.

Tap on Search from ActionBar at Bottom and type your search criteria:

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Now it’s up to you to find your favorites:

Configure your schedule

You have seen there are different ways to navigate to a specific session from main conference, workshop, tracks or special days.

If you want to get more informations on a session simple tap on the list row and you’ll get a Session Detail page:

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From this details page you see all the categories belonging to this session, the type (Session, Workshop, keynote), the room and you can read the session abstract.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find the list of Speakers for this Session.

You want to add this session to your Favorites to get it into your personal schedule ?

There’s a toggle Button in the ActionBar: “set as favorite” (or remove as favorite if you change your selections.

Sessions marked as Favorite will get a small flag to visualize the status.

Your Session Lists also have a toggle to see all sessions of the selected day or only the favorites.

Here you see a list of sessions only for favorites:

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From ActionBar you can toggle to see all sessions again – so you can switch easy.

The Overflow Menu (bottom right) gives you an option to see sessions from your list in a special Overview Page.

Here you see the Sessions you flagged as Favorite. As you can easy see both will be in room “Goldsaal C” and from timeline you see the start and duration of the sessions.

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The size of the Overview Page depends on your selections and you can pinch and zoom with your fingers and move the content around.

BTW: the complete page will always be created on demand dynamically and Cascades does a great job: rendering is very smooth and fast.

Here are some more samples what you can get from the Overview:

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Using this Overview Page it’s easy…

  • to locate your sessions (which rooms)
  • to see what happens at the same time (Timeline)
  • where are free slots
  • to recognize your Favorites (flagged)
  • to look at special days or tracks.

From the Overview page you can also tap on a session and get the details and directly from there to set / remove as Favorite.

If you have enabled synchronization with Calendar, Conference2Go automaticalle adds your Favorites to the selected Calendar:

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It comes even better: there’s another cool feature helping you doing your schedule. Jumping back and force between days and tracks and special days and marking sessions as your favorite, it may happen that you’re loosing the overview and you run into collisions if marking more then one slot as Favorite .

As soon as you tap on “Select as Favorite” you’ll get a warning:

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Now you can decide:

  • Cancel ? From the title of the overlapping Session you know that you want to give this session priority
  • Manage the Collisions ? You’re not really sure and want to take a look at the overlapping session(s)
  • Set as Favorite ? Perhaps you’re only collecting Sessions and want to decide later, then Tap on this and go on

You decided to manage the collsions ? Then you’ll get a special Overlay Page:

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Now you can tap on the Sessions, study the details and set/remove as Favorite 🙂

Istn’t this comfortable ?

At the JAX 2013 Conference

CheckIn with Foursquare

Conference2Go is integrated with Foursquare – so it’s a good idea to checkIn at JAX 2013. Using Conference2Go this is a one-tap-action from Home Menus or Venue Tab to get this:

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Explore the Conference Center (Venue)

From Home Menus or Venue Tab you can explore the Conference Venue.

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You need the Loaction of the Conference ? Locate the Convention Center (Orte das Convention Center) opens the location in BlackBerry Maps. From there you can also easy search what’s nearby: Restaurants, Hotels, …

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Where are all the rooms ? There’s a List with Floorplans and Images for each Room:

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The list is grouped by Floorplans and sorted by Rooms inside Floorplans.

You can tap on a Floorplan to get the image:

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If you tapped on a Room, you get this Room marked with a red arrow:

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In all these images you can zoom-in and zoom-out with your fingers. (In fact the image was viewed using BlackBerry 10 ImageViewer, but thanks to Invocation Framework it feels like inside the app.)

Twitter is also integrated and if you’re interested into Tweets using the conference Hashtag #eclipsecon, you can do so from venue Tab and you’ll get the list from the native Twitter APP:

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Attending Sessions

From the Session Detail Page you can do more then only setting as Favorite.

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Because Twitter is integrated, you can easy tweet about the session you’re attending. As you see it’s also easy to add an image to the tweet. All of this INSIDE the Conference2Go APP 🙂

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At the Bottom of the Session Detail Page you’ll find the Presenters. Tapping on a Presenter you’ll get the Speaker Bio:

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If the Speaker has provided a Twitter Account, a Tweet@Speaker Action becomes visible and you can directly mention the Speaker:

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From Session Detail you can also take a look at the Room Location:

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it’s easy to zoom into the details with your fingers:

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For me at conferences there was always aproblem: HowTo write my notes, where to store images and more for a specific Session and HowTo remember at home and HowTo get it on my desktop. Using my MacBook isn’t always comfortable in crowded rooms without tables, so I would prefer to do it all only from my mobile.

Conference2Go makes this easy 🙂

BlackBerry 10 has a native app to manage notebooks on your BlackBerry 10 device. These Notebooks can besynchronized with Evernote and Evernote is available for all platforms.

Thanks to Cascades Invocation Framework I can integrate Remember (Evernote) into my application. Now from a Session Detail page with a simple Tap I can create an Entry in my Conference Notebook. The Title is the name of the Session and I can type my notes. I can even add or capture Audio, Images, Video or add attachments.

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From venue Tab there’s also a special list of all my Notes I added for this conference, so it’s easy to edit them and perhaps add a audio.

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At Home

When you’re back from the conference at home, all your Notes from the conference are already waiting for you.

Don’t delete the app – you’ll get updates for the next JAX conference.

You like this app ?

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If you like this app, there are some options to help spread the word on this:

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  • You can invite others to BBM (BlackBerry Messenger is integrated)
  • You can leave a Review (BlackBerry World is integrated)

Need feedback

If you find bugs or have some ideas HowTo make the app better, from ApplicationMenu you can send feedback to me as eMail:

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Have Fun with Conference2Go

If you need an App: I’m developing quality BlackBerry10 APPS for customers around the world 😉

If you want to write such kind of apps by yourself: You can book a training (in german or english)

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hint: BlackBerry Push Services will be added soon and be integrated for next JAX / W-JAX conference