5 Apps that Freshen Participation at Your Meetings
Mar 24, 2015 by Anonymous

New apps are emerging every single day; some of them are game-changers, and some of them are time-wasters. Meeting Planners need apps that will perform, and they don’t necessarily have the time to hunt around for options. The following five apps are making a positive difference for Meeting Planners as well as facilitating a better overall experience for meeting attendees!

 

  1. Speecheo – Know your attendees better while making them smarter.

What it does

Crowned as the winner of IMEX America’s 2014 Technology Start-Up Competition, this app will allow audience members to use smartphones and tablets to easily follow the slides of a presentation and take notes. Attendees use their own devices to view and save slides, record audio, create notes, and share ideas that are synced to the presentation.

Why it’s good for Meetings

For attendees, the app is a revolutionary way of turning a live slide presentation into savable, trackable, sharable, reference material. For speakers and Meeting Planners, the app lets them view information shared by guests—allowing them to analyze the success of the presentation and better understand what information was the most valuable for their audience.

 

  1. Meerkat – Tweet Live Video.

What it does

After breaking into the public eye during SXSW, Meerkat has had everyone wondering if it’s a revolutionary app, or just a fad. However, the live video tweeting application has a number of remarkable benefits for Meeting Planners. Meerkat allows your Twitter followers to easily watch your live, streaming video in real-time.

Why it’s good for Meetings

This app is an excellent way to instantly distribute live video content such as lectures, speeches, and product demonstrations. The app allows Meeting Planners to stream live video to all of the event’s Twitter followers simultaneously. It helps connect long-distance attendees and is an excellent promotional tool.

 

  1. Topi – We connect people in a random world.

What it does

Like a match-making service for meeting attendees, this event networking and connection app helps link-up like-minded people. The app suggests group conversations and provides profiles ranked by relevance, as well as offering instant translations in more than 70 languages.

Why it’s good for Meetings

Rather than assuming that meeting attendees already know each other or assuming that name tags are enough to start productive business talks, Topi facilitates deeper social networking. It also works with geo-location to alert guests about the potential contacts that are in their immediate vicinity, making it simpler to arrange face-to-face conversations.

 

  1. Refresh – Insights for common ground.

What it does

Refresh pulls information off multiple Internet sources, giving attendees a broader picture of the achievements, research, skills, work experiences, and educational background of fellow attendees.

Why it’s good for Meetings

This app can give you a reminder of how you first met a contact. It can give you news about a person’s recent achievements or blog posts. It can help you understand a person’s perspective on a decision or a particular topic. It can help you avoid sticking your foot in your mouth. This app helps lead to better conversations and more relevant presentations by offering meeting attendees deeper insight about fellow guests.

 

  1. Crowd Mics – Your crowd has a voice.

What it does

Crowd Mics is an app that turns any smartphone or tablet into a microphone. The app works through Wi-Fi, and all devices must be connected on a common router; however, this also allows the system to operate without needing an Internet connection.

Why it’s good for Meetings

Your meeting will already have a high-quality sound system for broadcasting audio from leaders, speakers, and presenters. Crowd Mics supplements meeting audio by easily enabling clear verbal communication from any audience member. This app makes it simple for attendees to ask questions, participate in conversations, and offer suggestions—allowing Meeting Organizers to help achieve a more productive dialog between all participants. Meeting leaders receive a list of attendees waiting to speak, or they also have the option to enable open and immediate communication for all participants.

 

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