Best Apps for Events, Conferences, & Meetings in 2019

If you’re doing business in 2019—regardless of the specific industry you’re in—there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been to a conference, even, trade show, meeting, or a similar event for your industry in the past year.

Perhaps you were an attendee looking to network and drum up business,  a presenter or keynote speaker sharing your knowledge, or manning your company’s booth at your annual industry trade show. Or, perhaps you may have been responsible for organizing an event or conference, which is no easy task.

Regardless of the capacity in which you were involved in a conference or event in 2018, there’s an even greater chance you’ll be attending one or more events in 2019: A 2019 report from Bizzabo notes that a remarkable 84% of company leaders (defined as VP or C-Suite level) believe “in-person events are a critical component of their company’s success.”

With interest and attendance in conferences and events growing steadily year over year, it’s very likely there’s at least one conference, event, trade show or meeting your company will be be involved with, one way or another, this year.

One key element of the vent experience that has grown in importance is the mobile app that connects conference attendees and presenters with the event. These apps are able to handle everything from scheduling, itinerary, directions, networking, and even connects attendees to the neighborhood and city in which the event is taking place.

Can you imagine attending a conference in 2019 without your mobile phone? How about attending a conference that didn’t have a dedicated app for you to reference and utilize? That’d be one basic event—and anything worth attending simply must have a dedicated mobile app in 2019.

As an event organizer—whether you already have an app for your event or not—you’ll want to review this list of the best conference apps. Reviewing 2019’s best event apps could help you squeeze even more value out of your event for both sponsors, speakers, presenters, and attendees by finding the right solution when it comes to creating a mobile app for your event.

Plus, it just might help you grow your event’s attendance and revenue.

Pro Tip: When attending an event, install the conference’s dedicated mobile app on your mobile device before getting on the plane to Conference Town, USA!

The Best Apps for Conferences, Events & Meetings in 2019

Peatix

“Peatix is a global event registration platform that provides organizers with the tools to create, promote, and sell out events.”

🔎 Overview

Who It’s ForConference/Event Organizers

Used By: Komeeda Chef Showdown, TedX Bushwick, Stand Up For Passion & more

SummaryPeatix is an event management platform that was founded in Japan, and has since gone international. Their mission is to enrich and enhance events, making it easier for organizers to launch their conference or event, and making it easier for users to attend.

First, organizers are encouraged to create groups to build a community around their event. By growing your group on Peatix, you can utilize their community to keep members up to date about your latest events by utilizing Peatix’s email and in-app notifications. The app is used to keep track of sales and manage every aspect of the event, and has been shown to generate even more tickets for event organizers. Peatix states that 20% of all ticket sales are generated through recommendations from the Peatix app and platform.

Peatix offers a fully-customizable events page, allowing organizers to design around their own brand, create multiple ticket types, embed photos, videos and slides, promote with a custom event URL, password-protect private events, offer promotion and discount codes, assign seating function, a lottery-draw for high-velocity events, utilize a ticket cutoff time, and create custom registration forms and surveys. They state that creating an event can be done in as little as 3 minutes: “Fill in your event’s date, time, place and what it’s about. Easily upload images and videos. Create tickets and start promoting!”

Another benefit of the Peatix platform is their transparent pricing structure. It’s free to sign up and create an event. There are no hidden costs; their fee is a 4.9% processing fee plus $0.99 for each ticket sold. There are no fees for ticket buyers; no service or registration fees; and no cost for free tickets. Peatix is available in 25 countries.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: https://peatix.com/

Email: [email protected]

Phone: n/a

Contact: https://peatix.com/contact

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peatix

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/id561632513?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.peatix.android.Azuki

🎥 Share your passion, bring your event to life – Peatix Event Organizer Stories

EventBoard by Teem

“More than a meeting room booking system, Teem incorporates visitor management & workplace analytics software for a more efficient office. Try Teem for free!”

🔎 Overview

Who It’s For: Conference/Event Organizers

Used By: Lyft, airbnb, LinkedIn, Atlassian & more

Summary:   The EventBoard app from Teem hopes to change the way you do meetings. The app allows you to display upcoming meetings and coordinate conference room reservations that’s built on top of their robust cloud management platform, Teem.

The Teem mobile app lets conference and event organizers create a complete, mobile guide to their entire event in less than 24 hours. It offers interactive floor maps to see which rooms are available and make new room reservations, all in real time. Plus, enjoy seamless integration with Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, or Office 365/Outlook.

Manage your entire conference agenda: Map out your full itinerary for the event, providing attendees with a mobile app to find the sessions, meetings, and workshops they need to attend. The app also allows you to create surveys, upload your floor plans / booth layouts, build out agendas, and display a news feed.

Event organizers can find real value in the ability to solicit immediate, electronic feedback on every session through the app, which offers feedback that starts the minute each session ends…which means no follow-up email campaigns, mailers, or handwritten feedback to worry about.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: https://www.teem.com/

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+1) 415-423-2373

Contact: https://www.teem.com/contact/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/teemforwork

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eventboard-book-meet-work/id536208667?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=enderlabs.eventboardandroid.full

🎥 Meet Teem – EventBoard changes name to Teem

Pathable

“Create successful, engaging events with a powerful mobile event app and conference microsite your attendees will love.”

🔎 Overview

Used By: Microsoft, SAP, TechCrunch, Yahoo, and more

Who It’s For: Conference/Event Organizers

Summary:   Pathable’s goal is to help you create engaging events by allowing you to create a powerful mobile event app and a conference microsite that your attendees will love.

Some of the more notable features include:

  • Attendee Networking and Community – Searchable attendee directory and speaker profiles, private messaging and public forums for fostering meaningful networking.
  • Personalized Guest Agendas – The ability to provide each guest with a personalized itinerary ensures that your guests find their way to meetings and sessions without issue.
  • Private Meeting Scheduling – Foster meaningful connections and networking with the ability to view participants’ free / busy time, request meetings, book meeting rooms, and more.
  • Interactive Maps – Useful, interactive trade show floor maps allow your attendees to find and connect with the exhibitors they’re looking for.
  • Added Value for Exhibitors & Sponsors – Including branded landing pages, meeting scheduling, sponsored suite reservations, lead retrieval, interactive trade show maps, sponsored push notifications, and gamification

Plus, Pathable offers an open API lets you easily integrate with your preferred AMS, CRM, or registration tool. Their partners include the likes of Salesforce, Eventbrite, Aventri, Hubb.me, iMIS, and more.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: http://pathable.com/

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+1) 866-809-0252 (outside the US, call +1 503-837-2753)

Contact: https://event-resources.pathable.com/pathable-mobile-event-app-demo-request

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pathable

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pathable-eventconnect/id1288740494?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pathable.events

🎥 Tools for Conference Planners: Pathable’s Event Experience

Guidebook

“Easily create apps for events, conferences, trade shows, and meetings using the world’s best app building platform. Whether you are organizing a small event, large event, university orientation, employee training or onboarding program, Guidebook has you covered.”

🔎 Overview

Used By: Amazon, YouTube, Coca-Cola, Google, Stanford, HBO, and more

Who It’s For: Conference/Event Organizers

Summary:   Guidebook is trusted by some of the biggest companies in the world. That’s down to the fact that it’s simple, powerful and intuitive.

Guidebook claims that you’re able to build a native iOS or Android mobile app in just four easy steps with their “world-class” CMS. For those of you without development teams, or without any coding knowledge in-house, this solution is ideal as there are no technical skills required!

They also provide ample security with their products, offering SAML and SSO so the personal info and user data you’re collecting is protected and kept private.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: https://guidebook.com/event-apps

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+1) 888-733-3942 (outside the US, call +1 503-837-2753)

Contact: https://guidebook.com/demo/request/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/pathable

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pathable-eventconnect/id1288740494?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pathable.events

🎥 Tools for Conference Planners: Pathable’s Event Experience

Whova

“Provide the best experience to your attendees with the award-winning event app! Enable them to participate and interact more actively, and build two times more connections. Up-to-date event information, personalized agenda, live polls, messages and exciting photos are all at their fingertips.”

🔎 Overview

Used By: IKEA, L’Oreal, Stanford University, Harvard University, Lego, Mitsubishi, NASA, and more

Who It’s For: Conference/Event Organizers

Summary:   Whova is an award-winning mobile event app that serves to revolutionize event engagement and networking with their technology. Whether you’re hosting a conference, community event, trade show or expo., Whova’s mobile event app was tailor-made for your needs.

With mobile brochures, event organizers can save on printing costs — reportedly, as much as 60%. Their internal statistics also point to a staggering 10x event engagement “with ease.” Of course, more engaged attendees are happier attendees…and happier attendees are more likely to return, and tell their friends. Their engagement tools include push notifications & email messages; live polling to capture attendee feedback and attendance stats; a community board to post social activities, host Q&As, and promote carpooling; a Twitter outlet to create social buzz; and gamification features to make your event even more fun and engaging for attendees.

Additionally, more engaged attendees will naturally equate to more revenue, value, and business development with the vendors attending your conference or event. This, in turn, equates to more revenue for your event the following year.

Whova prides itself on making it easy and simple for event organizers to upload all of the necessary documentation and event information to the app, including: Personal Agendas (multi-track & session management); Interactive Maps (so your attendees aren’t getting lost); Document sharing (for slides and handouts); Note taking (attendees can take notes anywhere, and they’re all searchable); Branding (build your event’s brand with customized branding of the app); and Offline access (no need to rely on sketchy wifi).

They also offer features to promote event sponsors within the app, helping to provide ancillary revenue streams or as a means of adding even more value to your sponsors and corporate supporters. This includes sponsor banner ads in the app, a sponsor list with logos and links to their official sites, exhibitor profiles, giveaways and coupons, and targeted lead gen.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: https://whova.com

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+1) 855-978-6578

Contact: https://whova.com/pricing/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhovaSupport

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whova-event-conference-app/id716979741?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whova.event&hl=en_US

🎥 Whova Event App and Management Solution – Save Time and Provide the Best Experience for Attendees

Attendify

“Build elegant event apps and registration pages to elevate the entire attendee experience and put your event data to work. Start creating your event for free.”

🔎 Overview

Used By: Pepsico, Google, Udemy, Philips, AstraZeneca, Swarovski, AWS, Uber, PayPal, and more

Who It’s For: Conference/Event Organizers

Summary:   Attendify is a content-rich mobile event app that allows organizers to leverage the inherent social network that a conference or event generates.

Features include:

  • Messages – Attendees can easily share updates and ideas easily with short posts.
  • Photos –  Attendees are encouraged to post event photos right on the activity stream, which is shown to everyone, encouraging others to do the same.
  • Introductions – When participants join the event app, they’re featured right on the activity stream, increasing engagement and networking potential.
  • Quick Polls – Engage your attendees and benefit from immediate feedback on sessions and the event with real-time polling.
  • Private Messages – Attendees can direct message each other within the app, which encourages networking and fosters deep connections without the need to leave your event’s app
  • Notification Center – Attendees see likes, comments and push notifications at a glance, which gives your event app the feeling of a traditional social media app and experience.

Attendify’s event app does not require any coding knowledge, or even coding resources to build. You’re able to leverage their drag and drop editor to build out your event’s app. This allows you to customize and brand the app to make it yours, while easily adding agendas, tracks, speaker bios, maps, sponsor lists and more.

If you do have coding experience or development resources, you can take advantage of the Attendify API to populate attendee and other data. Otherwise, you can simply upload via XLS templates, or add it manually.

Finally, Attendify offers a range of event performance analytics to help you measure engagement and ROI. You’re able to quantify attendee engagement, identify your key influencers, analyze overall sentiment, and quantify and report sponsor ROI.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: https://attendify.com

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+1) 866-944-8678

Contact: https://attendify.com/company/contact

Twitter: https://twitter.com/attendify

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/attendify/id1262403617?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.attendify.app

🎥 Attendify – How it Works

Eventbase

“Discover the Enterprise Event App platform that scales from global conferences to small events.”

🔎 Overview

Used By: Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, Adobe, South by Southwest (SXSW), Sundance Film Festival

Who It’s For: Conference/Event Organizers

Summary:   Eventbase is a premium solution that allows companies, organizations, and conference organizers to create one or more white-labeled mobile apps for their event(s). Their customers include premium brands like Microsoft, HP, ESPN, NFL, Huawei, Zeitgeist 2017, South By Southwest (SXSW) Go, the Olympics, and more.

Their mobile event app platform is lauded for its ability to scale as you grow to support multiple events / your entire event strategy. You can utilize their platform to create your organization’s first Premium event package, allowing you to customize the branding and design and offer engagement tools that are focused on your attendees.

After that, you’re able to utilize your Enterprise Event App to add more events from across your company or organization, in addition to other integrations, intelligent features for the app, and more.

Eventbase has dedicated solutions for every type of event or conference: Enterprise Event Apps, Corporate Meeting Apps, Conference Apps, Trade Show Apps, Festival Apps, and Sports Event Apps.

If your organization is planning to, or already has, multiple events and conferences and you would like to manage the corresponding mobile apps from one platform, then Eventbase may be the right app for you. It offers the ability to maintain consistent branding and user experience, which will reflect well on your brand.

🔗 Links & Contact

Website: https://www.eventbase.com

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +1 604-568-2988 (US/Canada); +44 (0) 203 475 7171 (EMEA)

Contact: https://www.eventbase.com/request-demo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EventbaseTech

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/eventbase-technology-inc/id319753163

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Eventbase+Inc.&hl=en

🎥 Eventbase – Event Apps for Premium Events

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