If you’re hosting an Edcamp, a major conference, or even just a birthday party … there’s a free app that can help you increase awareness and get people more engaged. I could see this being useful at just about all education conferences and events held around the world.
The free service is called Yapp and it’s a drag-and-drop app builder for iOS and Android that lets you conceive, build, and launch your very own branded event app in a very short period of time. If you have absolutely zero web design / development skill, Yapp is for you. If you’re hosting an event and need people to sign a virtual guestbook, view detailed information about the event on the go, or just browse some images of past events … it’s simple enough to do.
We created our very own Yapp and it was a snap. By creating the fake Edudemic Conference 2013 app, we went from start to finish in about 10 minutes (give or take … the dog was barking). While I have plenty of web skillz (with a z), it is still a daunting task to consider building an entire app for just a single event.
Or really just building an app in general. That kinda thing usually takes months or the better part of a year.
I was impressed with the ease of use with Yapp and would recommend it to anyone looking for a basic app. It may not be a super-customized thing you want but hey, it’s better than having no app … I think.
There’s a lot of drag-and-drop app developers out there hoping you give them a try. We wanted to call out Yapp because it just seems so useful for education conferences. We know there are hundreds of these events every year so education event organizers should pay attention. But, building an app is not for everyone. Even if it’s as simple as Yapp. So here’s a couple alternatives event organizers could consider:
You can sell your tickets through Eventbrite and then attendees can download the dedicated app for event guests. It lets them do many things including access a QR code for their ticket (you can scan said QR code with a separate Eventbrite app).