At IDR Solutions lately I have been extremely busy with the preparation for the biggest event for Java, ‘JavaOne 2014’, and found that sometimes I can get overwhelmed, especially when attending big events and conferences like JavaOne.
To help with preparation, Ive ensured that I should travel light and keep track and control everything from my smartphone and tablet.
Having previously wrote about ‘The 10 best Android Apps for Designers and Web Developers‘ I decided to revisit the top 10 apps category but this time I look at the best time saving android apps that you can use for attending JavaOne and conferences and events in general.
So with the help of my trusty Android Smartphone and my keen interest in technology and love of gadgets I decided to see what I could find that would help me with my work. There is plenty of choices of Apps on the Google Play store however I just chose the ones that best suited my needs. So after installing and trying a few out, here is my list of what is in my opinion the best Apps for someone attending a conference.
Google Goggles is an image recognition android application developed by Google. It is capable of doing searches based on pictures taken by your android device. For example,you could take a picture of a famous landmark and it could identify this landmark. It can also be used as a barcode and QR code scanner which is especially useful as some exhibitors at JavaOne or any other conference may be using QR Codes on their leaflets and handouts.
Of course attending a large conference means, a lot of networking. A lot of networking means, a lot of business cards. This particular Android app Seamlessly captures the contacts information from business cards in 21 languages and is a powerful mulch-function contact data management application which is capable of syncing cards data across Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) via cloud storage, saving card info on cloud storage and sharing business contacts data via e-mail, SMS or Wi-Fi.
EventBrite is really useful for Networking as it helps you to discover popular local events, that are happening and allows you see which events your friends and colleagues are going to! You can use this app to quickly access all of your Eventbrite tickets and event information from your Android device. Make sure you don’t miss anything with this application.
Tasks is 100% free and open source software and and is built on the same code as the original Astrid application (which Yahoo closed down) but differs in many ways. Although some of Astrid’s best features are still there (color-coded priorities, multiple categories, smart recurring tasks, reminders and notifications), you can no longer sync across devices, and tasks are local only (but you can still import and export your to-dos lists). It is worth downloading if you need to save on data or just need to have a app for creating a quick checklist before going to the next talk or keynote.
Pocket is a useful little application which you can used of you want to view something later, maybe you saw something blogged about, or some important news. You can put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket (articles, news stories, blog posts, videos, recipes, web links and more..) and best of all it works offline so if you are at a conference overseas you can save your content to your android tablet or smartphone when you have WiFi access and view it offline.
The Mindomo Application is useful for conference attendees especially if you need to collaborate with other team members as you can work together on mind maps in real time whilst one person is attending a talk and another is in Starbucks both can add ideas together. Mindomo as access to unlimited maps and folder, offline work, multiple layouts (circular, concept, org chart), map customization, image embedding (for all those conferences photos), full map history, undo and redo functions. Definitely something you shouldn’t go without.
Hoot suite is great if you are in charge of managing and scheduling posts to multiple social media profiles such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and more. Using Hoot suite you can update your social media feeds all from one app (currently its free for up to 3 social network accounts). You can publish messages, monitor mentions and conversations and track analytics all from one device which is great if you want to update your followers with the latest news from JavaOne or any other conferences you are attending.
So your new in town attending JavaOne? Not sure where to eat, meet friends, or have a drink then Zomato is your best option. Its easy to use and helps you with dining options in the city. There are reviews, maps, location searches, you can view restaurant menus, pictures, deals, discounts, recommendations and more. And if you are in the UK you can do in-app table books (if the restaurants are supported).
When attending a conference, things can get expensive. What better way to keep track of your expenditure than using this handy app. With this app you can turn your android smartphone or tablet into a receipt tracker/scanner and expense report generator. All the pictures are filed accordingly allowing you to build a expense report (available as PDF and CSV files), and there is also built in support for different currencies.
If you are a developer and are probably traveling light when attending conferences and maybe carrying only your smartphone and tablet. Terminal IDE ensures that you can continue to code whilst on the go. Terminal IDE is a complete java / android C / C++ / HTML / development environment. It uses the command line, and works with many powerful open-source applications, It works with a external keyboard and also has a reasonably good support on its softkey keyboard. If you would like more information you can also find out more information on Spartacus Rex website.
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Hopefully this guide as given you some useful ideas of what Android apps you can use whilst attending JavaOne and other conferences in the future.
Do you use your Android Phone in a similar way? let us know what apps you use.
In case your interested in JavaOne 2014 and further coverage of the entire event check out our JavaOne Series Index, which covers everything that is happening and is constantly updated, keep checking back for new info!