Several years ago during BarCamp Nashville, a large, technology unconference, an issue came up about the many technology events taking place in the city. The community was growing quickly, and it seemed like a new meet up was occurring daily. It was becoming difficult to keep up. Not having a listing of all events was problematic for attendees, because there was no way to see everything in one place. It was easy to miss an event simply by not knowing it existed or when it was scheduled for.
Another issue was for the organizers. These folks (myself included) were unknowingly scheduling events that conflicted with other similar events. It was a mess.
A Simple Solution
The solution was a simple one, and it’s still used today.
Event organizers are encouraged to contribute to the calendar by adding their events. This gives everyone a simple way to see everything taking place in the coming days, weeks and months. Like Apple’s iCal, a Google Calendar can be subscribed to, making it easy to keep track of what’s coming up.
New solutions to keep track of local events have come up since the calendar’s inception in 2009. The slick WannaDo app, which I expect will expand beyond Nashville in the coming months is a great example of this. It’s an app that you can add events to and socially share the ones you plan to attend.
A simple Google Calendar can help you keep track of what’s happening in your city. I even use one to keep track of my life.
How do you keep track of the events in your city? Are you an organizer? How do you avoid conflicting with other events? Leave a comment. I would love to hear what you have come up with too.
Photo by Drew Maughan
This post originally appeared in Owner Magazine.