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Filtering by Tag: Wannado

How to Plan Local Events

Dave Delaney

Photo by Drew MaughanSeveral 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.

The Nashville Technology Calendar, powered by a simple Google Calendar.

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.

Wannado. How iPhone Apps Can Help With Networking.

Dave Delaney

Steven BuhrmanI first met Steven Buhrman from my work with the popular Nashville business accelerator, Jumpstart Foundry. He has been tirelessly working for the last year on his events app, Wannado. I finally got to give Wannado a test drive recently and I'm very impressed. This blog is all about the intersection between traditional business networking and how technology enhances our efforts in building relationships.

Steven has built a wonderful app, Wannado, to help us find local events to meet new people and to grow our business networks.

D. Who are you what do you do?

S. My name is Steven Buhrman. Like many Nashvillians, I'm a proud transplant. I moved here from Northern California about a year and a half ago and quickly found a home in Nashville's growing tech & start-up scene. Since moving here, I've been working with folks throughout the community to create Wannado.

Wannado AppD. What is Wannado?

S. Wannado is an iPhone app that let's us discover Nashville's best events and experiences from the vantage of our personal interests.  Kind of like "Pandora" or "Spotify" but for local happenings.  The app lets us tune in to the stuff we care about, and tune out the rest.  It's also a streamlined way to keep up with what local guides and Facebook friends "wannado". The goal is to end the days of saying, "I wish I knew about that", whether that's a live show, a chance to do good in the community, or a career opportunity.

The key is to leverage the power of mobile technology to feed real world relationships and create new opportunities for ourselves.

D. How does it improve business networking objectives?

S. Wannado's "Work & Network" channels allow us to tune into the local business networking events that matter to us personally. So for instance, I'm a tech entrepreneur, so Wannado feeds me recommendations for all the start-up, geek & techie events in Nashville.  I also use Wannado to follow local tech gurus like Mark Montgomery, Chris McIntyre, Marcus Whitney...and yes, even Dave Delaney! So I'll never miss another Geek Breakfast or Nashcocktail because I didn't know about it...

D. In your opinion, how do mobile applications in general help networking?

S. Our lives are more mobile and transient than ever, so I think the key is to leverage the power of mobile technology to feed real world relationships and create new opportunities for ourselves.  I'm a bit idealistic on this point, because I believe that opportunity is everywhere.  The problem is we can't always see it because the marketplace is crowded and events are fleeting. Mobile apps can help us capture these moments and make the most of them.  That's our mission at Wannado - to make opportunities visible to the right people at the right time.

D. Which other apps would you recommend a savvy networking person use?

S. I'm a big fan of "Sparrow" which is basically a $1.99 upgrade for your native iOS Email app.  I also recommend "Alfred" as a super smart way to browse local bars and restaurants based on your interests.

Thanks Steven.

Now it's your turn

Which apps do you use to enhance your networking efforts?