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In this article, we look at the best event planning apps for corporate events, conferences and meetings. The apps listed below offer amazing resources for networking, gamification and note-taking that will help your attendees get the most out of your event.

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Conference Networking Apps: Our Top Picks

Encouraging the use of smartphone apps can be a highly effective way of helping attendees get the most networking value out of your corporate event.

1. Brella

Designed specifically to help professionals develop meaningful business relationships, Brella is a popular choice for facilitating networking at corporate events. The app’s powerful matchmaking algorithm allows attendees to easily connect with their peers and arrange one-to-one meetings with just a few clicks.

2. Attendify

Attendify allows users to network in a private, event-only community. Attendees can also use the app to stay up-to-date with event changes and access documentation, such as speaker presentations and notes. One nifty functionality is the schedule feature which can be used to design personalized schedules and set reminders.

3. Whova

The Whova smartphone app boasts a wide range of functionalities which aim to help attendees get the most out of their event experience. These include gamification features such as live polling and surveys which enable users to get more involved in the event. However, its networking features are what really make it stand out. Our favourite feature is the ability to easily scan and save business cards in one secure place.

Corporate Event Gamification Apps: Our Top Picks

A hot topic in the event management world, gamification helps to drive attendee engagement by introducing elements of competition and play into the event experience. If you have read up about gamification, and are interested in applying it to your next conference, meeting or corporate event why not try one of the below apps?

4. Sli.do

The Sli.do app allows audience members to easily participate in live polls and Q&As during speaker presentations. It gathers and presents results quickly and can help to streamline Q&A sessions. What’s more, by allowing audience members to ask questions through their phones Sli.do gives speakers a better way of involving introverted crowds.

5. Event Mobi

Event Mobi uses gamification to create an exciting and memorable experience that encourages attendees get the most out of the event. It enables event organisers to engage attendees through fun challenges. Attendees are rewarded for particular actions (e.g. interacting with others, visiting exhibitors or attending sessions) and can compete against each other in event challenges.

Best Event Note-Taking Apps: Our Top Picks

Rather than keeping your notes on countless scraps of paper and random notebooks, why not use an app to easily keep track of your learnings throughout the conference? These apps are ideal for keeping notes in a range of formats including text, photos, links and even videos.

6. Evernote

Evernote is a virtual, cross-device notebook app in which you can neatly organise all your learnings and key takeaways. While not strictly designed with conferences in mind, Evernote does have some cool features which may come in handy. For example, you can record audio of speakers to listen back to later. It’s also possible to scan and annotate business cards. Another good idea is to use the app to create a checklist of follow-ups with tasks to complete after the conference

7. LinkedIn Slideshare

Organisers can use Slideshare as a channel for content marketing in the run-up to and after their event. Slideshare enables attendees to access speaker presentations after the event so they can deepen their industry knowledge.

7 Essential Event Planning Apps for Your Next Conference

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