After four tiring-exciting-stressful-fun days, we’d like to introduce you to our new little buddy, HelloApp.
The idea is simple: When you arrive at a conference, you just say where you’re sitting, via Twitter. Once you do that, you can …
- Search for people with a certain skill-set (ie PHP, jQuery, CSS3, marketing, etc) and see where they’re sitting
- View the seating diagram colored based on Twitter follower count
- Search for a specific person in the audience and find out where they’re sitting
- View the seating diagram colored based on whether people are Designers, Developers or Businessmen
- Earn badges and points by meeting people and completing tasks. If you earn a high enough rank, you’ll be able to post public messages to the entire audience and win prizes.
Here’s how it works …
The first thing you do is check-in to the conference. You can do this by tweeting:
@helloapp !dev #php #html5 #jquery
That says that you’re a Developer who is tagging themselves with PHP, HTML 5 and jQuery.
You can also check-in via the web app …
Earn Badges and Points
You can earn points by meeting people and completing special tasks. Once you build up enough points you earn the right to post messages to the entire audience and win special prizes. Here’s how it works …
When you meet someone and they give you their Twitter username, just tweet:
@helloapp met @their-username
If they return the favor and tweet:
@helloapp met @your-username
You’ll then both get points for meeting each other. Both people have to do it, in order for the points to be awarded. Here’s how badges look on your profile …
Grab Your Seat
Once you check-in, you say which seat your sitting in by using the passcode attached to your physical seat at the conference. This is done via Twitter like this:
@helloapp sat your-seat-passcode
Once you’ve done that, you appear in the seating chart like this …
Explore the Crowd
You can then browse the seating chart, click on the tag cloud or search. You’ll be able to see who is sitting around you, what their interests are, and whether you have anything in common.
In the screenshot below, we’ve searched for anyone who’s tagged themselves with ‘PHP’.
In the screenshot below, we’re viewing the audience based on number of Twitter followers …
In the screenshot below, we’re viewing the audience based on whether they’re a Designer, Developer or Businessman …
What You Can do Right Now
Obviously HelloApp is designed to be used during a conference, so you can’t use that functionality right now. However, what you can do is Join In and tag yourself and say whether you’re a Designer, Developer or Businessman. You can also search the list of everyone who joins before the conference.
A Big Thanks To …
- Mark and Mark at Microsoft for being so supportive of The Future of Web Apps
- Red Gate for their .NET developer tools
- Matt Lee from Red Gate for coding like a madman
- Mike for the beautiful design work
- Keir and Will for all the support
It was a great experience coding it in ASP.NET MVC and we’re looking forward to possibly doing more apps in the framework.
Please Join In and let us know what you think!