Top iPad apps for the meetings industry

Tablets such as Apple’s iPad, and its android alternatives, are changing the way people think and play. Not only full of the latest addictive games, videos and eBooks, these devices are making their mark on the meetings industry in a big way, and showing a real return on investment.

In the first four months of the launch of the iPad in April 2010, the product was the fastest ever consumer device to achieve a US$1bn in sales. “People are loving the iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

Here are CN’s top picks:

Meeting Minute Manager App: A simple application, which allows users to prepare the minutes during the meeting, manage, store and mail to others afterwards.  

Meeting Mngr Pro: Extremely interactive, this app connects many iPads together and allows users to share their documents on other’s screens without the needing an online server or internet connection.

Meeting Mate: A handy accessory for an organiser during the day of the event, this app allows users to take notes, create an agenda, keep track of attendees, email meeting notes and send meeting invites.

Super Planner: Featured in the last Top iPhone Apps list, Super Planner can also be used on the iPad and provides tools for event organisers such as calculations for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projections as well as related tips. The sections are divided into Food and Beverage; AV; and Venue Capacity.

OotoWeb EventGuide: Recognised by the EIBTM 2010 Worldwide Technology Watch, the EventGuide app allows a user to create mobile websites for events, send onsite alerts to delegates, process registration payments and other attendee management services. It is an expensive product unless you use its services mulitple times but does have a cheaper not-for-profit edition.

MindNode: MindNode is a mind mapping device that helps you visualise your ideas by helping a user collect, classify, and structure them. Good for the big picture of an event.

Soundnote: Soundnote tracks what users type in meetings while recording audio, so you never have to worry about missing anything. During playback, just tap a word and the app will jump to the audio.

Home Interior Layout Designer: Ever had a difficult time picturing what the conference room would look like after all the furniture and staging is in place? This app lets users create rooms, item checklists and includes all the elements which make up a room: windows, chairs, doors, etc.  

Bento: Organise contacts, track projects, plan and manage events, this iPad app is an all-in-one personal database.

Any comments? Email sarah@mashmedia.net

Paul Colston

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Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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