I’m going to a conference this weekend, so I’ve been preplanning all my time slots (double- and triple-booked, of course, as I do). My last conference was DragonCon, and it used a DragonCon-branded mobile app that was built using Core-Apps’ EventLink and FollowMe platforms. It really struggled to keep up with the heft of DragonCon–every load of or task-switch to the app checked the servers for event info and friends’ statuses, I don’t think Twitter postings worked, and the app crashed pretty frequently on my iPhone 4, particularly when network conditions were bad.
I really, really hope DragonCon switches to Guidebook this year.
The conference this weekend is much smaller than DragonCon, but Guidebook is already a much smoother experience just for preplanning. The UI is clean and unbranded by the con itself, I can have multiple cons (or museums, or schools, or associations) in my guidebook without having to have separate apps for each. It’s quick and easy to see my personal schedule, and the app is fast and feels lightweight.
I want to see more apps this cleanly designed.
Things were complicated at DragonCon last year. It was my first attendance, which was awesome and amazing, but things were starting to go south in my triad and I didn’t know how to escape, even at an event as large as DragonCon. For all that the con was fascinating and exhausting in its own right, the relationship stuff cast a shadow on it.
So with the triad dissolved, I dragged my feet on signing up for DragonCon 2013. If Greg and I roomed with Deana (major question #1), we’d be persons 7 and 8 in the room.
Eight people. In one room.
(Last year we were 5th and 6th, and that was too many for my tastes, although it was über-convenient to be in the main DragonCon Marriott. But that stale smell of 6 people’s peopleness in one room? Less than optimal.)
All of those complex memories combined with a healthy dose of emotional healing and determination, and I ordered my DragonCon ticket yesterday. I found a hotel within half a mile of the Marriott that still had rooms available. Greg agreed to room with me and split costs, and I booked the room.
I’m going to DragonCon! *happy dance*
Costume ideas are up in the air, but I’m pretty dedicated (if I do a costume) to representing a black character. Preferably also a woman, and preferably not Martha Jones (of Doctor Who) or Zoe (of Firefly), which I saw plenty of the attending black women cosplaying last year.
No, I don’t think I’ll be posting an obnoxious sequence of posts on the minutiae of DragonCon. This my first visit, though, and I am sitting and waiting for my first panel, a Torchwood panel featuring John Barrowman and Kai Owen.
In some places, my schedule is 4-5 events wide on my calendar, where I haven’t yet decided which to do. Oy.