Evernote for Conferences

Heading to the Florida State Genealogical Society Conference this weekend? Don’t forget to take Evernote too!

Conferences are a great way to keep up with what is happening in the genealogy world AND see what’s new in products, books and services AND connect with other researchers AND get totally overwhelmed from the information overload.

Fortunately, there are several ways our old friend Evernote can help insure you get the most out of your conference experience. Here are some ideas:

  • Set up a notebook…

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Evernote for Conferences

Conferences are a great way to keep up with what is happening in the genealogy world AND see what’s new in products, books and services AND connect with other researchers AND get totally overwhelmed from the information overload.

Fortunately, there are several ways our old friend Evernote can help insure you get the most out of your conference experience. Here are some ideas:

  • Set up a notebook for the conference and include your schedules, travel itinerary, confirmation numbers and other useful information. Premium users can create offline notebooks (for iOS and Android) so this information is available even when you aren’t connected to the Internet.
  • Include maps showing where the various venues and other sites you plan to visit are located.
  • Install Evernote Hello on your phone and use it to quickly capture contact information from the people you meet at the conference makes it easy to remember them later.
  • Don’t have time (or free hands) to type? Add audio notes instead.
  • You can email notes to Evernote, forward tweets to Evernote and even text notes to Evernote. Each of these requires some setup and you should experiment on their usage before crunch time, but they are great way to capture moments throughout the event.

There’s no way you can attend every possible presentation or workshop, but by taking advantage of Evernote’s shared notebook feature you can  pool your notes with others. Savvy speakers and exhibitors can also take advantage of shared notebooks to provide attendees with additional notes and resources. These notebooks can even help provide a richer experience for virtual attendees. Groups like local genealogical societies or Genea-Bloggers (hint, hint) can build a shared notebook as a scrapbook of the conference for both the members who attended and those who could not.

If you’re planning to attend any of the upcoming genealogy conferences, now’s the time to get comfortable with these features so they will be second nature by the time you get there. It only takes one trip to convince you that Evernote is an amazing travel companion.

Essential Apps for Jamboree

Just a reminder that you need to pack your phone/tablet with a few useful apps before you head off to Jamboree. Here’s a list of essentials to insure a great conference experience:

  • At the top of the list is the official Jamboree app. iOS users can grab it at the iTunes store. Android, Blackberry and other web-enabled phones can access it via the web. You’ll find all the details on the Jamboree’s app page. Make sure you check out the Exhibitor’s section on the app. You’ll find a group of virtual exhibitors – including me! You might even find a deal or two.
  • Don’t go to any conference or meet-up without Bump [iOS and Android – free]. All it takes is a fist bump while holding your phone to exchange contact information, share photos or get connected on Facebook, Linked In or Twitter. And, it’s amazingly easy to use.
  • The Siri app [iOS – free] is your personal assistant and concierge in one tiny package. Need to find a good restaurant nearby – and make a reservation? Siri can do that. Need a cab? Siri can do that too. And, when your hands are full of conference booty, you can record all those “I’ll send you that as soon as I get home” promises which Siri will transcribe into a nicely typed todo list for you. It’s a quick way to document all those follow-up promises you make throughout the conference.
  • IMO Instant Messenger [Android and iOS – free] gives you one platform to handle Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber and Myspace. And it supports Voice IM which is pretty cool.

This app collection will help you find where you need to be, get there and make virtual connections to the people you meet in person. Have a great time! Just remember those of us who can’t be there in person and keep us updated with lots of tweets and pics.