The recently concluded Nasscom Product Conclave 2011 in Bangalore was a vibrant conference to attend. I got involved from August 31 when I was asked to put together a session. From that very day I saw how well organized the Nasscom team (plus the volunteers) were. Every conference call was to the point. Sharad Sharma, the co-Host, never allowed the conversations to tangent even an inch.
From Nasscom’s side I was in touch with Avinash Raghava, Regional Director, Northern Regional ( a down to earth & cool guy with immense ‘patience’). Just one day after the conference concluded I shot an email to Avinash asking him to share the list of tools they used for putting together such a brilliant event. He responded with this list in 10 minutes (totally insane! why can’t he unwind?)
I have mentioned if the product is paid or free. If a product is paid I would love to hear from others if there are any free ones available (as many small event organizers may want that information)
- Deskaway.com (paid product) for project management
- ZipDial (paid, don’t bother to look for a free version): After each session delegates could give their feedback on the session (polling) by giving a missed call.
- E-Campaigner (paid) for mailing newsletters.
- Qontext (paid) & Google Docs (free) for collaboration of sharing of documents and various things.
- Insighto (paid) for collecting & analyzing surveys from delegates over the web.
- DoAttend (free for free events, nominal fee for paid events) for registrations. They allow credit card payments.
- slideshare.net (free) for hosting all presentations.
- issuu.com (free) for brochures, program guide, etc. See NPC guide for a sample.
- Sched.org (paid) for the entire scheduling of the sessions. Delegates could create an account and select the sessions they would want to attend and print out the schedule.
- Vangal (paid) for generating the social media metrics for the conference (from Twitter).
- Flickr (free) for hosting all photographs.
- Youtube (free) for hosting all event videos.
Please feel free to suggest any new tools one could consider for organizing an event (for the Indian audience please).