10 tips for maximizing your conference experience
From the Wall Street Journal, a list of 10 apps that could save your life. They include:
Tornado – American Red Cross
Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready.
From your mobile phone, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the app to your phone or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The AIRNow iPhone app provides real-time air quality information, allows users to get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution. Air quality maps from the AIRNow website provide visual depictions of current and forecast air quality nationwide, and a page on air quality-related health effects explains what actions people can take to protect their health at different AQI levels, such as “code orange.”
Others on the list include a hurricane app that maps and monitors hurricane conditions in your area and includes tips on preparedness as well as a customizable “I’m safe” alert that can be sent out to FaceBook, Twitter and email and text. Worried about Flu? There’s an app for that, too.
For WSJ’s picks, see: here: Wall Street Journal / MarketWatch.
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There are some jaw-dropping pools on CNN’s list of “best hotel pools in America’.
- Amangani (Jackson, Wyoming)
- Amangiri (Canyon Point, Utah)
- Enchantment Resort (Sedona, Arizona)
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island, Hawaii)
These are not your basic pools, and they’re not even your basic infinity pools. One of them (in Las Vegas, not on the list above) has a shark tank in the middle of it so that you can “swim with the sharks”. Seems appropriate! There are waterfalls and adjoining lagoons and hot tubs and views that can’t be beat.
I think this one would freak me out:
The Joule (Dallas)
Pushing design to its literal edge, this 1927 historic hotel has one ultra-modern feature: a window-walled rooftop infinity pool that sticks out eight feet from the building’s exterior. Non-acrophobics can swim to the deep end and take in the views of downtown Dallas, 10 stories below.
For mouth-watering photos and for some more details of the pools, see here: CNN Travel.
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Check out this “illustrated alphabet of terms that endeavor to sum up the state of creativity at the intersection of advertising, art, and the world of digital innovation.” Tim Nolan, head of BBH Labs and Interactive Group Creative Director for BBH New York, and Jen Lu, from Droga 5, created it.Author on Google+
Bolivia is getting its time in the international spotlight thanks to the UK hit “La La La” by Naughty Boy and director Ian Pons Jewell‘s unique choice of filming locations.
CNN Travel’s Dana Joseph sat down with the director to discuss how he found the adorable boy who stars in the video as well as why he loves filming in Bolivia over more run-of-the-mill locations such as the Naughty Boy’s home country of the UK or the US.
CNN: Why shoot a video in Bolivia?
Pons Jewell: It’s all about Latin America! There’s a lot of incredible work being produced in Argentina, but Bolivia is very rarely seen; it’s not somewhere filmmakers tend to settle, and I’m not sure why.
It’s got such a vast, varied landscape and a surreal edge to it.
Here’s the video creating all the buzz, and you can read more of the interview here.
Full story at CNN Travel.
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Getting the perfect picture of a whale shark takes time, patience and a little bit of luck, as Tom Campbell explains in this short video for National Geographic, but a good chunk of our respect goes out to his relatively inexperienced diving assistant, Deidre, who was willing to strike a pose with the beast.
The whale shark can reach lengths of over thirty feet with the largest on record being an amazing forty-one-feet long.
Check it out.
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Have an amazing idea your local bank isn’t buying into?
Today, those dreams don’t have to stop at the banker’s desk thanks to the trend of crowdsourcing, where an adoring public can fund your project one dollar at a time.
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Attending a conference can provide opportunities to network, a chance to see what others in your field are up to, and, of course, the opportunity to see the sites of another city if you have the time, but if you play your cards right, the experience can be so much more.
Allison Boyer at NMX has been around the tables more than a few times and wanted to share a few things you might not know about attending a conference.
You can get special perks by name-dropping with our sponsors and exhibitors.
Often, our sponsors and exhibitors will offer special deals to our conference attendees. The same is true at other conferences as well. All you have to do is ask. Be polite about it, but recognize that YOU are their target market, and they want to make you happy so you tell others about whatever product or service they have to offer.
For example, let’s say that you’re speaking to an exhibitor who sells a premium WordPress plugin. You might say, “I’d love to test this out. Would you be willing to give me a free trial once I get home?” Or let’s say that you’re having dinner at a club sponsoring one of the parties. When you get there, you could ask, “Do you have any specials for conference attendees?” The worst you can get is a no, and often the answer will be yes!
Want the best info and opportunities? You gotta be on the mailing list.
We make announcements and offers via our social accounts and here on the blog, but it’s pretty easy to miss that kind of thing in the stream. Want to make sure you don’t miss a deadline, discount, or opportunity? Get on our mailing list. (See the sidebar.) This is true of most conferences.
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