Collision is the fastest growing technology conference in America and it’s headed to New Orleans next week after a move from Las Vegas. From April 26-28, in the middle of both Jazz Fest weekends, over 10,000 people from around the world will gather for an action-packed schedule of speakers, networking events, and even a huge bar crawl on Monday night.
Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media.
Navigating a conference, big or small, has it’s challenges. We’ve rounded up six apps to help you get the most out of Collision and time in New Orleans.
- Collision App – With so many events scheduled throughout the week, the Collision app is a must. The app can be used to discover the schedule, connect with attendees, speakers, and investors, and even chat through the platform. Organizers know that access is key, so they are making it easy to maximize your time and meet all the right people to help your business grow.
- Jazz Fest – In 2015, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, known as Jazz Fest, attracted 460,000 music, food, and culture lovers. The app is perfect for viewing the music and food options for all of the seven days of the festival. You can also view artist info, a helpful map, and build your own schedule so you never miss a show.
- Mobile RTA – Collision will be held at the convention center, but there will be plenty of opportunities to hit up restaurants, late night shows, and other events throughout the conference. The Regional Transit Authority has launched Mobile RTA, providing maps and schedules of the entire New Orleans system including buses and the streetcar. Currently in beta is also a feature that allows users to see when the next bus or streetcar is scheduled to arrive.
- FUHWE – This travel app and website connects explorers–think Collision attendees– with locals with similar interests for a personalized local experience. New Orleans-based FUHWE was launched from the last local Startup Weekend in October and has also been selected to be an ALPHA participant on display at the conference.
- Seafood Locator App – Chris Schultz, one of the co-founders of Launch Pad and a co-host of Collision, highly recommends enjoying New Orleans like a New Orleanian. Host a crawfish boil he says, “People will be immersing themselves in the NOLA – you know what people want so create a unique experience.” The Seafood Locator App, which was featured during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, shows you where to find different types of seafood, including crawfish, around the city.
- City Key New Orleans – City Key, launched last fall, is a fun app that lets you “chat like a local” using New Orleans-themed stickers on your mobile device. The download provides over 50 stickers for you to share like you would your own photos. They aren’t Emoji because the illustrations are custom and really show a New Orleans flair.
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