SXSW Interactive kicks off this Friday (March 13), and the join.me team is getting excited for a jam-packed weekend of interactive sessions, networking, parties, and performances! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people you’ll meet and things to do, so once you’ve gotten your suitcase in order, be sure to pack your phone by downloading apps that will help you make the most of your SXSW experience. Start with downloading the SXSW Go app (that’s a given). Here are some others you might not have thought of:
MiFlight: Take the stress out of your trip in and out of Austin with this simple crowdsourcing app. MiFlight reports on security line wait times at the top-traveled airports, updated in real-time by fellow travelers.
Scannable: This new mobile scanning app from Evernote will be essential as you collect business cards and receipts to expense. The app automatically syncs business card details with LinkedIn user profiles, allowing you to simultaneously save their information as a new contact in your phone.
Task Rabbit: If you’re hosting a party, manning a booth, or giving a presentation, you never know what you might need in a pinch. This help-with-anything service has an Austin branch, if you need something ordered, delivered, repaired, or assembled. You name it!
Audio Recorder: if you record presentations and sessions on your phone instead of taking notes, you’ll be more engaged and attentive, and can go back and listen to the details later. Try iTalk recorder for Apple, and Easy Voice Recorder for Android.
Shazam: Austin is one of America’s hottest music cities, so you’ll be hearing great songs all day, every day via live performances or on the jukebox at the bar. Keep Shazam queued up so you can keep track of the songs you love at a moment’s notice.
Food Trucker: we know you’ll be visiting us at the Peached Tortilla taco truck, but make time to check out some of Austin’s other delicious food truck offerings as well. This app will help you find the location of the trucks and monitor updates in real-time via their twitter posts.