This year, we’ve seen a few new apps created with the primary purpose to help ease communication while in a large crowd — each of these apps can help with building your festival schedule, knowing what’s happening in real life via group chat features, and event listings. Of course, you should still be using Twitter to find all of the latest information about lines, parties, and more — but these new apps (and the festival official app) might be key to making your time in Austin event more successful.
The Festival Official App
The official festival app lets you browse panel and showcase lineups, create your personal schedule, then log in to sync it with your other devices. The app allows you to find your friends attending the festival, and network with thousands festival attendees. See more on what is new for the official festival app for 2015.
Free AT (Download on Android, Download in the iTunes store)
Created by the people behind this popular RSVP Twitter account, FREEAT helps you discover events with free cover. Bookmark the events that you are interested in, and stay organized and up to date on the event happenings. You can search by event name, performers, or venue and filter events by the free perks. You can create your own event favorites list, and event RSVP info provided, and receive notifications and updates on the latest in free events.
The FireChat messaging app will help attendees and observers from afar get the most out of this year’s festival by highlighting the very best of “what to do right now” throughout the festival. Anyone attending the fest can also start their own live discussion about the panel they just attended, the celebrity they just saw walk by or their favorite DJ. Instead of using hashtags as a way to filter a feed of information, FireChat’s hashtags allow people to instantly create or join a live discussion on a specific topic, simply by typing a message. These live discussions can support as tens of thousands of people. All of FireChat, including the new chatrooms, work with or without Internet access. Read more recent press about this app here.
Skoop is the first-ever micro-social network focused entirely on a single event with the mission to open lines of communication so you can get the best out of the festival. Skoop features an event database designed is to help you find events in real-time and the proximity to your current location. Skoop wants to combine Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and GroupMe. ‘The Heartbeat’ is your Twitter feed, or newsfeed where you can post about the latest news and photos. ‘The Bazaar’ is a streamlined marketplace for buying, selling and trading all essentials directly to your targeted audience-festival attendees. In the ‘Events’ tab, you can see all upcoming events. There’s also a group chat section so you can communicate with all your friends in one place.
Other tips: GroupMe is still forever useful to chat with friends and MeerKat allows you to Tweet live video (and is getting a whole lot of praise).