Charge up your phone, pack extra battery power and prepare to charge through Natural Products Expo East with these winning apps that will help you before the show, on the floor, after a busy day and when you return home.
Keep your travel itineraries in one convenient place with the TripIt app. Connect it to email and the app imports flight, hotel and shuttle confirmations, and other travel documents automatically. You can manually add notes, maps and other useful information, too.
This is a must-have on my phone.
It’s free, but if you pay for TripIt Pro, you receive more integration from airports and airlines.
Ride-sharing services might not be an everyday part of your life, but they are essential if you plan to venture far from the Baltimore waterfront. Download the apps now and get your accounts set up before you arrive in Maryland. You don’t want to waste time (and your data service) standing on a sidewalk fumbling with a-new-to-you service.
Lyft is generally cheaper than Uber, but both raise fares during high-demand times (such as when a lot of people come to town for a convention). It’s worth comparing.
The promo code HiFreeRide will get Uber newbies a free ride (up to $15). And referrals earn you $5. Lyft’s sign-on bonuses are a bit more detailed.
The Expo East app
The Expo East app includes all the necessities—campus map, exhibitor list, education and events schedules, etc. But it also serves as your one-stop resource for schedule planning, note taking, getting walking directions to a booth and accessing all the contact info you need for a brand. Search by brand or preplan your route and let your fingers do the walking with the map—just zoom in and click on a booth to get the company lowdown. You can add it to your faves and/or agenda and save any notes you need before you get there or take while visiting on the show floor.
Search “Expo East” in the app store.
If you haven’t adopted Evernote, now’s the time. The note-taking desktop and mobile app makes capturing notes easy and accessing them anywhere a breeze. Start a note and type away. And right on the note file, you can easily add photos, record a conversation or comment to yourself, make a sketch or attach additional files.
Consider a note for each booth you attend, or capture thoughts and snapshots by time or convention center area and then organize all the info when you get home.
Combine the Scannable app with Evernote and you have the ultimate virtual filing cabinet. You can use Scannable on its own to capture sales sheets and other documents for saving in Evernote or other apps, and to share with others. Best of all, you can scan a business card and it creates a contact file.
Terrible at capturing business receipts on the road? Use Scannable. Sure, you can take pictures of such things, but Scannable straightens, sharpens and makes everything a readable file. It even works well for multiple-page documents.
You will likely return to your hotel room exhausted and ready for sleep. But if you can't turn your mind off after a great day of networking and dealing on the show floor, try Relax Melodies. Set the timer, mix your perfect relaxing track and let the music move you to la la land. Sleep meditations may be useful too.