The truth is I don’t like Professional conferences that much. They are hectic, there are so many things going on at the same time, fighting for my attention and it’s hard to make sure I’m not missing out on important opportunities and useful connections. The real reason, is that for me to get any real value out of a conference, I have to do a lot of research before the event, finding out who is going to attend, who the speakers are, who is relevant for me to meet, and each out and create the connections ahead, because none of those people whom I want to meet are ever available during the conference itself. This is why I was super excited when I found about a new startup called PLint, that does what I would like to call “Conference Intelligence”. PLint was founded by 2 entrepreneurs who decided to take on the challenge of overcoming the built-in limitations of the conference world. They define themselves as “Conference Hackers”, trying to make the conference experience exciting and meaningful. What these guys do, is help you out with all the leg work, they automatically scan the conference or event websites and all pull all available data from public resources, and then the cross-reference everything with data from social networks and create a very simple list, that gives you all the information and contacts in one place. For example for the CEO of a new venture, knowing ahead who are the potential customers, investors, reporters and industry experts she can meet, is the first step in turning a conference into a meaningful event.
Hack your way through Google I/O with the speaker cheat sheet
As a part of PLint’s MVP, they create a simple Google docs spreadsheet for the Google I/O conference, which opens this Wednesday. The cheat sheet gives a full overview of all the conference speakers, their professional and social profile, and what they’ll be talking about and so it’s easier for participants to know which of them they should try to meet. If you’re going to Google I/O this year, we recommend you check it out, and if you are a regular conference junkie, that’s definitely a service I would recommend keeping an eye on.