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Posted 22 Oct 2012

Conferenced In : Stay in the kNOW

, 23 Oct 2012 CPOL
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Speakers, Speakers, Speakers!!!

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This article is an entry in our AppInnovation Contest. Articles in this sub-section are not required to be full articles so care should be taken when voting.

Conferenced In

Is an app that lets you follow all the speakers of an upcoming event.  You can find the Windows Phone version of the app here. You don't need a twitter account to stay in the kNow! Using the Ultrabook's ability to connect to the internet with out the user having to do anything means when they open the PC, all the latest will be right in front of them.

The app is remotely configurable as I have created a custom back-end that pushed the latest conference to a list in the settings page. All the user needs to do is pick a list and all their speakers are there. This means, no matter when event is coming, the app will be ready for it (even in cases like the Build Windows conference where the speakers arent announced until the day or two before, the app will have the list ready for you as soon as the speakers are announced)


This app's major feature is the ability to follow all the speakers (who have twitter accounts) in one app without having to have a twitter account yourself.  The user doesnt need to go find all the speakers and create a bunch of lists, all the work is done for them.

Using Innovation

With a touchscreen and new sensors, here are some of the innovations I will add to the Ultrabook version:

  • Accelerometer- By shaking the Ultrabook, all the lists in the app will be updated
  • Touchscreen- The user can rearrange lists and complete most used functions through gestures. Pull To Refresh is one of those gestures I use in the Windows Phone app. By pulling the list down, the tweets in that list will immediately update. AFAIK no other app has that yet. I get the most "ooo's" when people see that feature on the Windows Phone version.

See this short screencast of it in action


Points of Interest

  • No Twitter account needed
  • Remotely configrable
  • Scaleable
  • Touchscreen gestures and accelerometer gestures
  • Automatically refreshes, even when the Ultrabook is closed


Windows Phone app is available, this is the Windows 8 version. The app is being built on the WPF framework, there may be a Windows Store version at a later point when the Telerik RadControls for Windows Store apps contains a DataBoundListBox. Another reason I chose WPF, it the lifecycle of the Windows Store app. Using WPF, I can leverage the Ultrabook's ability to update the tweets/lists while sleeping. This will keep the lists fresh no matter how long the lid has been closed.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Lance McCarthy
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Windows 8 Developer,
Windows Phone Developer,
Hackathon harlot and Code Camp camper,
XAML Support Specialist with Telerik
(opinions expressed here are my own),
Husband, Musician, Artist, Fun-lover...

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