EGL at the Web 2.0 Expo
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This year, EGL was represented at the Web 2.0 Expo at San Francisco, held early April, 2009.
We implemented the scheduler in EGL Rich UI, after having done similar ones at previous conferences. In the scheduling UI conference data, booth information, and social networking buzz was mashed up in an easy to use web application optimized for viewing on an iPhone.
The original online schedule, which was really designed for large desktop browsers with Flash plugins installed was converted using scraping tools from Kapow Technologies. The resulting web services were then consumed by the EGL Rich UI application and shown in easy to use grids, highlighting sessions added to personal schedules, and a useful "now" button that showed what was going on right at this moment.
I was attending the IBM booth together with Mike Virga, and I really enjoyed working with him. Scary thing was we both booked a random hotel in San Francisco and we ended up in the same hotel, on the same floor, with joining doors! Spooky.
The Friday before the start of Web 2.0 Expo, Ryan Boyles approached me. Ryan is the community manager for sMash, and he asked me if we could add some extra UI that uses the service he and Dustin Amrhein developed to run on sMash on the Amazon Cloud. Dustin and I worked on this on Sunday and some more on Monday while Ryan was flying to San Francisco. With the two extra buttons, booth information could be downloaded and booths could be tagged. The "Buzz" button allowed people to search for Tweets and photos related to the conference. I wrote a nice slide show widget in Rich UI to rotate the images around.
Try the Buzz button by visiting the scheduler and hitting the Buzz button.
Ryan uploaded a couple of cool images to Flickr.